Meanwood is a residential area about 1.5 miles outside of Leeds that has enjoyed some rejuvenation in recent years. Meanwood is a suburban area with a countryside feel. There are many terraced houses as well as some new housing developments, which have appeared in the last 5-10 years. It is still an affordable area of Leeds so an ideal place for a student home in Leeds, particularly as Headingley and Hyde Park are a very short distance away.
An up-and-coming part of Leeds, Meanwood has much in common with neighbouring Hyde Park and Headingley - plenty of shops and bars, a laid-back vibe and great links to the city’s universities. You can get your shopping, grab a gourmet burger and have a cheap pint all within the same space.
Things to do in Meanwood
Meanwood Valley Trail
This urban walkway happens to go right through Meanwood, leading towards Adel in one direction and just outside the City Centre in the other. Along the way, there’s a cafe and a few parks where you can sit back and watch the world go by at your own pace.
Northside Retail Park
Located just off Stonegate Road and Stainbeck Avenue, this small retail park has a number of shops where you can pick up anything from a family-sized bucket of chicken to new sheets for your bed. Aldi, QLM, Poundstretcher and Chiltern Mills are all there, as well as a branch of KFC if you’re feeling peckish.
Holy Trinity Meanwood
This impressive church does more than just the traditional Sunday service; coffee mornings, social gatherings and community events take place here too. On top of that, the grounds are pretty lush and green, making them as good a place as any in Meanwood for a spot of quiet contemplation.
Leeds Beckett University
Address: Leeds Beckett University, City Campus, Leeds LS1 3HE
Tel: 0113 812 0000
Location: 1.75 miles south of the main shopping area. Just north of the inner ring road
Leeds Beckett has two campuses in Leeds - City and Headingley. City has the greater range of courses and facilities, although Headingley happens to be slightly closer to Meanwood. Both have on-site gyms, libraries and student union buildings for sandwiches, newspapers and stationery, among other things.
University of Leeds
Address: University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT
Tel: 0113 243 1751
Location: 1.5 miles south of the main shopping area, opposite the row of shops and banks
This is the oldest university in Leeds, but it has plenty of places to study quietly, the Parkinson Building being the grandest of them all. There’s also a large student union building with a series of restaurants and shops where you can pick up some of the essentials on the way home.
Working in Meanwood
Most part-time roles going in Meanwood are in retail, with major employers including Aldi, Asda, QLM and Waitrose. There aren’t many recruitment agencies based in the area, although all three universities in Leeds have on-campus jobshops. Failing that, Reed and TotalJobs have vacancies listed in Meanwood.
The 51 and 51A are the main routes serving Meanwood, going through the main shopping area and taking 15-20 minutes to get to and from Leeds City Centre. Other regular bus routes in Meanwood include the 52 to Morley and the 38, which terminates in Gledhow.
Geographically, Burley Park is the nearest train station, although it’s 1.25 miles south-west of the main shopping area. Trains to and from Leeds Station take around nine minutes either way, every half hour during daytimes.
Sports and leisure
Address: Star House, Authorpe Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS6 4JB
Tel: 07738 065619
Location: Just behind Marcel’s Cafe on Meanwood Road
One of the cheapest gyms in the area, Crunch has a ‘pay as you train’ payment system, so you don’t have to set up a monthly subscription. The equipment there is mainly for weight training, although you can use the exercise bikes and rowing machines as well.
Address: 8A Stonegate Road, Leeds LS6 4HY
Tel: 07787 390202
Location: Just to the left of The Alfred
This gym specialises in sports such as Thai Boxing, as well as self-defence. Like many of the other fitness spaces in and around Meanwood, sign-up fees are pretty low, which is handy if you want somewhere to work out but don’t want to drain your finances in the process.
Address: Leeds, West Yorkshire LS6 4LT
Tel: 0113 395 7400
Location: At the top end of Green Road, where the 51/52 buses head further north
This park has a number of places to jog around, but it also has a bowling green, tennis courts and basketball courts. All of them are free to use, but they are very popular during the summer when the weather’s a little nicer.
The Community Shop
Address: 14-16 Green Road, Leeds LS6 4JP
Tel: 0113 275 3533
Location: In the shopping precinct, just to the left of the Asda
This local charity shop sells all kinds of second-hand goods that would easily kit out your new home. Books, household goods and, of course, vintage clothing, are all sold here for lower prices than you might find elsewhere on the high street.
Address: Northside Retail Park, Stonegate Road, Leeds LS7 2TT
Tel: 0800 042 0800
Location: At the right-hand side of the retail park, next to Fultons Foods
The Meanwood Aldi is by many measures the cheapest place to pick up your weekly shop. It’s also close by to many other places where you can get some of life’s essentials such as stationery and toiletries and does weekly offers on things like fresh fruit and veg.
Trash and Treasure
Address: 3 Stonegate Road, Leeds LS6 4HZ
Tel: 0113 228 8999
Location: Next door to Ladbrokes, opposite The Alfred
A second-hand shop with a difference, it’s just the place to pick up a bargain piece of furniture or, if you’re selling, getting rid of something like an unwanted birthday or Christmas present. You’ll find a greater range of things there than you might otherwise find in some charity shops.
Nightlife and entertainment
The jewel in Meanwood’s crown is The Alfred, an upmarket bar that’s part of the North Bar group; their fish and chips are to die for! Elsewhere, there’s East of Arcadia for those of you who like a wine bar-style vibe, while the Myrtle Tavern has two quizzes per week for the punters.
Address: 16A Stainbeck Avenue, Leeds LS7 2PA
Tel: 0113 230 2120
Location: Next door to the Meanwood Valley Baptist Church
This bakery with a difference is popular throughout Leeds. They make burgers with outrageous fillings, fries with even more outrageous toppings and desserts made with such ingredients as Oreos and peanut butter. Check it out to see what all the fuss is about!
The Hungry Bear
Address: 10-14 Stonegate Road, Leeds LS6 4HY
Tel: 0113 274 0241
Location: Just a couple of doors down from The Alfred
A recent addition to Meanwood’s thriving restaurant scene, The Hungry Bear has a long a la carte menu, many of which are inspired by Italian cuisine. They’re open for lunch and dinner most days and have a few vegetarian options to boot.
Address: 603 Meanwood Road, Leeds LS6 4AY
Tel: 0113 224 9679
Location: Next door to Papa John’s on Meanwood Road
One of the most popular Italians in Leeds, Zucco serves tapas-style dishes for sharing, as well as a huge number of wines. They change some of their dishes daily, which means you’re spoilt for choice more than anything else.
Park & Green spaces
Aside from the eponymous Valley Trail, Meanwood also has part of the Stain Beck running through it, with many great spots for fishing and walking along either side. It’s also not a million miles away from Woodhouse Moor, should you want a little more space to roam.
Hospitals and emergencies
Meanwood Health Centre
Address: 548 Meanwood Rd, Leeds LS6 4JN
Tel: 0113 843 3350
Location: Just opposite the off-licence on Meanwood Road
Stainbeck Police Station
Address: Stainbeck Lane, Leeds LS7 3QU
Location: Near the roundabout on Scott Hall Road, around 0.75 miles west of the centre of Meanwood
Stainbeck Dental Surgery
Address: 58 Stainbeck Rd, Leeds LS7 2PW
Tel: 0113 230 4010
Location: Around a third of a mile up the road from Northside Retail Park
Our student accommodation in Meanwood
Meanwood has a broad range of properties, from large terraces and semi-detached houses to contemporary flats. All are located close to the main shopping areas and are within easy reach of the main campuses of Leeds and Leeds Beckett Universities by bus, car and bike.
Popular areas around Meanwood
Just to the west of Meanwood, Headingley is student central. Home to a campus of its own, there’s also a shedload of shops and bars, many of which are located on major bus routes into Leeds City Centre.
Close by to the university district, Hyde Park is where it’s at for student culture. Cinemas, music venues, social centres and vintage stores line its terraced streets, while Hyde Park Corner is the place to be on a weekend.
Just north of the City Centre, Woodhouse has a large park, a burgeoning restaurant and bar scene and, crucially, the main campuses of Leeds and Leeds Beckett Universities. It’s also got plenty of places to live in style and comfort too.