Vita Student accommodation on Lawrence Street has opened it’s doors to give the public a look behind the scenes at the former St Joseph’s Convent.
The convent, which was founded in 1864 by a group of sisters who came to York from Bruges, is now home to 644 students.
The accommodation is no ordinary student halls. Residents enjoy free use of a gym, complete with personal trainers, a state of the art cinema room and private dining facilities that can be booked in advance. If that doesn’t impress you, perhaps the 20 plus individual and group study rooms might or the fact that there’s an app to tell you when your washing is done.
The main building retains much of its original features, sewing machines and dominoes that were left behind by the nuns, are used to decorate the rooms and outside, the orchard has been left as it was.
Previously a chapel, the main social space is reminiscent of a 5 star hotel and has a games room complete with a pool table, ping pong table and much more.
Vita Student Managing Director, Lee McLean, said; “We wanted to create an amazing space for students, whilst embracing the history and culture behind the site. A lot of time was spent researching the sites’ heritage to ensure we reflected this in the design and build. We believe Vita Student York is a truly unique residence which offers a desirable, safe and motivational environment for our students, which in turn has an invaluable impact during their time of study.”
Prices start from £161.70pw for a standard studio room which includes all bills, a grab and go breakfast, the use of all facilities including personal training and gym classes, as well the events put on by the Vita Student team.
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