Andrea Mancini, Leeds, GBR, 2 months ago
I will to move to Leeds this October to start a Phd in History. Could anyone give me some tips about how to find a room, which neighborhoods are good etc. Is there any facebook groups as well? I would like also make some new friends and meet some locals for seighseeing the city. Any friendly message is very welcome. Thanks. Andrea
Sally James , Leeds, GBR, 2 months ago
As a friendly person from Leeds, I thought I would respond to your post. However, I am not exactly knowledge worthy of giving you full details. I don't really participate in student culture, so I'm out the loop a little. The main areas of Leeds in which students and 'young-un's' reside is Headingley and Hyde Park. They are very fun and bustling areas to be in, and are quite typical of student hubs, having a mix of gregarious, fun loving students (usually in fancy dress, or just their underpants), mixed in with your off the beaten track experimental artsy type stuff as well. There is an abundance of pubs and restaurants in these two areas to match any taste and budget. My favourites and peoples 'staple go - to places' if your on the wrongside of 25 are Arcadia in Headingley, and LS6 and Hyde park book club in Hyde Park. For lets, I would personally recommend a house share as they tend to be infinately cheaper than a pokey small flat.
Headingley is a bit more up market than Hyde Park. Hyde Park is a bit rougher, but its far more closer to town and so much cheaper to rent in. Obviously, the best place to find a room if you are wanting to share is spareroom.co.uk, but you can also have a bit of a google. I have lived in Hyde Park, and my experience was very similar to other peoples Ive spoke to, we had mice, the housemates had no regard for cleanliness and the neighbours had super loud parties until super late.
There is one other place where students reside, and this is particularly favoured by the older, Phd type student, and that is Meanwood, which is still in North Leeds and whilst a bit further out still very easy for transportation into the city centre. Again, it has lots of bars and a good social-ness to it, and its easy to get a room share. I would probably pick Meanwood if I had to reside in one of them, but thats largely decided by the fact I'm now 30. I know people of a much older age than I, having a great time living in Hyde Park and Headingley.
I would act pretty sharp in terms of finding a let, as their very sought after.
We could also go sightseeing, if you understand my accent!!! :) Its very broad :)
Andrea Mancini , Leeds, GBR, 2 months ago
Thank you so much for your very kind and friendly reply. I am following your usefull instruction. I hope to find the right way to get in to the new environment and I hopefully see you there. Thank you.
Emma Edgecombe , Leeds, GBR, 2 months ago
I'd pretty much second what Sally says. I have been a student in Leeds on and off for years now (I keep coming back!). If you want cheap rental housing, the best places to Look are Hyde Park, and also Woodhouse which are the closest areas the the university, but not very upmarket. However, I lived in Woodhouse throughout my undergraduate and found it to be a pretty pleasant area, especially if you pick some of the more out of the way streets which are quieter.
I still head over there to go to the Chemic Pub, my favourite in Leeds. Lots of folk music and interesting live events, as well as a collection of board games folks often play and an arrangement with the chip shop next door so you can have a truly Britsh chips and a pint :)
However, now I have grown up a little, I have moved out to Meanwood, on teh side closer to Headingly. Its a really nice place to live. And both it and Woodhouse are on a green corridor of woodland out of Leeds, so if you enjoy walking, either of those areas have a good trail out into the countryside. Headingly is also quite a student area, pretty friendly, though somewhere I have spent less time living. My main advice there would be to not live on the main street, as you get a lot of people doing bar crawls heading into the city centre, and if you have work to do, drunk students passing at all hours could be a bit of a drag :)
Finally, for finding house sharers, Spareroom is pretty good, but it is also worth checking out Gumtree. I found one of my longest running house shares on there, complete with house cat :) I found the adverts were more personalised, so it was easy to see from the style of writing the sorts of people I would want to live with. I'm more interested in the hosue mates than the house :D
Feel free to drop me a line if you find any areas you want to ask about or would like any more advice :) I shall be back in Leeds in about a weeks time.
Ellie Jones, Bristol, GBR, 2 months ago
I'm soon to start job hunting, and Leeds is one of the cities I'm considering relocating to. However, I know almost nothing about it, and as I'd like to settle in the next place I move to I'm really keen to get the most accurate idea possible about whether I'd love it or not. So then, in the city is there much of a local indie scene? Are there many vegan cafes/vegan groups/activist groups? Hiking/climbing/other outdoorsy social groups? Anything else cool that might be related to the above?
I would really appreciate any honest answers. Thank you!
Steve Corcoran , Leeds, GBR, 2 months ago
The Leeds outdoor scene is fantastic. I'm a keen climber and I love the place for access to the hills. The Dales is on your doorstep, NY Moors an hour, Peaks an hour, Lakes, Snowdonia, Northumberland a little further. All easy weekend away by car or train. There are lots of clubs catering for this. Interesting that you are from Bristol, as Leeds and Bristol are my favourite cities in the UK.
Mark Walmsley , Leeds, GBR, 2 months ago
Can't speak to the indie or vegan scene as it's not really something I go for, but there are a few vegan/vegan friendly restaurants (14 according to happy cow but I'm not 100% sure on that) and a lot of bars/venues so I'm sure you could find your own niche.
You have the yorkshire dales almost on your doorstep so if you're a keen cyclist or have a car there are lots of outdoor activities you can get to. There are also a lot of hiking/climbing groups around as well as people you see just going bouldering in small groups.
Activism wise, there is a large number of students so the normal range of leftist groups (SP/SWP etc.) have a base here as well as a range of other causes. There are also some great NGOs that work in the city. I know people who work for Volition, but there are other charities that work with refugees, the homeless, and various other communities that need help or support.
I think the city could cater to the indie/vegan/activist side and the surrounding countryside to the outdoorsy side very well. I must admit that I probably wouldn't want to live her permanently (at least in the city itself), but that's probably because I'm from a little city (chester) and have always seen myself settling down somewhere similar.
Umar Kotia , Leeds, GBR, 2 months ago
There is a growinnmusic scene overall In Leeds I do hip hop and dancehall myself and some nights there are indie bands playing but also york is a good network link for that musci genre. There is thigs happening here but its a case of just finding out sign up to Leeds events or whats in in Leeds they do regular updates.
Suzanne Hatton, Manchester, GBR, 2 months ago
Hello, I am coming to Leeds for the day this Saturday (17th January). Is anyone free to show me around or meet up for a drink?
IGAVALD, Tallinn, EST, 2 months ago
As per title :D What would be good sites to check for such rooms. Gumtree? something else? :)
There's also a couple of Roomzzz in Leeds, if your budget stretches that far.
Harry Stevens , Leeds, GBR, 2 months ago
I'd go gumtree, airbnb and maybe a few facebook groups? CS too sometimes can work.
Antonio Taddei, London, GBR, 2 months ago
I'm travelling from Manchester to Leeds to take a flight around 3.00 pm on Monday. I'm not really clear whether it is possible to get to the airport by train or only by Flying Tiger bus (which, according to their timetable, doesn't fit too well with my plans).
Any advice? :) Thanks a lot
The Flying Tiger bus is indeed the 757 service. It calls at both the Bus and Train station and it's relatively frequent, but I'm not 100% certain it's every 20 minutes at non-peak times.
In fact, the timetable is here : http://www.wymetro.com/BusTravel/bustimetables/Bustimetable/757/
The above site is "Metro" which is our local travel authority, they don't run buses or trains any more, but they are the central place that farms out the council subsidies for public transport. They have a really useful journey planner at http://www.wymetro.com/howtogetto/planajourney/
The Admiral , Den Haag, NLD, 2 months ago
Only by Flying tiger bus.
You can also get a taxi! will be around 20 pounds
Nicola Gilardi , Glasgow, GBR, 2 months ago
Hello to everybody!
I need a confirmation about how to get the bus station from the airport before booking my flight. After seeying this post I thought it was better just to write something here instead of making a new conversation.
I live in Glasgow but I'm currently in Italy to spend my holiday here.
I'm planning to go back Glasgow around the 12th of August and I might land in Leeds because the flight is cheaper than any other opcion.
I saw that the bus which connect the city to the airport is "Flying Tiger bus", right?
Is the line the 757? Does it pass by the bus station too?
I also saw that buses leave very frequently (every 20 miutes) and it takes around 40-50 minutes to travel from the airport to the city centre, is everything right?
Thank you very much for your help!