By population, Leeds is the third largest city in the UK with a population totaling 757,700. Of that figure, approximately 37,000 are full-time students, attending the four universities – Leeds Beckett University, University of Leeds, Leeds Trinity University and Leeds Art College. There is also a further gathering of core students attending many of the colleges situated in Leeds, including Leeds College of music and the Northern School of Contemporary Dance.
So, just where is the best place to live as a student in Leeds?
Headingley is perhaps the most popular student area – maybe even in the whole of Yorkshire! There’s a bustling high-street complete with shops from charity to boutique to supermarkets, as well as some pretty popular restaurants such as Nando’s, Head of Steam and Reds’ True Barbecue. And what is likely to be even more pleasing to students – there is a generous offering of awesome bars as well. It really is no surprise that Headingley was recently named 24th in the “Top 50 urban places to live in the UK”.
It’s also pretty ideal for transport too. The train station provides frequent services into the city centre, and you can also catch a train heading to anywhere in the country. There are also frequent bus services into the city, so whichever university or college you attend will be easily commutable.
Kirkstall is often overlooked when it comes to finding accommodation in Leeds but this is also a central and convenient area. It’s located on the eastern side of the stunning River Aire, only a 20-minute bus ride from the city centre, and within walking distance of quirky, incredible Headingley too.
You have access to everything you can imagine here with the brilliant Cardigan Fields on your doorstep. There’s also an Aldi supermarket and an Asda, a cinema, an arcade, a bowling alley and a plethora of restaurants, so you needn’t make the journey into the city centre for a decent meal out. Plus, there’s a nightclub with a McDonalds that is practically adjacent – what more could you want as a student!?
If you’re less bothered about quirkiness and convenience and are looking to save, Burley is an extremely affordable option. The Burley Park train station is a short 10-minute walk from the majority of student housing, meaning you can easily make the journey into Headingley or Kirkstall for a meal out or some groceries. Plus, with an abundance of traditional pubs, you can experience a night out in true Northern style. And to work off those drinks, you can take advantage of the Xercise4Less gym’s brilliant student memberships.
Hyde Park is sandwiched between Headingley and the city centre, making it an ideal choice for students living in Leeds. However, because property demand is so high, prices are often a tad steep. That said, that extra expense can be seen inside some of the renovated houses – you won’t want to move back home!
The University of Leeds is less than a 10-minute bus journey, or a 20-minute walk away. There are an array of cafes, pubs and general convenience shops. Plus, it’s home to many of the infamous Otley Run’s pitstops!
Regardless of the area you chose to reside in, consider a man and van hire in London, Leeds, Liverpool or Leicester – you name it! Hiring somebody to transport all of your things means you have more time to look up the best bars.