One of the most student-friendly parts of Leeds, Headingley has all you could ask for - green spaces, a wide variety of bars and restaurants, leftfield arts venues and plenty of shops where you can pick up all your essentials in a matter of minutes between your front door and Otley Road.
Things to do in Headingley
The current Super League champions ply their trade at the iconic Headingley Stadium. At a Rhinos match, you can watch top-class rugby league from the terraces without paying over the odds, while you’re never too far from a boozer to toast their latest win!
More than just another trendy bar, Headingley Arc is a great live music venue, hosting performances from local artists eager to make their big break. You can also watch live sporting events and take part in the weekly quiz from 9pm if you want to test your trivia!
Although not a shopping centre in the traditional sense, this row of shops on Otley Road contains plenty of chain stores where you can stock up on the basics. It’s easy to get to and from university by bus too, so you can buy lunch before arriving on campus.
Leeds Beckett University - Headingley Campus
Address: Church Wood Ave, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS6 3QS
Tel: 0113 812 0000
Location: Just off Otley Road, near Richmond House School
The only university campus in Headingley, Leeds Beckett teach courses such as foreign languages here. They also have on-site libraries and computer hubs where you can finish off your essays and other assignments in a quiet, academic environment.
Working in Headingley
There are a number of job agencies in Headingley, many of which actively look to find part-time jobs for students living locally. Meanwhile, at the Leeds Beckett campus, there is a careers service where, after graduation, you can get help in finding that first full-time role you’ve worked so hard to get.
Headingley is a major hub for bus routes. On Otley Road, you can catch the 1, 6, 28, 97 and X84, all of which take around 10-15 minutes to get to Leeds City Centre. Along Cardigan Road and Kirkstall Lane, you can catch the 19/19A and 56, which take a similar length of time to get to the centre of Leeds. The 56 is best for going between Headingley and the university district.
Headingley Train Station is located near Kirkstall Lane and is on the Wharfedale Line. Trains to and from Leeds Station take 11 minutes either way, stopping at Burley Park along the way. Trains from Headingley also go to Harrogate and York, while there’s a nearby taxi rank.
Sports and leisure
Yorkshire Carnegie Rugby Union
Address: Headingley Carnegie Stadium, St Michael's Lane, Headingley, Leeds LS6 3BR
Tel: 0344 248 6651
Location: At the same venue as Leeds Rhinos, on St. Michael’s Lane and just off Carnegie Road
Formerly known as Leeds Carnegie, they play in the Championship, the second tier of rugby union. One of their star turns is former Leeds Rhinos legend Kevin Sinfield, who is seeing out his long and successful careers, while the team aim to get promoted to the Premiership this season.
Headingley Golf Club
Address: Back Church Ln, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS16 8DW
Tel: 0113 267 9573
Location: Just north of Bedquilts Recreation Park, on the edge of Adel
Although it’s strictly in Adel, this historic golf club offers a unique, relaxing way to keep fit away from the rigours of full-time studying. It’s easy to get to from Headingley and offers majestic views from every one of its 18 holes. It’s probably best to head to the driving range before tackling this tricky course though!
Meanwood Valley Trail
Address: Meanwood Valley Local Nature Reserve, Green Road, Leeds LS6 4LE
Location: Around the back of the Arndale Centre, from Meanwood to Lawnswood
This splendid urban walking route actually goes between two parks - Woodhouse Moor and Golden Acre Park. It goes right through Headingley, offering views of the Meanwood Valley as well as some of the interesting buildings in and around the area, such as St Chad’s Church.
Headingley Farmers’ Market
Address: Rose Garden, North Lane, Leeds LS6 3JJ
Location: In front of Headingley Arc, on the junction of North Lane and Ash Road
Held once a month, this open-air pop-up farmers market in Headingley sells fresh, local produce that you can make all kinds of tasty meals from. Meat, fish, poultry, fruit and veg, bread and delicacies from the likes of Salt’s Deli will surely tempt you, all without costing a bomb.
Martin House Charity Shop
Address: 5 Otley Rd, Leeds LS6 3AA
Tel: 0113 275 4996
Location: Just a few hundred yards north of the Skyrack Pub
This charity shop raises lots of money for the Martin House Hospice, a noble local cause helping sick children to get better. Here, you can find all kinds of textbooks, furnishings, clothes and kitchenware to kit your new place out and help you study.
Address: 6-8 Chapel Pl, Leeds LS6 3HY
Tel: 0113 278 1700
Location: Just around the corner from Brett’s Fish on North Lane
This independent stationery shop is just the place to get some shiny new pens, notepads and binders for your first semester at university. It’s also a good place to get art supplies if you’re a student at Leeds Art College; canvases, paints and paintbrushes are stocked here alongside printer paper and the like.
Nightlife and entertainment
Outside of Leeds City Centre, Headingley is the most vibrant part of town at night. Most of the bars which form the Otley Run are here, while there’s a huge range of restaurants to keep yourself fed when you can’t be bothered cooking. The Box is a great-value student joint, while for a good, old-fashioned pint, The Skyrack is your best bet.
At either end of Headingley, there are two small cinemas showing arthouse films and major blockbusters side by side - Cottage Road Cinema and Hyde Park Picture House.
Address: 12-14 North Lane, Leeds LS6 3HE
Tel: 0113 232 3344
Location: Opposite Headingley Library on North Lane
One of the oldest fish and chip shops in Leeds, Bretts Fish serves this classic British dish the way it should be. If you’re interested, they also serve duck, meat and vegetarian starters and mains as well, as their extensive menu shows.
Red’s True Barbecue - Headingley
Address: 6A Otley Rd, Leeds LS6 2AA
Tel: 0113 359 3490
Location: To the right of Yorkshire Bank and TSB Bank
Red’s True Barbecue is fast becoming the stuff of legend in Leeds - sticky ribs, slow-cooked pork and beef and mountainous burgers are the order of the day! Be sure not to order too much; their portions are massive!
Address: 49 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds LS6 3AB
Tel: 0113 230 2828
Location: Next to Santander Bank and opposite the Subway
Dare is one of the most popular cafes in headingley and it’s easy to see why. For less than a five, you can get a jacket potato, sandwich or wrap to take home or to the library, while the evening menu is pretty good, especially if you want to celebrate the end of semester without splurging.
Parks and Green spaces
Headingley itself doesn’t have many parks, but Woodhouse Moor to the south is around 10 minutes away. Near Leeds Beckett’s Headingley Campus, Becketts Park is pretty big and has some great views and walking routes, heading out towards Kirkstall.
Hospitals and emergencies
Craven Road Medical Practice - Holly Bank Surgery
Address: Headingley Medical Centre, 1 Shire Oak Street, Leeds LS6 2AF
Tel: 0113 295 3540
Location: Just off Otley Road, behind Carphone Warehouse
Weetwood Police Station
Address: 300 Otley Rd, Leeds LS16 6RG
Tel: 0113 241 3459
Location: Just opposite Weetwood Hall at the roundabout
Address: St Michaels Court, 1 Shire Oak Street, Headingley, Leeds LS6 2DP
Tel: 0113 2305588
Location: Next to Holly Bank Surgery, just off Otley Road
Our student accommodation in Headingley
Whether you want to be in the heart of the area, close to campus or somewhere quiet, there’s plenty of student flats in Headingley to choose from. It’s a safe, well-connected part of Leeds with flatshares, single rooms and one-bed flats, all of which are well-maintained to boot.
Popular areas around Headingley
Just a stone’s throw from Headingley, Meanwood is an emerging part of Leeds where you can find cheap shops, alternative bars and, of course, the Meanwood Valley Trail. It’s also pretty accessible too, served by regular buses in and out of Leeds City Centre.
This part of town is adjacent to Headingley and, as such, is full to the brim with amenities and cultural venues. It’s also closer to the main campuses of Leeds and Leeds Beckett Universities, as well as the Leeds College of Art, so if it’s convenience you’re after, Hyde Park is perfect.
Situated to the west of Headingley, Becketts Park is home to the Headingley Campus of Leeds Beckett University. It’s also one of the leafiest parts of the city, owing to its proximity to a park of the same name and its tree-lined streets.