Google Street View hits campus… But Heslington East is snubbed

york-university-2Lost on campus? Can’t find your lecture room? Then look no further as Google Street View has hit campus.

For the first time, both undergraduates and postgraduates can use the satellite facility to roam around the university without having to actually be at the university.

The feature, announced via Twitter on the 2nd of June, covers just the Heslington West campus after officials claimed it could not be introduced on Heslington East due to the barrier system in place there.

A spokesperson told us: “It may be that the Google Street View van operators were discouraged by these restrictions.”

Google Street View is a technology that uses both Google Maps and Google Earth to provide a real-life view from positions across the world.

Originally, the feature was just available for roads, but it has since extended to include rural areas and cities – and now university campuses.
Students have reacted to the addition of Street View at York via social media.

One tweeted: “Heslington Hall looks stunning in Google Street View! Indeed, it is a beautiful old building at @UniOfYork @yorkunisu!”

Another wrote: “I like the one where you can see the reflection of the Street View chap! With camera on back!”