Area Guide - Woodhouse and City Centre
Music, cheap beer, tasty pub grub, a takeaway on almost every corner, not to mention the hordes of art galleries, museums, parks and entertainment venues - Yes, it’s easy to understand why Woodhouse and central Leeds is a leading student destination. And where could be a better place for student rooms to rent in Leeds than in or on the outskirts of the thriving city centre?
Whether you’re after a 1 bedroom property to rent or a 10 bed student house, city centre student-living doesn’t come much better than in Leeds.
The largely residential area of Woodhouse that lies just to the north of Leeds city centre, is nestled so close to the city that it can certainly be justified as offering student accommodation to let in the city centre.
With Leeds University, Leeds Metropolitan Universities and Leeds College of Art just five minutes away, Woodhouse is a popular area for those looking for student accommodation in Leeds. Being a short distance from Hyde Park Corner, Woodhouse is ideally positioned for students to enjoy a wide range of convenient shops, quirky cafes, atmospheric student-friendly and a thriving community.
So what’s there to do when renting student flats in the city centre?
Convenience food, drinks and pub sports
In Woodhouse you’re never too far away from a student-friendly pub, serving great pub grub at affordable prices. The Library Pub is a favourite student haunt, serving delicious food and hosting all the important sports events. This atmospheric pub can be found on the edge of Hyde Park and is perfect for those looking to chill out, nurse a hangover and soak up the laid-back, friendly vibe. What’s more, when your parents phone to ask how you’re getting on, you can proudly exclaim that you’re in the library, just not one with librarians and books!
The Hyde Park pub and hotel is a mainstay for students and locals alike, with pool tables, multi-screen Sky Sports screens and games machines tempting in the sports fans and leisure drinkers. Watch out for groups in hilarious fancy dress outfits, as the famous ‘Otley run’ takes in the Hyde Park pub before heading towards the universities.
With a number of lively cafes, pubs and bars, Woodhouse Lane also attracts large numbers of students. For example, the award-winning, multi-purpose The Faversham is a popular student haunt. This atmospheric pub serves home-cooked food all week long. It even has a Donut Mash Up Party every Thursday, bringing the biggest and best sounds, old and new.
The Joint is another popular venue in Woodhouse City Centre for students. This America restaurant/Dive Bar serves mouth-watering burgers, fries, chicken biftas and other authentic American food. Check out the Joint’s Facebook page for more information.
Or head to the Pickards’ Tea Room! This welcoming café was once Pickard Properties’ office and they decided to keep the name! The Pickards’ Tea Room offers great coffee and a delicious menu for affordable prices and is a real hit amongst students. Check out the tea room’s great reviews on Trip Advisor.
There are also plenty of friendly and delicious takeaways at your disposal when renting student houses in the City Centre, including the popular Arkwrights Fish and Chips Parlour on Johnston Street.
Live music, bands and gigs
Living in Woodhouse means you’re also within walking distance of the famous Brudenell Social Club, which has hosted the likes of Franz Ferdinand and the Kaiser Chiefs. Founded in 1913, the Brudenell has been centrepiece of the Leeds music scene for decades, and hosts gigs most nights of the week. If you love live music and bands, also check out The Packhorse, The Fenton and The Chemic.
The 24-hour Co-Op?
And that’s not all… Fancy some late-night snacks, booze and banter? Ran out of all those student essentials? Fear not, as those in student rental properties in the city centre, can take advantage of the 24-hour Co-op. Conveniently located between Hyde Park and Headingley, those in student lettings in the city centre, will be able to rustle up a quick student fix no matter what time of the night it is!
University life simply wouldn’t be complete without those ubiquitous visits to the cinema! If you’re looking for students rooms to let in the city centre, you will be pleased to learn that there are two Vue Cinemas in Leeds and one is in the city centre. With your NUS card you’ll be able to enjoy watching the latest films in outstanding audio and visual quality for cheap, discounted prices!
Being right next to Hyde Park, students who are house letting in the city centre and Woodhouse can also enjoy watching new releases at the charismatic Hyde Park Picture House. Having opened in 1914, this quaint and appealing picture house is one of the oldest cinemas in Britain.
Get away from it all in Woodhouse Ridge
If the bustling experience that student house sharing in city centre accommodation brings gets too much, you can always head to the more tranquil surroundings of Woodhouse Ridge. This large area of pretty woodland is part of the Forest of Leeds and is an idyllic spot for walking and relaxing away from the buzz of the city.
City centre transport – and beyond
Those in student accommodation in Leeds city centre have super convenient transport links on their doorstep. Leeds CityBus Service links key locations around the city. The Leeds City Bus South Bank links the city and Leeds Dock, and costs a measly 50 pence per journey!
Students’ house letting in Leeds can experience Yorkshire’s unique landscape, culture and history by simply jumping on a train at Leeds Station, the second busiest train station in England outside of London! From Leeds station, you can travel direct North towards historical York and Harrogate, or West and out into the stunning Yorkshire Dales National Park.
A brief history of Woodhouse
In 1853 author William White described Woodhouse as a “large and handsome village.” During the Second World War, parts of the area were accidentally bombed. In the ensuing years the area has undergone extensive development. Conveniently located between the city centre and the universities, a lot of Woodhouse’s growth has been focused on developing student residential property and creating student house share in city centre surroundings. As a result, the area offers a diverse choice for those looking for quality and affordable accommodation for students in the city centre.
Pickard Properties didn’t earn its reputation as being one of the best student letting agents in Leeds without reason. If you are looking for quality and affordable student flats and houses to rent in Leeds City Centre then get in touch with the Pickard Properties team.