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Bed and breakfast accommodation in the University of York

Not just for students - anyone can book!

  • B&B and self catering in central York
  • Stay in bright, modern University campus accommodation
  • Comfortable single, double and twin rooms available
  • Great alternative to a cheap York hotel, B&B or hostel

Reviews for York

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Excellent facilities and service. The only suggestion I would make is to include a small bin in the ensuite toilet/shower room. I would definitely stay here again.

(Review Of Wentworth College, University of York)

This is the first time I have booked a university room and it was fantastic. The staff were brilliant and the facilities very good indeed. You need to advertise these facilities more to the general public.

(Review Of Halifax College Hostel, (Self Catering), University of York)

Excellent friendly service and breakfasts. Only downside was the condition of the plumbing in the en-suite rooms. Showers heads were set too low and temperature settings were a bit temperamental! Great location for York sightseeing. Frequent bus service to York city centre.

(Review Of James College, University of York)

The rooms were really tidy and cleaned. Overall a very good experience. I left my mobile's charger. Just in case somebody found it could you please leave it on the Reception of Alcuin House so that my daughter can pick it up. Thank you Luz Helena Ramirez

(Review Of Franklin House, University of York)

I was very satisfied with the accommodation. Staff at reception were friendly and helpful. The room was clean, comfortable and the internet connection worked well. Loved that my room was cleaned and tidied while I was out. Would definitely stay there again.

(Review Of Wentworth College, University of York)

Room poorly maintained with window not shutting properly,wet room shower area holding water and wash basin drain slightly blocked.Block probably furthest from main road.York university is a great place to stay,but this was not quite as good as my previous stay at another college on campus.

(Review Of James College, University of York)

I could not find Franklin House on any of the displayed map boards on campus, and had missed any information that said to check in at Alcuin College - however although we asked as we walked round the campus are very helpful. I would stay again.

(Review Of Franklin House, University of York)

I just found the car park and reception a little difficult to find but after asking one of the students managed to locate it. Other than that I was very pleased with my accommodation and breakfast and will definitely be staying again, thank you

(Review Of Franklin House, University of York)

Very helpful staff - provided breakfast in a bag during month of fasting to allow me something to eat when I could. Shower is a little funny as it sends water everywhere (its a wetroom) but takes a while to dry. Walls paper-thin. But generally good experience.

(Review Of James College, University of York)

York Visitor information

York University accommodation

The university has numerous accommodation halls and colleges located on the Heslington Campus: over 200 acres of mature parklands around a central lake, situated just outside York's historic city walls. The age of the accommodation dates from 1963 and is refurbished when required. It should be understood that the university halls are designed primarily for students: not children or for adults expecting a high level of luxury. However, with this in mind, the halls do meet level of comfort that we expect most visitors to be happy with, and we will welcome any feedback where this is not the case.

Dates of York's academic vacations

Rooms are available during the academic vacations:

Easter: mid-March to mid-April
Summer: early July to end-September
Christmas: early-December to mid-January

York visitor attractions

York is renowned for its Roman, Viking, and Medieval heritage and the iconic York Minster. The city houses several museums including the National Railway Museum, the Jorvik Viking Centre, Clifford's Tower, and York Castle Museum. Lesser known attractions include Barley Hall, Fairfax House, Merchant Adventurers' Hall, the Mansion House, the Quilt Museum, and Treasurer's House. You can also enjoy guided walks of the city, boat trips on the River Ouse, and simply wandering through York's winding cobbled streets, the "Shambles".

Getting to York

The University of York is based just off the A64 South East of the City of York

By car from the A64: Turn off the A64 at the junction signposted York/Hull and head towards the City. You will pass B&Q on your right. Turn left at the next roundabout following signs for the University. You are now on site. Go right at the 1st and 2nd roundabout. Then turn left at the next two roundabouts. This will take you down Wentworth Way and into car park G, which is just outside the reception.

By car from the City: Leave the city following signs for Hull. At the traffic lights turn right, following signs for the University. At the first roundabout take a right, this will take you down Wentworth Way and into car park G, which is just outside the reception.
Car Parking is pay and display and is available 24hrs. 

By train: York has fantastic rail links across the country and booking in advance can provide great deals (www.thetrainline.com). The station is only 2 miles from the University of York and will cost around £6-8 in a taxi or you can catch the number 4 bus from outside the station which leaves every tens minutes directly to the University of York campus.

By Taxi: If you are arriving in a taxi, please ask for Wentworth College Reception. 

By Bus: The number 4 bus leaves from outside the railway station and the city centre every ten minutes. The bus takes 10-20minutes depending on traffic and sets of every 10-15 minutes both ways until around midnight. If you ask the bus conductor to let you know where the Wentworth stop is on the University of York campus, get off here and walk down the hill on Wentworth Way. The road goes around and will take you to Wentworth reception at the end. This is around a 5 minute walk.
 

History of York

York: the historic city

By the time of the Roman conquest of Britain, the area around York was occupied by a tribe known to the Romans as the Brigantes. The Brigantian tribal area initially became a Roman client state but later its leaders became more hostile to Rome. As a result the Roman Ninth Legion was sent north of the Humber into Brigantian territory.

The city itself was founded in 71 AD, when the Ninth Legion conquered the Brigantes and constructed a wooden military fortress on flat ground above the River Ouse close to its confluence with the River Foss. The fortress, which was later rebuilt in stone, covered an area of 50 acres and was inhabited by 6,000 soldiers. The site of the Roman fortress lies under the foundations of York Minster, and excavations in the Minster's undercroft have revealed some of the original walls.

During his stay in York, the Emperor Severus proclaimed York capital of the province of Britannia Inferior, and it is likely that it was he who granted York the privileges of a colonia or city. Constantius I died in 306 AD during his stay in York, and his son Constantine the Great was proclaimed Emperor by the troops based in the fortress.

The first Minster church was built in York for the baptism of King Edwin of Northumbria in 627. In 866, the Vikings raided and captured York. Under Viking rule the city became a major river port, part of the extensive Viking trading routes throughout northern Europe. The last ruler of an independent Jórvík, Eric Bloodaxe, was driven from the city in the year 954 by King Edred in his successful attempt to complete the unification of England.

In 1068, two years after the Norman Conquest of England, the people of York rebelled, only to by put down by William the Conqueror. He at once built two wooden fortresses on mottes, which are still visible, on either side of the river Ouse. The first stone Minster church was badly damaged by fire in the uprising and the Normans later decided to build a new Minster on a new site. Around the year 1080 Archbishop Thomas started building a cathedral that in time became the current Minster.

The city underwent a period of decline during Tudor times, and was the scene of bitter fighting in the Civil War of the 1640s. Following the restoration of the monarchy in 1660, and the removal of the garrison from York in 1688, the city was dominated by the local gentry and merchants, although the clergy were still important. York's many elegant townhouses, such as the Lord Mayor's Mansion House and Fairfax House (now owned by York Civic Trust) date from this period, as do the Assembly Rooms and the Theatre Royal.

York: the University

The University of York was established in 1963, and has since expanded to more than thirty departments and centres, covering a wide range of subjects. In 2003 it attracted the highest research income per capita of any UK university. The university has built a reputation in less than half a century that places it among the top 30 universities in Europe. In the last Research Assessment Exercise in 2008, York was also named as the sixth best research institution in the United Kingdom.

Established as an alternative to Oxford and Cambridge, the University attracts a student body with a wide range of backgrounds, including a large number of internationals and a relatively high number of state school students in comparison to similar universities like those of Bristol and Bath according to The Times Good University Guide. Situated to the east of the city of York, the university campus is approximately 200 acres in size, incorporating the York Science Park and the National Science Learning Centre. Priding itself on its wildlife, renowned campus lakes and greenery, the institution also occupies grand buildings in the historic city of York. The university comprises eight colleges, which have similarities to the traditional colleges of the collegiate Universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Durham, which also provide halls of residence for students, all of whom are allocated to a college. In May 2007 the university was granted permission to build an extension to its main campus, on arable land just east of the nearby village of Heslington. The land was removed from the green belt especially for the purpose of extending the university.
 

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