Area Guide to Woodhouse and Leeds City Centre for students

Music, cheap beer, tasty pub grub, a takeaway shop on almost every corner — not to mention the wealth of art galleries, museums, parks and entertainment venues. Yes, it’s easy to understand why Woodhouse and central Leeds are leading student destinations. 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 one-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 lies just to the north of Leeds city centre and is nestled so close to the city that it can certainly be justified as offering student accommodation to let in the city centre.

With the University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett University and Leeds Arts University 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 bars, and a thriving community.

So, what’s there to do in the area when renting student flats in Leeds city centre?

Food and drink in Woodhouse and beyond

In Woodhouse you’re never too far away from a student-friendly pub serving great pub grub and drinks at affordable prices. The Library pub is a popular student haunt, serving delicious food and hosting all the important sports events on its screens. 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 vibes. What’s more, when your parents call to ask how you’re getting on at uni, you can proudly exclaim that you’re in the library — just not one with librarians and books, but they don’t need to know that!

The Hyde Park pub is a mainstay for students and locals alike — with pool tables, multi-screen Sky Sports, and games machines tempting in the sports fans and leisure drinkers. Watch out for groups of fellow students 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 cafés, pubs and bars, Woodhouse Lane also attracts a large number of students. For example, the award-winning, multi-purpose The Faversham (or ‘The Fav’ as it’s often known) is very popyular. This atmospheric pub serves home-cooked food all week long and hosts a variety of special nights throughout the week, too.

If you’re looking for a bite to eat, you could head to the Pickard’s Tea Room. This welcoming café was once Pickard Properties’ office, and the tea room decided to keep the name! The Pickard’s 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 and around Leeds city centre, including the popular Arkwright’s Fish & Chips takeaway on Johnston Street.

Live music in Woodhouse and beyond

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, and hosts gigs most nights of the week. Founded in 1913, the Brudenell has been an important part of Leeds’s music scene for decades. If you love live music and bands, also check out The Packhorse, The Fenton and The Chemic Tavern.

The 24-hour Co-op?

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 meal no matter what time of the night it is!

Cinema in Woodhouse and beyond

University life simply wouldn’t be complete without those ubiquitous visits to the cinema! If you’re looking for student rooms to let in the city centre, you will be pleased to learn that there are two Vue Cinemas in Leeds, and one is within The Light in the city centre. With your NUS card you’ll be able to enjoy watching the latest films with outstanding audio and visual quality for discounted prices! There’s also The Everyman cinema nestled inside Leeds Trinity.

Being situated 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 of student house sharing in city centre accommodation 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.  

Leeds city centre transport — and beyond

Those in student accommodation in Leeds city centre have super convenient transport links on their doorstep. The Leeds CityBus service links key locations around the city for just £1 per trip — and if you have a day ticket from another local bus, it’s free!

Students house letting in Leeds can experience Yorkshire’s unique landscape, culture and history by simply jumping on a train at Leeds train station, which is the second busiest train station in England outside of London! From Leeds station, you can travel directly 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 shares in city centre surroundings. As a result, the area offers a diverse choice for those looking for quality and affordable accommodation for students in Leeds.

Pickard Properties didn’t earn its reputation for 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 today.

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