That time of the year has come when students both old and new make the pilgrimage back to university. Saturday 17th September sees the new students at York St. John arrive, so make the most of your freshers week by getting involved in all the University led events and explore the city!
What to do in York?
Arrival weekend: September 17th/18th
On both days YSJSU are holding a welcome BBQ from 6pm, this is your chance to mingle with as many people as possible, as a student at YSJ you are asked to attend you designated welcome talk over the weekend, which is a quick run through some of the do’s and don’ts of university life and in the evenings Block Parties will be taking place, all helping you meet those you will be living and studying with.
Now we know that you’ll want to get rid of the parents as quickly as possible when you move in, but they have driven all the way to York to help you move, so here are a few places that are more ‘parent-friendly’ around York (this will give you time to get your bearings, and try and get a few drink’s and a meal before the apron strings are cut).
All Bar One (YO1 8RA) – The company offer you stylish wine bars across the country and the one in York is right in the city centre. Good food, drink and atmosphere, friendly staff and reasonable prices; All Bar One is just off the main shopping street (Coney Street) just passed Starbucks, opposite Bluefly.
Evil Eye Lounge (YO1 8AS) – This cocktail bar serves quality South East Asian food throughout the week, and one of the BEST Sunday roasts in York. Three sizes for the roast are on offer with various choices of meat. Also on offer is a wide variety of beers and cocktails, something for everyone! Located on Stonegate (near the Minster).
Oscars Wine Bar & Bistro (YO1 8AZ) – A fantastic restaurant located in the Minster Quarter in between Stongate and Goodramgate. If you want to really fill yourself up make sure you order the Nachos! Oscars is very popular and if you can’t get seats don’t worry as there are plenty of bars and restaurants in the located nearby, easiest being The Biltmore next door.
Tarts and Titbits (YO31 7EQ) – If you want a sandwich, then this is the place to go. Right next to the university on the corner of Gillygate, the shop with all of the amazing food in the window… that’s the place! A wide selection of meats, cheeses and breads you can make any combination of sandwich you wish.
Pig and Pastry (YO23 1AN) – A little further away than Tarts and Titbits (about 20 minute walk) but one of those local gems you have to experience at least once in your time in York. You’ll find Pig and Pastry on Bishopthorpe Road, and on your way there you’ll go past the Jorvik centre, Cliffords Tower, The Castle Museum and cross over the river, so the walk won’t be wasted!
The Kings Arms (YO1 9SN) – Okay, so this is more for the Dads; Locally brewed beer on draught which tastes great and has cheap prices to match! Order two pints at this pub and you’ll get change from a fiver! Located on the river, you can sit outside and watch the boats go past on the river. Hopefully it won’t have been raining as being right next to the river it has a tendency to flood…
La Creameria Cafe (YO1 7EH) – Offers a full menu of Tea’s and Coffees, one little gem in York’s treasure chest. They also make their own ice cream in an assortment of flavours. You can find this cafe near The Minster.
Have you got any other ideas? If so let us know below….