Having a wobble about moving to York - come tell me why it's lovely

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joshandjamie Thu 23-Feb-12 08:13:46

We made a rather rash decision in January and decided to move to York. I've been there once for two days. My husband is from Yorkshire. He wants to be closer to his elderly mother and he wants our children to go to private school (which we can't afford to do where we currently live). Our boys have got into Clifton and St Olaves. Our house is on the market. Basically once the school year is up, we're moving ready to start in Sept at the new schools.

We currently live in a big, grade 2 listed lovely house with a big garden and pool. Beautiful countryside on our doorstep. Good (free) schools.

The downsides - you've got to get in your car to get anything and the people are not massively friendly, although I do now have a circle of friends that it's taken me years to build up. We just couldn't see ourselves growing old here and figured we needed to make a move sooner rather than later.

Our reasons for moving to York (besides the schools and MIL situation) was to have the lovely amenities on our doorstep (i.e. not having to get in car everywhere) and friendlier people. But I'm now second guessing our decision. Will I make friends? Am I going to be spending my life stuck in traffic? Can we find a house that is bigger than a postage stamp to live in that is still walkable to the school.

Please come and tell me why living in York is lovely and how it is the right decision.

NixyMum Mon 07-Mar-16 15:50:39

Hello, we are also moving to York from down south in a couple of weeks! I would love to know how everyone who has recently moved there is getting on. Unfortunately we haven't managed to find a house yet (we'll be squeezing into my husband's temporary accommodation as he is already working up there) but our children (aged 7 and nearly 10) are due to start at Clifton and St Olave's after Easter so at least that's sorted. We would love to chat to/meet up with anyone also new to the area or with similar age children!

kevingreenhill Wed 02-Mar-16 11:14:05

Well we did exactly the same thing 4 years ago when we moved from London to Rawcliffe area of York. We have children that are now happily schooled at Bootham, they walk to school. It's a beautiful city and the people are really friendly.

lisaloulou84 Tue 23-Feb-16 17:25:00

ah lovely Pickles! Hope you're enjoying it so far? We are moving in 3 weeks to Cherry Street so definitely will message you re a meet up!

Pickles2015 Mon 22-Feb-16 18:20:21

Hi lisaloulou84,

We've just moved, been here (southbank area) a week now, and would be very happy to meet up when you arrive, just let me know and we can get a coffee organised. Hope the moving prep is going well! It is lovely here! X

lisaloulou84 Wed 17-Feb-16 12:55:58

Hi recent posters! I'm really glad to have found this thread, I'm moving to York to the southbank area in 3 weeks from Dulwich in South East London and though i'm from there originally it's still daunting! I would definitely be up for meeting for coffee or something when everyone gets there? Not sure if our kids are the same ages though, I have a just 2 year old boy. WildebeestH - how I will miss Crystal Palace Park!

Pickles2015 Sat 23-Jan-16 13:37:26

Yes I saw that Scarcroft school is due to expand, so that will provided some extra places and think we'll also have a look at Fulford area. Which village are you in andasliceofcakeplease, that sounds ideal to have that village community and be so close to town.
We're in south west London WildebeestH in wandsworth, perhaps we should try and meet up when we get to York, would be lovely to get to know some other people with kids of similar ages?

WildebeestH Fri 22-Jan-16 21:56:48

Only ten minutes? Can't be very far out... I'm intrigued?

Andasliceofcakeplease Thu 21-Jan-16 19:55:45

We are in one of the villages just south of York and although it takes 10 mins to bike to the station we have a choice of excellent secondaries and outstanding primary provision in the village. We looked both in York and further out but love where we are as there is a real community feel and lots for the kids to join in.

WildebeestH Thu 21-Jan-16 00:25:54

We also love the South bank area, although the other side of the river is in the Fulford catchment might would be a good thing longer term if the boundaries stay the same. Did you see that there's a proposal to expand Scarcroft Road primary in 2017? We're in south east London close to Crystal Palace Park at the moment. How about you?

Pickles2015 Tue 19-Jan-16 13:29:48

Hi WildebeestH,

Good to know we're not the only ones in this situation! We're looking around the southbank area, but schools are very full, so will have to see if we can get a place any where. We're also looking at Bootham junior school, which also looks amazing. I think if we start with private school we'll probably stick with it if we can, as don't really want to move the kids twice. It is all a bit daunting, but sure it will be ok and will hopefully look back in a year and wonder what I was worried about!!!
Sounds like things are moving for you guys too, where in London are you?

WildebeestH Mon 18-Jan-16 14:31:17

Hi. We're in a similar position, having both grown up in York. We'd been aiming at moving in the summer but things have changed jobwise and we're now about to put our (London) house on the market and get things moving asap. We're really hoping to get an in year place for our year one DS but it's terrifying how full the schools are. I'd be interested to know what areas you're all interested in living in. And, if you're looking at private schools, are you assuming that's a temporary thing till there's a school place or will you try to stick with it?

Kareng78 Mon 04-Jan-16 15:09:51

Hi everyone, we've just moved to York from Italy with 2 year old twins and I don't know anyone yet. If anyone fancies meeting up for a coffee sometime let me knowsmile thanks

Pickles2015 Sat 19-Dec-15 17:09:42

Hi Backupnorth1,
Thanks for your reply, not quite sure what I'm asking really either!!! think I'm just feeling a bit daunted by it all and hoping the transition is going to be ok, especially re schools Would be really lovely to meet when you move x

Backupnorth1 Tue 08-Dec-15 23:00:03

Hi Pickles2015,

Not quite what you are asking but we are moving from London to York next summer with a one year old, our family are nearby but I don't know anyone in York with kids if you want to meet at some point.
I do know York and it's lovely x

Pickles2015 Sun 29-Nov-15 18:46:22


I know this thread is a few years old, but when I read it it really resonated with me. We are in exactly this same position and will be moving to York from London in February with our 2 young kids. It's pretty daunting at the moment and just wondering how you got on joshandjamie? Or if anyone else has positive feedback on a similar experience? We are also looking at the private school route (the local state primary's had no places available) . . . Thanks so much!

SunshineOutdoors Wed 26-Jun-13 18:56:30

I've just moved to South Bank (across the river from Fulford) and absolutely love it here.

lilypoppet Wed 26-Jun-13 07:15:41

So glad I saw your message. I am moving to York from London and get anxiety attacks about it on a regular basis, even though I know I am doing the right thing. My DH was born in Fulford, but I've lived all over the place and that's why I hate moving. I am moving for the schools and to give our children a better life. Good luck!

chetempo Mon 08-Apr-13 17:11:15

I am still living in Italy but moving to York with my family in July. I am looking for a house and I would like to move to Rawcliffe. I looked at the Clifton with Rawcliffe school site and it seems quite a good scholl. Might anyone of you help me suggesting if the place I choose is good for families (my kids are 8 and 9)?
Thank you all!

PutThatCatOutNow Tue 13-Mar-12 20:35:44

We currently live in a big, grade 2 listed lovely house with a big garden and pool. Beautiful countryside on our doorstep. Good (free) schools.

State schools don't get much better than those in York! They all bar one have good or outstanding ofsteds and have fab results. In fact for sixth form Fulford gets the second best results in the city (ahead of St Peter's). I would take a look at all of the school options for secondary.

DontWorryBeHappy1994 Thu 08-Mar-12 20:48:23

York is great!! I recommend Bailey's cafe for food and drink because i work there its lovely ;)

joshandjamie Sat 03-Mar-12 18:01:41

Thanks Upatdawn and marzipananimal - just saw your replies. I am starting to get more excited about the whole thing now. Just need to find a house!

marzipananimal Fri 02-Mar-12 10:50:40

York is lovely! I used to live practically next door to St Olaves (still not too far from there) and it is a lovely little area. I think the main downside to York is that it's quite a long drive to the nearest good countryside eg. Dales, Moors and coast, but you can do lovely walks along the river and I often find as I walk around town, especially if it's sunny, that I feel like I'm on holiday smile

upatdawn Thu 23-Feb-12 19:07:00


upatdawn Thu 23-Feb-12 19:06:49

Other thing to mention - your childrens' school will be great for meeting new people so if you have the time get involved their.

upatdawn Thu 23-Feb-12 19:04:24

It is lovely here. Some lovely houses, beautiful river area, lots of green space and very good state schools as well as fab privates. It also occasionally smells of chocolate grin

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