Great accommodation in a peaceful environment only 10 minutes from the City Centre.


Vanbrugh College is located close to the centre of the University of York campus. There is acres of greenery and a peaceful lake which is the ideal place to stay for easy access to the University of York and to the City of York, only two miles away, with buses to the city centre and the railway station running every ten minutes.

There is a frequent free bus service from Vanbrugh college to the Ron Cooke Hub and Law and Management buildings. The number 44 bus stop is located on University Road and will take you directly to the Ron Cooke Hub on the Heslington East campus. 

History to the present day

Vanbrugh College was opened in 1967 as part of the second stage of the University's development, serving residences for Vanbrugh Quad. Since then the college invested in new residential buildings in 2008.

The College is closely connected to the Departments of History, History of Art, Language and Linguistics, and Music, and provides accommodation for over 600 students as well as social and support networks for over 1700 college members.

Food and Drinks

Your breakfast location will be Vanbrugh dining room and will be served between 7.30am and 9.00am. 

Grounds and gardens

The University of York offers a wealth of grounds to include sports fields, a central lake and a beautiful lawned garden near Heslington Hall. A fantastic relaxing place to stay in such a cosmopolitan city.

Other facilities

All rooms come with tea and coffee making facilities, linen and towels to make your stay a welcoming and pleasant one. If you forget your toiletries we have some available at reception for a small donation to Jesse's fund.



21st century buildings

Breakfast Included

Private parking (charge)

No smoking

Children welcome

Minimum age 16


Free broadband access (wired)

Shared gardens

Squash court

Tennis court


24 hour security

Linen included

Towels included

Iron/ironing board

Hair dryers


Central heating

Food and Drinks


Continental breakfast (included)

Cooked breakfast (included)

Lunch available (at additional cost)

Dinner available (at additional cost)

Nearby Recreations

Recommended walks

Pub (walking distance)

Pub (a short drive)

Museums (a short drive)

Historic houses

Golf course (walking distance)

Tennis courts (walking distance)

Recommended restaurants (walking distance)

Recommended restaurants (a short drive)

Theatre (a short drive)

Age restrictions

Children welcome

Minimum age 16

Vanbrugh College, University of York - Reviews


Based on 52 reviews
Service 3.7
Rooms 3.5
Food 3.7
Website 3.9
Value 3.8
Overall Experience 3.6

Very happy with cleanliness and comfort of the room (andall areas of the campus), and .helpfulness of staff . Would l rebook? Definitely yes.
Mr john p

I was Particularly impressed with the restaurant staff and quality of food.
Miss Charmain F

really great stay - I do not think that the room was tidied/ refreshed during my stay - should this happen?
Mrs Sara T

Impressively enjoyable - thank you!
Mr Ken T

Thank you.
Dr Sinan A

Travel Info

Address: Vanbrugh College, York, Yorkshire, YorkYO10 5DD, United Kingdom

Check-in: From 2pm. Check-out: 9.30am.

Upon arrival please go to Vanbrugh College Reception to collect your key. The reception will be manned 24 hours, 7 days a week. If you are going to be later, please advise us in additional requirements and we will send you check-in details.

Car Parking is available in Car Park Central (a 4 minute walk from the accommodation). Parking is charged at £1.00 per hour for up to 4 hours, then £6.00 for up to 10 hours. Parking is free overnight from 6pm to 8am and over the weekend from 6pm on Friday to 8am on Monday. Once parked, follow signs for Vanbrugh College Reception to check-in.  


The University of York is based just off the A64 South East of the City of York

By Car from the A64: Turn off the A64 at the junction signposted York/Hull and head towards the City. You will pass B&Q on your right. Turn left at the next roundabout following signs for the University. You are now on site. Take the 2nd exit at the first roundabout and go straight through the traffic lights. Go right at the next roundabout/juntion and take the first exit at the next. This will take you onto University Road. On the left hand side you will see a sign for Car Park Central.

By Car from the City: Leave the city following signs for Hull. At the traffic lights turn right, following signs for the University. At the first roundabout go straight over and look for Central Car Park on the right hand side.

By train: York has fantastic rail links across the country and booking in advance can provide great deals. The station is only 2 miles from the University of York and will cost around £6-8 in a taxi or you can catch the number 4 bus from outside the station which leaves every ten minutes directly to the University of York campus.

By Taxi: If you are arriving in a taxi, please ask for Vanbrugh College Reception. This will cost £6-8 from the station or city centre.

By Bus: The number 4 bus leaves from outside the railway station and the city centre every ten minutes. The bus takes 10-20minutes depending on traffic and sets of every 10-15 minutes both ways until around midnight. Get off at the main University Road stop and Vanbrugh College is a 2 minute walk past the shops towards the lake.