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Reply 40
My 2 cents here as an outsider.
I was in York last month for 3 days and had the chance to visit the University and to be honest, it is one of the more beautiful campuses I have been. It is huge and the lake with different kinds of birds is amazing. But then I didn't quite feel the coziness inside and when we had to look for a canteen for lunch, no one could help us. We went to the information centre and asked for assistance and the female staff in smart uniform made me wonder if they were flight attendants. They checked on the computer trying to locate a place which was open during the holiday ( we were there in late Sept ) and so we were thankful that she found one for us. But then when we followed her direction, we could not get to the canteen and we had to spend a further 20 minutes to get to a canteen which served fast food not of a high quality. Pretty expensive too.
The University is quite far away from the city centre and you definitely need a bus to travel there. This isn't really a disadvantage as you won't go to the city every day. The city itself is not too big and a walk along the city wall is quite relaxing.
York is a reputable university but there are a few subjects a bit below expectation. The Business School has a lot of room for improvement and my colleague's sister, a graduate of business ( 2.1) has a great problem in getting a job in Hong Kong and is still looking for one after a year.
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karen123
The University is quite far away from the city centre and you definitely need a bus to travel there.


I'd disagree with this. It takes half an hour or so to walk, and less than 10 mins to bike. I haven't got the bus once, despite going to the city centre relatively often.

karen123
But then I didn't quite feel the coziness inside and when we had to look for a canteen for lunch, no one could help us.


You went at the wrong time for this. There are loads of such places open during term time - and there would have been hundreds of people willing to help you as well.
Reply 42
IeuanF


You went at the wrong time for this. There are loads of such places open during term time - and there would have been hundreds of people willing to help you as well.


Exactly. No offence, but complaining the campus isn't completely open in the holidays is a little silly.
Reply 43
Simon117
Exactly. No offence, but complaining the campus isn't completely open in the holidays is a little silly.

Please don't get offended by my post either!
I know from the beginning that when I share my experince in this thread, I may be "attacked" by people here. I am not defending but just want to tell you that in September, when I visited a few other universities including Warwick, Newcastle, Cardiff and Exeter, I didn't have any difficulty in finding a place for my lunch on campus. We did ask for help from people we met because we knew very well not all canteens were open during vacation.
I can only say I had a slightly more pleasant experience in these unis than York.
Please note that my post is not meant to downgrade York and accept my apology if you feel that way!!
Just like when I talked about someone who is not able to find a job, it may be her personality problem or lack of luck. I am sure she had a wonderful time studying at York.
Reply 44
IeuanF
I'd disagree with this. It takes half an hour or so to walk, and less than 10 mins to bike. I haven't got the bus once, despite going to the city centre relatively often.


I walk between the city centre and the campus regularly too, sometimes several times a day. It's a bit boring but only takes half an hour (45 minutes to the train station). Most campus universities are actually further from the host town, I believe. The lack of convenient supermarkets, however, is a pretty major problem but it is probably an issue that afflicts most campus universities. Red-brick universities can often have an advantage in that regard.

I have very little knowledge of Exeter but it seems unlikely that it offers better night life than York. Im much more familiar with Bristol and while it obviously offers greater choice than York, Leeds is probably actually a more interesting city, which is less than an hour from YU's campus via public transport.

Oh, and York is almost unparalleled in regard to pubs offering more historic hostelries than Leeds, Bristol and Manchester put together! Although not everyone likes ale, alas.
A Human
I walk between the city centre and the campus regularly too, sometimes several times a day. It's a bit boring but only takes half an hour (45 minutes to the train station). Most campus universities are actually further from the host town, I believe. The lack of convenient supermarkets, however, is a pretty major problem but it is probably an issue that afflicts most campus universities. Red-brick universities can often have an advantage in that regard.

I have very little knowledge of Exeter but it seems unlikely that it offers better night life than York. Im much more familiar with Bristol and while it obviously offers greater choice than York, Leeds is probably actually a more interesting city, which is less than an hour from YU's campus via public transport.

Oh, and York is almost unparalleled in regard to pubs offering more historic hostelries than Leeds, Bristol and Manchester put together! Although not everyone likes ale, alas.


oh the real ale scene in York and the surrounding area is exceptional. Did you attend the festival on the racecourse in June?
Reply 46
The_Goose
oh the real ale scene in York and the surrounding area is exceptional. Did you attend the festival on the racecourse in June?


No, I only moved here in October unfortunately!
ABB offer from York yay!
Reply 48
robinyourpersie
ABB offer from York yay!


For what subject?

Congrats!
racoon97
For what subject?

Congrats!


Maths :cool:

So, are you at York?
Reply 50
I wouldn't get too caught up in reputation (read this whole thread as i am visiting york tomorrow). I was really into the league tables and whatnot when applying for chemistry and i dismissed york for Bristol and Sheffield. I went to Bristol this year and had an awful experiance. The accomodation was 45 minutes walk away (difficult to do every morning), i lived in a somewhat hospital ward, i found the other students very intimidating as most had come from well off private schools and i felt a culture clash (i found it difficult to adjust to the south being from midlands-found it unfriendly and pretentious). The city center was a further 15 minutes from the chem department, and the clubs although fantastic soon lost thier novelty after 2 hours of dancing and drinking, the best night i had was in a bar with one friend having a chat. i wound up depressed and had to suspend my studies. i lost my selfesteem among so many students which is why i'm looking faward to york! A smaller communal university well know for student satisfaction and support, you can look at rankings all day but when it comes down to it you need to make sure the whole university package is going to make your stay for 3 years a happy one :smile: (havn't really sold bristol there have i! sorry) xx
Reply 51
robinyourpersie
ABB offer from York yay!


Nice one, what grades did you get at AS? And how long did the offer take to arrive?
c_mour
I wouldn't get too caught up in reputation (read this whole thread as i am visiting york tomorrow). I was really into the league tables and whatnot when applying for chemistry and i dismissed york for Bristol and Sheffield. I went to Bristol this year and had an awful experiance. The accomodation was 45 minutes walk away (difficult to do every morning), i lived in a somewhat hospital ward, i found the other students very intimidating as most had come from well off private schools and i felt a culture clash (i found it difficult to adjust to the south being from midlands-found it unfriendly and pretentious). The city center was a further 15 minutes from the chem department, and the clubs although fantastic soon lost thier novelty after 2 hours of dancing and drinking, the best night i had was in a bar with one friend having a chat. i wound up depressed and had to suspend my studies. i lost my selfesteem among so many students which is why i'm looking faward to york! A smaller communal university well know for student satisfaction and support, you can look at rankings all day but when it comes down to it you need to make sure the whole university package is going to make your stay for 3 years a happy one :smile: (havn't really sold bristol there have i! sorry) xx


Hope you like us then! Weather's not great today, don't let that put you off...
Jimlon0
Nice one, what grades did you get at AS? And how long did the offer take to arrive?


AABB in m,fm, phys, eco

applied 13th offer recieved 4th Nov
Reply 54
c_mour
i lived in a somewhat hospital ward, i found the other students very intimidating as most had come from well off private schools and i felt a culture clash (i found it difficult to adjust to the south being from midlands-found it unfriendly and pretentious).


There's certainly a lot of upper middle class students in York! They're a much less dominant group than at Bristol and most 'Sutton 13' universities though. York should provide a pretty different environment in many respects.

c_mour
A smaller communal university well know for student satisfaction and support, you can look at rankings all day but when it comes down to it you need to make sure the whole university package is going to make your stay for 3 years a happy one :smile:


It's definitely very important that people choose a university/city in which they are likely to be happy! For most disciplines there may well be 25 universities which would provide a good education, so it's a pretty major consideration in my opinion.
Disadvantages?

Erm. It's slipping down the league tables, but still really well respected especially as it is such a young university. Uni is currently screwing over the students with higher rents, reduced accommodation cleaning, reduced portering hours and such, but then what university isn't trying to cut costs?

I adore York, I really do. Always a decent bar (or 10) for a night out, even if the clubs are not particularly big or sexy. Beautiful city, loads of student housing avaliable, leafy campus, loads of ducks and geese, town is an easy walk from most places, good bus links . . . really, compared to daan saaf, it's pretty bloody awesome.
lotsofsnails
ahhh i know what you mean about morrisons. i got way too much when i was in there last week (frozen food, drinks cartons, washing powder, fruit) and it was agony walking back :pinch:

the closest bus would be the #4 on Heslington Road (which i was forced to get :o:)


[quoting you, but directing at everybody discussing shopping] - why not do a Tesco/Asda order? Both deliver to campus, it can cost about £5.50 for delivery - but if you have more than two people ordering, it's cheaper than the bus, and comes directly to your home.

Or, you could walk to Iceland on Fulford rd., as they'll deliver the shopping if you do the shopping there.

And although the bus is quite expensive to the town centre, it's just a flat-rate £2.50 to anywhere in the city; if you're going from Hes. to Acomb, it's still £2.50 - which I don't think is too bad. Why you'd go to Acomb, I don't know :p: but it's nice to have that option.

Plus, I'm quite surprised that people think that campus is far from the city centre, considering the distance from some campus unis. Yes, it's not a city-centre uni (apart from Kings Manor), but then what do you expect from a campus? :p: And it's only a twenty-five/thirty minute walk from town, or a ten minute bike ride.

The 'clublife' isn't great, yes - but as people have said, if you go out expecting to have a laugh and go with some good friends, it's always a good night. The bars and pubs totally make up for the clubs, but then I'm not a very 'clubby' person, anyway.
Reply 57
It's slipping down the league tables


Not all of them - it's moved up the Times Top 100 - it's now 73rd in the world, and was 82nd a couple of years ago
Doodahdoo
[quoting you, but directing at everybody discussing shopping] - why not do a Tesco/Asda order? Both deliver to campus, it can cost about £5.50 for delivery - but if you have more than two people ordering, it's cheaper than the bus, and comes directly to your home.

Or, you could walk to Iceland on Fulford rd., as they'll deliver the shopping if you do the shopping there.


The bus is £1 from Heslington Road. And...I dunno...I just prefer to be in the shop doing it...

And Iceland don't have everything I like (organic stuff etc.) :o:
Reply 59
i'm appplying to hullyork medical school so get randomly allocated to one or the other! trying to not make my mind up about which is better so i wont be dissapointed :frown:

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