Life in Leeds
Your Student Town
Headingley and Hyde Park Experience
Looking forward to being a student? Spend some time in Headingley and Hyde Park, and you'll want to be one forever.
It's the best of both worlds – a buzzing student community, right on the doorstep of a thriving city centre. Lots of students choose the area to be their home, both during and after uni, and it’s easy to see why…
Lively social scene
The majority of Leeds' students call Headingley home and it's crammed with independent boutiques, gift shops, vintage emporiums, supermarkets, charity shops and bakeries, not to mention countless bars and cafes catering to every taste and budget.
And how can we talk about the area’s watering holes without mentioning the infamous Otley Run. The now legendary pub crawl begins in Headingley and ends – if you’ve the stamina – at the Dry Dock outside our City Campus. Fancy dress and a mid-point meal are both very much encouraged.
We think our Hyde Park beats its London namesake hands down. Just a stroll from Headingley, it has everything from vintage boutiques and antique emporiums to fancy dress shops and laid-back cafes. Film buffs will love the Hyde Park Picture House, a historic cinema showing independent films and the latest releases.
As soon as the sun shows its face, the park becomes a magnet for students and the temperature doesn't have to be far from Baltic climates for the flip-flops and Frisbees to come out.
Cult music venue
Once a local working men's club (think cabaret and bingo), the Brudenell Social Club is now one of Leeds's best live alternative music venues. Tucked away in LS6, it's a great place to catch a band before they hit the big time. The Brudenell has played host to the Kaiser Chiefs, Franz Ferdinand and The Cribs.
Top flight sports
Headingley Carnegie Stadium is home to rugby league’s 2014 Challenge Cup winners the Leeds Rhinos and the RFU Championship side Leeds Carnegie. With a capacity of 21,000, it has hosted Rugby League World Cup matches, and is the venue for the Varsity ruby match between Leeds Beckett University and the University of Leeds.
If pimms and picnics are more your thing, right next door to the rugby ground is the cricket pitch, the home of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, which hosts test matches and one day internationals.
Multi cultural Community
Leeds is a proud multicultural city, and this is very much reflected in the community of Hyde Park. With residents from around the world, there are great shopping, religious and cultural opportunities to make the most of.
If you do feel like getting out and about Headingley and Hyde Park have great transport links. Its two train stations provide easy access to the city centre, plus heaps of bus routes serve the area from all across the city. Breath-taking countryside is just short car or bus ride away from the Yorkshire Moors, Yorkshire Dales and Bronte country.