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    The city of York, famous for being rich in history and culture, is also home to one of the UK’s newest universities.

    Now part of the Russell Group of research-led universities, York first opened its doors to students in the swinging sixties (1963 to be exact). The university is based on two campuses just outside of the city: the newer Heslington East, and the original campus, Heslington West. It has invested a whopping £750 million in its facilities in the past 10 years.

    York is relatively small, yet it offers students an impressive on- and off-campus life in what has been hailed as one of the best cities to live in and visit in the UK*. Amid its medieval streets and pretty architecture are plenty of interesting and quirky places to discover, day or night. The University is known for its active Students' Union (YUSU), which boasts 164 societies. There are also two award-winning student newspapers, a radio and a TV station on campus.

    With a collegiate system that students describe as “basically like being at Hogwarts, minus the sorting hat,” there is the choice of nine different colleges. Students are welcomed into an instant community, with each college boasting its own identity, atmosphere, facilities, events and societies. College sport is big too, and many students compete against Lancaster University in Roses, Europe's largest inter-university tournament.

    As a student you’ll be following in the footsteps of many well-known and respected alumni, including MPs Oona King and Harriet Harman, writer and playwright Sally Wainwright, and the editor of the Sunday Times, John Witherow.

    *The Sunday Times 101 Best Places to Live in Britain (March 2014)

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    “The societies on campus at York are amazing. The student media in particular is the best in the country. In this year's Guardian Student Media Awards, out of the five newspapers shortlisted for Best Student Newspaper, three of them were York's!” Rebecca, first year, BSc Interactive Media
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    University of York logo Ranking:

    14th (The Complete University Guide 2015)

    16th (The Guardian University League Table 2015)


    Undergraduate students starting in 2015/16 will pay £9,000 a year if they are from the UK or EU.

    International students will pay between £15,150 and £25,950 depending on the subject studied.

    Green score: 28

    Total students: 15,925

    Undergraduates: 11,872

    International students: 23%

    Male to female student ratio: 56:44

    Student to staff ratio: 15.0

    Undergraduate applications to places: 6:1

    UCAS Code: Y50


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