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Horsforth Area Guide for Students

A popular up and coming suburb of Leeds

Horsforth has expanded from a small agricultural village to a popular up and coming suburb of Leeds. Described as having a strong sense of community spirit with cobbled streets and small independent shops and boutiques, it is an idyllic setting for a student house in Leeds.

About Horsforth

Horsforth is a small town which lies around four miles north-west of Leeds City Centre. It has a bustling high street in the town centre, is surrounded by lush countryside and comes with all the benefits of being part of a city, as well as a peaceful rural aura. It’s also home to Leeds Trinity University and, as such, is becoming a popular place to live amongst students

Things to do in Horsforth

Horsforth Village Museum

A small venue in the middle of the town, Horsforth Village Museum has a few quirky exhibits that will surely catch the eye. It’s run by local volunteers and, as one of its star attractions, has a letter from a former US President, thanking the people of Horsforth for their contribution towards World War Two.

Leeds Country Way

This inspiring walking route skirts around Horsforth, taking in the sights of the town and surrounding areas such as Cookridge, Adel and Hawksworth. The end of the Country Way is near Horsforth, leading towards Golden Acre Park, while it takes you around almost the entire edge of Leeds.

Firefly Pottery Cafe

If you want to get those creative juices flowing, this cafe and pottery shop is just the place to be. Firefly run pottery classes for visitors of all ages and sell all kinds of artworks and decorations made by the locals; handy if you want a centrepiece for your living room!


Leeds Trinity University

Address: Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS18 5HD

Tel: 0113 283 7100

Location: Half a mile west of Horsforth Rail Station and just over a mile’s drive from Town Street

Since obtaining university status, Leeds Trinity has seen its reputation grow as a place to study. Courses such as journalism, business management, psychology and education can be taken at graduate and postgraduate level, while the campus is tightly-knit, with everything you need on one site.

Working in Horsforth

Horsforth has a wide range of jobs available for students, with the shops in the town centre and on New Road Side particularly keen on part-time staff. Recruitment agencies in Horsforth are actually quite numerous, with some focusing on pairing students with part-time roles, while Leeds Trinity University has its own jobshop.

Getting around


Horsforth is served by a handful of regular bus services, but the most frequent is the 50/50A. Trips to and from Leeds City Centre take around 30-40 minutes dependent on traffic. Other services for Horsforth include the 97, while the 33/33A services go through the Woodside area of the town every quarter of an hour at peak times.


Horsforth Rail Station serves the town and is around 15 minutes to and from Leeds City Station. Southbound, you can catch a train every half hour at peak time to Leeds, stopping at Headingley and Burley Park along the way.


Leeds Bradford Airport is around 1.5 miles north of Horsforth, just off Scotland Lane. It provides a range of domestic and international flights and can be easily reached if you get a bus or taxi.

Sports and leisure

Trinity Fitness

Address: Leeds Trinity University, Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS18 5HD

Tel: 0113 283 7155

Location: At the main campus of Leeds Trinity University, near the running track

Right inside the Trinity campus, this sports centre has pretty much everything you need to help you keep fit. There’s an indoor gym, squash courts, a sports hall for indoor football and basketball and pitches for football and rugby, not to mention a running track.

Physiofit Physiotherapy and Pilates

Address: Walnut Tree Physiotherapy Centre, The Orchard, Town Street, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS18 5BL

Tel: 0113 258 1020

Location: Just off Town Street, near the Library

Aside from being able to help you with any injuries picked up from playing touch rugby or five-a-side, you can also enrol in regular pilates sessions right on your doorstep. You can enrol on a one-to-one course or, if you’re feeling brave, join a class with a few others.

Horsforth Harriers Running Club

Address: Hall Park Cricket Club, Hall Park, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS18 4EL

Tel: 0113 258 6859

Location: In the middle of Hall Park, just at the bottom end of Town Street

This local running club welcomes people of all levels of experience and fitness, whether you’re an experienced runner with several 10k runs behind you or if you just want to shed a few pounds. They run regular sessions in and around Horsforth and do competitive races throughout the year.


Morrisons Horsforth

Address: 69 Town St, Horsforth, Leeds, Yorkshire LS18 5BP

Tel: 0113 258 1996

Location: In the middle of Town Street, opposite Dixy Chicken

The main supermarket in Horsforth, this branch of Morrisons is conveniently placed on Town Street, served by major bus routes and close to all the other shops. It has a branch of Greggs inside, while there’s free parking round the back.

Ginger Ink

Address: 87 Town St, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS18 5BP

Tel: 0113 281 8989

Location: Just a couple of doors up from Life Clothing

This trendy fashion shop is just the place to get your glad rags from. Ginger Ink are a newcomer to Horsforth, with successful stores in Chapel Allerton and Headingley already doing a roaring trade. They sell all kinds of quirky and up-to-the-minute outfits for your next night out.

Choice Cartridges

Address: 100 New Rd Side, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS18 4QB

Tel: 0113 258 8900

Location: Opposite the RSPCA charity shop

Printing is something many students have to do, but Choice Cartridges have a number of new and recycled inks that can bring down the cost of getting your dissertation and essays ready. They also sell other equipment such as paper at knockdown prices as well.

Nightlife and entertainment

Horsforth has more than its fair share of traditional pubs. The pick of the bunch is the Town Street Tavern, which serves a long list of real ales from some of Yorkshire’s finest breweries. For a more contemporary night out, Medusa Bar and Sixtytoo Bar provide cocktails to help you shake off the effects of a hard day’s studying.


Bar 166 & Bistro

Address: 166 Town St, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS18 4AQ

Tel: 0113 322 9910

Location: On the corner of Town Street and Broadgate Lane

This upmarket bar and bistro is surprisingly affordable, which is handy if you want a great night with mates without splurging. They have sandwich, steak and Sunday menus, all of which are pretty lengthy, while two-for-one offers are worth taking advantage of.

Trattoria Il Forno

Address: 85 Town St, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS18 5BP

Tel: 0113 345 0150

Location: Just over the road from Barclays Bank

This cozy, family-run restaurant is anything but a generic Italian! Aside from selling a range of pizzas made from scratch in their stone oven, they also make traditional gelato - Italian ice cream. Here, you can order a massive 20-inch pizza if you’re in a sharing mood!


Address: 15 Town St, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS18 5LJ

Tel: 0113 258 0909

Location: Next door to the Age UK shop

By day, Sandbar is a chilled out bar/lounge where you can order a coffee and sandwich and take your time with them both. By night, they have all sorts going on inside, as well as in the garden and rooftop terrace. They have club nights and weekend DJ sets that attract people from all four corners of the town.

Parks & Green spaces

There are quite a few small parks in Horsforth, the most notable being the Horsforth Hall Park, which has its own cricket ground. There are green spaces around Trinity University, while there is a dense wood just south of New Road Side, which is great for walking in during the autumn months.

Hospitals and emergencies

The New Croft Surgery

Address: Goldenbank House, Broadgate Lane, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS18 4SE

Tel: 0113 239 5550

Location: Around five minutes’ walk east of Firefly Pottery Cafe

Weetwood Police Station

Address: 300 Otley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS16 6RG

Tel: 0113 241 3459

Location: Near the Weetwood Roundabout, around a mile east of the New Road Side shops

Horsforth Dental Practice

Address: 2 Troy Road, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5NQ

Tel: 0113 258 2180

Location: Just opposite Horsforth Rail Station, around half a mile east of Leeds Trinity University

Our student accommodation in Horsforth

Horsforth has a wide range of places to live in throughout the town. From one-bedroom flats to sprawling house shares, there’s a property to suit your needs, all within reach of the university and the shops/bars on New Road Side and in the town centre.

Popular areas around Horsforth


A peaceful part of Leeds, Adel has a decent number of shops and restaurants to its name. It’s also close by to sports venues and Leeds Beckett’s Headingley Campus, while also being well-served by major bus routes.

Far Headingley

At the top end of Headingley, you’ll find some of Leeds’ most famous pubs and restaurants, not to mention some stunning properties which are a world away from what you might come to expect from student accommodation.

Beckett Park

This oh-so-leafy area has a sprawling park of the same name and, conveniently, is home to the Headingley Campus of Leeds Beckett University. It also happens to have a few hidden gems in the form of quiet cafes and great-value second hand shops.

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