Leeds Student Accommodation & Housing
The city of Leeds is home to the 8th largest university population in the UK and there’s a wide range of student accommodation to match.
There are loads of things that make Leeds a top city to live in. If you’re after that big city-feel without the London price tag, Leeds is a fantastic choice. With a pint averaging at only about £2.40 you can go out with just £20 and still have money left for a taxi and kebab on the way home. Leeds is also known to be a bit of a northern music hub with plenty of music prodigies hailing from Leeds including Kaiser Chiefs, The Pigeon Detectives, and Alt-J.
Leeds has a huge array of clubs, shops, pubs, restaurants, and tiny little independent places to tempt you into splurging that student loan, but all those little joints need part time staff. For those of you wanting a little more cash in your pocket every month, all the student accommodation areas in our guide have mixture of eateries and shops as well as affordable student housing. In Leeds your university, your part time job and your accommodation can all be within walking distance.
Student Housing in Leeds
With three Unis (University of Leeds, Leeds Met, and Leeds Trinity) there’s plenty of student accommodation to go around. In fact, you’ll find student housing in Leeds scattered all over the city, including both the city centre and more suburban areas. The Leeds Student Housing Guide is here to break it down bit by bit so you can make the best choice according to your budget and your location.
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Leeds Student Accommodation
When it comes to student housing in Leeds you’re quickly going to find that you’re spoilt for choice. It might make it harder to choose somewhere to settle down for a year or two (or three or four) but it means you can get exactly what you want without too much compromise.
When living in the city centre the perks are obvious. You’re slap-bang in the middle of all the action. With all the best bars, clubs, and shops right on your doorstep, the city centre is a great place to live as a student. However, this great location does come at a bit of a cost, with rents being considerably more expensive than elsewhere
On the flip side areas of Beeston, like Cross Flatts, have started to attract more students in the last few years due to new a number of new builds and the diversity of cultures the area offers. These areas are significantly cheaper than the city centre and have good transport links. Be sure to double check areas of Beeston before committing to anything though, as some parts can be… less savoury.
Headingley is one of Leeds’ most popular student areas. With a diverse range of properties, bars and restaurants; Headingley has it all. The Headingly campus of Leeds Metropolitan University is located in far Headingley, and the area is conveniently located for both universities and Leeds City Centre. It’s well-served with frequent bus services and an accessible train route into Leeds and beyond.
Another area with an ideal location amidst Universities and student amenities is Hyde Park. Along with the draw of the park itself, there are plenty of shops, bars and eateries. The area is situated between the University of Leeds campus and Headingley and is a traditional area of housing for students; it consists mainly of old, through terraced and back-to-back housing.
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Holbeck is situated in inner-south Leeds, adjacent to the southern end of Leeds City Centre. It comprises a mix of older terraced and back-to-back housing at low costs. There are a range of local pubs and cafes and shopping facilities are close by in Beeston Hill and the city centre. It is close to the South Leeds Sports centre and the Leeds Climbing Wall, is accessible to Leeds City centre by bus, and offers easy access to the M621.
The area of Burley Park also has a wide range of student properties on offer, including terraced housing, flats and a number of new developments. Just fifteen minutes’ walk from the centre and ideally located for regular bus routes to the universities; it’s definitely a great location for second and third year students. Burley also benefits from being close to the Cardigan Fields Complex where a Vue Cinema, restaurants, bowling alley and Virgin Active gym can be found. There is also a large Morrison’s and Aldi nearby, perfect for shopping on a budget.
Be sure to check out Woodhouse as well. This part of town is situated adjacent to Little London and the University of Leeds campus and offers a pleasant green route to Headingley. Woodhouse is served by a number of pubs and eating places and is close to the cafes, shops and pubs on Hyde Park Corner. It is one of the cheaper student options, offering mainly back to back and terrace housing, but with the city centre developing rapidly, it’s fast becoming a very attractive location.