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  • Rooms are mainly available in the Christmas, Easter (March, April), and summer (June, July, August, September) vacation periods, when students clear their rooms, but limited availability does exist throughout the year
  • Rooms typically become available two to three months in advance, so please revisit the website within that period if nothing is available now, or visit our York Bed and Breakfasts website for more ideas

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

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.
 

Reviews For York

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3.9

Based On 3689 Reviews
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3.9

Really enjoyed my recent stay. Staff friendly and helpful. Only thing that could be improved on would be by proving something to dry the bathroom floor. It tended to stay very wet for hours after using the shower. Perhaps a rubber sweeping brush to brush the water back towards the drain?

(Review Of Alcuin College, University of York)

My drain in the bathroom wasn't working properly and draining the water, and when I reported it all that was done was that the floor was mopped. Apart from that it was a really lovely stay- thank you!

(Review Of James College, University of York)

Franklin House was lovely. The room was clean and very comfortable. Also, the Full English was excellent - that really set me up for the day! It was good to see lots of wild life on campus too.

(Review Of Franklin House, University of York)

Great stay...very comfortable and convenient in terms of location. Great breakfast included...you can only enter with a key card so make sure you don’t check out before breakfast! Not clear where to park or that it’s free on weekends. Overall a great stay - will come back.

(Review Of Franklin House, University of York)

Great stay, thank you. The springs were coming through the mattress... Not so good. Very clean rooms. Would appreciate a cooker or hob in kitchen and toaster. Also more details of where to get meals in evening. Would like some honey at breakfast please

(Review Of Franklin House, University of York)

Neat, clean, tidy room with tv, en suite and comfortable bed, and breakfast within a minute's walk. Ideal for a one night stop-over for a University reunion.

(Review Of Franklin House, University of York)

The whole experience was excellent and the facilities were great. We had a good seminar at the sports centre and it was easy to get to from Franklin house. I was rather disappointed that I did not get breakfast. But that is all.

(Review Of Franklin House, University of York)

Check in was a little unorganised. Excellent service at breakfast. The canteen staff were fantastic. Rooms were basic but functional. Will use this service again!

(Review Of Wentworth College, University of York)

Found reception hard to find on a Sunday. Expected something at Franklin House. More varied teas would be nice. Can get a little noisy at night with people letting their doors bang.

(Review Of Franklin House, University of York)
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