Universities in York
|| York is a very friendly
student city and undergraduates from across the UK flock
there every September to begin their studies.
The University of York [map] was founded in 1963 with
just 200 students. Since then its site at Heslington has
expanded and is now home to 10,000 students and has more
than 30 different departments covering a range of disciplines.
York is rated sixth in the list of the UK’s top
research institutions and has many internationally respected
The main campus at Heslington is a 200-acre landscaped
park, well known for its lake and wildfowl. The colleges
and academic buildings are on a level site within walking
distance of each other. The campus is just a short 15
minute bus ride from York city centre.
In contrast to the modern exterior of York University, York St John University [map] is based in
a historical building in the very heart of York at Lord
Originally a teaching college, the site dates back to
1841 when the York Diocesan Training School listed Edward
Preston Cordukes as its first student.
It wasn’t until the late 1890s that the institute
was recognised as York St John, and since then it has
extended and developed its courses, although it still
has strong links with religious education.
In 1990 the college became part of York University [map] and again, its programme of courses further extended.
The centrally located campus is popular with students
and mature students who relish the opportunity to study
in the middle of the thriving and historically interesting