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Burley Area Guide for Students

Ideally located as just a few minutes from the hustle and bustle of Leeds City centre

Burley is a highly student populated area with a large number of flats to let in Leeds situated here, yet in spite of this the housing costs in Burley are relatively modest. It is ideally located as just a few minutes from the hustle and bussle of Leeds City centre. It is also the centre of significant new developments offering en-suite student accommodation. The first of these developments, the Triangle, has 172 student luxury en-suite rooms to let.

The Triangle -

About Burley

An inner-city suburb, Burley is less than a mile away from the centre of Leeds and, as such is a very convenient place to live. With an array of cafes, bars and shops around every corner, it’s also well-connected by train and bus, so getting to and from campus isn’t going to be an issue.

Things to do in Burley

Left Bank Leeds

This former church is now an arts and entertainment venue which holds lots of offbeat events. Magazine fairs, real ale festivals, live gigs and even art exhibitions are held regularly, while admission to many events is cheap or even free of charge!

Cardigan Fields

An entertainment complex handily placed on Kirkstall Road, Cardigan Fields has it all: a gym, several pubs and restaurants, a couple of supermarkets and even a Vue cinema. On a typical night out there, you could grab a burger, watch the latest blockbuster and work off what you ate before heading home!

Leeds Industrial Museum

Based in the historic Armley Mills, this museum pays homage to Leeds’ industrial past. It’s cheap to enter and, if you’re studying history at university, is a handy place to go to check out what life was like before, during and after the Industrial Revolution.


University of Leeds

Address: University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT

Tel: 0113 243 1751

The main campus is less than a mile east of Burley and, as such, is really easy to get to by foot, bus or bike. There are plenty of shops and bars on-site in the Student Union building, while there’s plenty of space in the libraries to go and write essays and revise for exams in peace.

Working in Burley

Burley does have a number of shops and bars looking for part-time staff. The best places to look are in Cardigan Fields, along Woodsley Road and Burley Road, from the Park Lane end up towards Kirkstall in the west.

Getting around Burley


Burley is served by a number of regular bus routes. Along Burley Road, the 19/19A, 49 and 50 routes take you to East Leeds and Horsforth, Tinshill and Bramley, as well as to the City Centre. Along Kirkstall Road, the main routes are the 33/33A, 508 and 670. From both roads, it takes less than 10 minutes to get to the centre of Leeds.


Burley Park station serves Burley, Hyde Park and parts of Headingley. Trains go to Leeds eastbound and, westbound, to Horsforth, Harrogate and Knaresborough. If you’re studying at the Headingley campuses of Leeds and Leeds Beckett, or at Leeds Trinity in Horsforth, boarding at Burley Park helps to save time.

Sports and leisure

Virgin Active Leeds Kirkstall Road Gym

Address: Cardigan Fields, Kirkstall Road, Leeds LS4 2DJ

Tel: 0113 3507 414

Location: In Cardigan Fields, next to the Aldi and just off Kirkstall Road

This gym is handily placed in Cardigan Fields, where you can shop and unwind after an intense workout. There’s a swimming pool, hydrotherapy pool and physiotherapy to take advantage of, while there are regular spa days if you’re in need of a pampering. The gym floor, meanwhile, has all the machines needed to help you keep those fresher pounds at bay.

Edmonds Dance Centre

Address: Bankfield Terrace, Leeds LS4 1JR

Tel: 0113 275 0817

Location: 100 metres west of The Village Street

This dance centre is open to students as well as locals, offering a more unique way to exercise in between lectures. It’s handily located in the centre of Burley, with lessons for adults held throughout the week.

Goals Leeds

Address: Redcote Lane, Leeds LS4 2AW

Tel: 0113 263 3030

Location: Just off Kirkstall Road, behind the Asda and Iceland

Goals Leeds has a number of five-a-side football pitches and is open on evenings. For a gentle kickabout with your mates or something more competitive, this is the ideal venue for forgetting all about that looming essay deadline.


One Stop Burley Road

Address: 345 Burley Rd, Leeds LS4 2PX

Tel: 0113 278 0501

Location: On Burley Road, just near the junction with Cardigan Lane

This convenience store is surprisingly cheap, stocking all of life’s essentials when and where you need them. Be sure to have your NUS Card handy in case you want a little discount!

Poverty Aid

Address: 169 Cardigan Rd, Leeds LS6 1QL

Tel: 0113 274 4099

Location: Just north of the BP petrol station on Cardigan Road

This charity shop sells all kinds of things that might come in handy for your new place. Furniture, books, kitchenware and vintage clothing are all on sale, with all the proceeds going towards good causes in the local area.

Staples Leeds East

Address: Citygate, 9 Kirkstall Road, Leeds LS3 1LH

Tel: 0344 472 5344

Location: Just opposite TGI Friday’s

Nightlife and entertainment

Burley has a wide selection of cafes, bars and down-to-earth pubs to wind down in after a long day on campus. For a drink, the Brudenell Social Club in neighbouring Hyde Park is one of the cheapest places for a pint in Leeds. If you want something more sedate, Burley Road is home to a number of cozy cafes.


Viva Cuba

Address: 342 Kirkstall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2DS.

Tel: 0113 275 0888

Location: Just opposite Cardigan Fields, near Kirkstall Viaduct

Serving authentic Cuban tapas dishes, Viva Cuba is one of the most popular restaurants in Burley, attracting diners from all over Leeds. They also have an extensive drinks menu, which of course includes mojitos!

Grove Cafe

Address: 133-135 Cardigan Rd, Leeds LS6 1LJ

Tel: 0113 2302727

Location: Near the crossroads with Brudenell Road

This popular student haunt has plenty going for it - it’s cheap, does deliveries and a range of cuisines to boot. You can order vegetarian and vegan food, pizza and, best of all, Indian. The Grove Cafe happens to be quite close to lots of different bars, so if you need something to eat before heading home, it’s handily placed.

The Corner Cafe

Address: 104 Burley Rd, Leeds LS3 1JP

Tel: 0113 234 6677

Location: On Burley Road, just behind the ITV Yorkshire studios

A fixture in Burley for nearly 40 years, The Corner Cafe is a homely Indian restaurant which serves more than just the basics. Their dessert menu has as many as 25 different flavours of kulfi, all of which are homemade and can be taken home with you!

Parks & Green spaces

While Burley doesn’t have one massive park, it has a few smaller green spaces for you to get away from the hubbub of the university campus. Near Burley Road and The Village Street, there’s a small, tree-lined park that’s almost completely empty. Just behind Kirkstall Road, there are a couple of green spaces where you can watch the world go by.

Hospitals and emergencies

Leeds General Infirmary

Address: Great George St, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 3EX

Tel: 0113 243 2799

Location: Near both universities, just off Great George Street. About a mile east of Burley

Leeds Central Police Station

Address: Leeds Central Police Station, Park Street, Leeds LS1 3BY

Tel: 101

Location: To the west of the Leeds Combined Court Centre, just a couple of minutes’ walk from Westgate. Around 10 minutes east of Burley by bus

Burley Park Medical Centre

Address: 273 Burley Rd, Leeds LS4 2EL

Tel: 0113 295 3850

Location: Opposite Burley House on Burley Road

Our student accommodation in Burley

Burley is one of the quieter parts of Leeds, despite being so close to the city centre. Despite that, there’s still plenty to do and, being so peaceful, it’s also a safe place to live in throughout your studies.

Popular areas around area name

Hyde Park

Ideally situated between the main campuses of Leeds and Leeds Beckett Universities, Hyde Park is a major cultural and entertainment hub, full to the brim with quirky shops, bars and restaurants.


This part of LS6 is the place to be for sports fans! Home to Leeds Rhinos and Yorkshire County Cricket Club, it also has two university campuses and a lot of places to shop and dine at without breaking the bank.


On the edge of Leeds City Centre, Woodhouse blends in seamlessly with Burley and Hyde Park and is right at the heart of the student district. Its park, shops and bars make it a good, local place to relax after a day’s study.

Parklane Triangle
Parklane Triangle - Student Accomodation