Area Guide - Headingley and Far Headingley
Brimming with trendy yet down-to-earth bars, great value shops, charismatic cafés and characterful pubs, the tree-lined areas of Headingley and Far Headingley are popular places for students to reside. Yep, it’s hardly surprising that student houseshares to rent in Headingley are a popular choice of accommodation for Leeds students!
The vibrant town of Headingley is situated along the Leeds and Harrogate railway, just two miles to the north west of Leeds. Being just a short train or bus ride from the city centre, students in rentals in Headingley can enjoy the best of both worlds – a characterful and student-friendly suburb town on the doorstep of one of the UK’s most energetic cities.
Whether you are looking for a 1 bedroom flat or a 10 bed student house, Headingley in Leeds has a diverse mix of student accommodation on offer.
The suburb features an array of different styles of housing including copious terraces in the southern districts which often make for ideal student homes. Although areas such as Far Headingley still retain a strong family presence, much of Headingley is now occupied by students.
Leisure activities in Headingley and Far Headingley
A well-known student hotspot, Headingley is geared up to helping students have a good time at university with leisure activities that offer something for every student. Cinema-lovers are in their element at Cottage Road Cinema. Having opened in 1912, this characterful cinema is one of the oldest in the UK, offering students a unique mix of independent films and new releases at discount prices.
Sports fans are also in for a treat. Headingley is the home of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Headingley Carnegie Stadium, Leeds Carnegie and Leeds Rhinos, so sport-loving students renting properties in Far Headingley and Headingley will certainly get their sporting action fix. In fact, having been founded in 1863, the Yorkshire County Cricket Club is one of the most successful clubs in the world. Yes, it’s safe to student lets in Headingley have everything you’ll need at your disposal!
But what about the pubs?
Needless to say this area of Leeds is home to a throng of student-orientated pubs, bars and cafes, meaning memorable – or not quite so memorable – pub crawls are there for the taking!
The famous Otley run pub crawl starts in Far Headingley and runs right through the centre of Headingley towards Leeds city centre. Commencing at Woodies Ale House (Far Headingley), the traditional route takes in The Three Horseshoes (Far Headingley), The New Inn (Far Headingley), Headingley Taps, Trio (Headingley), The Arc (Headingley), The Box (Headingley), The Skyrack (Headingley) and The Original Oak (Headingley).
If you like a traditional pub environment, The Three Horseshoes is a great choice for a quiet pint (read this Three Horseshoes recent review in the Yorkshire Evening Post). Or for a more modern and upbeat pre-club vibe, try The Box in Headingley. With an interior that resembles a Bond villain’s lair, reasonable-priced drinks and tasty fodder, The Box is a favourite haunt for those in student houses and houseshares in Far Headingley and Headingley.
Or for some peace and quiet: bordering the verdurous calm of Beckett Park, students in rented houses in Headingley can get away from the energetic throws of student accommodation in Leeds and enjoy the peace and quiet of Beckett Park’s inviting woodland and wonderful nature trails.
Transport in Headingley and Far Headingley
Those looking for student rooms in Headingley are attracted by the area’s comprehensive transport network. Being conveniently situated along the A660 just a couple of miles to the north west of Leeds, the city centre is easily accessible by foot, on bike or by a short bus ride. The Arndale Centre bus stop links Headingley to Leeds’ rail and bus stations, the shopping districts, the universities and the Leeds CityBus route.
Headingley rail station is on the Harrogate line with train services to Knaresborough, York and into Leeds city centre, as well as being in easy striking distance to the M6, M1 and M62. Student accommodation in Headingley is therefore perfectly located for exploring the unique county of Yorkshire.
A little history…
For student property to rent, Headingley, Leeds’ energetic student hotspot, has it all, even a long and rich history that was mentioned in the Doomsday Book in 1086! During the Viking era, the area was the centre of the ‘wapentake of Skyrack’, which historians believe refers to a ‘Shire’ oak tree that stood at St Michael’s Church until 1941. Two pubs in Headingley are named after this iconic spot which is believed to have been the meeting place for settling legal disputes – The Original Oak and the Skyrack.
However it was during the Industrial Revolution when the city of Leeds began to expand that Headingley became a popular suburb for the affluent to reside and escape the pollution of the city.
With a long history of providing homes for students, Headingley is a well-established hub for students in Leeds.
In short, Headingley isn’t known as Leeds’s famous student hot-spot without reason. Its large Georgian and Victorian houses make house share in Headingley a popular choice for groups of students looking to be at the heart of the action in the security of a leafy and vibrant suburb town.
For quality homes for students in Headingley and Far Headingley, Pickard Properties has a great choice of student accommodation in this smashing student town.