Student Guide to Headingley

Our complete guide on things to do while living and studying in Headingley

Headingley has a number of great bars, pubs and restaurants and has long been a popular choice with students and young professionals. The area also has a strong community feel, a number of local shops and a diverse range of properties for students to choose from. So whether you are looking for budget student accommodation or luxury purpose built apartments, Headingley has it all.

Public Transport & Road Links in Headingley

Headingley is conveniently located not far from both universities and Leeds City Centre, while Leeds Beckett Headingley campus is within walking distance. For those wishing to travel home from uni regularly, the M62, M6 and M1 are within easy access. Leeds Train Station is also easily accessible and Leeds Bradford Airport is only a fifteen minute drive away.

Local Shops & Businesses in Headingley

Headingley has its own shopping centre, the Arndale Centre, which incorporates Sainsbury’s, Subway, Greggs, Costa Coffee, KFC and a Post Office amongst many others. The area also benefits from several banks, restaurants and boutique style shops.

Entertainment in Headingley

There is a huge selection of great bars, pubs and restaurants to choose from in Headingley. Some of our favourites include Red's BBQ, The Pit, Original Oak and Moo'd.

  • Red's True BBQ - starting out life in the city centre, Red's took Leeds by storm serving up a huge selection of mouth watering dishes for anyone who loves all things meat. With the newest restaurant located in Headingley next to the Box, we reccommend getting down there early, as you can't reserve a table and it's always a popular spot!
  • The Pit - Located below the trendy restaurant Trio, The Pit is a basement bar that is always lively. With a great slection of beers and cocktails to add to it's tasty food men, it's the perfect place to go on a Friday night with friends.
  • Original Oak - an institution in its own right. The Original Oak has three bars and never fails to impress. During the summer, the beer garden is a real hit with the students and the bbq's always prove really popular! The Original Oak is great for Sunday Lunch - the carvery only costs around £6 and you can pile your plate with as much veg as you like! Get there early or you'll go hungry!
  • Moo'd - The newest addition to Otley Road, Moo'd is the first cereal bar to grace Leeds, or anywhere outside of London for that matter. Whether it's relaxing with friends or curing your head from the night before, there's a cereal for every occasion. Be sure to check out the range of cereal cocktails, mixing the weird and wonderful with your favourite flavour of milk!

Sport in Headingley

If you live in Headingley you will find all the sporting action you want, right on your doorstep. Headingley Carnegie Stadium is home to Yorkshire Cricket Club, Leeds Rhinos Rugby League and Leeds Carnegie Rugby Union. Becketts Park Campus is also just up the road where several Leeds Metropolitan Uni teams play and train. If you're not feeling up to any live sport, you can always head down to the Skyrack pub or the Box, with flat screen TV's on every wall and a great atmosphere you will never miss a second of the action in Headingley.

Local Headingley Attractions

If you fancy venturing slightly further a field there are plenty of country houses and walks contained in the Yorkshire area. There is Harewood House located on Harewood Estate, Kirkstall Abbey (dating from medieval times and Jacobean), and Temple Newsam House - home to paintings from the City Art Gallery.

Other Student-friendly areas nearby

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