The one thing I wasn’t prepared for at university was the amount of “free time” that I was about to gain. I had been on a two year long gap year and had worked or travelled or been in theatre productions constantly and was therefore not used to just sitting and being. This free time is obviously scheduled into your timetable to be used for reading and research and writing essays, but being young and only human we can’t be expected to spend ALL our free time doing university work.
And that is the great thing about coming to the city of York to study; you will find there is plenty for you to do to keep yourself busy. One of my favourite things to do is go and try a new coffee place at least once a week with a friend, and there are so many cute independent coffee shops that provide amazing quality food and drinks for a better price than Starbucks or Costa.
A list of my favourite coffee/food shops that I have visited so far are:
Fossgate Social: A quirky coffee shop that also serves food and turns into a bar at night (they serve all types of gin!) They do brilliant hot chocolates with “latte art” and serve delicious chocolate cake and brownies. The interior is very cosy and modern and you can stay in there for hours.
Coffee Culture: A small but lovely coffee shop that serves amazing paninis and the staff are very friendly. They also do all day-breakfasts which is amazing & delicious smoothies.
Hungry Artist: I love this cafe as you can go in and do colouring in with art therapy books they provide or drawing & there’s even a tiny room upstairs with a guitar in! They have great cakes and a really interesting tea selection.
Obviously there is a lot more to do in York than just eat delicious cake and visit quirky coffee shops but it is a nice way to take a break in your day, get to know different parts of the city & hey you could even take some of your work with you!