There is so much to do in York… anything from having a laugh with some mates whilst on a night out or having a relaxing evening elsewhere. I am going to share with you a few of my favourite hotspots in York. From eating to shopping York has it all, and being on a student budget doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Not everything costs an arm and a leg so it’s all about finding the best student deals and other potential offers which can save you some money.
First of all, the Nook. As you can get from the name, the Nook is a hidden gem, a small café which does some of the best sandwiches, coffees and fancy cocktails. Its laid-back vibe is very relaxing and a great escape from the hectic schedule of a university student. Some evenings they have live music and a happy hour to go with it. This is a great place to go with friends for a light lunch and a few drinks of a coffee. Unwind here when the weather is rubbish!
Staying on the culinary front I’d also suggest if you’re a curry lover check out Mumbai Lounge, the food is great and students in some societies can get a discount. Take the advantage on filling up on some wholesome food before you have to go back and cook for yourself.
Aside from food, there are other fun things to do. Before I came to York I hadn’t been bowling in years, probably since a tenth birthday party back in primary school but this underrated activity is a fantastic way to spend an evening with friends. York tenpin bowling does a range of deals which makes for a cheap evening out from as little as 3 games for £7. It’s always nice to mix it up from watching yet another movie or going for a drink in the same old pub. Don’t get me wrong that’s nice to do too but it’s nice to do something different.
Slightly out of town, on the number 7 bus, you will find the York Designer Outlet. Now if you’re looking for a bargain nip here and see if you can bag yourself a discount at any of the shops such as Nike, Calvin Klein or the Kooples. These are just a small handful or the stores located here and when all that shopping becomes tiring go for a sit down at one of the many cafés and restaurants at the outlet.
My final recommendation is you must take a trip to the Fossgate social (soon you will realise there are many “gates” in York). Yet another bar/café fusion – there is something about the atmosphere in this place which just makes you feel relaxed. It is always buzzing and has a vibrant feel. The quirky décor and interesting drinks menu means you can happily spend an evening here with friends.