YORK is one of the most expensive cities for students looking to rent, a new study has found.

Zoopla compiled a list of the most and least affordable places for cash-strapped students to rent homes.

York was the only Yorkshire location on the list - coming in eighth place.

University students pay an average of £886 per month, according to the property website.

London - which has a student population of nearly 400,000 and 40 different universities - came in first place for competitively priced rentals.

The average rental costs £1,549 a month.

Almost as pricey is Oxford, home to one of the oldest universities in the world, where prices average £1,379 a month..

In third place is Brighton, where University of Sussex students can expect to pay £1,369 a month for a rental home.

Cambridge and Bristol take fourth and fifth spot on the list, with average rents of £1,241 and £1,074 respectively.

Meanwhile Hull ranked number one for the most affordable cities with an average rent of £495.