The cultural capital
York is a beautiful city full of ghost walks, chocolate shops and amazing restaurants. The city is stepped in history and is renowned for its tangle of quaint cobbled streets. With its buzzing cafe culture and iconic minister there is something for everyone.
The accommodation layout
All rooms have ethernet-based internet which means majority of the time you need to be at your desk to be online. On the same street there are numerous pubs and restaurants – most doing mid-week deals and there is also a Tesco Express 2 minutes away. However, if you wanted to do a bigger shop there is a Morrison’s and Waitrose (for you food snobs) only 3 minutes walk away.
There is no parking at the accommodation and the parking wardens are hot on the scene so I wouldn’t chance leaving my car outside for longer than 20 minutes. Most students park in Farrar Street or a neighbouring street. Farrar Street is a 5 minute walk away (towards the university, down Lawrence Street). It is safe to leave your car here during the week and it has the added bonus of no risk of getting a ticket.
Between 4 to 5 students share a flat. The communal dining / living room has a table with 5 chairs, tall fridge / freezer, plenty of cupboard space, microwave, kettle, electric oven – note there is no toaster and no grill on the oven. There are no kitchenware supplies here so you will need to bring your own plates, cutlery, saucepans etc.
The rooms are long but narrow, overall fairly spacious. There is one double room per flat (which is massive!) and the rest are single rooms – so cross your fingers! Each room is en suite comprising of a basin, shower and toilet. In terms of storage there is a wardrobe – not the widest, 3 drawers, and 4 large book shelves. There is some box storage at the head of the bed and a long mirror on the wall.
The accommodation doesn’t provide any bedding or sheets so you will need to bring your own pillows, duvet and bed sheets. Each room has its own radiator, which you can turn on / off at your will, however it has a timer of an hour. Cleaners come in to clean the communal areas once a month and it’s up to you to take responsibility for your own room
Less than a stone’s throw away there is Walmgate and Fossgate – an area renowned for great restaurants and boutique shops. Further into the city centre there are amazing traditional pubs, cocktail bars and even more restaurants! There’s always a gig or pub quiz going on, alternatively there are a couple of cinemas to chose from or even the theatre. Every night there is a student club night so there is no shortage of parties!
York hospital is laid out so that is super easy to navigate your way around. There is one long corridor with junctions turning off it leading to the wards. The HYMS department can be found at the end of the hospital corridor, to your right when you come in via the main entrance. It is on the first floor and comprises of clinical skills rooms, conference rooms, a large computer room (although this gets rammed at lunch), lockers and teaching rooms.
The HYMS Learning and Research Centre (LaRC) has key card access and staff leave at 5pm so don’t make the mistake of staying late and leaving your key card in your bag in your locker!
The library can be found within the York St John University Library. This is a 2 minute walk away from the hospital back towards the accommodation. It has 9-5pm access. You need to sign up for this library and it has a wide range of books useful for all rotations you’ll have here.