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Where to live in Leeds

roundhayOakwoodMoortownChapel AllertonChapeltownMeanwoodHeadingleyWoodhouseHyde ParkLittle LondonUniversity of LeedsBurleyHorsforthKirkstallArmleyCity CentreHunsletCross GreenHarehillsBeestonHolbeckLittle WoodhouseBramley

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Key

Bus route The time taken to reach the University using public transport.

Railway Station Railway station.

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Of the total population of 715,402 approximately 30,000 of these people are students attending the two Universities and on to of this number there are also students at the various Colleges situated in Leeds. Students live in a variety of areas, some relating to the location of their college. For example Trinity and All Saints and Park Lane are in Horsforth and the Northern School of Contemporary Dance is in Chapeltown.

Headingley, Hyde Park and Woodhouse clearly have the largest student population but over the years students have spread to other parts of Leeds, primarily Kirkstall and Burley with expanding numbers living in Horsforth, Holbeck and Armley. You should not assume that only Headingley has something to offer you. Do not automatically discount other areas. Some students have moved to areas of Leeds that have rented properties that normally let to young professionals and keyworkers such as Harehills, Oakwood and Roundhay, all popular with nursing staff working at St James. All in all, areas of Leeds with accommodation to rent is a melting pot of (primarily) young people with thriving communities, shops, supermarkets, pubs, parks and sports centres. Public transport in Leeds is regular and widespread so getting around can be easy.

This map is intended to give you an overview of where there is rented property and young people living so that you can make an informed decision about where to live.

 

Amenities

Most of the areas mentioned have their local shopping parades, pubs and even sports centres and can be near the larger supermarkets. It is worth deciding what you want from an area and checking to see if the local amenities meet your needs or you may prefer to live in an area and shop and socialise in the city centre.

Cost £

Until properties have been let, rent levels cannot be accurately predicted. The price code used here is an indication of the difference found between areas with £ being the cheapest and £££ being the most expensive. Check the Unipol website for average rent levels for a shared student house to use as a benchmark. Remember there is a surplus of accommodation for students so be prepared to negotiate.

Safety

This is a difficult issue to discuss and statistics can often be misleading eg a high incidence of burglaries may be cause by a single ‘gang’ over a short period who have been apprehended and are no longer active. The other factor is that in one street there can be little crime and the street adjacent to it can be peaceful and crime free and this information is not accessible. The figures are update regularly by the police and it is worth visiting www.beatcrime.info for the latest.

The important thing to consider is how you feel in an area. If you do not feel safe then do not rent there.

Travel around Leeds

Leeds has a good bus transport network and frequent buses. It also has a number of railway stations so travel in and around Leeds is not very difficult.

If you are not within walking distance of your place of study make sure that you build transport costs into your budget and look at this together with rent levels. Visit the metro website for information about student travel cards. When looking at travel times compare it to how long it would take you to walk the distance – it can often be the same as a bus journey from a property further away from the University.

 

Armley LS12 ££

Armley is an inner urban area with a mix of older terraced housing and newer properties. There is a mixed community with growing numbers of Asian households and students moving in. It has a shopping centre on Town Street, a range of pubs and open spaces and parks. The Aviary’s area of Armley is accessible to the Vue entertainment centre on Kirkstall Road.

bus route 23 minutes. Frequency: Every 20-30 minutes

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Beeston LS11 £

Beeston is in two parts; Beeston Hill characterised by dense back-to-back housing and a large Asian population and is subject to an extensive regeneration programme. Younger people and students have been moving into the area attracted by low housing costs and proximity to Leeds city centre. Beeston is located on the other side of Cross Flatts Park and contains larger and more mature terraced and semi-detached housing. Both areas are close to the South Leeds Stadium and the White Rose Centre. Both are on the ‘No 1’ bus service to the Universities and Beeston Hill also offers easy access to the M621.

bus route 25-35 minutes. Frequency Every 10 minutes

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Bramley LS13 ££

Bramley is located in inner West Leeds and comprises a mix of older terraced housing, ‘residential estates of new detached and semi-detached homes and popular social housing estates. There is a shopping centre on Bramley Town Street, access to supermarkets, a recently restored swimming baths and a train station with regular access to Leeds and Bradford.

bus route 35-45 minutes

Railway Station. Frequency: Every 30 minutes to city centre

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Burley LS4 ££

Burley is adjacent to Headingley and Kirkstall and has become a base for students unable to live in Headingley or choosing to live a bit further out. There are a range of facilities on Burley and Kirkstall Road and it is close to the Vue entertainment centre. The housing is in a mix of older terraced housing, residential semi-detached housing and council estates.

bus route 30minutes

Walking 10 minutes

Railway Station (Burley Park to City Station)

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Chapel Allerton LS7 £££

Chapel Allerton is adjacent to Chapeltown heading north and is becoming a very popular place to live. It has a diverse population drawn from professionals, African Caribbean households moving on from Chapeltown and first time buyers. It has a range of terraced, back-to-back and residential family housing which is becoming very expensive. There is a vibrant ’village centre’ with designer shops, bars and restaurants.

bus route 30-35minutes - frequency: Every 10 minutes

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Chapeltown LS7 ££

Chapeltown is in inner north east Leeds and is home to a large African Caribbean community. It hosts the Chapeltown West Indian Carnival each year and has a diverse range of shopping, eating, drinking and cultural facilities including the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and the HOST Media Centre. There is a mix of older terraced housing of varying sizes and social housing.

bus route 15-20 minutes. Frequency: Every 20 minutes

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City Centre LS1 £££

Leeds City Centre has boomed over recent years and there has been a massive expansion of housing provision, a string of new purpose built student housing has been built, is in the process of being built, or is planned on the edge of the city centre. This is in walking distance of the facilities, entertainment and amenities in the city centre and the two universities.

bus route 10 minutes

10 minutes walk

Railway Station

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East End Park/Cross Green LS9 £

East End Park/Cross Green comprises predominantly a mix of older terraced housing but is also very close to the waterside apartment developments in the East Street Corridor, the UNIPOL student housing development at Mill Street, and the Royal Armouries/Cavalier House. It is very close to the city centre and its amenities and housing costs are cheap.

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Harehills LS8 ££

Harehills is located in inner east Leeds close to St James Hospital. It has a diverse population including a large Asian population. There are numerous and diverse shopping and eating facilities. The housing is mostly in older terraced and back to back housing. Housing costs are still relatively cheap but rising.

bus route 30 minutes. Frequency:Every 10 minutes

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Headingley LS6 3 £££

Headingley is the traditional centre for student housing in Leeds but there are signs recently that students are considering or moving to other areas. Headingley has a mix of residential family housing, older terraced housing and some social housing estates. It has a range of facilities and amenities including a cinema, a range of bars, pubs, restaurants and shops and hosts the Headingley cricket and rugby league stadia. The Headingley Campus of Leeds Metropolitan University is located in Far Headingley and the area is accessible to the Universities and the city centre by a train service and a number of very frequent bus services. Housing costs are significantly higher than average.

bus route 12-15minutes

Railway Station Frequency: Every 12-15 minutes to City Station

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Holbeck LS11 £

Holbeck is located in inner south Leeds adjacent to the southern end of Leeds City Centre, which is within walking distance. 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. It is accessible to Leeds City centre by bus and offers easy access to the M621.

bus route 45minutes -1 hour

Railway Station Frequency: Every 10 minutes

It is possible to walk here as it is a short distance from the City Centre and it is possible to do it in a shorter time than the bus journey.

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Horsforth LS18 ££

Horsforth is a popular, residential suburb to the north west of Headingley. It consists of a mix of mature residential semi-detached and detached housing, older terraced housing and some social housing estates. It has a mixed community but is becoming increasingly popular with young professionals sharing houses. Leeds Trinity College University + Park Lane College are located there. There is a range of shopping facilities, pubs and restaurants on and around Town Street. It is on a train route to Leeds and Harrogate and is served by a number of regular bus routes. Housing costs are significantly higher than average

bus route 35minutes

Railway Station Frequency: Every 20 minutes to City Station

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Hunslet LS10 £

Hunslet is located in inner south Leeds close to the city centre. It comprises a mixture of older terraced and back to back housing; recently build private housing and social housing estates. The population is mixed with a growing younger element. There is a district centre with a Morrisons supermarket and some fine traditional pubs. It is accessible to Leeds by a number of bus routes and offers easy access to the M621.

bus route 35 minutes. Frequency: Every 30 minutes

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Hyde Park LS6 1 ££

Hyde Park is situated between the University of Leeds campus and Headingley and is also a traditional area of housing for students; it consists mainly of old, through terraced and back-to-back housing. It has a diverse population including a large Asian population and has a range of diverse shops and services catering for that community including a mosque. Hyde Park contains the famous Hyde Park Picture House which offers a wide range of films. To the west of Hyde Park are the Burley Lodge area with much older terraced housing for rent and Little Woodhouse where substantial amounts of new purpose built housing for students is being built. Housing costs are significantly higher than average

bus route 5-6 minutes. Frequency: Every 5-6 minutes

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Kirkstall LS5 ££

Kirkstall adjoins Headingley and hosts the Kirkstall Brewery student accommodation complex. A number of students have moved into Kirkstall and some live in the areas surrounding Kirkstall Brewery. It has a mix of mature residential family housing, older terraced housing and social housing estates. It has a Sports centre and swimming pool, the Morrisons supermarket shopping centre and is close to the Vue entertainment centre and a variety of pubs and eating places along Kirkstall Road. It is accessible by bus and train to Leeds.

  bus route 20-25 minutes (10 minutes outside of rush hour). Frequency:Every 15 minutes

Railway Station Frequency: Every 12-15 minutes to City Station

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Little London LS7££

Little London is located on the northern edge of Leeds city centre and adjoins the Leeds University campus also. It consists predominantly social rented housing but increasingly private lets are available. The area is subject to a large housing improvement and regeneration plan. There is a very diverse and mixed but close community on the estate. The city centre and Universities are both within walking distance.

5-6 minutes Walk

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Meanwood LS6 4 or LS7 £££

Meanwood is located on the fringes of the inner city to the north east of the city centre. It is adjacent also to Headingley and close to Chapel Allerton. There is a mix of housing including small terraced and back to back housing for rent along with more mature residential family housing and social housing estates. There are two shopping centres and the pubs, bars, restaurants and other facilities of Headingley are only a 10 minute walk away. It is accessible to Leeds city centre by bus. Housing costs are higher than average and can reflect those in Headingley

bus route 16-18 minutes. Frequency: Every 10 minutes

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Moortown LS17 ££

Moortown is a popular suburb located to the north east of Leeds city centre close to Roundhay Park. There is mainly mature residential family semi detached and detached housing but the area is becoming popular with young professionals wishing to rent and share houses or flats. There is a shopping centre and the Moor Allerton centre with Sainsbury’s and other shops is close by. It is also close to the Street Lane area with its range of shops, pubs and restaurants. The area is accessible to Leeds by a frequent bus service.

bus route 23minutes. Frequency: Every 20-30 minutes

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Oakwood LS8 ££

Oakwood is a popular suburb to the north east of Leeds close to Roundhay Park and bordering the Roundhay area. It consists of mainly mature residential family semi detached and detached housing but the area is becoming popular with young professionals wishing to rent and share houses or flats. There is a 24 hour Tesco close by and the shopping centre also contains a range of shops, restaurants and pubs. Housing costs are higher than average and it is accessible to Leeds by a number of bus routes.

bus route 30 minutes. Frequency: Every 10 minutes

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Roundhay LS8 ££

Roundhay is a traditional and popular suburb of north Leeds close to Roundhay Park. Housing is mainly mature residential family semi detached and detached housing and housing costs to buy or rent are high but the area too is becoming popular with young professionals wishing to rent and share houses or flats. It is close to the Street Lane area with its range of shops, pubs and restaurants.

bus route 35 minutes. Frequency: Every 10 minutes

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Woodhouse LS6 2 ££

Woodhouse is situated adjacent to Little London and the University of Leeds campus. It is separated from Hyde Park by Woodhouse Moor. Woodhouse and Woodhouse Ridge are the other long-standing areas of housing for students. It has a mix of mainly older terraced and back-to-back housing and social housing bordering Little London. Woodhouse is served by a number of pubs and eating places and is close to the cafes, shops and pubs on Hyde Park Corner. Woodhouse Ridge offers an attractive green route to Headingley. The Universities and the city centre are in walking distance.

Walking 10 minutes

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