Horsforth has expanded from a small agricultural village to a popular up and coming suburb of Leeds. Described as having a strong sense of community spirit with cobbled streets and small independent shops and boutiques, it is an idyllic setting for a student house in Leeds.
Horsforth is a small town which lies around four miles north-west of Leeds City Centre. It has a bustling high street in the town centre, is surrounded by lush countryside and comes with all the benefits of being part of a city, as well as a peaceful rural aura. It’s also home to Leeds Trinity University and, as such, is becoming a popular place to live amongst students
Things to do in Horsforth
Horsforth Village Museum
A small venue in the middle of the town, Horsforth Village Museum has a few quirky exhibits that will surely catch the eye. It’s run by local volunteers and, as one of its star attractions, has a letter from a former US President, thanking the people of Horsforth for their contribution towards World War Two.
Leeds Country Way
This inspiring walking route skirts around Horsforth, taking in the sights of the town and surrounding areas such as Cookridge, Adel and Hawksworth. The end of the Country Way is near Horsforth, leading towards Golden Acre Park, while it takes you around almost the entire edge of Leeds.
Firefly Pottery Cafe
If you want to get those creative juices flowing, this cafe and pottery shop is just the place to be. Firefly run pottery classes for visitors of all ages and sell all kinds of artworks and decorations made by the locals; handy if you want a centrepiece for your living room!
Leeds Trinity University
Address: Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS18 5HD
Tel: 0113 283 7100
Location: Half a mile west of Horsforth Rail Station and just over a mile’s drive from Town Street
Since obtaining university status, Leeds Trinity has seen its reputation grow as a place to study. Courses such as journalism, business management, psychology and education can be taken at graduate and postgraduate level, while the campus is tightly-knit, with everything you need on one site.
Working in Horsforth
Horsforth has a wide range of jobs available for students, with the shops in the town centre and on New Road Side particularly keen on part-time staff. Recruitment agencies in Horsforth are actually quite numerous, with some focusing on pairing students with part-time roles, while Leeds Trinity University has its own jobshop.
Horsforth is served by a handful of regular bus services, but the most frequent is the 50/50A. Trips to and from Leeds City Centre take around 30-40 minutes dependent on traffic. Other services for Horsforth include the 97, while the 33/33A services go through the Woodside area of the town every quarter of an hour at peak times.
Horsforth Rail Station serves the town and is around 15 minutes to and from Leeds City Station. Southbound, you can catch a train every half hour at peak time to Leeds, stopping at Headingley and Burley Park along the way.
Leeds Bradford Airport is around 1.5 miles north of Horsforth, just off Scotland Lane. It provides a range of domestic and international flights and can be easily reached if you get a bus or taxi.
Sports and leisure
Address: Leeds Trinity University, Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS18 5HD
Tel: 0113 283 7155
Location: At the main campus of Leeds Trinity University, near the running track
Right inside the Trinity campus, this sports centre has pretty much everything you need to help you keep fit. There’s an indoor gym, squash courts, a sports hall for indoor football and basketball and pitches for football and rugby, not to mention a running track.
Physiofit Physiotherapy and Pilates
Address: Walnut Tree Physiotherapy Centre, The Orchard, Town Street, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS18 5BL
Tel: 0113 258 1020
Location: Just off Town Street, near the Library
Aside from being able to help you with any injuries picked up from playing touch rugby or five-a-side, you can also enrol in regular pilates sessions right on your doorstep. You can enrol on a one-to-one course or, if you’re feeling brave, join a class with a few others.
Horsforth Harriers Running Club
Address: Hall Park Cricket Club, Hall Park, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS18 4EL
Tel: 0113 258 6859
Location: In the middle of Hall Park, just at the bottom end of Town Street
This local running club welcomes people of all levels of experience and fitness, whether you’re an experienced runner with several 10k runs behind you or if you just want to shed a few pounds. They run regular sessions in and around Horsforth and do competitive races throughout the year.
Address: 69 Town St, Horsforth, Leeds, Yorkshire LS18 5BP
Tel: 0113 258 1996
Location: In the middle of Town Street, opposite Dixy Chicken
The main supermarket in Horsforth, this branch of Morrisons is conveniently placed on Town Street, served by major bus routes and close to all the other shops. It has a branch of Greggs inside, while there’s free parking round the back.
Address: 87 Town St, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS18 5BP
Tel: 0113 281 8989
Location: Just a couple of doors up from Life Clothing
This trendy fashion shop is just the place to get your glad rags from. Ginger Ink are a newcomer to Horsforth, with successful stores in Chapel Allerton and Headingley already doing a roaring trade. They sell all kinds of quirky and up-to-the-minute outfits for your next night out.
Address: 100 New Rd Side, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS18 4QB
Tel: 0113 258 8900
Location: Opposite the RSPCA charity shop
Printing is something many students have to do, but Choice Cartridges have a number of new and recycled inks that can bring down the cost of getting your dissertation and essays ready. They also sell other equipment such as paper at knockdown prices as well.
Nightlife and entertainment
Horsforth has more than its fair share of traditional pubs. The pick of the bunch is the Town Street Tavern, which serves a long list of real ales from some of Yorkshire’s finest breweries. For a more contemporary night out, Medusa Bar and Sixtytoo Bar provide cocktails to help you shake off the effects of a hard day’s studying.
Bar 166 & Bistro
Address: 166 Town St, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS18 4AQ
Tel: 0113 322 9910
Location: On the corner of Town Street and Broadgate Lane
This upmarket bar and bistro is surprisingly affordable, which is handy if you want a great night with mates without splurging. They have sandwich, steak and Sunday menus, all of which are pretty lengthy, while two-for-one offers are worth taking advantage of.
Trattoria Il Forno
Address: 85 Town St, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS18 5BP
Tel: 0113 345 0150
Location: Just over the road from Barclays Bank
This cozy, family-run restaurant is anything but a generic Italian! Aside from selling a range of pizzas made from scratch in their stone oven, they also make traditional gelato - Italian ice cream. Here, you can order a massive 20-inch pizza if you’re in a sharing mood!
Address: 15 Town St, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS18 5LJ
Tel: 0113 258 0909
Location: Next door to the Age UK shop
By day, Sandbar is a chilled out bar/lounge where you can order a coffee and sandwich and take your time with them both. By night, they have all sorts going on inside, as well as in the garden and rooftop terrace. They have club nights and weekend DJ sets that attract people from all four corners of the town.
Parks & Green spaces
There are quite a few small parks in Horsforth, the most notable being the Horsforth Hall Park, which has its own cricket ground. There are green spaces around Trinity University, while there is a dense wood just south of New Road Side, which is great for walking in during the autumn months.
Hospitals and emergencies
The New Croft Surgery
Address: Goldenbank House, Broadgate Lane, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS18 4SE
Tel: 0113 239 5550
Location: Around five minutes’ walk east of Firefly Pottery Cafe
Weetwood Police Station
Address: 300 Otley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS16 6RG
Tel: 0113 241 3459
Location: Near the Weetwood Roundabout, around a mile east of the New Road Side shops
Horsforth Dental Practice
Address: 2 Troy Road, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5NQ
Tel: 0113 258 2180
Location: Just opposite Horsforth Rail Station, around half a mile east of Leeds Trinity University
Our student accommodation in Horsforth
Horsforth has a wide range of places to live in throughout the town. From one-bedroom flats to sprawling house shares, there’s a property to suit your needs, all within reach of the university and the shops/bars on New Road Side and in the town centre.
Popular areas around Horsforth
A peaceful part of Leeds, Adel has a decent number of shops and restaurants to its name. It’s also close by to sports venues and Leeds Beckett’s Headingley Campus, while also being well-served by major bus routes.
At the top end of Headingley, you’ll find some of Leeds’ most famous pubs and restaurants, not to mention some stunning properties which are a world away from what you might come to expect from student accommodation.
This oh-so-leafy area has a sprawling park of the same name and, conveniently, is home to the Headingley Campus of Leeds Beckett University. It also happens to have a few hidden gems in the form of quiet cafes and great-value second hand shops.