There are several excellent quality hostels in York, a city packed with great budget accommodation options.
Hostels have changed radically in recent years – they are no longer the grungy domain of huge, noisy dorms. Hostels of today offer private en-suite rooms with small, cosy dorms and attract backpackers, couples and families looking for a social, self catering budget stay.
Why stay in a hostel in York?
York is a historic city with great architecture from medieval, Georgian and Victorian architecture. Each of the hostels in this post are located in historic, grand houses – you will not stay in a featureless hotel that could be anywhere in the world.
Hostels in York welcome families, couples, solo travellers and groups and receive excellent reviews on TripAdvisor and social media.
York hostels are very affordable so are an ideal choice for those travelling on a budget.
Plus, hostels in York allow you to self cater which helps your travel budget and your dietary requirements.
Whether your choice of accommodation is a party hostel or a quiet hostel, hostel’s communal kitchens, living rooms and outdoor spaces result in social connections.
Hostels are staffed by knowledgeable people who are happy to help with questions and local directions.
Furthermore, each of the hostels featured here boast fantastic locations with excellent transport links.
Hostels in York
York Youth Hostel Association (York YHA)
This large hostel is housed in a lovely, converted manor house in the historic Clifton area of York, a short walk outside the city walls.
The hostel is set in its own spacious, leafy grounds adjacent to the River Ouse and underwent a £2 million renovation in 2013.
It currently has 203 beds across 45 rooms, 32 of which are en-suite. The hostel offers single, twin and double rooms as well as dorms. Each dorm bed has a power point and a light.
There is a well stocked kitchen, a large lounge and games room plus an onsite restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The hostel has one accessible ground floor bedroom with an en-suite accessible bathroom.
Guests access their rooms with a key card and there is free WiFi on site.
This is friendly hostel but not a party hostel and attracts many groups and business people. York YHA is a perfect choice if visiting York with kids as the hostel is adjacent to Homestead Park and playground.
The hostel offers free parking on site – a rarity in York – and a bike store.
Price – Bunk bed in an en-suite dorm £24. Private double en-suite double
Please note – These current prices are much lower than normal due to communal area closures as a result of the current pandemic.
Access to York – York city centre is a 15 minute walk along historic Bootham to Bootham Bar and York Minster. Or choose the traffic free 15 minute walk along the pedestrianised leafy path by the River Ouse. This route is popular with cyclists and joggers.
Alternatively, you can catch a bus along Bootham to the city walls.
From York Rail Station – If you are arriving into York by train, it is a 25 minute walk to York YHA. Catch a taxi or the Number 2 Rawcliffe Park and Ride Bus from Station Avenue, a one minute walk from York rail station.
Fort Boutique Hostel
The Fort Boutique Hostel has an unbeatable city centre location, right in the heart of the pubs and restaurants on historic Stonegate. It is situated above one of York’s most popular bars and restaurants, Kennedy’s.
As a result, there is no parking on site and the hostel is affected by party going noise at night. To combat this, the hostel helpfully provides guests with free ear plugs!
The hostel is just a few minutes from some of the best things to do in York – York Minster, the city walls and The Shambles – and if you are an early riser, staying at The Fort means you are just steps away from experiencing these empty attractions and the quiet streets of early morning York before the crowds descend.
The Fort Boutique Hostel has been thoughtfully designed with each room decorated to a different theme with original artwork.
Each of the small 6 – 8 bed dorms has a kitchen with free tea and coffee available and there are communal relaxing areas.
Some of the private en-suite rooms have their own lounge and kitchen and are a bargain for families or groups visiting York.
There are secure lockers available, a laundry and fast WiFi.
This 60 bed hostel was awarded ‘Best Hostel in England’ in 2014.
Price – One bed in a 6 bed en-suite dorm £36 pppn
Private Twin – £80
Private Double £85
Family Room – 6 bed ensuite with private lounge and kitchen £90
Access to York – it is on your doorstep!
From York Rail Station – It is not worth catching a bus or taxi to The Fort as vehicles cannot enter pedestrianised Stonegate. It is a 10 – 15 minute walk from the train station across Lendal Bridge to reach The Fort.
This hostel is located outside the city walls, in a large Grade 2 listed Victorian house full of character and original features. The hostel is in Holgate, a ten minute walk from Micklegate Bar and the city walls.
Astor Hostel York is part of the award winning Astor Hostels Group and offers clean, comfortable rooms, all of which are en-suite.
There is a well stocked kitchen with free tea and coffee which serves a light breakfast for just £1 with all proceeds from breakfast go to a local charity.
The hostel has a licensed bar, games room, two dining rooms and a colourful lounge with armchairs and sofas. There is free WiFi on site and free access to a PC and printer.
Astor Hostel York offers regular entertainment such as a quiz night, movie night and local bands. Despite this, families are warmly welcomed at this hostel.
The 19 bedrooms are accessed by key card with dorms ranging from 4 beds to 18 beds.
There is a small car park on site.
Price – One bed in an 18 bed dorm £25.20
One bed in a 6 bed en-suite dorm £28
Access to York – It is a 20 minute+ walk to York city centre and York Minster from Astor Hostel. Alternatively, catch the Number 1 bus from Holgate Road to either York Rail Station or to Exhibition Square near York Minster.
From York Rail Station – Astor Hostel York is a ten minute walk from the train station.
Safestay York is part of the Safestay hostel chain.
The York branch is housed in a grand Georgian townhouse packed with character on historic Mickelgate, a cobbled street running from the medieval stone gateway Mickelgate Bar into the city centre. Not many hostels are in such a grand, opulent building with sash windows and sweeping staircases!
This spacious hostel offers clean, comfortable private and dorm rooms as well as family rooms.
Dorms range from 4 to 12 beds and each dorm bed has a fully enclosing privacy curtain and under bed cage for storage.
There is luggage storage, laundry available, free WiFi and a small outdoor courtyard.
This friendly hostel offers an excellent continental breakfast at a budget friendly £3.50 per person, a dining room, bar and games room.
Hot and cold snack lunches and dinners are available from the snack bar. Unfortunately, there is no self catering kitchen on site but the hostel has a microwave available and free tea and coffee.
Safestay York is cheaper to book and pay online in advance. The prices below are ‘pay at check in’ prices.
Price – One bed in a 12 bed dorm £22
One bed in a four bed dorm £34
Access to York – York city centre is a five minute walk along Micklegate and over Skeldergate Bridge.
From York Rail Station – Safestay York is a 5-10 minute walk from the train station accessing Micklegate through historic Micklegate Bar.
Have you stayed at a hostel in York? Which hostel would you recommend?