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The best areas to live in York

If you’re looking to move to York but you’re not sure which region will suit your lifestyle best, read on to find out which are the best areas to live in York for families, students, young professionals and everything in between. 

York City Centre 

Living in a city isn’t for everyone, but it can be a great place to call home. Find yourself within walking distance of the famous Shambles Market or pay a visit to York Minster any day of the week – the whole city is at your fingertips. Our own Hungate development is in a prime city-centre location, meaning all you have to do is step outside to find yourself in the middle of a beautiful and thriving city, full of cafes and restaurants, independent and chain retailers, and a strong sense of community. 


Situated to the south of the city, Fulford is the perfect place for those looking to enjoy both sides of York. Find a home in the scenic countryside and then travel just 15 minutes by car or train and find yourself among the action in the city centre. The fantastic school options mean this is a great area to live in York for families, but it’s also popular with young professionals as attractions like the River Ouse and the Millennium Bridge are right on your doorstep. 


The University of York is in the centre of Heslington, making it the ideal area for students to live in York. Heslington is perfect for anyone who wants the feel of a village while being in reach of the town as you can travel to the city centre by bus in just 20 minutes. The pubs and cafes are popular with students while the Campus Lake found in the centre of the area is perfect for taking a relaxing stroll around on a sunny day. 

If you have a car, head to the Yorkshire Moors or the coastline in no time – perfect for those sunny days or if you're just heading out on a day trip. Take in the scenic moors or relax on the beach and know you’re only 45 minutes or 1.5 hours (respectively) away from home. 


The perfect location for professionals, Clifton is right outside York City Centre and is around an hour away from Leeds by car and train. Full of primary schools and nurseries, Clifton is a great place to make a home with kids while the parks and river walks are excellent for getting the whole family outdoors. 

Whether you work in the city centre or just fancy a day out, the handy transport links mean you can hop on a bus and reach the centre in just 20 minutes, perfect for a quick shopping spree followed by a bite to eat! 


Osbaldwick is popular with families and students alike due to the great school options and the proximity to the Heslington East University campus. This historic village has been around since the 11th century and is home to the Derwent Arms pub, open since 1823. For history fans looking for some quiet village living, this is a great spot to put down roots. 

Cycling enthusiasts are in luck too, as the large number of cycling routes in the area mean you can head out on your bike every weekend to try a new route – grab the kids for a family trip, or go for a ride to clear your head after that long library session. 

To find out more about life in York, read our blog on date night ideas or dog-friendly places around York.