York St John University

Things to do in York | York St John University

The oldest higher education institution in the city, York St John University was founded as a teacher training college in 1841. Over the years that followed, the college increased its offering to include everything from occupational therapy to the liberal arts. In 2005 the college was given the power to award degrees, before being renamed York St John University the following year.

York St John University

York St John University


Eating and drinking

With plenty of places to eat and drink on and off campus, you won’t go hungry in York.

If you want to grab a bite to eat or a coffee, you can choose from the Students’ Union, Fountain Café or Coffee Cart. Fancy something more substantial? The City Social dining room offers lots of classic British dishes to fill you up.

Heading off campus? You’ll find plenty of traditional tea rooms, like Betty’s Café Tea Room, and quirky pubs, like the House of the Trembling Madness, as well as a range of restaurants all within walking distance in York city centre.


Getting to York St John University

York St John University's large urban campus can be found at the heart of the city centre action.

By car
If you’re arriving by car, you’ll find York St John University well signposted. As it’s a city centre campus, parking is limited to visitors with a disabled badge, but there are several public car parks nearby.

By bus
There are plenty of bus routes running through York, including the the number 1 which stops right outside the University. Check out the First York website to find out more.

By train
Located to the north of the city, the university’s main campus is just across the river from the railway station. Take your time with a 17-minute walk through the city or hop on a bus.


Looking for a hotel in York?

We've got plenty of hotels in York to choose from. Our  Blossom Street North and Blossom Street South hotels are right in the city centre. And our York North hotel is a mile further out and our Premier Inn York North West hotel is a few miles from the train station and is close to handy road connections.