5 of the Best Student Accommodation in York

by Allie d'Almo  |  Published November 8, 2021

Renowned for academic excellence and a lively cultural scene, York is one of the UK’s most popular cities for students. 

A standard studio bedroom at Student Castle York (Photo: Student Castle)

A striking medieval city set in the midst of some of England’s most beautiful countryside, York is one of the country’s most academic cities. It might be small compared to London or Manchester but that hasn’t made it any less popular with students either; York has twice been voted the best student city in England. It’s home to two prestigious universities and a handful of reputed colleges, as well as a thriving nightlife, quirky independent shops and that infamous ‘northern hospitality’. There’s also a wealth of excellent accommodation options for students. With so many to choose from, we’ve selected five of the best student accommodation in York based on location, price, facilities and reviews. 

Student Castle 

Student Castle started life with a handful of apartments in Newcastle and has since expanded to encompass eight different cities across the UK. Its York offering is conveniently located in the heart of the city, less than a mile from the train station and a 20-minute stroll from the main campuses of the University of York and York St John Univerity. There’s a range of flats, studios and twin rooms to choose from, each boasting en-suite bathrooms and a well-equipped living/kitchen area. Other handy features include free 100MBPs internet, free bike rental and storage and 24/7 security. There’s also a spacious two-floor common room featuring a TV area, a communal study space with large tables and booths, a games room, an outdoor courtyard and a fully-equipped gym. 

Student Castle (York Railway Station), 80 Walmgate.  Rooms from £173 per person, per week. 

The Coal Yard 

A studio at The Coal Yard, York (Photo: The Coal Yard)

Offering stylish accommodation in the heart of York, The Coal Yard is a 9-minute walk from York St John University and a short bus ride from the University of York. There’s a range of flats to choose from, each offering four tiers of accommodation. En-suite bedrooms feature queen-sized beds, private en-suite shower rooms and a shared kitchen and lounge, while the studios feature double beds, desks and self-contained kitchens. Every flat is kitted out with modern kitchen fittings, smart TVs and secure electronic door entry with 24-hour CCTV too. 

The Coal Yard (York Railway Station), 11 Mansfield Street. Rooms from £169 per person, per week. 

Almero Student

Almero Student is conveniently located west of York city centre on Holgate Road, just half a mile from York Railway station. It’s best suited to students studying in the city centre or at St. John York University. There are three tiers of bedrooms to choose from: ‘Delux En-suite’, ‘Premier En-suite’ and ‘Studio’. The cheapest rooms feature comfy double beds and spacious bathrooms, while the studio flats offer in-room living spaces too. Room prices include all utilities, TV licence and WiFi, as well as 24/7 support for any household or maintenance issues to make student living a little easier. 

Almero Holgate Road (York Railway Station), 104 Holgate Road. Rooms from £179 per person, per week. 

VITA Student 

VITA Student York boasts six acres of campus-style accommodation. Vita operates up and down the country, but this is their first-ever dedicated ‘Student Village’. It’s just a ten-minute walk from the city’s universities too. Students can take their pick from 644 rooms spread across three fun-filled floors. Rooms range from the ‘Classic’ featuring a double bed and en-suite to the ‘Ultimate Vita’ featuring a kingsized bed and a large outdoor terrace. Best of all are the communal spaces, which include movie rooms, study spaces and a state-of-the-art gym. It’s an excellent option for sociable sorts too, with a jam-packed calendar of events and activities including pop-up golf, yoga classes, cocktail making and PT sessions. 

Vita Student York (York Railway Station), Lawrence Street. Rooms from £225 per person, per week. 


ABODE is located within the historic city walls just off Walmgate, a 20-minute stroll from both university campuses. Students can choose from ‘Twin Studio’, ‘Standard En-suite’ and ‘Delux Twin Studio’ room options. Twin studios feature two single beds, study desks and a fully equipped kitchenette, offering an affordable option if you don’t mind buddying up to share a smaller space. At the other end of the spectrum, the deluxe apartment features two queen-sized beds with a separate kitchen and lounge area. Students can also enjoy access to a spacious common area, study and meeting rooms, a fully-equipped gym and a games room. York’s best-loved cafes, restaurants and bars are on the doorstep too. 

ABODE (York Railway Station), Foxton House, Percy’s Lane. Rooms from £142 per person, per week.