Known for its historical landmarks such as York Minster and the city walls, the city of York in North Yorkshire has recently been named as one of the best places to live in Britain by The Sunday Times. The city's excellent cafes, restaurants and bars, innovative industries and a mixture of modern and medieval architecture propelled it to the top of the list.
Initially founded by the Romans, York lies in the Vale of York, a flat area of fertile arable land bordered by the Pennines, the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Wolds. Its ancient architecture, rich history and beauty have made York both a sought-after place to live, as well as a thriving tourist destination.
Amenities and attractions:
There are so many things to do and see in York from paying a visit to York Minster, one of the largest cathedrals in Northern Europe, to going to the National Railway Museum and uncovering 300 years of railway history. For a family day out, the York Maze is a great way to entertain the kids, and for those seeking the latest fashion trends, the York Designer Outlet offers everything you would need under one roof.
There is something in York and its surrounds for everyone.
Top schools in the area:
York has the highest proportion of children in good or outstanding secondary schools in all of Yorkshire and the Humber, according to Ofsted. There are over 100 Primary Schools within the York area that have a performance of over 80%. There are also over 20 Secondary Schools within York rated 100% on the Ofsted performance. York University is an international community with over 16,000 students from over 140 different countries.
York’s Fulford School and Tadcaster Grammar School placed eight and nine respectively in the top ten state secondary schools in Northern England according to the rankings in Parent Power, The Sunday Times Schools Guide 2018.
Queen Ethelburga’s College in York topped the independent secondary school rankings for the North, with York’s St Peter’s School named the third best performing independent school, The Mount School is ranked the sixth-best, Queen Margaret’s School ninth, and Bootham School tenth.
What it costs to live in the area:
There is a wide range of properties available to buyers looking to live in York. In July 2019, the average property price in the area was £298,893, which has increased by 1.17% in the past three months. Over the past year flats in York sold for an around £210,635, while terraced homes sold for an approximately £254,422 according to Zoopla.
Fine & Country York say that the average monthly price to rent a furnished 85m² property is £921.00 and the average price to buy a semi-detached property in York is £257,900.
Who would it suit:
York suits a mixture of residents. From large families with children who live on the outskirts of the city, to CEO’S who live in the city centre. Then in-between like first-time buyers and the elderly that have retired. There is something for everyone in York.
Cost of an annual season ticket:
There are around 43 trains a day between York and London Kings Cross with the fastest direct route taking 1h 47m.
Annual season ticket costs:
York to London Terminals - £14,888
York to London Travelcard Zones 1 – 6 - £15,524
There is also a large number of York residents who commute to Leeds.
York to Leeds - £1,908 (Valid only on Northern Trains services)
York to Leeds - £2,384 (Travel is allowed via any permitted route)
Seasonal tickets can be purchased through trainline.com.
The cost of a bus pass is £66.00 per month. This gives you access to seven different bus services within York for the whole month.
Parking costs at the station:
You can pay month by month by pre-booking your parking spots. This averages out at £161.00 pounds per month. However, per hour is averaged at £1.60.