Hyde Park is ideally located for students due to its proximity to Leeds Met and Leeds University. At the centre is Hyde Park Corner, the location for a diverse range of shops, bars, restaurants and cafes. Hyde Park is only 5 minutes walk of Headingley, an equally popular location for student accommodations, and a fifteen minutes walk to Leeds centre.
About Hyde Park
On the edge of Leeds City Centre, Hyde Park is within a stone’s throw of the university district. Due to its location and significant number of bars and arts venues, Hyde Park has proved to be hugely popular with students throughout the city. It also has a number of green spaces nearby too, so everyone’s catered for!
Things to do in Hyde Park
Hyde Park Picture House
One of the oldest cinemas in Yorkshire, this small picture house screens a mix of blockbusters, independent productions and arthouse films. It offers discounts for students and shows films that almost nowhere else would. Be sure to snap tickets up sharpish, as they sell out quite quickly.
Brudenell Social Club
This social club with a difference has gradually become the music venue to be! Many famous rock, punk, metal, hip-hop and dance acts play here, while they serve some of the best, cheapest beer in all of Leeds. As for food, there’s a nearby pizza van present for gigs.
Hyde Park Corner
A sizeable number of shops, cafes and bars adorn Hyde Park corner, giving it character that is rarely present outside of the city centre. Look out for Greek restaurants, vintage clothes shops and the odd traditional pub when you check it out for the first time.
University of Leeds
Address: University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT
Tel: 0113 243 1751
Location: Around half a mile west of Hyde Park Corner, just past Woodhouse Moor
The main campus is home to a collection of shops, bars and restaurants, as well as some stunning examples of brutalist, Georgian and modern architecture. There are a number of peaceful places to get your head down and read or write, particularly in the stunning Parkinson Building.
Leeds Beckett University
Address: Leeds Beckett University, City Campus, Leeds LS1 3HE
Tel: 0113 812 0000
Location: Just south-east of the University of Leeds, around two-thirds of a mile away from Hyde Park Corner
The sprawling main campus of Leeds Beckett is closest to Hyde Park and has plenty of places to sit down and study, as well as some impressive lecture theatres and seminar rooms. There are also thousands of computers available in the libraries and shared learning spaces where you can get typing or researching.
Working in Hyde Park
Like many other parts of Leeds close to the university district, many of the jobs in Hyde Park available are in retail and hospitality. The sheer number of shops, bars, cafes and pubs in the area mean that, at the start of each semester, there are plenty of opportunities for jobs to supplement student loans and grants.
Hyde Park has a number of major bus routes heading between north, west and east Leeds. The main ones near Woodhouse Moor are the 56 between Moor Grange and Whinmoor and 19/19A between Garforth and Tinshill. On Woodhouse Lane/Headingley Lane, the 1 between Holt Park and Beeston and 28 between Leeds Dock and Adel are the most regular.
The nearest station to Hyde Park is Burley Park, which is just off Cardigan Road and three-quarters of a mile west of Hyde Park Corner. Trains to and from Leeds Station take eight or nine minutes, dependent on passenger numbers. They run every half hour or so during daytimes.
Sports and leisure
Gryphon Sports Centre
Address: Woodsley Rd, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 9LZ
Tel: 0113 343 6771
Location: Just off Belle Vue Road, behind the Business School
Part of The Edge, this sports centre has indoor badminton and squash courts, as well as state-of-the-art changing rooms. It’s open to all students of the University of Leeds and also hosts other indoor sports such as basketball.
Hyde Park Basketball Court
Address: Hyde Park Road, Leeds LS6 1AE
Location: Just opposite Hyde Park Corner at the junction with Woodhouse Lane
This outdoor court is very popular in spring and summer with anyone who wants to shoot hoops. It’s also near other outdoor facilities such as a skate park and playing fields for football and either code of rugby.
Woodsley Community Centre
Address: 64 Woodsley Rd, Leeds LS3 1DU
Tel: 0113 244 2684
Location: Just behind Rosebank Road, which leads to the west end of the University of Leeds
This community centre might not seem like a sports venue, but every week, they hold table tennis sessions for young people and students in the area. It’s cheap to use and is less crowded than other venues, if that’s your sort of thing.
Address: 8-10 Headingley Ln, Leeds LS6 2AS
Tel: 0113 278 2653
Location: On Hyde Park Corner, next to the chip shop
This landmark shop sells more than just a lot of vintage clothing; it sells antique furniture too. If you have a taste for fashions and styles from yesteryear to decorate your new digs with, Retro Boutique definitely has you covered.
Best Kept Secret
Address: 27-29 Headingley Ln, Leeds LS6 1BL
Tel: 0113 274 8488
Location: Just opposite Retro Boutique and LS6 Cafe
For your first, second or even 20th attempt at the Otley Run, this family-run fancy dress shop has just the outfit for you. If you want to dress like a wizard, a Minion or like someone from the 1970’s, Best Kept Secret will no doubt stock the costume you need.
Address: 154 Hyde Park Rd, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS6 1AG
Tel: 0113 224 9982
Location: Over the road from the One Stop convenience store
As well as being a place to get your bike’s punctures fixed, Bikology also sell new or second-hand bikes to help you get around Hyde Park and beyond without having to pay bus or taxi fares. They even make bikes tailored to your cycling needs as well.
Nightlife and entertainment
There are great bars, pubs and eateries dotted all over Hyde Park, with the iconic Hyde Park Hotel being the most notable. This pub serves real ale and shows live sport, as well as special offers such as £1 drinks on Wednesdays. The Royal Park is also worth a look, particularly if you love live music. Further towards the universities, The Library has lots going on.
Address: 31 Brudenell Rd, Leeds LS6 1HA
Tel: 0113 274 4944
Location: Just up the road from the Hyde Park Picture House
Aside from being a welcoming, student-friendly cafe, Popinas is famous for its “mega breakfast”, which is so big that only a handful of people have ever finished it, winning a keyring for their efforts! Aside from that, sensible eaters will love their range of foccacines, pizzas and sandwiches, either available to eat inside or to go.
Address: 1 The Crescent, Hyde Park, Leeds, LS6 2NW
Tel: 0113 274 4422
Location: At the near end of the row of shops on Hyde Park Corner
This North African-themed restaurant does more than just tagine - pastries, soups and salads also feature on the menu. Like many others in the city, if the seats are full, you can always order a takeaway from the Oranaise!
Address: 66 Brudenell Rd, Leeds LS6 1EG
Tel: 0113 278 6830
Location: Two doors up from the Sainsbury’s, opposite Hyde Park Picture House
This award-winning Indian takeaway is as good a place as any to grab something to eat before heading to the pictures. Zulfi’s is also a great back-up option if you don’t really feel like cooking after a long day at university.
Parks & Green spaces
Hyde Park sits right on the edge of the sprawling Woodhouse Moor, but that’s not the only green space in the local area. Cinder Moor and Monument Moor are somewhat less popular, but no less green - the latter is home to an impressive war memorial.
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 the inner ring road. It’s around half a mile from Woodhouse Moor
Leeds Central Police Station
Address: Leeds Central Police Station, Park Street, Leeds LS1 3BY
Location: Adjacent to Leeds Combined Court Centre, it’s around two-thirds of a mile from Hyde Park
Hyde Park Surgery
Address: Woodsley Road, Leeds LS6 1SG
Tel: 0113 200 1090
Location: Opposite the Woodsley Community Centre
Our student accommodation in Hyde Park
Hyde Park is largely made up of Victorian terraced houses, with a few halls of residence interspersed between them. Most houses are within reach of a regular bus route, local amenities such as places of worship and, most importantly, the two main universities.
Popular areas around Hyde Park
Joined at the hip with Hyde Park, Woodhouse is another student-centric part of Leeds. It has many bars and places to eat, as well as the popular Woodhouse Moor, a park which offers great walking routes and plays host to live music events such as Unity Day.
To the north-west of Hyde Park, Headingley is well-liked among students because of its many shops and bars, as well as its proximity to major bus routes. It also has a wide variety of places to live in and is close by to the Headingley Campus of Leeds Beckett University.
Burley lies just to the south of Hyde Park and, in terms of great-value housing, is pretty good. It’s also close to the city centre and has many things to recommend itself, most notably the Cardigan Fields leisure and entertainment complex.