Located a short distance from the historic city centre, the University of York consistently ranks highly amongst both UK and international universities, with over 30 academic departments and a diverse student population of nearly 16,000. Most are based at the main Heslington Campus on the city's southeast edge, which actually consists of two adjoining campuses – the original Heslington West and the recently developed Heslington East. There is also a smaller campus at King's Manor in the city centre.
York boasts excellent transport links with the rest of the country and abroad by road, rail and air, plus there are a number of travel options for those commuting to and from the campuses on a daily basis.
How to get to Heslington Campus
Train and bus
York is a major interchange point on the national rail network and thus is easy to reach from most major destinations, including London and Edinburgh. You can reach York by rail in less than half an hour from nearby locations such as Leeds, Selby, Doncaster and Thirsk.
The main York railway station is just two miles from Heslington Campus and can be accessed via the number 44 Unibus or First Bus number 4, which run approximately every 10 to 15 minutes.
Other buses that travel between the city centre and Heslington Campus are the First Bus 6 and Arriva 27. Meanwhile, EYMS services 195, X46 and X47 link the university with surrounding communities such as Barmby Moor, Wilberfoss, Pocklington and Kexby Bridge.
There is also a Megabusplus coach service that links the university with destinations such as Doncaster, Bradford, Huddersfield and the East Midlands Parkway (near Derby, Leicester and Nottingham), where you can also change for trains to London – see the timetable here
University bus services
The university also offers a number of designated Unibus services to popular destinations, with students able to purchase discounted tickets. The services include
- Ub.1 – a free shuttlebus that provides transport around Heslington Campus itself
- The Study Shuttle – a nighttime bus service to and from the library
- No. 20 Shopper – running between Heslington Campus and the shops at Monks Cross
- CB2 "Clubbers Bus" – a late-night pick-up service for those travelling back to campus from nightclubs
See the York University bus page for information on timetables, fares and routes.
Bike racks and shower facilities are available on the York University campus, and there is a pool bike scheme for staff and students to borrow bikes to cycle between the Heslington and King's Manor campuses, as well as discounted bike schemes for staff and students.
Commute to York University by car share
If you're driving to York University, it's easiest to approach from the east, as the campus is signposted from the junction of the A64 and A1079 – use the postcode YO10 5DD for the main campus, or YO19 5LA for Heslington East, where you can also access the Grimston Bar Park and Ride.
Bear in mind that parking is strictly limited on campus, so you may find it more convenient to arrange a car share with other students or colleagues who are making the same journey. It's a cheaper, more sociable way to travel, and you'll be doing your bit for the environment, too!