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  • Looking for a property to rent in Leeds can be an overwhelming process. Where do you start? Which area is the best? Leeds is a big city and the different areas all offer something different depending on what you’re looking for. Here’s a breakdown of the different areas in Leeds and hopefully it will make the decision of where to rent a property in Leeds a lot easier.  

    Families

     

    Horsforth

    Horsforth is consistently named as one of the top places for families to live when looking to rent a property in Leeds. With a train station that connects to Leeds City Centre in around 15 minutes, it’s a desirable place for families to be based. There are also great schools in this area along with a spacious park, shops, restaurants and cafes.

    Roundhay

    If you like outdoor space and have young kids, Roundhay is the perfect place to rent a property in Leeds. Its stand out feature is Roundhay Park but this suburb also features a selection of family-friendly independent shops and cosy pubs. Roundhay Park in the sun - property for sale

    Meanwood

    Meanwood might be overshadowed by its neighbour Chapel Allerton, but it’s certainly not a place that should be overlooked. With schools that are consistently highly rated, Meanwood also benefits from a new Waitrose, a David Lloyd Sports Centre, and Meanwood Valley Trail which is perfect for weekend walks. It’s an upcoming area which, in a few years, will be a much sought after Leeds location. So why not get in there before everyone else finds out how good Meanwood is…  

    For Couples

     

    Brewery Wharf

    Brewery Wharf is the perfect place for couples who want to be in the middle of city centre action. There’s a Sainsbury’s on your doorstep, along with a tapas restaurant, bar, coffee shops, and an Italian restaurant - Brewery Wharf is city convenience at its best. The flats in Brewery Wharf are also very modern and some even benefit from river views.

    Leeds Dock

    In the last 24 months, Leeds Dock has gone through a huge revival thanks to the addition of new Sky offices, North Star Coffee Shop, and Yoga Hero. It’s a ten minute walk away from town but has a community feel that you don’t get from many other apartment complexes in town. There’s a gym, a Pizza Express, The Royal Armouries, Dock 29, Mumtaz, Tesco, and even a free water taxi that will take you to the train station if you don’t fancy the walk. Couples will find there’s plenty to do here while being able to enjoy a quieter space to rent a property. Leeds Dock at dusk

    Oakwood

    When you want to live near Roundhay Park but don’t want to pay the price, Oakwood is the place to be. With a high street full of cool cafes and restaurants, you’re never short of places for cute dates. Plus, you’re within walking distance of Roundhay Park so romantic walks are always a possibility…  

    For Nature Fanatics

     

    Rodley

    Not only does Rodley have a beautiful canal which is great for walking, cycling, and running, but this area of Leeds also has its own nature reserve which is great for those interested in birds and nature. Take your binoculars down because you’ll definitely see something of interest while you’re here. The Leeds Liverpool Canal

    Alwoodley

    Located next to Eccup Reservoir and some of Leeds’ most beautiful countryside, Alwoodley is the ideal place to live in Leeds if you like to be outdoors. A circuit of the reservoir takes around 2 hours at a distance of 5.2miles and is often very quiet. Red Kites have been spotted around this area too so keep your eyes open to see some of Britain’s native wildlife! A red kite bird in Leeds

    For Village Life

     

    Horsforth

    Yes, we’ve already mentioned Horsforth but this place really does have a village feel to it. With Horsforth Hall Park providing green space and running trails, and a high street that’s always bustling with activity, Horsforth has a big village feel to it that you won’t find in many places around Leeds. Get your super local food fix too by visiting the farmer’s market every 1st Saturday of the month…  

    For Professionals

     

    City Centre

    If you’re working in the city, it makes sense to live in the city too. From the Northern Quarter to Leeds Dock and from South Bank to Santorini Island, if you live in any of these place, you’re within walking distance of the city centre. That means you won’t have to worry about getting a taxi anywhere after post-work socialising and the city is only a short distance away when you want to go out and have some fun at the weekend. Where's your favourite place to rent in Leeds? Let us know over on Twitter and if you're looking for somewhere to rent, you can find your perfect property on Parklane Properties today!
  • Headingley and Hyde Park are the stereotypical locations for student accommodation but have you thought about Burley? This Leeds suburb is more chilled out, has great access to the city centre and universities, and it's the perfect place to concentrate on your studies. Burley doesn’t get the credit it deserves so here’s a student guide to living in Burley...

    What’s Burley Like?

    Burley is the place where students, professionals, and families all live in harmony. It’s not as wild as Headingley and Hyde Park but that makes it the perfect place to work on your degree while having the balance of a great social life. The streets of Burley are dotted lined red brick terraced houses and there’s a gorgeous park which forms a big part of the community. Cafes, bars, and public transport links make this place a highly desirable place to live, and along with the entertainment spots, we know just how great your student accommodation can be in this suburb.

    There Are Plenty Of Places To Eat

    Do you want Mexican food? Head to Lupe’s Cantina. What about a Sunday dinner every day of the week? Well that’s what Man vs Roast is for. Tapas isn’t far away either and Viva Cuba serves up some of the most delicious dishes you’ll find in Leeds. There are no shortage of places to eat in Burley. Alternatively, Cardigan Fields offers Five Guys, MOD Pizza, Frankie & Benny’s, Pizza Hut, Nando’s and Rosie’s Diner so you’re spoilt for choice! Mexican food, prawn tacos

    Burley Is Centrally Located For Public Transport

    If you live in Burley, public transport is really convenient and it’s one of the biggest draws of the area. Use Burley Park train station to reach Leeds City Centre in 8 minutes. Or catch the bus and be in the centre in under 30 minutes! The train also connect you to places further afield such as Horsforth, Harrogate, Knaresborough and York so you can explore Yorkshire in your downtime.

    Cool Cafés And Delicious Doughnuts

    One of the coolest cafes in Burley Temple Coffee. This place serves up extremely instagrammable coffee and doughnuts. We challenge you to try and not take a picture of the glitter glazed treat and jet black coffee. The menu does change regularly but what is constant is the chilled out vibe and the delicious treats. There’s no better place to take a break when you’re overloaded with university essays; you can even take out if you want...

    You’ll Not Be Short For Entertainment

    If there’s one thing Burley knows how to do, it’s entertain. The legendary Brudenell Social Club, one of Leeds most loved music venues, is on your doorstep. There are cheap drinks, live bands, and good times to be had here. The atmosphere is always lively and because you live in Burley, it’s only ever a short walk away. If live music isn’t your thing, or you just need a relaxing night away from your studies, the Vue Cinema and Hollywood Bowl at Cardigan Fields on Kirkstall Road are the perfect place to socialise and recharge. You can also keep fit here at the Virgin Active Gym or try out Oxygen Freejumping, one of the UK’s number 1 trampoline parks. Students watching a film in the cinema

    You’ll Find Nature In Burley Park

    Hyde Park is always popular in the summer. Burley Park is too but you’re guaranteed to find a spot in the sun here. This place doesn’t get nearly as crowded, it’s nearer to your student accommodation and there are also free tennis courts, a basketball court and a bowling green. Have we tempted you to live in Burley? You can search our student accommodation in Burley today and we can help find you the best place to live!
  • As you leave uni and enter the world of work, one thing on your mind - beyond landing your dream job and possibly enjoying a new city - might be to start saving some of your money for your first property. We have put together a list of the various tools, tips, and techniques that you can use to get you on the property ladder and make saving a deposit that little bit quicker.

    Save Regularly

    The first thing to do is realise that saving one large amount is very difficult unless you get a one-off large lump sum. Saving little and often means you will be chipping away at the total amount you need to save little by little.

    Save Then Spend

    Once you start getting a regular paycheck you will feel really flush. You'll wonder how you ever survived as a student! One thing that everyone does is change their spending habits in line with their new found income. This simply means that you end up at the end of the month with no money left to save. The simple way to get around this is to do your regular saving at the beginning of the month when you get paid and think of it like another bill! If you do this then you can’t spend it and you will just adjust your spending habits for the month. Saving money in jar with save written on label

    Help To Buy

    Everyone has their opinion about Help-to-Buy (H2B) and it is the first product many people will look at when starting out on buying their first house. Whether or not it’s good government policy you would be silly not to use it. Here are a few points that you should be aware of before you use H2B. ‍
    1. Invest up to £1200 when you first open a Help-To- Buy ISA.
    2. You can only save up to £200 a month after this.
    3. You only get the 25% bonus AFTER you complete on your first house so don’t expect to put the bonus towards the actual deposit. However, you can use it for some furniture or anything else you need for your new home.
      As you can see there are a few caveats of H2B ISA’s and you are rather limited if you are able to save more than £200 per month. Which leads us onto a product you may be less familiar with but could really help boost your savings if you have more than £200 to put away.

    Work Smarter Not Harder

    There are a raft of new FinTech startups that are designed to help you save and become more financially secure. Cleo, Plum and Monzo to name a few. Some of these offer bank accounts that are fully controlled by their apps. No more calling customer services to block your card! Others connect to all of your accounts and consolidate your data. This gives you great snippets and facts about your spending habits and how they compare to other users. You can even message them questions such as “How much did I spend on coffee last month?” and they will tell you…Pretty neat. If you want to make saving even more seamless companies like moneybox allow you to round up all of your purchases to the nearest pound so that you save change every time you spend…great for those who make a lot of transactions! Person using online baking and app to manage money

    Use A Property Crowdfunding Platform Like UOWN

    Once you have a certain amount you've set aside, you want to ensure it’s earning a good amount of interest. Ensuring you're not left behind by the housing market is really important. This is where something like property crowdfunding could keep you ahead of the game. Platforms such as UOWN allow you to buy shares in a house and earn money from rental income – this can be as high as 7% in some cases and the real beauty is that because you own part of the house, the real beauty is in the fact that your original investment tracks the property market as house prices change, so if they do go up you aren’t being left behind. With house prices being high, you may need to set realistic expectations as to what property you can afford. Therefore setting realistic expectations on how much you need to save. When it comes to saving a deposit it's not easy and it won't happen overnight but the sooner you begin the sooner you will get there. Do you have any more deposit saving tips for university students and graduates?
  • Leeds is about to see a new building on its horizon. INC, which is being developed by Parklane Properties parent company, The Parklane Group, is going to be located at the western gateway to the city centre. The development, which will redefine the skyline of Yorkshire, will be near new key landmark developments including the proposed 33m2 Grainger PLC residential scheme and MEPC’s 31,500m2 Government regional hub. It will be a visually stunning structure in which Parklane Properties has been allocated 163 PRS apartments and 5 penthouses. Birds Eye view of INC in Leeds INC is going to be a huge part of an already exciting city. The building will be a world-class 33-storey, 45,000 sq. m gateway building in Leeds City Centre and will include a 198 unit aparthotel, 200 co-living apartments, co-working space, a sky bar and restaurant, a swimming pool, and retail space. These unique plans will form a new community where people can visit, live, work, and play all under one roof. Tenants living here will have a Leeds experience like no others living in the city centre. The apartments will take a space of 12,863m2 and will be the next step in our 40 year journey. We’re at the beginning of a long process but we expect to be able to welcome our first tenants in 2021. Watch this space and we will update you on progress.
  • Leeds is the best city. We know it, you know it, and we want the rest of the country to know it too. We want to celebrate all the legendary places and things to do in this city and we also want you to have your say. Vote for your favourite Leeds Legend – and if it’s not on there, tell us on social – and you could win a bundle of legendary Leeds experiences worth up to £1000! Do you enjoy a Patty Smith’s burger at Belgrave? Maybe you like a little stroll around Roundhay Park at the weekend? Have the variety of bars in Leeds stolen your heart? Let us know! All you have to do is enter below and you could win £1000 worth of legendary Leeds experiences! Don’t forget to tell your friends on Twitter and Facebook too! [shortstack smart_url='https://40leedslegends.shortstack.com/TsFCcf' responsive='true' autoscroll_p='true']
  • Winter can be a difficult time to sell your home. It’s dark, cold, and your property might not look at its best. Selling your home in winter isn’t impossible though so don’t let the colder months put you off. With these tips, and with the help of the amazing sales team at Parklane Properties, you can get your property from “For Sale” to “Sold” in no time.

    Keep Your Home Warm

    No one likes a cold house so turn up the heating or light a fire to make your home cosy. When potential buyers view your property, they want to feel welcome and they want to know their future home stays warm during winter. A warm property gives them more reason to look around for longer too. Would you want to go back into the cold after being in a nice warm house? Selling your home this winter means keeping your home warm. Fluffy socks in front of fire place  

    Make The Front Of Your Property Well Lit

    If you have a viewing booked in, make sure your security light is working and add lighting on the path to your home. Viewers will be able to see the outside of your home better and it makes your property more inviting. Inside your home, ensure that all lightbulbs are working and your blinds or curtains are open to let any natural light in.

    Decorate Your Home

    You don’t have to redecorate, but dress your home to show it off at its best. Throw cosy blankets on the sofa and plump up the cushions in your living room. Line up matching bath products in the bathroom, and set the table for dinner. The smallest touches can make a huge difference.

    Clean Everything

    This goes without saying but ensure your home is as clean as possible before a viewing. Bleach the grout in the bathroom, close the toilet lid, clean the windows and mirrors, empty any bins, and dust daily to keep your home at its best.

    Scent Your Home With Fragrance

    This could be through fresh flowers, scented candles or a reed diffuser. Making your home smell nice is a must in winter. It’s not practical to open your windows as it’s cold, so a fresh scent through your home gives your viewers a positive impression from the moment they walk in. If you’re looking to sell your home this winter, Parklane Properties can help. Come into our Leeds City Centre office or contact one of our agents on 0113 237 0000.
  • Searching for the right place to live can be daunting whether you are renting in Leeds or buying. With so many estate agents and properties on the market it’s difficult to know where to start - that’s why so many professionals choose Parklane Properties to help them find the perfect place. Selling your home can also be stressful and complicated. We make this process as simple as possible and here are 3 reasons to choose Parklane Properties…

    40 Years’ Experience In The Leeds Property Market

    We’ve been looking after property in Leeds for 40 years so you could say we’re experts. With this in mind it makes sense to have the help of our agents who know the city and surrounding areas inside out. Our agents are dedicated to finding you the perfect property, specialising in professional property lettings and sales.

    No Tenants Fees

    Parklane Properties are proud to be the only agent in Leeds to not charge professionals any tenant administration fees. We know moving can be expensive so we are offering a helping hand ahead of legislation by scrapping our fees. We are saving you £100’s, so why not have a look at what properties we have available if you're going to be renting in Leeds.

    No Sale, No Fee

    That’s right! – no sale, no fee. If we don’t sell your home, you don’t pay a fee. We can’t say fairer than that. We will also obtain an EPC for you free of charge. At Parklane Properties we appreciate selling your property can become expensive and every penny counts. We are here to help you look after those pennies as much as possible. Are you looking for a professional property to rent in Leeds? Maybe you are looking for a place to buy in the city centre or surrounding areas? Whatever kind of help you need, Parklane Properties are here for you. Come into our city centre branch today or give us a call to chat with one of our friendly agents on 0113 2370000. 
  • You might have recently read in the news that interest rates are rising. A few weeks ago, the Bank of England raised the base rate from 0.25% to 0.5%. This means the historically low 0.25% is no more. But, what does this mean for mortgages and house prices in the UK? Well, whether you’re renting in Leeds, looking to remortgage, or you’re looking at houses for sale, hopefully our information will break down the facts you need to know about the rise in UK interest rates.

    Will The UK Interest Rates Affect House Prices?

    House prices being affected by the UK interest rates could be a concern for you if you’re selling your house or looking at houses for sale. However, house prices are likely to be unaffected by the rise in interest rates. UK house prices have remained stable throughout the EU vote and the general election so they’ll more than likely remain steady now.  

    How Will The Interest Rate Rise Affect Mortgages?

    The answer to this question all depends on what kind of mortgage you have. In this section, we’ll go through what we know according to the kind of mortgage you have. It’s worth noting if your mortgage increases, it's likely to be around £200 per year/ per £100,000 you owe. While this means more cash will be going out of your bank account, per month it will be manageable. So you shouldn’t have to tighten your purse strings too much.  

    Fixed Rate Mortgage

    If you’re on a fixed rate mortgage, you don’t need to worry about the rise in UK interest rates rising. If you’re already on this type of mortgage, you’ll be protected from any rise in interest rates. However, it’s worth keeping in mind that if interest rates fall, you’ll be paying more than you need to. The rise in UK interest rates will only affect those going into a fixed rate mortgage in the near future. Banks may increase the rates on these, so those good deals that have been around for years might not be so frequent.  

    Standard Variable Rate Mortgage

    These mortgages will more than likely be directly affected by the interest rate rise. You’ll find that your lender will more than likely increase the interest rate on your mortgage in line with the figure set by the Bank of England. As lenders are free to make their own decision on this though, you may find that your lender doesn’t change anything. You may also find they use it as an opportunity to increase your mortgage interest rate slightly more. Always check with your provider to see what they’ve done and how it will affect your monthly outgoings.  

    Tracker Mortgage

    A tracker mortgage means you will definitely be directly affected by the rise in interest rates. As the name suggests, they track interest rates meaning that when they’re low, you pay less. However, when they interest rates are high, your outgoings can increase dramatically. With the base rate of 0.5% set by the bank and a potential “pay rate” of 1.5%, your mortgage rate will increase to 2%. Sometimes tracker mortgages are only for a set time. So if you’re on one of these, your mortgage might have reverted back to a standard variable rate mortgage.  

    Will The Base Rate Affect Me If I’m Renting?

    If you’re renting in Leeds or you’re the landlord of Leeds accommodation, you might wonder how this situation will affect you. Well, if you’re renting, your landlord might potentially increase your rent to counteract any mortgage increases. We hope this answers any questions you might have about the increase in interest rates announced in early November. If you're looking to sell your house, you can do a free valuation on the Parklane Properties website. Please let us know if you need any more advice by coming into Parklane Properties in Leeds or by getting in touch on Twitter!
  • Unfortunately, the below offer is no longer available. Please contact our Leeds City Centre office on 0113 237 0000 or visit us in store to discuss the sale of your property. Think you’ve missed out? Due to popular demand we have now extended our fixed fee offer until the end of the year. If you’re thinking of selling your house soon, we know that it can be a stressful time. There are so many things to think about: Choosing the right location, the type of property you want and then packing all you belongings… To make things a little easier for you, we’re getting into the festive spirit by extending our £1199 (including VAT) fixed fee offer throughout winter! Contact us today to find out more or read on for more information...

    TAKE ADVANTAGE THIS WINTER OF OUR £1199 (INCLUDING VAT) FIXED FEE OFFER UNTIL 31st DECEMBER.

    That’s right, you won’t pay the potential thousands of pounds in commission when you sell your home, all you will pay is the set fee of £1199 (including VAT). This low fee doesn’t mean you receive less of a service. With Parklane Properties, you get all the following benefits included in your fee: Free market appraisal, accompanied viewings, photos and full colour floor plans to create a personalised marketing brochure for your property, free EPC, free instant online valuation and online marketing within 24 hours, including Zoopla and Rightmove. There’s also the added bonus of Parklane Properties’ walk-in office in Leeds City Centre. With 40 years of experience in the property industry, we are here to give you a complete high street service and better value for your money than an online agent. Fixed fee sales chart with benefits on high street estate agent Don’t miss out on our money saving offer this winter and take advantage of our £1199 (including VAT) sales fee. Contact us on 0113 237 0000 for your free market appraisal or obtain your free online valuation today. We look forward to speaking with you! T&Cs: Parklane reserve the right to remove/change this promotion at any time without notice. This offer is only available for instructions between 16th October and 31st December 2017. *The sales fee is £1199 including VAT.
  • Leeds residents are already lucky enough to live in a thriving city that offers something for young professionals, families and couples. We know we're lucky to be working in Leeds accommodation at Parklane Properties. But, it’s the future that looks bright for Leeds residents with some amazing developments in the pipeline that aim to regenerate forgotten parts of the city centre. So whether you’re looking for flats to rent in Leeds, or you live in Leeds accommodation already, Leeds is definitely looking like the place to be right now and in the future.

    What’s Planned In Leeds?

    Development Of The Southbank

    It’s been a long time coming but the redevelopment of Leeds’ Southbank area is on its way! This development aims to transform the land into a vibrant and multi-purpose public space that makes more use of the waterways in Leeds. The Southbank redevelopment will also be home to Leeds’ tallest building. It doesn’t have a name yet, but this building will be 136.5 metres high and will be 40 storey residential building that will contribute to Leeds accommodation portfolio. Bridgewater place in Leeds

    Leeds’ Version of NYC’s Highline

    In recent years, NYC's Highline – an old railway track converted into a public art space and walk-way – has become one of the city’s main tourist hotspots. Leeds aims to do the same by transforming a viaduct opposite City Island into a green space where people can stroll and take in the skyline of Leeds’ city centre. This is another part of the Southbank regeneration project where more Leeds housing will be developed, giving life to this presently quiet part of the city. New York's Highline

    A New and Improved Tetley’s Site

    With 850 new homes in Leeds and a 5-acre park, the revamped Tetley’s site is going to be hot property when it’s redeveloped. This site will make the historic Tetley’s building its centre-piece and will create affordable Leeds housing, new office space and a new leisure space on Leeds’ waterfront where residents and office workers can relax and spend their spare time.  

    Hunslet Mills and Victoria Works

    A long abandoned, derelict site is going to be given new life in the form of 699 apartments that will become a key part of developing Leeds housing near the city centre. With connectivity between Hunslet and the city centre due to be improved as part of the project, this will become a much coveted spot for flats to rent in Leeds and brand new, well-located Leeds housing.  

    Big Plans for Leeds Train Station

    With big plans for Southbank, and with rumours of HS2 making its way to Leeds, Leeds Train Station is going to get a well-due overhaul. Not only are the council wanting to improve how people get to the station from Leeds Dock and Temple Works – a specified walking route is being talked about – but New Station Street may also be pedestrianised. This will make the station integrate well with the new HS2 hub but it will create a welcoming atmosphere to the city too. And who doesn’t want that when living in the city or looking for Leeds accommodation? Do you live in Leeds? What do you think of all the new developments coming to the city? Let us know over on Twitter!
  • Christmas is such a fun and joyous time of year. Festive lights are strung throughout the house and gifts are thoughtfully being bought for family and friends. However, Christmas can easily turn into a time you’d rather forget if you don’t take home security seriously. The amount of home insurance claims rocket in January due to burglaries or fires in the home in December and, to make sure you’re not one of those people, here are some home security tips you can’t afford to ignore this Christmas.  

    Make Your Home Appear Lived In

    If you’re going away for an extended amount of time, things like newspaper and milk deliveries can easily give away the fact that you’re not at home. Take time before you go away to make sure that you’ve cancelled or postponed any deliveries and you’ve kindly asked a neighbour or family member if they can put your bins out on collection day. There might not be any rubbish in the bins but it gives the illusion that you’re around. Simple things like putting a timer on your lights can also deter potential opportunists from breaking in. family at christmas decorating home

    Don’t Mention You’re Away On Social Media

    Not only does this give a clear signal to people that you’re away over Christmas but it could also invalidate your home insurance. Simple things like checking in on Facebook, posting a photo on Instagram or getting tagged in a status could potentially cause a lot of hassle. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t brag about your Christmas break on social media but just be aware of how obvious it makes it to other people that you’re not at home.  

    Check The Validity Of Your Home and Contents Insurance

    It’s always worth checking if your home insurance and contents insurance covers you for the length of time you’re going to be away for. If you’re away for a month, it could potentially make your home insurance invalid. Some insurers can increase cover for a certain period at no extra cost so that’s definitely worth checking out.  

    Keep Your Windows And Doors Secure

    Are you sure you’ve got all the keys for your property? If you don’t know, it could be worth double checking or changing the locks on the doors for the sake of your home security. Windows, including the ones right at the top of your house, have to be closed and locked if possible as these are easy entry points for anyone looking to get into your home.  

    Make The Front Of Your Home Well Lit

    No one who wants to get caught would try breaking into a house with a well-lit front. Install security lights that react to movement so they come on when someone passes by. Yes, the security light might react to a cat during the night but at least you know it’s working and will act as a deterrent for anyone that may have an eye on your Christmas presents. well lit front of home

    Keep Christmas Presents Out Of Sight

    It’s normal to want to put Christmas presents under the tree, it can make your home look extra festive and it gets everyone excited for the big day. However, those gifts could end up being easy pickings for anyone that fancies their chances at a free Christmas. And, because contents insurance might not cover things like Christmas presents, make sure you’re not flashing your hard-earned gifts to any unwanted visitors.  

    Check Your Alarm Is Working

    We never think it could happen to us but a burglary or fire could happen to anyone so it’s definitely worth checking to see if your home alarm and fire alarm is working. Not only is there a higher risk of a break in at Christmas but there’s also a higher risk of a fire as well with all the extra Christmas lights in your home. Having home alarms that work will also help if you do need to claim on your home insurance and, not to put a big black cloud over everyone, but your home alarm could potentially save your life.  

    Get CCTV Systems Installed

    You might think this is a little extreme but having a CCTV system installed in your home could help hugely if you’ve been burgled. It’ll help identify anyone around your property and for a bit of Christmas fun, young family members might love to keep an eye out for Santa on Christmas Eve… Do you have any more tips on how to keep your home secure this Christmas?
  • Unfortunately, the below offer is no longer available. Please contact our Leeds City Centre office on 0113 237 0000 or visit us in store to discuss the sale of your property. Contact us about our 4 week flash sale or get your free online valuation today! Are you selling your house soon? If you are, we know how much of a stressful situation it can be. There are so many things to think about. Moving all your belongings, the location, the type of house, the expense… There’s one big thing we want to help you out with though and that’s the sales fee. For 4 weeks only, Parklane Properties are having a flash sale. We’re offering a fixed sales fee of only £999 for 4 weeks throughout October and November! That’s right, you won’t pay thousands in commission when you sell your house, you’ll just pay the set fee of £999 no matter the value of your home. This lower fee doesn’t mean you get less of a service though. In fact, you’re still getting more than if you were to go with leading online agents.

    With Parklane Properties, you get all the following benefits as well as the fixed sales fee!

    A chart of what's included with a high street property agent You get accompanied viewings, and EPC rating, full colour floor plans, photos and property brochure and a free online valuation. There’s also the added bonus of Parklane Properties having a walk-in office in Leeds city centre, over 35 years’ experience in the property marketing, and we get your house on the market within 24 hours. It’s such a good value deal so why not let us help you sell your property in the best way possible? When we do sell your house, it’s only a £999 fee so you know where you stand no matter what price your property sells for! If we can help, let us know today and we look forward to speaking with you! Alternatively, find out how much your home is valued at using our free and instant valuation tool! T&Cs: Parklane reserve the right to remove/change this promotion at any time without notice. This offer is only available for instructions between 16th October and 12th November 2017. *The sales fee is £999 + VAT.
  • When you move into a new place, things can feel like they’re in limbo for a while. Everything is in boxes, the rooms of your house aren’t quite as you would like them and your home routine has been completely put out of sync. But, with years of property moving experience, we’ve picked up a few tips that can make your new house feel like a home in an instant. Get ready to settle in to your new house, because it won’t take too long for it to feel like a home you’ve lived in forever.

    Clean The House

    The last owners might have left the house in a tidy state, they might not. Either way, it’s always a good idea to give it a deep clean so that you can feel like you’ve got a clear space to unpack your own stuff in. Plus, it makes the house smell more like you as well which will instantly give you the feel of “this is my home”.

    Make Your Bed

    After a day of unpacking boxes, you’re more than likely going to be pretty tired. With that in mind, make your bed one of the first places you organise. Grab your fresh sheets, cosy cushions and blankets, make your bed and get ready to sink into the first place that will feel like home after a long day. cream and brown bedding in new home

    Put Some Table Lamps Out

    There’s no easier way to make a room feel homely than by putting out a few tables lamps to soften the light. Overhead lights can often be quite bright and garish but even one or two smaller lights in the bedroom or living room can instantly make a huge difference to getting you settled in.

    Play Some Music

    Even if it’s just from a little speaker on your phone, get some good music on that creates a happy space for moving. Not only will it make your house feel more like a home but get the right playlist on and it’ll motivate you to unpack those boxes while you’re dancing around the house.

    Get Some Food In

    It’s quite common to get in a takeaway on the first night of moving into your new home – after all, who really wants to cook a meal after a long day of moving? But, stock up on a few of your favourite essentials and not only will you have a happy fridge, you’ll be happier knowing the food you love is just in the cupboard ready to be devoured. food cupboard full of jars

    Arrange A Housewarming

    Arranging a housewarming for a few weeks after moving in will give you something to look forward to after all the hard work of unpacking. Having your nearest and dearest in your  new place will well and truly make the house feel like it’s your home and it’ll be one of the first happy memories you create in your new four walls. friends enjoying a housewarming party at new home

    Hang Artwork On The Walls

    You might have collected certain prints or paintings which hold special memories for you. Maybe you have a set of pictures that will go really well in one room? The minute you hang these on the walls, it’ll bring the whole room together. If you can’t hang them straight away, just prop them against the wall so you can enjoy them every day.

    Make At Least One Room Cosy

    Whether it’s your living room, your bedroom, or your bathroom, get one room finished and ready to go as soon as you can. Get those photo frames out, throw blankets over the sofa, get the TV plugged in and aim to have one room as the space to chill out and relax while you finish the rest of the house. cosy living room with cushions and throws

    Light Some Candles

    Candles can really add the finishing touches to a room. Pick the ones with your favourite scents and the house will immediately feel like it’s yours. Do you have any more tips on how to make your new house feel like a home? Hopefully some of these will help when you move!
  • Are you thinking about selling your house online? If you are, you're probably a little overwhelmed with how much there is to do and how much moving house can cost. There's no doubt it can be a bit of a stressful and potentially expensive affair. However, at Parklane Properties, we know how to make selling your house a little less stressful. We also want to save you money and to do that, we're explaining today why selling your house online isn’t always a good idea and why using a high street agent is the way forward…

    We Beat Any High Street Quote

    At Parklane Properties, we want you to have the best experience possible while selling your house. That’s why we want to give you the best value too. With that in mind, we can save you money on your fee by beating any high street quote you’ve been given. We’ll make sure you pay the lowest fee so that you can put some of your hard-earned cash towards some new furniture or a celebratory meal when we have a buyer for your house!

    We Have 40 Years' Experience In The Leeds Property Market

    If you’re selling your Leeds home, we’re the people to be able to do that for you. We know this city like the back of our hand so we can find the people that want a house just like yours. We’ll also be able to help you find your perfect home depending on what criteria you have for your new abode. Online agents might not have this knowledge of the area and therefore might not be able to get the right viewers through yourthe door as quickly as we can. The Adelphi pub in Leeds City Centre

    No Sale, No Fee

    Unlike some high street and online agents, if we can’t sell your house, we won’t charge you a fee. There’s no point giving your hard earned cash away for nothing.

    Your House Is On The Market Within 24 Hours

    We don’t delay getting your house on the market when you want to sell. Within 24 hours, we guarantee your house will be in front of eager buyers looking for a property like yours. Unfortunately, online agents can’t make this guarantee so it could be a week before your house is on the market! No one wants that kind of delay when it comes to selling your house.

    The Full Photo, Floor Plan And Property Package

    We want to show off your house in the best way possible to get your house sold as quickly as possible. When you sell through Parklane Properties, we’ll include a full-colour floor plan so that prospective buyers can really get a feel of the property. There will also be a selection of photos and a property brochure so that we can entice as many people as possible to come and view the property.

    Walk-In Office

    No one wants to be sat on hold for hours and hours. That’s why our walk-in office in Leeds City Centre is super convenient for anyone selling their house in Leeds. You can come in, meet the agent who's selling your house face-to-face, and ask as many questions as you need to. You’ll also get a real person’s knowledge of the property market while you go through the house selling process. Leeds Dock at dusk

    Accompanied Viewings

    Not only will we take people on an accompanied viewing of your house but, because we’ve got that face-to-face relationship with you, we’ll know the property inside out so we can sell it to its full potential. This means your property is in the best hands so it can be on and off the market as quickly as possible.

    EPC Rating

    When someone is buying a house, they want to know roughly how energy efficient it’s going to be throughout the year. An EPC rating gives a good indication of how well the house retains heat and how much it will cost to run. No one wants to be stung with an expensive energy bill so by providing EPC ratings to potential new owners it means they have as much information as possible when buying.

    Free Valuation

    Yes, free! You can find out a property value estimate by filling out a simple form and it doesn’t cost you a penny! Of course, we can come out to give you a more accurate price but at least if you’re just curious you can find out the value of your house within a matter of minutes! How have you sold your house in the past? Here's your free instant online valuation form so you can get the value of your property in an instant!
  • If you’re something of a fashionista and like to rock and original look that no one else is sporting, then there are plenty of fine independents selling vintage clobber, handbags and accessories in Leeds. Whether you’re male, female, rich or broke, there’s a store in Leeds stocking an outfit with your name all over it.

    Alice Found Treasure

    If you want the bespoke experience without the usual high price tag that goes with it, then Alice Found Treasure may just be your perfect cup of tea. Each vintage item is handpicked and unique, so you know you’ll not see anyone else wearing your item. Visit the boutique in The Corn Exchange or shop online in her ASOS Marketplace store.

    Lambert’s Yard

    Doubling up as a concept store and special event space, the stunning interior of Lambert’s Yard houses some of the finest threads for male and female fashion followers. The carefully curated collection showcases some of the finest emerging talent in the world of design, offering visitors the chance to pick up items you won’t find elsewhere in Yorkshire.

    Little Pink Wardrobe

    The sister company to the Little Pink Jewellery Store, this wonderful store sells beautiful handmade dresses, lace and vintage prints that allow you to stand out from the crowd without going bankrupt. Stock changes here constantly to reflect the latest trends so you can always seek out something new each time you visit. Also situated in The Corn Exchange, the Little Pink Wardrobe is available online too.

    Lisa Jayne Dann

    Heralded as ‘the Queen of Leeds independent fashion’, Lisa Jayne Dann has been providing   boutiques with her stunning designs for several years and has amassed a cult, celebrity following. You can pick up her fabulous coats, capes, jackets and playsuits online here.

    Chimp

    Fashion savvy males have been flocking to Chimp for over twenty years now, seeking out choice picks from the likes of Raised by Wolves, Dickies and Billionaire Boys Club. Whilst it’s not cheap, you will find some of the finest jeans, trainers, hoodies and snapback caps to ensure you remain one step ahead. Swing into their shop in Thornton’s Arcade or head over to their extensive online store.

    The Hip Store

    Another great place for men who like to channel the dapper Dan look is The Hip Store in Trinity. From bold and beautiful leather boots to designer jeans and knitwear, Hip stock over a hundred different brands meaning there’s something to suit all tastes and wallets. You can also peruse their extensive collection online here.
  • Putting your unique stamp on your student digs is the best way to make it the home from home it should be. But, if your bank balance is decidedly more Kerry Katona than Kim Kardashian, then you may feel as though your options are somewhat limited. However, Leeds is packed with a variety of different stores that allow you to give your pad a pop of personality and colour. Here’s our pick of the best places in Leeds to pimp your pad that won’t leave you out of pocket.

    Retro Boutique

    If you’re something of an old soul with a preference for things from days gone by, then you might want to seek out Retro Boutique on Hyde Park Corner. This nifty little vintage store is packed with one-off items you simply won’t find anywhere else. Stunning copper floor lamps, 1970’s dinner table sets, vintage typewriters and beautiful old-school vases are just some of the gems you can expect to find in this Aladdin’s cave, allowing you to give your room a retro twist that will get your guests talking.
    Address: 8-10 Headingley Ln, Leeds LS6 2AS, UK

    On the Wall

    Posters provide an inexpensive way to splash a bit of character into your home and On the Wall have got the most varied selection you’ll find in Leeds. As well as posters for the latest films and bands, they stock a huge selection of prints for classics such as Alice in Wonderland, Jaws and Akira, often using alternative artwork to great effect. The store also carries a wide selection of prints by Australian artist Loui Jover, whose vintage-styled prints have adorned the walls of numerous galleries around the globe. On the Wall offer a vinyl framing service too, so you can easily turn your favourite long-player into a work of art.
    Address: 12 Boar Ln, Leeds LS1 6EN, UK

    Colours May Vary

    If your studying art, design, or anything creative for that matter, then you must seek out Colours May Vary. The online store provides a delivery service to the really rather good Laynes Espresso on New Station Street, and they stock a small but carefully selected range of beautiful items. From eye-catching prints to artsy magazines, and handy travel guides, everything they sell has been chosen for its artistic merit and is sourced from a mixture of established and up-and-coming artists and producers. Take a peek through their online store here.
    Address: Munro House, Duke St, Leeds LS9 8AG, UK

    Fabrication Crafts

    Fabrication opened up as a social enterprise in order to showcase local talent in the world of arts and crafts, and the store itself has some stunning items that can brighten up any home. With items on sale from over 70 different artists, there really is something for everyone, with incredible homeware, art prints and even clothing available. Check out their blog for the latest stock and seller round-up, or drop into their store in The Light. Address: Unit A20, The Light, The Headrow, Leeds LS1 8TL, UK Phone: +44 113 243 9140

    B&M Fabrics

    A family run business for close to 50 years, B&M Fabrics is popular with students looking to purchase fabric to make their own bespoke items, whether that be a set of cushions or a fancy dress costume. And, if you’re not too handy with a pair of scissors and a sewing kit yourself, they will put together your desired item at a very reasonable price and have produced everything from wedding dresses to rag dolls for their numerous clients over the years. Address: Leeds Kirkgate Market, 36-39 Kirkgate, Leeds LS2 7JG, UK Phone: +44 113 244 1624
  • SALES FEES JUST 0.99% & RENTAL MANAGEMENT FEES AS LOW AS 8%

    We’ve only gone and done it, we’ve put the big freeze on our fees! Not only have we frozen solid our Sales fees at just above zero at 0.99%, our Rental Management fees are frozen as low as 8%. One of the ways we’re giving you more bang for your buck this winter - brrrr-illiant!  

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  • With rising gym membership prices and summer edging ever closer, students are left searching for alternative ways to keep fit without spending too much cash. Here are just a few ways to get your health fix and have money to spare, without being tied into an expensive gym contract…

    Outdoor Activities

    Basketball game in action The weather may not always be pleasant, but the outdoors offers a bundle of opportunity for students to exercise for free whilst taking a break from studies. Whether you prefer jogging or playing sports, there are plenty of inner-city destinations available at any time of the day for free. University facilities like tennis and basketball courts can often be accessed for a small charge, if not none being a student. Some local parks also offer free fitness classes and boot camp sessions, so try searching online for your closest scheme!

    University Societies & Sports Team

    Rugby game in action Most universities have a society for relatively every sport you can think of, so there is no excuse for not getting involved. You can even start your own society with the help of the Students Union. Looking for something a little more competitive? University sports teams are a great way to stay fit and socialise for low costs. These allow you to either train and compete weekly using university facilities, or attend social sessions to play your favourite sports.

    Fitness Videos

    Girl watching fitness videos If you are fed up of awkward encounters with gym buffs, why not work out from the comfort of your own home with fitness DVD's or videos? A range of fitness DVD's can be found online for as little as a fiver. They might be cheap and cheerful, but they're a great way to stay in shape without breaking the bank. If you want to go even cheaper, online websites offering fitness tips and workout tutorials are easily accessible on YouTube and other video sites such as Fitness Blender.

    Gym Membership Deals

    Girl using gym equipment In the lead up to summer, many gyms and fitness centres will offer reduced-price memberships to target finishing students. University gyms are a good place to start, as they are usually situated near the campus. Other promotions include ‘refer a friend’ schemes, allowing you to work out together and enjoy benefits like free fitness classes. Many fitness centres also offer swimming pool deals at a student discount. A great way to work your cardiovascular system, a short swim can do a lot for your physical and mental health.

    Workout Apps

    Runner looking at her fitness app The App Store is filled with a host of free applications, from 30-day squat challenges to virtual personal training software.  These apps allow you to work out from home, but also offer the flexibility of fitting around your schedule. With many proposing short workout routines to cater for beginner to advanced levels, there is no shying away from using the apps to keep fit. To get even more value from these applications, try incorporating their productivity measures into your jogging routine or outdoor sports. Click here to view a selection of the top fitness apps you can download.
  • There’s no shortage of Halloween events in Leeds this year. If you’re still undecided about which one(s) to get involved in, here’s our guide to anything and everything you need to know before heading out this weekend:

    Where is the best fancy dress shop in Leeds?

    Given that Headingley is Student Central in Leeds, fancy dress retailers tend to be drawn to that area. You’ll find Dress Up and Party on North Lane and Dr Jekyll’s Fancy Dress in a converted garage on Headingley Lane. To the east of the city, you’ve got plenty of choice at Sandroy Fancy Dress on Crossgates Road.

    What big events are on this Halloween?

    Armley Mills is hosting a rather spook-tacular-looking Ghost Hunt on Friday 28th October. You can experience everything from the paranormal to the downright abnormal in the human pendulum they’ll have on show at the oldest mill in the country. Mission, one of the best clubs in Leeds, knows how to do Halloween in style. This Saturday, it’s hosting Inzombifest, which is a fancy dress house music festival involving a total of 10 DJs. Also on Saturday night, there will be a similar DJ-infested event on at the home of Leeds United: A Nightmare on Elland Road.

    What kinds of gigs are on at Halloween?

    Aside from the DJ sets, there is plenty of live music on in Leeds this weekend. The world-renowned Australian Pink Floyd will rock it out at the First Direct Arena, while Corinne Bailey Rae will be at the Town Hall on Friday night. On Saturday night, the endlessly entertaining Lancashire Hotpots will be warming the cockles of revellers at the Brudenell Social Club as the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra will be giving everyone chills at the Town Hall. On Sunday, Tony Christie of ‘Is this the way to Amarillo?’ fame will be lighting up the night at City Varieties.

    Are there any zombie runs in Leeds this weekend?

    One of the greatest nightmare-inducing things going on in Leeds this weekend is Infection: Zombie Survival at Thackray Medical Museum. Hosted in an old hospital, it challenges participants to escape an outbreak by finding its cure before getting caught and infected by the zombies roaming the corridors… Needless to say, you have to be over 18 to participate in this scare-fest.

    What shows are on this Halloween?

    In perfect timing for the scariest weekend of the year, you’ll be able to catch one of the darkest plays in the land in The Woman in Black at West Yorkshire Playhouse on Saturday night. To continue the Halloween theme into the next week, since the day itself falls on a Monday this year, you can get musical at the first show of the season of The Rocky Horror Show at the Grand Theatre on Monday night.

    What’s on at the cinema this Halloween?

    If you’re looking for the perfect scary treat for the kids this weekend, take them to see Hotel Transylvania at Hyde Park Picture House on Saturday lunchtime. What better place to spend Halloween than a century-old gas-lit cinema?!
  • Bonfire Night isn’t just about bonfires and fireworks. It’s as much about getting toasty in a good, cosy pub after the festivities as it is marvelling at them in the early evening cold. If you’re looking to make a night of it, given that the night itself falls smack-bang on a weekend this year, here’s your guide to the pubs around which you can make your plans:

    The Mustard Pot

    Whilst most council fireworks displays will be held on Friday 4th November this year, The Mustard Pot is making a bigger night of it by starting its celebrations at 4pm on the Saturday. There will be bonfire-themed homemade dishes like chilli on the menu and a great selection of drinks, as is to be expected from Chapel Allerton’s biggest and best bar.

    The Chemic Tavern

    Voted the best pub in Leeds two years ago, The Chemic Tavern is the stuff of Leeds legend – and its yearly Bonfire Night celebrations are part of the reason for that. It’s in Woodhouse, which means it’s near the big fireworks display at Woodhouse Moor and, therefore, perfectly placed for an after-display drink. Be sure to bring your wellingtons if it’s wet…Woodhouse Moor gets rather muddy, but the cold will quickly vanish from your bones once you’re enjoying a drink in one of the most authentic pubs in Leeds.

    The Roundhay Fox

    The biggest Bonfire Night event in Leeds every year (without fail) is the council-run event at Roundhay Park. There’s no denying that the super-huge bonfire and the choreographed fireworks display are together the most impressive thing you’ll see all weekend. A visit to the nearby Roundhay Fox will be the most comforting thing you’ll do all weekend, too. Its big fire, cosy chairs and delicious drinks will warm your cockles in no time at all – and the food is superb, too.

    Brudenell Social Club

    If you’re planning to watch the fireworks at Woodhouse Moor, but you want to combine it with a night out that weekend, an evening in the Brude isn’t a bad shout. There are gigs on both Friday and Saturday night. The 4th sees an indie acoustic night with Lucy Dacus and guest support, while the 5th welcomes Canadian post-punk outfit Preoccupations, along with a total of four support acts, so you’re spoilt for choice.

    The Garden Gate

    The displays aren’t just restricted to the city this Bonfire Night. There’s a great event planned on the Saturday night at The Hunslet Club in Hunslet, which means that a trip to The Garden Gate is on the cards for all you beer lovers out there. It’s widely regarded as one of the most beautiful boozers in Leeds, so Bonfire Night is a perfect excuse to pay it a visit.
  • With the increasing cost of essential student accommodation bills such as gas, water and electric, it is easy to rack up large account sums during the winter due to careless uses of energy. Constantly turning the central heating levels up or forgetting to switch appliances off are the most common causes of expensive bills, but there are many strategies students can take to be smart and use energy efficiently during the cold season. Here are a few tips to help save on those all-important pennies, but stay comfortable and live a healthy lifestyle during the winter months at university…

    Research

    Many students believe that they are unable to switch from the energy provider that their landlord supplies them, or are fooled into thinking that the cheapest deal has been set up for their accommodation. By simply conducting research via comparison sites, or even speaking directly to your own tariff provider to bargain a better energy deal, students can cut their bill costs by large sums. Pre-payment meters are also an effective strategy in money-saving, if they are set up on a cheap deal with a supplier. Although they do not enable direct debit payments, they can save cash in the long term.

    Switching Off

    Perhaps the most simple cause of high energy bills, leaving appliances on standby or plugged in still remains to be a common bad-habit with students – losing them money on utilities and light bulbs! Electric heaters, blankets and fan radiators can also become a problem in keeping your costs down, as they ironically burn through household energy at an extortionate rate without pumping out huge amounts of heat. Try turning your thermostat down a few notches, we doubt you’ll feel the difference! And if you’re cold-blooded and need sweltering central heating, then try adjusting the radiator settings around your flat to your preference.

    Smart Usage

    Does that one shirt need to be washed separately? Or could you wait until your washing basket is full to put on a load? Smart appliance usage is an effective method in saving on energy bills as a student, without having to do a great deal. Washing clothes on a maximum load is just one of many ways you can do this…
    1.       Sticking with clothing, if you’re not desperate to iron items then why not leave them on hangers to get rid of those creases…
    2.      In the kitchen, cooking as a team with a few of your flatmates saves on the usage of electric appliances like your oven and microwave…
    3.      Switch to your mobile data! If you have limited Wi-Fi access, make the most of your mobile devices’ usage to get value for money from both your mobile and energy tariffs…

    Layering up

    This doesn’t mean turning the heating off and wrapping yourself in a thick blanket, but simply wearing jumpers around the house rather than a t-shirt or shorts. You can also set heating timers around your study schedule, meaning if nobody is lounging in the accommodation during the daytime, heating can be utilised in the morning and evening to keep you comfortable. Touching on a previous point, further research to ensure a cheaper tariff can also save money to help heat your accommodation more regularly.
  • With the clocks having moved back on October 27th you might have been thankful for your extra hour in bed. However, now that the weekend is over, and you’re heading in to university this week, you’ll soon be cursing the dark afternoons as you walk back from lectures through the streets to your student home. With dark nights drawing in, and the coldness settling in for the winter, we give you our best tips on staying safe through the gloomy weathered months of the year.

    Safety in numbers

    No one wants to trek home alone in the dark. If you’re walking back home from university or heading to a friend’s house for an evening, try to avoid long walks alone. If you’re leaving a lecture, make sure you get into a group of course-mates that are heading in the same direction as you. If you’re going to see a friend, and they know one of your house-mates, bring them with you – safety in numbers is key when it comes to walking in the dark.

    Don’t stray from the beaten path

    If you absolutely need to take a walk out alone on an evening, try not to stray too far from the beaten path. Leeds is a bustling city centre, and if you stick to main pedestrian areas, there is nothing wrong with a stroll alone. If you’re heading further afield and into Headingley or surrounding areas, try and stay on main road routes, where the traffic will be frequent.

    Listen out

    We all love listening to music to minimise the boredom of a walk, but if you have to go on a long walk alone, you need to at least be aware of your surroundings. Try to keep yourself alert at all times and keep your music for when you’re safely on populated transport.

    Don’t flash your wealth

    If you feel like you’ve stumbled into an area that you feel vulnerable in, make sure you keep all your belongings and personal items hidden from view. You might think it’s urgent to text your friend back while you walk, but not only does that distract your attention, it also draws attention to you. Flashy mobiles, expensive headphones and other costly items are all great luxuries to have, but they’re also drawing attention to you. If you want to keep them for the foreseeable future, make sure they’re hidden from view whilst you’re out on your own.

    Keep in touch with someone

    We aren’t saying to stay in touch with someone constantly whilst walking, as that contradicts the point above. Instead, all we recommend is to let someone know when you’re setting off, and then get back in touch again when you’ve arrived. By having someone else aware of your route and timings for setting off, they should know something is wrong if you fail to contact them as they would expect. It’s always a good idea to have someone else know of your plans, just to be safe. There are many different ways to stay safe through the winter, with the dark nights, so for further information, local police authorities are always on hand to provide extra information on staying safe.
  • Halloween is the perfect time to sort out your fancy dress and get your favourite costume on. Whether you love the old favourites like witches and fairytale characters or you’re trying to be creative with a more adult Halloween costume – here are some cheap and easy ideas to inspire you for Halloween festivities this year. Girl favourites A quirky favourite for many girls is the Amazing Party Company’s seven deadly sins collection – whether you fancy yourself as Greed, Gluttony, Lust or Pride – pair it with a pale face, a big wig and you’ll look horrific (in a good, Halloween way). If you prefer something more traditional, how about transforming yourself into a rag doll? Costumecraze.com offers a range of costumes, accessories and wigs for all colour themes. You just need some eerily perfect make-up and you’re all set. Lads Film and TV For the boys, classic film and TV characters often turn out to be strong favourites. Batman’s The Joker always manages to make people run a mile, or if you’re after something more current, and want to look good rather than scary, grab your best boots, plaid shirt and cowboy hat and head to into Django Unchained territory. Cult films always make for a great costume, and the latest offering from Tarantino provides a range of characters that make for great costume ideas. If you’re not really into the blood and gore of a costume, and prefer a more topical approach, why not put together a simple Walter White costume. Cult TV show Breaking Bad’s popularity has sky rocketed over the last two years of its run, so if you opt to go as your favourite character, expect to see plenty more Jesse’s and Heisenberg’s out with you. There are plenty of alternatives out there, and with online shopping, you don’t even need to traipse around shops to get your perfect costume sorted. New favourites A few new ideas we’ve seen this year are; possessed child (looking like you’ve just dropped straight out of the exorcist,)Bad Hatter (I’m sure you can guess the fairytale equivalent) and Roadkill (at least you’d be warm – it is October) but there’s nothing wrong with the old favourites. If you’re aiming for old-school horror, megafancydress.co.uk has a great range of devils, skeletons, zombies and vampire outfits to suit everyone. If you’d rather shop in Leeds than shop online, Amazing Party Company Ltd is located on Albion Street and has a great range of both costumes and accessories. Its finishing touches range offers fangs, makeup and scars makes your costume that bit more authentic. With fancy dress, you literally have hundreds of options at your fingertips, from complete costume sets, to DIY self assembly of regular clothes. Let us know your favourite characters and how you put together your outfit.  
  • With the ever growing popularity of tablets, and the steady decline in PC sales, the final quarter of 2013 is expected to see tablet sales exceed desktop and laptops combined. With this in mind, and considering how the modern student is never separated from their tablet or smartphone, we have compiled what we believe to be a list of must have apps for students. Here is our top five free apps. Dropbox While it may not be as exciting as Angry Birds, this app could prove to be just as vital to the student regime. Dropbox is a cloud based, file syncing tool which enables you access to your documents regardless of what computer or device you’re working from. With limited individual storage space provided by universities, Dropbox offers the perfect solution allowing all work to be saved in a central location and retrieved from any device. It also allows for editing on the go (providing you have internet access), which can prove very handy if you find you have some spare time whilst waiting for a train or sat in a coffee shop. The Cloud FastConnect Wi-Fi is up there with food and water when it comes to student necessities, but when you’re out and about it’s not always the easiest thing to come across. Many establishments such as coffee shops, pubs and train stations offer free Wi-Fi to the public via The Cloud. There are thousands of hotspots all over the country and The Cloud FastConnect app helps you find them telling you exactly who’s supplying them and how far away they are. Also, once you’ve signed up, the app will automatically connect your smart device to the Wi-Fi once you’re in range. You’ll never have to be without Facebook and Twitter again. Mobile Banking (NatWest/Lloyds/Barclays/Santander) Despite the lack of it, students often find that money is hard to keep track of. Fortunately, pretty much every bank has its own app which enables you keep on top of your accounts. You can pay bills, transfer money between accounts or even just experience the joy seeing your student loan come in. Using your card as a student often means you struggle to keep track of your spends, but with mobile banking now on your smartphone, you’ll know exactly what you’ve got left to spend. Evernote Most students will tell you that saving a note as a text message draft is more than sufficient for the needs of today’s young academic. However this free app is much better for note taking and its strength lies in its versatility. Not only can you just save notes, but you can also save webpages and pictures to it and then organise them into folders. You can also sync them to all your devices so no matter what piece of tech you’re sporting that day, you’ll never be without those important musings. Wikipedia Wikipedia is a student’s best friend. Throughout school Wikipedia proved that no homework was completely undoable and this is no different now you’re at university. The Wikipedia app displays the incredibly popular online encyclopaedia in a neat and mobile friendly way which makes it very user friendly. The app also allows you to save articles for offline viewing and is very useful to have. Whether your needs are social, leisure or work related, there are a range of apps out there designed to make life easier for students. These are just some examples of the apps out there that we’d recommend, in order to save you the time of trawling through the app store.Have we missed out your favourite app? If we have, let us know what it is and why you couldn't be without it.  
  • The students of Leeds are getting settled back into their university lives. For those who are freshers, a new and exciting chapter is starting and a new city is on their door step awaiting exploration. With Leeds being voted Britain’s best place for quality of life, there’s no wonder the city has become such a popular choice of study for UK and international students. Even more so after the The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 offered Leeds University ‘The University of the Year’ award. We all know that like minded students come together to form groups of friends. Whether they share the same subjects, hobbies or are society buddies, you can usually pick out a group of people and place them into a certain stereotype. We set out to ask students at Leeds Freshers Week about their views on student stereotypes. From our research, we found a big number of new students saw Leeds University to be very music, arts and sports student orientated. Although we know there are many other types of students, these stereotypes kept on creeping up in their answers. Here at Parklane Properties we have put together a fun, old-school flow chart to find out what type of student you are. By clicking and expanding the image you can follow the flow; answering questions about the reasons why you came to university, what studying techniques you have and what you enjoy doing in your spare time. All these questions ultimately leading to your ‘Student Stereotype’. FLOW CHART What Student Stereotype Are You? Were we right or are you surprised by your answer? Take a look at our student profiles to see if you hold any of the traits of your stereotype. PROFILES stereotype profiles Share your result on Twitter and Facebook and let all your friends discover their own stereotypes.
  • So you’re moving on and moving out – time to make sure you get your deposit back and part on the best possible terms with your housemates and your landlord. First up, check your contract. Most specify that the house is returned in the same condition in which it was let, usually with an allowance for ‘fair wear and tear’. Some may have a more detailed checklist of things you are expected to do before you leave – so make sure you do them! Remember they are not out to trick you, they just want to be able to pass the house on to the next lot of students with the minimum of fuss. From your point of view, you want to protect yourself against time consuming disputes, so follow these 10 tips for a hassle free handover.
    • Is the house clean? Dig out the hoover and give it a good going over, most houses look considerably better once they’ve had a wash and brush up. Better still, keep up with the odd bit of cleaning during the year.
    • Is there any damage? Its best to come clean about something big – if damage can be sorted out offer to do so as this is often cheaper than paying for it out of your deposit - otherwise, own up and let your landlord make a decision about whether it comes under fair wear and tear.
    • Patch up paint scuffs and bits where you’ve stuck things on the wall – it will save on repainting costs.
    • Get organised! Take photos of your lovely clean house and/or any damage that could be disputed. In fact if there is anything dodgy when you first moved in it is a good idea to get photos then as well.
    • Check everything against the inventory you and your landlord signed when you moved in.
    • Pay off all the bills you owe – sort it out with housemates in good time before they disappear for ever and you are landed with their share of the bill!
    • Invite the landlord round a month or so beforehand so that you can get an idea of whether there are going to be any issues and where disputed areas might lie. This gives you a chance to sort things out before moving day. Have an independent 3rd party present too if you like.
    • Hand in keys when asked to so that the next people get a fair crack at moving their stuff in before the start of term.
    • Don’t even think about withholding rent – its illegal and not worth the hassle.
    • Dispute your deposit with the landlord only in the last resort – nobody wants it. But know your rights. If your deposit is listed in the tenancy agreement you signed when you moved in it may be protected under one of these schemes; The Deposit Protection Service, My Deposits and The Dispute Service known as The Tenancy Deposit Scheme. The process is free and you can find details online.
     
  • It’s one of the most diverse cities in England and it’s the city we love so dear. We want to share that love by shouting about some of favourite things to do in this magnificent home of ours. If you live in Leeds, you’ll understand. If you don’t live in Leeds, you’ll be considering your options about a few minutes from now.

    Have a drink in a three-century-old pub

    Alright, alright. Beer might be one of Leeds’ favourite things, but, trust us, it’s for good reason. Whitelock’s Ale House, located just off Briggate in the city centre, is one of the oldest (and best) pubs in Leeds, having been established all the way back in 1715. That’s a lot of time to learn how to pull a pint and pull a pint they can, indeed. <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d2356.566241844709!2d-1.5433780626588447!3d53.797207272886546!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x48795c195e77ef53%3A0xec15c54bda31a4ee!2sWhitelock's+Ale+House!5e0!3m2!1sen!2suk!4v1472045458447" width="700" height="350" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>

    or have a drink on a boat

    This list won’t be entirely about beer, honest, but this one is worth putting on your Leeds to-do list. There’s a boat on a roundabout and it’s a pub. That’s all we need to say, right? Oh yeah, its name. It’s called Dry Dock and it’s located on Woodhouse Lane near Leeds Beckett University. All aboard. <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d2356.1562204988304!2d-1.5499471839525956!3d53.80450384799507!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x48795eaa03221bb7%3A0xc808dfb7b77c7ac6!2sDry+Dock!5e0!3m2!1sen!2suk!4v1472045562051" width="700" height="350" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>

    Take in a show at the Grand Theatre

    Like many cities of similar size, Leeds has a number of top city centre theatres. While the modern delights of the West Yorkshire Playhouse are not to be dismissed, the Grand Theatre is arguably the best to visit for those who want top-class entertainment with opulent surroundings to match. The Grand Theatre, built in 1878, hosts operas, plays and even stand-up comedy from some of the biggest names in the world, as well as a few local artists. A night at the opera is best enjoyed here because the setting and the performance are truly a marriage made in heaven; a meal out at one of the bars or restaurants along nearby North Street can make the night really special. <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d2356.403741317312!2d-1.5432796839527072!3d53.800099148326765!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x48795c1a57a9a379%3A0x6c8b91050eaa35fe!2sThe+Grand+Theatre+%26+Opera+House+Leeds!5e0!3m2!1sen!2suk!4v1472045752293" width="700" height="350" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>

    Shop

    Trinity Shopping center Aside from beer, Leeds is famous for a few other things, too. Its shopping scene is deemed one of the best around and it’s easy to see why. The Trinity Shopping Centre that opened in 2012 is on another level (or a few other levels) and even boasts its own indoor street food canteen with a monthly rotation of stands from all over the country. The city centre is compact, so it’s easy to get between top shops like the Apple Store and House of Fraser and it will soon be home to another brand new shopping centre in Victoria Gate (open late-2016), which will have a huge John Lewis department store. <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d2356.604644007509!2d-1.5461040839528473!3d53.79652384859614!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x48795c1ebada21b9%3A0x7e291386a3a95862!2sTrinity+Leeds!5e0!3m2!1sen!2suk!4v1472046018916" width="700" height="350" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>

    Watch a film in a century-old cinema

    Cottage Road Cinema, north of the city centre in Headingley, is over 100 years old. It’s been continuously screening films since 1912 and prides itself on retaining its heritage as a cinema that doesn’t submit to modern expectations, plainly because it doesn’t need to. This is evident in the screenings of old classics like Psycho and Brief Encounter, as well as new blockbusters, which you can experience in the way cinema used to be for just a few quid. <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d2354.8969063861377!2d-1.5839307839520418!3d53.82690984630682!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x48795938586ea791%3A0x130c335090abb450!2sCottage+Road+Cinema!5e0!3m2!1sen!2suk!4v1472046244068" width="700" height="350" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>

    Visit Harewood House

    Travel a few minutes north of Leeds and you can experience one of the finest country houses in England. Harewood House was built in the 18th century and boasts some terrific examples of contemporary art and wonderful gardens. It was the location of the ceremonial start of the Tour de France when it came to Yorkshire in 2014 and it’s easy to see why the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge looked so comfortable there. <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d2350.961167779448!2d-1.529502683950116!3d53.89689414103061!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x48795a748aae4861%3A0x8cbc7f2b0baec843!2sHarewood+House!5e0!3m2!1sen!2suk!4v1472046390646" width="700" height="350" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>

    Jogging in Roundhay Park

    The people of Leeds are spoilt for choice when it comes to green spaces. Golden Acre Park, Kirkstall Abbey Park and Middleton Park all spring to mind, but the most famous of all is Roundhay Park. In the north-east of the city, this 700 acre-plus park is a must-visit for anyone who wants to go running or jogging. Roundhay Park is often used as a starting or finishing point for marathons, and it’s easy to see why. The path that goes around the lake is perfect for a run, providing great views and plenty of corners and hills to navigate. It’s also a good spot for picnicking and hosts the most popular fireworks display in the Leeds on 5th November. <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d2354.246858014177!2d-1.50751168395171!3d53.83847314543534!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x48795ba1a8a4283f%3A0x42ec9a1763fe716!2sRoundhay+Park!5e0!3m2!1sen!2suk!4v1472046536507" width="700" height="350" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>

    See tropical life at Tropical World

    In one of the biggest city parks in Europe, Roundhay Park, lies a tropical home for plants and animals alike. Tropical World, which houses everything from butterflies to terrapins, is an unbeatable day out for families with kids. Combine it with a picnic in the park and everybody is happy! <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d2354.1327117365736!2d-1.506954383951675!3d53.84050344528237!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x48795b0afa2bf001%3A0xfd0b06d5f59cff6e!2sTropical+World!5e0!3m2!1sen!2suk!4v1472046642074" width="700" height="350" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>

    Visit the first direct Arena

    One of the newest additions to the Leeds skyline, the first direct Arena is a massive indoor venue that the city craved for years. Holding more than 13,000 fans for live gigs, its acoustics are first-rate and it has great views from just about every angle. Aside from live music, the arena also hosts comedy, boxing, darts, wrestling and miscellaneous events such as job fairs. It has a highly-rated restaurant too, just to the left of the main entrance. <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d2356.212326513101!2d-1.5441013839526758!3d53.80350544807032!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x48795c04ce7cf843%3A0x775dffec000de761!2sFirst+Direct+Arena!5e0!3m2!1sen!2suk!4v1472046783001" width="700" height="350" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>

    Visit the home of champions

    Leeds is home to three famous sporting teams: three-time English champions Leeds United, reigning Super League champions Leeds Rhinos and Yorkshire County Cricket Club, who hold the County Championship crown. Leeds United may play in the second tier of English football these days, but a day at Elland Road is well worth a try, especially in a local derby against Huddersfield Town or Sheffield Wednesday. The Rhinos and Yorkshire play in adjacent stadiums in Headingley; the latter boast world-class cricketers including Joe Root, who can also be seen in test matches in the same venue for England! <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d2357.6555347067597!2d-1.5743332839533708!3d53.77781935000499!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x48795e8c674ead93%3A0x7841afdaffd02a2a!2sElland+Road!5e0!3m2!1sen!2suk!4v1472046878473" width="700" height="350" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>
  • Long day in the office? Head out into Leeds for dinner and drinks after work. Meet up with friends, socialise, grab a bite or have a few beers; the city has a load of great spots to head to once you’ve clocked off. Here’s our top guide on where to go out after work in Leeds. Alchemist One of the newest but most popular after work hot spots in Leeds is The Alchemist. As part of the Leeds Trinity shopping centre, expect to see a wide ranging mix of revellers, from casual shoppers giving their legs a rest, to business-types winding down after a hectic day in the office. With tasty snacks and light bites available, you’ll find a great range of food on offer too, along with a relaxing and stylish ambience to relax and unwind. Browns Providing a post-work drink with a ‘grown-up’ vibe, Browns is conveniently located on the Headrow. With a wide range of cocktails, wines and lagers on tap, Browns has all office tastes covered. Be prepared to be met with by a packed bar at peak times, with weekends being a particularly busy time. However, drop in on a week night and you should be able to enjoy a more relaxing ambiance, quality English-style food and even a live pianist from time to time. Revolution With locations at both the Electric Press near Millennium Square and on Call Lane, Revolution offers daily food and drink discounts between 5pm and 9pm. Head down on ‘Mega Mondays’ and you can enjoy 50% off food all day. With great offers to be snapped up, Revolution is the ideal place to head when you need to let your hair down with colleagues. While not seen as one of Leeds’ most trendy locations, it’s often hard to turn a good deal down. Botanist Another of Leeds Trinity’s latest offerings, The Botanist provides a peculiar environment to enjoy your drinks. Located underground, the decor within the Botanist gives an earthy feel to the bar with potted plants lining the walls. With a diverse (and strange) selection of beverages including herbal ingredients such as Rosemary and Dill, the Botanist provides a modern and quirky twist on flavour. Prices for cocktails are reasonable for a city centre venue, ranging from £5 to £7 in most cases. Food options stay more traditional, with burgers and fish and chips being the pick of the menu. 1871 Located on Boar Lane and attached to the Marriot Hotel, 1871 bar and lounge is a spacious and sophisticated spot to unwind after a long day in the office. Offering exposed brick surroundings decorated with stylish film artwork, you’ll soon find yourself relaxing and enjoying your early evening food and drinks in one of Leeds’ more discerning bars. Easily accessible and in the very centre of Leeds, 1871 is within walking distance of Leeds Trinity and the train station. Have we missed anywhere? Do you disagree with our choices? Let us know your thoughts. Photo Credit: pauline praline via Compfight cc
  • As I’m sure you’ve worked out by now, Leeds is a fantastic city to live and study in but you’re still finding your way around and there are lots of people trying to tell you where to go. Never fear. Here’s the ultimate boiled down Freshers Guide to Leeds. Not lots of guff, choices and alternatives. Just 1 definitive place in each category to simplify your life.

    The Pub

    The Faversham- 1-5 Springfield Mount,LS2 9NG The Fav is a Leeds student institution in the heart of university land - you need to go there at least once and know where it is. Go for beer, cocktails, music and burgers.

    The Club

    Control - Cardigan Fields, just off Kirkstall Road. LS4 2DG Leeds has some of the best clubs in the country so if clubbing is your thing you’ve come to the right place. At some point someone will suggest going to Control for the full Ibiza experience. It’s big. It’s brash. It has 2 arenas over 25,000 square feet, 7 bars and a capacity for 3000 people - Nuff said.

    The Cheap Restaurant

    La Cafetiere – Hyde Park Corner, LS6 2NW In the heart of studentsville this is a great place for everything from hungover breakfasts to veggie meals and romantic Mediterranean dinners. Voted best Middle Eastern food in Leeds. You can’t miss it – it’s purple.

    The Cinema

    Hyde Park Picture House - 73 Brudenell Road, LS6 1JD Forget the multiplex, there is only one cool place to see a film in Leeds. Hyde Park Picture house - an old fashioned “flea pit” with velvet seats and discounted prices on current films.

    The Fun Bar in Town

    The Bierkeller - 1 South Parade, LS1 5QL Underground German beer house in the city centre where you can dance on long benches (should you wish) while chugging cheap steins and singing karaoke.

    The Cheap Night Out

    MFA Bowl – The Merrion Centre LS2 8BT, Tenpin bowling Monday to Thursday is £1 a game – that is really cheap and a good alternative night out!

    The Top Clothes Tip

    Watch out for the student shopping lock in. It is usually around October time –keep an ear out for details. Sign up for free online and then go along to the Leeds Trinity Shopping Centre from 9-midnight on the designated night and shop in High Street Stores like Top Shop - all for student prices.

    The Tip Your Mum Would Approve of…

    Kirkgate Market - 28-34 George St, LS2 7HY Eat Your Veg! You can get loads of cheap vegetables from Kirkgate Market, especially last thing on a Saturday afternoon. Just remember a sturdy bag to bring it all back in.

    The Tip Every Student Agrees With…

    Don’t lose your ID – if you don’t want your life to turn into a nightmare. Get all the information you need for Leeds Freshers Week from the Official Website http://www.allaboutfreshers.com Parties, tours, money off stuff and that all important society joining bit.
  • Leeds is great for a lot of reasons, but there’s one that puts it above all other cities in England: the quality of its bars and pubs. Even if you don’t know the city, you won’t have to stroll very far to find a great place to enjoy a drink. And that’s without consulting Google Maps or Yelp! Allow us to take you on a tour of the city’s finest establishments for refreshments.

    Tapped

    With its own micro-brewery, this pub could pass as a permanent beer festival. It’s a real favourite amongst ale fans. It’s only been open for a few years, but it has enough beer on offer to help it last forever. Boasting over 120 beers at any one time, Tapped is the closest you’re going to get to beer heaven in Leeds. They do cracking pizza, too.

    Whitelock’s Ale House

    Established in 1715, Whitelock’s is over 300 years old and consequently one of Leeds’ oldest pubs. It started life as The Turk’s Head, but was purchased in the late 19th century by the Whitelocks and remains open to this day. It’s located in the heart of the city centre, as if the whole city was built around it, but it’s tucked away up a ginnel so you’d never guess that you’re surrounded by thousands of shoppers. It’s great.

    Alfred

    Located in the northern suburb of Meanwood, this North Bar-owned spot is one of the homeliest, friendliest pubs in Leeds. It’s perfectly placed up the road from Meanwood Park, so many a day’s walk with the dog and/or the family ends up with a pint of the locally brewed ale here. It’s tiny, so don’t expect any wide-open spaces, but that’s exactly what makes it so cosy.

    ShuffleDog

    ShuffleDog is one of the newest bars in the city, but don’t let that fool you. It’s the second instalment of BrewDog in Leeds with an added twist: it has three 22ft shuffleboards downstairs. There’s nowhere else like it in Leeds and, as you would expect from BrewDog, the craft beer is top notch, too. You’re guaranteed to have a blast.

    The Victoria Hotel

    If it’s charmingly British you’re after, the Vic is the one and only choice. On Great George Street lies a pub that still has bar lamps to light up the night and stained glass partitions between booths. The choice of drinks is endless and the pub grub will fill you up for hours. It’s fit for a Queen, if you ask us.

    The Roundhay Fox

    This gastro pub is another favourite from the suburbs of the great city of Leeds. The establishment in Roundhay has got a brilliant reputation and there’s good reason for it. It’s home to one of the best roast dinners in the city, a great selection of drinks and even a log fire to keep you warm in the winter. Cheers to that!
  • We all know the hardship of living on a student budget; but when you’re sick of the sight of pot noodles, boring sandwiches and last night’s leftovers it can be nice to take yourself and your equally half-starved mates out for a meal. Check out our top list of student meal deals in Leeds.

    The Hidden Gem: A Nation of Shopkeepers (Cookridge Street, serves food until 10pm)

    The majority of people don’t even notice it’s there, but those who do are able to experience American style food; home-cooked by their very own Ruby Jean’s Diner (everyone loves an American Diner, right?) Their extensive range of beers, wine and spirits could never fail to suit everyone, and there’s live music most nights. So why not postpone doing coursework for a little while longer, and treat yourself for one night this week? Recommended deal: 2-4-1 burgers on Tuesdays. Visit their website, or follow @RubyJeansDiner for full menus, offers and updates.

    The Big Eat: Red’s (Cloth Hall Street, serves food up until 11pm on weekdays)

    Red’s True Barbeque is relatively new to Leeds, but people haven’t stopped raving about it since it arrived. Red’s claim to end the plague of “the bad British Barbeque” – and from ribs to steaks to burgers, they manage to do exactly that! Serving generous portions of hearty American favourites, head to Red’s for a plate full of pulled pork sandwich, sweet potato fries and an assortment of delicious American dressings. Recommended deal: Feasting plates – Share between 4 or 8 people and everything’s included, starting at £16.95 for 4. Their website has all the details you’ll need.

    The Laddish One: The HOP Leeds (Granary Wharf, serves food until 7pm)

    The HOP bar is famous for its real ale, live music and weekly pub quiz (you win beer, a gallon load!) Set on under the dark arches in Granary Wharf, it has a traditional pub feel and is the perfect place to hide away from all those deadlines. Their pies win actual awards. A favourite location for after work drinks, so pick your day and time wisely to avoid the crowds. Recommended deal: Pie, mash, peas and gravy – with a pint – for a fiver! There’s even a pie-eating contest. If you fancy yourself as a food challenge champion, download an application form at their website.

    The Best of British: Adelphi (Hunslet Road, serves food until 10pm)

    Boasting a quaint courtyard in summer and producing mulled wine in winter, the Adelphi caters for everyone, no matter what weather we are blessed with through our unpredictable seasons. It offers the best of Britain’s cask ales, traditional pub meals and it’s definitely in the running for the best Sunday roast in Leeds! Recommended deal: Fixed price menu (two courses for £8.50) Tweet them @AdelphiLeeds to book a table or do it easily here.

    The Old Faithful: J.D. Weatherspoon (Everywhere, serves food always… until 11pm)

    There is an endless amount of J.D. Weatherspoon locations in and around Leeds City Centre. If you’re looking close to campus we’d suggest The Hedley Verity and The Cuthbert Brodrick, or if you’re breaking off from shopping there’s always Beckett’s Bank on Park Row. Recommended deal: There’s a different club every day of the week, all day. From chicken Wednesday’s to curry Thursday’s to Fish Friday’s – and the list goes on…  
  • There are two things that Leeds knows best: (1) music and (2) pubs. Combine the two and you’ve guaranteed yourself a cracking night out. There are plenty of open mic nights around the city that will keep you occupied most nights of the week, so allow us to list five of the best for you to take your pick:

    The Hop

    Where?

    The Dark Arches, Granary Wharf, Dark Neville St, Leeds LS1 4BR <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d2356.7610701202434!2d-1.551249883952945!3d53.79373994880591!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x48795c1fbb7e1f35%3A0x8cc359f6beb99240!2sThe+Hop!5e0!3m2!1sen!2suk!4v1471962610450" width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>

    When?

    Wednesday 8pm

    What?

    They provide the guitar and a free beer, you just turn up and provide the music. The Hop is at Granary Wharf, which is mere minutes away from the train station and just yards from the canal, so you can sit outside in the beer garden in the remaining sunlight before you pick up the guitar inside and set the stage alight.

    The New Conservatory

    Where?

    Albion Pl, Leeds LS1 6JL <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d2356.5344164874064!2d-1.5469434840133551!3d53.79777364850213!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x48795c1c00a20f5f%3A0xd976834d599fe8f9!2sThe+New+Conservatory!5e0!3m2!1sen!2suk!4v1471962772998" width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>

    When?

    Thursday 8.30pm

    What?

    Toby Thorne takes to the stage every Thursday night to entertain the music-loving punters at the New Conservatory on Albion Place. Join him with your acoustic talents and you might just make a name for yourself.

    The Ship Inn

    Where?

    71 Briggate, Leeds LS1 6LL <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d2356.5092932160237!2d-1.5445021840133533!3d53.79822074846845!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x48795c1bdb517433%3A0xee0b7a792e19019e!2sThe+Ship+Inn!5e0!3m2!1sen!2suk!4v1471962920097" width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>

    When?

    Tuesday 8.30pm

    What?

    A man by the name of Ben gets his music on every Tuesday night at one of Leeds’ most characterful pubs. The historic Ship Inn on Briggate welcomes acoustic acts from far and wide, so escape from the busy city streets and get involved in the musical magic in this courtyard pub. You won’t look back.

    The Grove Inn

    Where?

    Back Row, Leeds LS11 5PL <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d2356.9204067506435!2d-1.55001278401355!3d53.790904149019596!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x48795e5a8e4cb921%3A0xdb89210b62833a8d!2sThe+Grove+Inn!5e0!3m2!1sen!2suk!4v1471963030808" width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>

    When?

    Wednesday

    What?

    The home of the longest running folk night in the UK also plays host to an excellent open mic night. The Grove Inn, hidden in the shadows of the towering Bridgewater Place, is a place for musical minds to mingle whether it’s Wednesday’s open mic night or not.

    The Chemic Tavern

    Where?

    9 Johnston St, Leeds LS6 2NG <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d2355.5945364942736!2d-1.555013484012895!3d53.81449824724211!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x487959555a2707dd%3A0x9a00c8c600680955!2sThe+Chemic+Tavern!5e0!3m2!1sen!2suk!4v1471963123867" width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>

    When?

    Thursday

    What?

    You’re never short of things to do at the Chemic Tavern, with everything from Irish folk nights on Wednesdays to Pub Dub nights on the first Friday of every month. Sandwiched between them is a brilliant open mic night that will open your mind up to the local talent that lies in the backstreets of Leeds’ unbeatable music scene.
  • Deciding who you want to live with for the next year of your term-time life is a big decision, so we can't stress enough that you choose wisely. Living with housemates who you don’t see eye to eye with or who leave a trail of destruction behind them throughout the house can prove to be a nightmare. You might be able to stay friendly with people in a couple of seminars, but living with someone permanently is a whole different prospect. Here are some useful pointers to direct you towards a making the right housemate choice. Don’t choose too soon As tempting as it can be to jump right in and start your house hunt as soon as possible, try not to move too quickly. Getting along with someone on the sports field, or on a social evening doesn't necessarily mean they're an ideal living partner. In order to be sure, try and spend quality time together and see if you bond. The better you get to know a person, the more likely you are to know if your personalities are suited to living together over a long period of time. Where to find a flatmate It might be the easiest option, however sticking with people you were bunged together with in halls of residence isn’t always the best way of selecting housemates. You may find that you don't really have a whole lot in common with any of them, which could leave you feeling alienated in a house together. Whatever your living preference, you may need to venture out of your halls to find more well matched roommates. Taking up a hobby and joining a society is a great way to widen your circle of friends and get acquainted with new people. Course mates are also great to move in with, as you have matching timetables and interests, not to mention you can collaborate on work when the course begins to get tough. How many housemates? Piling all your best mates into one house may seem a great idea and you might envision it being non-stop fun, but it might not always work out like that. Whilst there's nothing wrong with living in a large group, it doesn't mean everything will work without problems. Although many large houses take into account the large body of inhabitants, it can be the case that more housemates equates to more washing up, less fridge and freezer space and more chance of disputes. Living in a big group can have both advantages and disadvantages, so just make sure you factor that in when coming to a decision. Privacy All students value privacy, and even in a shared house there needs to be clear boundaries between friends. In many households, arguments stem from the sharing or using of other peoples things. It may be a good idea to look for accommodation which provides locks on bedroom doors to avoid these kind of issues arising, as everyone will want a private and personal space of their own. In most cases, it's simply common sense as to where boundaries are established, but privacy and belongings are a root cause of many arguments when it comes to student living.  
  • Picture the scene: you're trying to get your work done but noisy housemates are proving too much of a distraction. Finding a café for a coffee where you can concentrate, or a quiet place to eat in Leeds sounds like a good idea, but where to go? Luckily for you, Headingley has plenty of small independent cafes within walking distance of your home. Here are our top five picks: Sebby’s Café Deli Sebby’s is a quaint little café situated on Otley Road and is well-known for its award-winning coffee and homemade cakes. The owners, Helen and Robert, have a passion for food, music and travelling and tried to incorporate these three elements into their menu and décor. They are truly dedicated to their business; welcoming new food ideas and providing efficient and friendly service to customers. The menu consists of freshly made sandwiches (try the Jerk chicken), a deli selection, tasty piegatas (pitta bread style pockets) and of course their delicious cakes; all very reasonably priced. LS6 Café The LS6 Café, also known as the Clock Café, is an eccentric place based on Hyde Park Corner, filled with retro furniture and tasty food. The décor is possibly the café’s most unique quality; consisting of numerous mirrors, clocks and unusual ornaments. The place is well-known for its extensive breakfast menu (served until 4pm), their large portion sizes and wide range of drinks – from smoothies and milkshakes to beers and fine wines. As runners up in the Observer Food Monthly Awards, the Clock maintains a good reputation within Leeds and provide cheap food offers such as a coffee and croissant for £2.00. Café Lento Café Lento is located in the centre of Headingley and prides itself on its high quality coffee and freshly made food that is made with seasonal and Fairtrade ingredients. The name, ‘Lento’, which means slow in Italian, refers to the atmosphere within the café. The owners invite customers to sit back and relax; to enjoy their time at Lento. The café caters to everyone’s needs, offering non-gluten, vegetarian and vegan produce, with the friendly staff always willing to help. The menu consists of sandwiches, breakfast options and lighter dishes such as omelettes and salads. If this doesn’t excite you, Lento also have local bands performing weekly and are always promoting new events that take place within the café. Dare Café Dare Café, based in the heart of Headingley, has been around for years and is well-loved by young and old. The most appealing characteristic is its versatility; serving as a café, restaurant and bar. Typically, food is served with a Mexican and Italian focus, however, options such as jacket potatoes and sandwiches are also available. There’s also plenty of meal deal and happy hour offers each day. Love Rouge Love Rouge isn’t your typical café - specialising in a wide range of cupcakes, it is the perfect place for a sweet tooth.  The café is situated on the Otley Road and was established in 2011, when owners Lydia and Becky quit their day jobs to focus on their passion for baking. Their selection varies from cupcakes, brownies and traditional cakes and they even offer outside catering for special events. The café itself has vintage décor and is the perfect place to unwind with a hot drink and a sweet treat.  
  • At the tender age of 16, choosing what A-level subjects to study can be very daunting. Some students really struggle to decide what to study, and others make decisions without doing any research. Knowing how each subject can affect your future choice is crucial before deciding on what subjects to study. New research conducted by Which? University shows that young people don’t feel informed about just how much A-levels can impact their choice of university. The research consisted of a survey of just over 1,000 UK students under the age of 19 who had applied to university. It shows that perhaps students aren’t being given enough information to help them make this big decision. Parents also need to be adequately informed too, so that they can help advise their children. Half of the people that took part in this research don’t feel suitably informed about how A-levels can shape their university future. Unfortunately, universities don’t look at all A-level subjects in a positive light, and a lot of courses will only accept specific subjects. Students are then left disappointed and wishing they had chosen different subjects. The research also showed that 30% of university applicants wished they had chosen different A-level subjects, and over 40% wished they had thought more about what subjects might help them get into university. The general consensus is that young people know how important their choice of degree is, but don’t necessarily understand just how crucial their A-level subjects will be.

    Helpful resources for choosing A-levels

    The best thing to do when it comes to choosing your A-levels is to look at what sort of degree you may like to study, and which subjects they require. It can also help to select a core subject which can be useful for a variety of different degrees. There are plenty of tools and handy websites out there that can help students with making this decision. Which has a helpful website that gives you tips on which subjects to choose, click here for more information. This handy A-level selector tool tells you what options specific A-level subjects can give you. It’s really insightful and shows you what degrees certain subjects can offer, and also what sort of careers they open up and how well they pay. The Russell Group has also produced an Informed Choices guide which explains how important it is for students to be fully informed about how what they study at sixth form can impact their choice of degree. Apparently, choosing facilitating subjects such as biology, chemistry, English literature, geography, history, physics and maths can be a big help. It’s tough because students obviously want to choose subjects that they will enjoy, but they also need to consider how these subjects could shape their future. Thinking about all this when you are just about to choose your A-level subjects can be a little terrifying, but if you take the time to digest everything, you will be able to make smarter choices.
  • Leeds might well and truly (and finally) be on the big stage when it comes to the world’s best live acts, but the city has for years boasted local talent that is just as worthy of being on the stage at the First Direct Arena. The good thing is that you don’t have to venture down to the arena to see some great live bands. Leeds is so packed with venues that you’ll never run out of places to go or bands to see. Check out our list of the top spots and make a habit of checking the Leeds Gig Guide to see what’s on any given night of the week.

    Brudenell Social Club

    What to expect: A bit of everything The Brude is one of the best venues for live music in the city, whether the bands are local or not. From folksters to funksters, you’re guaranteed to see some proper local talent here. <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d2355.8547002353494!2d-1.5729376839524725!3d53.80986914759079!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x48795eb3bca34c93%3A0xcab53c6289a2ceea!2sBrudenell+Social+Club!5e0!3m2!1sen!2suk!4v1471958978700" width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>

    Belgrave Music Hall

    What to expect: Alternative Located in a restored 1930s building in Leeds’ Northern Quarter, Belgrave is one of the city’s newest and liveliest venues. You’ll catch some of strongest alternative acts in the city in its 200-capacity venue (and you can fill your boots on some of the best pizza and burgers in the city whilst you’re at it). <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d2356.364186799136!2d-1.543202183952744!3d53.80080304827383!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x48795c1afa816419%3A0xdc19993c1bbd0788!2sBelgrave+Music+Hall+%26+Canteen!5e0!3m2!1sen!2suk!4v1471959007833" width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>

    The Packhorse

    What to expect: A bit of everything Whether you’re a toe-tapper or a head-banger, the eclectic range of music at The Packhorse has forged it into one of the best venues in the city over the years. Just be sure to go to the right one; this Packhorse is on Woodhouse Lane. <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d2355.824430737677!2d-1.557961083952474!3d53.81040774755024!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x48795eabb2b5a15f%3A0x7a8b20b4fc91dedb!2sThe+Pack+Horse!5e0!3m2!1sen!2suk!4v1471959067855" width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>

    Sela Bar

    What to expect: Reggae and jazz Based in the city centre on New Briggate, Sela Bar is the joint of choice for jazz fans. It’s only been around since 2004, but it’s played host to some incredible local and international talent and established itself as one of the best nights out in the city in that short time. <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d2356.4380527053254!2d-1.5438495839527813!3d53.79948854837284!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x48795c1a4d30c77d%3A0x5239cf78b57525bc!2sSela+Bar!5e0!3m2!1sen!2suk!4v1471959086136" width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>

    The Wardrobe

    What to expect: Funk and soul If you’ve got funk in your bones, shuffle on down to the Wardrobe and you’ll be dancing until next Tuesday. It doubles up as a comedy venue and a restaurant, so this hotspot is everything you need for a funkin’ Friday night out in Leeds. <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d2356.569642769627!2d-1.5356851839527919!3d53.79714674854934!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x48795c16c8c1352d%3A0xd5727db52de3c639!2sThe+Wardrobe!5e0!3m2!1sen!2suk!4v1471959256224" width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>

    Bad Apples

    What to expect: Metal Get some metal in your lugholes and mosh the night away at Leeds’ top dive bar. Located on Call Lane, Bad Apples is the only spot to get your fill of proper meaty riffs from some proper local metal-heads. <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d2356.614067153998!2d-1.5420676839528764!3d53.7963561486088!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x48795c19eb25961f%3A0x8b84ceb161e992ca!2sBad+Apples+Rock+Bar!5e0!3m2!1sen!2suk!4v1471959290758" width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>

    The Grove Inn

    What to expect: Folk Home to the longest running folk night in the world, the Grove Inn has been hooking locals in from the first chord since 1962. There’s live music on most nights of the week, including open mic slots to give you an authentic taste of local Leeds talent. <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d2356.9204067506507!2d-1.5500127839530178!3d53.79090414901947!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x48795e5a8e4cb921%3A0xdb89210b62833a8d!2sThe+Grove+Inn!5e0!3m2!1sen!2suk!4v1471959330890" width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>

    Santiago Bar

    What to expect: Rock The Gothic décor and creaky floorboards in Santiago Bar are the first marker of what kind of bands you can expect to see here. It’s located in the Grand Arcade, so its riffs rattle the windows of the Victorian glass tunnel, night in, night out.  <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d2356.3949751811465!2d-1.5425886839527718!3d53.80025514831514!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x48795c1a5f6f5b21%3A0x429de8d0bd6e977!2sSantiago+Bar!5e0!3m2!1sen!2suk!4v1471959360274" width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe>
  • When it comes to student living in Leeds, you tend to have two location options. If you're a fan of the city life, and want to be in the thick of the daily hustle and bustle then central Leeds is ideal, and this is often the route taken by first year students moving into the city. However in subsequent years, many decide to make the change and relocate to the suburbs of Headingley for a more relaxed house sharing lifestyle.

    Entertainment          

    When it comes to second and third year students, the majority chose to be based in Headingley. The abundance of student housing makes it a convenient location, and the assortment of pubs and bars running along the main strip makes it ideal for socialising. Places like The Box and Ark are student havens and deals can often be found on food and drink. Living in the city centre means that you're never far from the action, and Leeds is renowned for its great nightlife. If you're looking for entertainment, the vast range of shops, cinemas and events make city centre living a must for those who like to be in the hustle and bustle. Whilst aimed more at the professional market when the weekend hits, student nights are frequent during the week. From high end bars to cheaper student clubs, there is something to suit every taste. It’s almost guaranteed you'll never get tired of the bars in the area and prices are, for the most part, reasonable for a city centre location. If you're a fiend for shopping, city centre living means you'll have your favourite stores right on your doorstep, and with Trinity shopping centre and Victoria Quarter, you'll have much more choice when it comes to spending your cash than you would in Headingley.

    Places to Eat

    Finding a location for an evening meal is no problem in either location. In Headingley, you have an assortment of bars which offer cheap and cheerful meals perfect for a student, along with standard chain restaurants like Pizza Express and plenty of classy independent eateries.  Although you aren't struggling for choice in Headingley, the city centre offers even more choice, with wide ranging and diverse cuisines. If you're after a location for a truly special evening meal, the city has you covered, with high end restaurants such as Argentine Steakhouse Gaucho, and Trinity Leeds' Angelica becoming firm favourites.

    Transport

    Transport links are important for students at any university, not only for getting in to lectures on time, but also when it comes to heading back home and visiting friends in other cities. If you’re going to be taking the train into university or back home, Leeds station couldn't be better placed. One of the UK's largest transport hubs, the railway station provides access to most locations. City centre living provides easy access to Leeds University and Leeds Met buildings, with most being in easy walking range. Living in Headingley means you'll probably have to take a ride on public transport to get into the heart of Leeds, however buses and trains are only a short ride, and some students opt to cycle or walk.  If you're really out of transport options, or can't face your walk for the day, taxi fares are readily available in both locations.

    Living style

    Housing is, for the most part, cheaper in Headingley than the city centre, with the latter being more accommodating for mature students or people looking to live alone. Areas like The Triangle are great for central Leeds living at a good cost, especially if you're wanting to stay in the centre of Leeds past your first year of study. Headingley is very much aimed at the opposite. Housing is more suited to younger, larger groups of students who want to be near the main student areas so they don’t miss out on the action.
  • Sometimes when you're heading out for a meal, you just want to find a nice grill and enjoy something as simple but delicious as steak and chips. When it comes to steakhouses, Leeds has them in abundance and you'll be spoiled for choice if you're wanting to head out for a simple, hearty meal. You aren't short on choice when it comes to steak in Leeds, but below are three hugely popular options in Leeds city centre. Gaucho If you're a regular in Leeds city centre, then there's a good chance you've walked past Gaucho and never even realised it's there; which also means you've no idea of the delightful culinary experience that you're missing out on. Situated on Park Row, across the road from the renowned Bierkeller, the restaurant is easily locatable just below road level. An Argentine Steak Restaurant dedicating itself to all things cow, Gaucho has received glowing reviews from critics and customers alike, and is definitely one of Leeds' high end dining venues. Restaurant Bar and Grill Restaurant Bar and Grill, situated on Leeds' City Square isn't a dedicated steakhouse, however the quality of the cuts on offer along with the overall ambiance of the place means it eases onto our list. Restaurant Bar and Grill offers customers classic seasonal dishes, with amazing steaks and an assortment of exquisite sides. You'll be spoiled for choice when it comes to the drinks menu, but we recommend one of their brilliant cocktails. Serving only the very best, natural, British beef reared on selected farms, the restaurant takes great pride in putting out a top quality product. Fazenda A true haven for meat lovers in Leeds, Fazenda is a high end dining experience that leaves you bursting at the seams. Priced at either £16 and £19 per person for lunch, or £25 to £28 per person on an evening, Fazenda offers an all you can eat steak meal, complete with a complimentary salad and cured meat buffet. Described as a Rodizio Bar and Grill, Fazenda offers a menu containing seven different cuts of beef, cooked in a traditional Brazilian style. Located in one of Leeds' trendiest locations, the restaurant has a stunning view over Granary Wharf and the surrounding area is filled with bars and wine bars for you to move onto after eating. Other honourable mentions Blackhouse Grill on the Square Located on East Parade, the Grill on the Square is one of Leeds' most popular weekend dining spots. The grill nature of the restaurant means you aren't only limited to steaks, with traditional favourites such as fish and chips and pork belly; however if you're a meat fan, we advise you don't pass up on a juicy ribeye. Miller and Carter One of Leeds' newest steak restaurants, Miller and Carter has a prime city centre location on the outer edge of The Light. The expansive feel inside the restaurant creates a very laid back atmosphere, so if you're after a place to relax with a bottle of wine and enjoy a substantial evening meal, Miller and Carter is the place for you. Photo Credit: Another Pint Please... via Compfight cc
  • Leeds is continuously evolving and a city very much at the centre of the Northern Powerhouse. It is now the largest city in Yorkshire with a population of 750,000 people and is a desirable place to live, work and visit! Us Yorkshire folk are undoubtedly very proud of our heritage and last month, Parklane gave the people of God’s own country a unique token to celebrate Yorkshire Day. Leeds produced the first ever moving picture in 1888, so it only seemed right for Parklane to create an interactive video combining past and present day photos of iconic locations from across our mighty city! Scoping far and wide, the content which flips between eras, gives viewers a chance to explore the history of locations that they may walk past or visit on a daily basis, encapsulating the evolvement of Leeds in one place. Here at Parklane we wanted to celebrate the abundance of history our hometown holds and invite those that love Leeds as much as we do to take a trip back in time, focusing on various locations including: Kirkgate Market; Kirkgate Tram Stop; Albion Street; Victoria Arcade; Brudenell Road; 02 Academy; The Arndale Centre; The Corn Exchange and The Headrow. The video brings to light a few interesting facts, such as The Arndale Centre chain, formerly called ‘The Bowl’, was the first shopping mall of it’s kind in England which included an 18 lane bowling alley. ‘The Bowl’ closed in the 60’s and today you can find a wide range of shops and restaurants in its place, with just the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant being in the same place in 1967 as it is today! The evolvement of former Lewis’s Department store on Headrow, which first opened its doors to the public on the 17th September 1932, shows how buildings in the city centre have grown. In 1932 it was 40 ft higher than any other retail building in Leeds, now, 84 years later the department store has been divided and is home to T.K Maxx, Argos and Sainsbury's. To see the well-known and loved areas that make up the Parklane tour of ‘Leeds through the ages’, like you’ve never seen them before, visit the Parklane website and get exploring,

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  • Whilst university can be a strenuous time full of work stresses and exam revision panic, it can also be one of the most sociable and enjoyable periods of your life. If you're looking into potential properties for the next year, but are unsure as to how many people you want in your house, then we're here to provide some insight. If you have a large group of friends, and just can't work out how to split yourselves up for your living arrangements don't fret, as living with a large group is a great option.

    7 bed houses

    Throughout your time at university, you make friends in all sorts of different situations, from being in the same lectures to having been put together in a first year flat; there are a whole host of ways in which you get to know new people. If you're looking to share your university memories in a house of seven for the forthcoming year, this Parklane Student house is available at just £69.99 pppw.. Providing ample living space for you all to relax on a night and enjoy your favourite films together on the wall-mounted TV, the house is located just 10 minutes' walk from the popular Otley Road. If you've got a little more budget to play with as a group, then an extra £7 pppw investment can land you this rental. With the amount of time the typical student spends in bed, the upgrade to double beds can make a real difference to your comfort for the year. Even though seven of you might at first glance, seem a bit unmanageable, the two bathrooms complete with showers make this an ideal living situation.

    8 bed houses

    Living in a house of eight people may have you envisioning constant hassle, however the greater manpower means that chores such as tidying up are shared around in a way which reduces the workload per person. The necessity for a large living space means that although you're with a lot of other people, you'll always have plenty of empty space to relax in when you're not in the mood for company. The large group of fellow housemates keeps this property reasonable at just £69.99, and it comes complete with spacious bedrooms with double beds, a pair of fridges and laminate flooring in communal areas to ease your cleaning worries.

    9 bed houses

    Living in a student home along with eight of your closest friends is ideal if you want to enjoy every minute of your student experience in Leeds. With so many friends under one roof, you'll never be bored. Everyday tasks can easily be portioned out, and having so many housemates means that you can create a cooking rota to share out the job. At £86.99 pppw, this 9 bedroom home includes two kitchens, a huge recently refurbished lounge complete with three sofas and front and rear gardens for when spring and summer roll around. If you're looking to scale up with a property from the Autograph range, then this large 9 bedroom property has great views across Hyde Park and is only a couple of minutes' walking distance from both Leeds University and the centre of Headingley. All bedrooms are large doubles so there's no need to draw straws, as all nine housemates will live in luxury with large rooms and beds. Even though there are nine of you, you aren't limited to houses. This modern flat located on St John's Terrace gives you a modern feel, with furnishing to an excellent standard and a range of very large, spacious and bright rooms. The lounge area has masses of space for the lads to get together and play FIFA on the PS4, or the girls to relax with a classic chick-flick.
  • First thing’s first, you chose well. Leeds is a great city with LOTS to do for students, so you’ll be very happy here. But you need to know a city to experience a city. That’s why we’re here.

    Study the campus map

    You’ll likely get a map in your university starter pack after having your place confirmed. Use it. Get used to the orientation of the campus and the buildings in which you’ll be taking class. Getting a grasp of the layout of the place, even if you’ve been before, will help you settle in much quicker.

    Find your accommodation

    If you’ve not yet found your student digs, choose wisely. Research where the best bars are and look out for the good coffee shops. While Leeds is generally quite an accessible city anyway, it’s important to make it easy for yourself to get to the places you need or want to be. Consider travel options and what the bus routes are like in the area. If you’ve found where you’re going to live already, get used to its location in relation to the city centre and your buildings for study. Again, find your local bars, find your local shops and you’ll find your feet.

    Stock the essentials

    We’re not just talking about DVDs for the down days and hangover cures for the rough days. We’re talking about downloading maps to your phone with Here Maps in case your data runs out. We’re talking about getting pots and pans in case you find a place that’s unfurnished. We’re talking about board games and drinking games to make it easy to make friends when you arrive.

    Earmark your go-to bars

    Once you know where you’re going to be staying and where you’re going to be studying, you’ll be able to work out the places that might become your favourite watering holes. A simple ‘Explore this area’ on Google Maps will show you the types of bars and pubs you might like and the ones you might hate, so make a shortlist before you get there. Your opinions will almost certainly change when you do arrive, but it’s at least a starting point to know where you definitely don’t want to be seen!

    Earmark your go-to takeaways

    The same applies for local takeaways. Check out the hygiene ratings of your nearby nosh shops to make sure you can avoid the ones that might have rats (they do exist!). There are tonnes of great takeaways in Leeds, so it pays to do your research, especially if you’re on a tight student budget.

    Find the popular music spots

    A major part of your student life in Leeds will revolve around music, such is the quality of the local scene here. Venues like the Brudenell Social Club will offer affordable and laudable live music throughout the academic year (as well as cheap drinks), so be sure to make a note of the best places to go and what their calendars look like before you arrive!
  • Prepare yourselves because from 8th August 2016 until 18 September Trinity Kitchen will be serving their newest street food round up. For the next month or so you can enjoy flavours from New York, Greece, India and the Mediterranean. #TrinityKitchen

    Eat New York

    One of their newest finds is Eat New York, started up by three friends who on a whim decided to buy a food truck. They specialize in salt beef bagels, burgers, fries, cocktails, ice tea, loaded shakes and sodas. @eatnysd

    Mr Pita

    Next in line is Mr Pita, which started up after the owners tasted Pita Gyros and Pita Souvlaki in a small Greek town called Perissa on the island of Santorini. They fell in love right there and then and now they’re in Trinity Kitchen serving homemade Greek pita bread rolled up with a choice of filling from chicken souvlaki to grilled halloumi and topped with ziki sauce. @mrpittauk

    Shoot The Bull

    American gastro-restaurant style food which includes steak sandwiches and mac ‘n’ cheese topped with bacon cream. The chef has experience working in award winning and Michelin starred restaurants across the country including The Fat Duck, after almost ten years as a chef and having worked up to being Head Chef level he felt it was time to go it alone. With his culinary talents and exciting flavour combinations Shoot The Bull offers a quirky and unrestricted dining experience. @shoothebulluk

    Chaat Cart

    The next pop up is Chaat Cart which was born out of necessity when the owner found that dishes such as chaat and kati rolls, found at Indian festivals and funfairs were not to be found in the numerous curry houses around the UK. @ChaatCart

    Ambiente Tapas

    The final addition to Trinity Kitchen is Ambiente Tapas, it’s described as “Gourmet Mediterranean Tapas with a Yorkshire twist”. Inspired by traditional Spanish ‘tabancos’ their menu offers a wide range of tapas with a twist. @AmbienteTapas
  • In January we know it can sometimes feel like fun is hard to come by, with work stresses and financial restraints taking the driving seat. However, we’re here to tell you it doesn’t have to be this way, with several affordable and enjoyable activities for you to do in Leeds this winter. Warm up your winter with comedy If you haven't yet heard of South African stand-up Trevor Noah, then you soon will have, as his reputation continues to grow within the world of comedy. Building on a successful 2013 which saw him star on TV panel shows 8 out of 10 Cats and QI, Noah looks set to build on this, with his nationwide tour before heading back to his native South Africa. With his Leeds date having already sold out, you'll be lucky to find tickets, so you may have to travel to Sheffield to catch this up and coming comic later this month. - 20 Jan: City Varieties Have yourself a ‘perfect day’ with Lou Reed Something a little different to your standard cinema trip, playing at the charming Hyde Park Picture House, Julian Schnabel’s Berlin is a must see this winter. The concert film is about a five day stay in St. Ann’s warehouse in Brooklyn while touring his 1973 album, Berlin. This film captures the story of the album, a tale of a deteriorating and doomed relationship, while offering an insight into Lou Reed himself and his unsteady, drug-saturated lifestyle. - Hyde Park Picture House, February 1st TV stars head to Leeds You've watched their progress for the past few months, and although the show has now finished, you can still get your Strictly Come Dancing fix this January. Catch this season's stars throwing shapes in Leeds as the tour heads to the First Direct Arena for an up-close experience of the celebrity dancers. Including the likes of England rugby star Ben Cohen to TV funny man Mark Benton, a host of famous faces will be trotting their tango and waltzing in Leeds this month. - 24 Jan – 26 Jan: First Direct Arena Some Girl I Used to Know The story of a young, happily married woman uprooting her life for temptations from the past, this modernised romantic comedy is both relatable and touching. Staring the acclaimed actress Denise Van Outen and featuring artists from the 1980s and 90s, such as Culture Club and Soft Cell, this play will not disappoint. - West Yorkshire Playhouse, January 30th-February 8th Mint Warehouse birthday bash Fancy a night out on the town, but feel city nightlife hasn’t been up to its normal standard in recent weeks? Mint Warehouse’s 2nd anniversary promises to be an exceptional night with first-rate artists, such as; Hot Since 82, Ben Pearce and Route 94. - Mint Warehouse, January 24th Photo Credit: polkadotandplaid via Compfight cc
  • If you don’t love Leeds as much as we do, you will by the end of this article. We think it’s the UK’s best city and we’d like to prove why. Whether you agree or disagree, contact us on Facebook or Twitter with your thoughts!

    You can live on the fringes of the great Yorkshire Dales

    It’s especially true that if you live in north Leeds you can be minutes from one of hippest cities in England one way and minutes from one of the highest-rated national parks in the world the other. The Yorkshire Dales are renowned for their striking beauty and it’s a blessing that a great city like Leeds is mere miles away from them.

    You can shop and shop and shop until you drop

    Leeds has a reputation as one of the best places to shop in the UK. People come from all across the land to spend their hard-earned pennies here due to attractions like the new Trinity Shopping Centre (complete with its own indoor street food centre, Trinity Kitchen) and the Headrow and Briggate, which are the main high streets. Leeds will also boast a brand new John Lewis department store when the modern Victoria Gate shopping centre, opens its doors to the public in late 2016.

    You can quaff some of the finest beers in the land

    Home to some of England’s best breweries in Northern Monk, Ridgeside and the appropriately named Leeds Brewery Company, put simply, Leeds knows beer. CAMRA-approved pubs like Whitelock’s and Mr Foley’s will get your taste buds tingling as much as the pubs in the suburbs. The Roundhay Fox in Roundhay sports a log fire that makes it the best place to be during a cold winter, while Alfred in Meanwood, which is no bigger than your living room, is perfectly situated to let the sun pour in all afternoon during the summer time. What more could you want from a city this size?

    You won’t get better farm produce anywhere else

    Being a Yorkshire city, Leeds is surrounded by some very good farms indeed. Many of them have monthly offers that let you get hampers of fresh farm meats and delicious organic vegetables delivered right to your door, so you don’t have to bother with them in the supermarkets. Even when you’re not doing your food shopping, you can enjoy some of the best produce in the land at Leeds’ world famous food and drink festivals. The Yorkshire Food and Drink Festival takes place in June, but, be warned, the tastes will be lingering until the following June…

    You’ll encounter the friendliest people in the country

    Yorkshire folk are renowned for their friendliness and we can guarantee that it’s not a myth. People say thank you to bus drivers and – ‘ow about this – hello to each other in the street. Where else do you get that these days? You might have trouble understanding some folks, though…

    You’ll hear some hilariously random local lingo

    While it might be true that some out-of-towners find Loiners (people from Leeds) difficult to understand, there is no denying the brilliance of the local dialect. Phrases like “am fair t’middlin’” and “wottatodoo” will leave you bemused but amused all day long.

    You can see many towns and villages rolled into one great city

    The suburbs of Leeds are brilliant. Each one has its own distinctive characteristics. Chapel Allerton is the up-and-coming place to be for young professionals, whilst Meanwood has enjoyed a great revival in recent years to make it one of the most attractive (and still affordable) places to live in the city. And let’s not forget Otley, which is a mere 30-minute bus ride from Headingley. It’s home to some of the best pubs in the district and the scenery is more than worthy of a “cheers”.

    You can experience some of the best theatre outside of the West End

    The West Yorkshire Playhouse is one of the north’s premium theatres and has seen the likes of To Kill a Mockingbird and Of Mice and Men performed on its stages. It’s part of the best city in the UK because it’s so much more affordable to see great theatre than it is in London!

    You can be very close to major UK tourist hotspots

    Another thing that makes Leeds perfectly situated is its close proximity to some of the best (but not as good) towns and cities in the UK. You can be in Manchester for world-class football in an hour, in Sheffield for world-class snooker in 45 minutes and Harrogate for world-class spa therapy in 40 minutes. Combine all that with using the UK’s greatest city as your base and you’re winning at life.
  • THIS AUGUST SELL YOUR PROPERTY FOR ONLY 0.99% FEE

    Did you know properties sell quicker in the summer months? Your house looks its best on a bright sunny summers day and also achieves higher prices than other times of the year, making right now the ideal time to consider putting your property on the market. Our number one aim is to get you from for sale to sold in the shortest possible time whilst achieving the best price. We are offering an EXCLUSIVE 0.99% SALES FEE during August only. So make sure you get in touch to take advantage of this limited offer. One of our property experts will value your house and talk you through the selling process. We cover all areas in and around Leeds including the city centre and North Leeds. Not only are we one of the most well-known estate agents in Leeds (our website has over 11,000 visits a month) we also advertise on Zoopla and Rightmove, with a list of buyers ready and waiting for properties to come on the market. Property in Leeds is in hot demand this summer, make sure you take advantage of our exclusive 0.99% sales fee this August. enquire_button
  • There are many reasons to love Leeds. We could go on forever about how much we love it, but we’ll give voice to the locals and visitors alike to share an appreciation of the great northern powerhouse via the medium of Twitter. We’ve selected 10 of our favourite tweets about our mutual love affair with Leeds, Leeds, Leeds. ‘ere:

    The pubs are proper good

    The pubs in Leeds aren’t just your regular pubs. They’re proper pubs. With proper pub grub. And proper good beer. Just like our Becky experienced in the Adelphi.  

    It looks great even on a cloudy day

    Leeds isn’t the Caribbean, we know that, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a sight for sore eyes even when the weather is bad. Tommy took a shining to the town hall here and we can see why.  

    You can play shuffleboard in the basement of a pub

    One of our favourite new bars in Leeds has the delightful allure of three 22ft shuffleboards downstairs. It aptly goes by the name of Shuffledog, owned by BrewDog, and it looks like Jade loves it just as much as we do.  

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