Student Guide to Kirkstall

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

Kirkstall is a suburb in Leeds with a population of nearly 20,000 located about two miles from the city centre. It is nestled between the River Aire and Headingley to the north, Horsforth to the west and Burley to the east. It is a great choice for those looking for cheaper accommodation.

Typically you will find Victorian terrace housing, which is perfect for student house shares. It also has a good stock of semi-detached properties at affordable prices. In and around Kirkstall there are plenty of local pubs, restaurants and takeaways. There are regular buses into Leeds city centre.

Public Transport & Road Links in Kirkstall

Located just outside Leeds Kirkstall is on the First Leeds and Keighley & District major bus routes so is an easy commute to University of Leeds centre. Headingley Train station is as much in Kirkstall as its neighbour, and can be accessed off Kirkstall Lane. For those of you with your own transport the motorways are a mere ten-minute drive away.

Local Shops & Business in Kirkstall

The commercial heart of the area lies at the junction of Kirkstall Road and Kirkstall Lane (B6157). The recent renovations to the area have improved its popularity in recent years and it now boasts a wealth of facilities and shops including Morrisons Supermarket, Dunnes clothing store, Boots, Aldi, and JJB Sports.

Kirkstall Post Office and library are found on Kirkstall Lane where there are also plans afoot to develop a new residential and commercial centre.

Entertainment in Kirkstall

The Cardigan Fields complex at Kirkstall is a large entertainment complex, which includes multi-plex cinema, Virgin Active gym, a bowling alley, the Evolution club as well as many different restaurants.

The restaurant choice has to satisfy any taste and includes Nando's, Harvester, Frankie & Benny's, McDonalds and Pizza Hut.

Dos Amigos tapas bar - located opposite Kirkstall Abbey, the food is good, nice choice of tapas dishes all reasonably priced. The atmosphere is warm and cosy. 

Viva Cuba - you will love this restaurant, ideal for any sort of meal; romantic, friends, family, or with student mates. Amazing food, generous portions too! We recommend the meatballs, calamari, patatas bravas and paella! Prices are very reasonable too, around £4 a tapas and fully licensed so you can get sozzled.

There are also a number of traditional style pubs dotted along the A65 if you don't fancy popping into Headingley for the madness there.

Sport in Kirkstall

Leeds Rugby Ground in Kirkstall is home to both Leeds Tykes and Rhinos and is located in the heart of the locality's commercial centre.

Public recreation sites are Kirkstall Leisure Centre (to contact call 0113 214 4556) on Kirkstall Lane, the Abbey gardens and parkland and Burley Rugby Football Union (to contact call 0113 275 7400) on Kirkstall Road.

Local Kirkstall attractions

Multi-million-pound improvements to the area include a walkway at the famous Liverpool-Leeds canal and the River Aire both of which run through Kirkstall. Its most famous landmark is Kirkstall Abbey, which is situated next to the River Aire and is surrounded by green fields.

Other Student-friendly areas nearby

Burley, Leeds