University life for many students involves making a move out into the communities of Leeds with friends and running a household for the first time. Moving in to your own home is an exciting time for every student. Many areas close to the University have a high proportion of students living within them, but no area could be considered as being ‘student only’. Your neighbours could be like you, young professionals, elderly people or a family. Call around to your neighbours and introduce yourself. You’ll be living next to each other for a year so you might as well call in and say hello!
To help you settle into the local community and make the most of your time here in Leeds, see our Guide to Living in Leeds or scroll down, for our top tips on living in Leeds. Students make a great contribution to the City – the University attracts the brightest students from diverse backgrounds. As with every community, some things, such as bins on streets or noisy parties, can still cause problems. This information has been put together to help you avoid these issues as well as helping you to make the most out of your time living in Leeds. Have a read, pick up some tips and enjoy your time in the City!
Parties and Noise
We know that the majority of our students are considerate neighbours but there has been an increase in complaints about noise nuisance to the University over the last two years. The complaints are from both local residents and fellow students. Most of the complaints received are about the noise from house parties.
The universities are working closely with Leeds University Union, Leeds Anti-Social Behaviour Team and West Yorkshire Police to minimise noise nuisance in local neighbourhoods. This term, Leeds University Union (LUU) will be sharing advice for students hosting or joining a house party. Follow LUU’s social channels or read their latest blog to find out more.
University Regulations and Complaints about Noise
The University has a clear process for complaints about noise.
Where severe or repeated complaints are made about student homes, the University will follow our General Disciplinary Procedure, and this could lead to:
- A fine of up to £500
- Disqualification or conditions imposed around a University service or facility
- Ordering an apology to an aggrieved individual and/or compensation, and/or payment for damage to property
- Suspension from the University
- In extreme cases, expulsion from the University
Leeds City Council Regulations
Report a Noise Problem
If you are having a problem with a noisy neighbour report this to the Universities and Colleges Neighbourhood Helpline Service.
Waste and Recycling
Did you know that 8 out of 10 green bins in Hyde park are contaminated?
Waste and recycling services in Leeds are likely to be different from what you are used to. These easy to follow guidelines will help you keep Leeds clean and environmentally friendly. For waste arrangements on campus and in University accommodation see our Reuse, Recycling and Waste Guide.
When is your bin day?
Your black bin collection is weekly and green recycling bin collections could be monthly or fortnightly. You can check your bin days here. Want to always remember your bin day & know what to recycle? Download the new Leeds Bins App. Search for ‘Leeds Bins’ and download the App now!
Wheelie bins must not be left on streets between collections – not only does it look unpleasant, they cause an obstruction for people who need to get past on the pavement; bins cause an obstruction especially for a guide dog and wheelchair users and people with pushchairs.
All drinks cans, plastic bottles and food cans should be washed out before placing in green bins/bags to avoid contamination. Squashing them will give you extra space in your bin. It is important that your recycling is kept dry and your recycling bin lid is kept closed. Ensure no wet paper or cardboard goes in your recycling bin and that all your cans and bottles are emptied first. If your recycling gets wet, the paper and cardboard will become soggy and cannot be recycled. For more information visit Leeds City Council’s A to Z of reusing, recycling and waste disposal guide.
In some areas of Leeds, including areas of Headingley, there have been long-running problems with green bins being used for general waste. This includes the Ash Road upper Cardigan Road areas of Headingley (see this map for details of the areas this applies to). Households in this area must opt-in to receive a recycling collection. You can opt-in by emailing email@example.com to order a green bin. The council is prioritising green bin deliveries to this area, so they should be delivered within two weeks. If you need to get recycling out (or if you ever have additional recycling waste), you can present your recycling in thin, transparent bags (such as kitchen bin liners or carrier bags). As long as bin crews can identify that the waste is uncontaminated recycling, it will be collected. Opting into the scheme means that you agree to:
- Sort, store and present your household’s recycling correctly
- Keep your bin within the boundaries of your property until collection day – not in the street
- Put out your bin on the kerbside before 7am on your collection day
- Keep recyclables dry
- Return your bin to your property as soon as possible after it has been emptied
For more information about the scheme, visit Leeds City Council’s webpages.
Please deposit all your glass bottles and jars (including metal screw lids) in bottle banks:
- Hyde Park Corner, in the carpark by the skatepark
- Outside Headingley Taps, on North Lane
- Behind Co-op / next to Burley Park railway station on Cardigan Lane
- At Sparrow Park on the corner of Chapel Lane and Cardigan Road
- Woodhouse Street at the rear of TJ’s Bar and Grill
- Hyde Park Road by Leeds Grand Mosque
Your Right to Vote
As a student, you are eligible to vote in local elections in both your home constituency and here in Leeds. Leeds City Council elected members you elect to represent you have a real impact on the services you receive as a student, including policing, landlord accreditation, health services, and recycling and waste. In fact, they have more say on everyday things that Government do! Make sure you register and take part in elections to make sure that local services meet your needs while you are living here in Leeds.
Getting involved with the local community is easy, enjoyable and there are many different ways to do it- why don’t you get to know your community better and gain some essential skills at the same time!
Meet new people, enhance your employability skills and make a contribution to the community by volunteering. Opportunities can range from working in local schools, supporting the elderly and refugees, conservation work and much more. Whatever time commitment you are able to offer there is something on offer to suit all tastes.
You can access opportunities through our Sustainability Volunteering Programme, student-led volunteering societies, search for opportunities with local charities and community groups via the University’s Volunteering Hub or, apply for funding through the LeedsforLife Foundation to set up your own community project.
Join the Leeds Citizens Panel
Join the Leeds Citizens Panel and share your opinions about local services and issues that affect your community. Through the panel you will have the opportunity to take part in a number of surveys each year which are used by the City’s decision-makers to shape local services. You may also be invited to attend discussion groups and workshops.
Join a Resident Association
The best way to meet new people, find out what is happening in your area and get involved is by joining your local resident group. Resident Associations are groups of local people who work together to: represent the collective views of their community, enhance their neighbourhoods and organise community events and activities for all to enjoy. Resident groups in the area are in the process of establishing Neighbourhood Forums to shape the future amenities provided in the area. See the Guide to Living in Leeds for details about the associations and how to get in contact.
Energy Performance Certificates
Make sure you get a copy of your gas safety and energy performance certificates from your landlord. Legally you should be provide with a copy of these. You can also Get an Energy Performance Certificate for your property here.
White Rose Energy: The new not for profit gas and electricity alternative for Yorkshire
Households from Leeds and across Yorkshire can now buy their gas and electricity from White Rose Energy, a new supplier designed to provide fairer, more transparent gas and electricity prices. White Rose Energy was launched by Leeds City Council in partnership with Robin Hood Energy, a not for profit company run by Nottingham City Council. White Rose Energy is available to all gas and electricity consumers, regardless of whether they own or rent their own homes. Find out more.
Leeds is a large vibrant city, and the vast majority of students do not come in to contact with crime during their time here, you may hear about crime issues during your time here. By taking simple precautions you can protect you and your property.
Keep your property safe- 50% of student Burglaries are through windows & doors being left open or unlocked. Keep your doors and windows locked even when you are home.
Keep yourself safe- keep to well-lit areas when making your way around after dark.
Drink safely and responsibly- If you have any concerns as a result of alcohol or drug use speak out. Whether that is a friend, personal tutor, the University’s Counselling Service, your GP or Forward Leeds, help is available with any difficulties you may be experiencing. See the Leeds Student Medical Practice webpages for practical advice on knowing your limits.
Cycle crime- None of the 110 bikes stolen on campus last year used a D-lock. Only leave your bicycle in well lit and trafficked areas and use a D-lock. Use a helmet and lights, particularly when travelling at night.
Yard Sale-Hold a Yard Sale and invite your neighbours to take part.
Fat Brain–As a student, you are likely to end up with loads of books that you no longer need, that other students will. There’s a real market for second-hand books.
CEX & Music Magpie-You may be surprised at the price you get for your old ipod or phone. You can also sell on your old DVDs and CDs.
Leftover Food- If you have any leftover food that is going to waste. Why not offer it to your neighbours? You may be leaving for the summer but your neighbours might not be! Alternatively, you can drop off any leftover food to the Rainbow Junktion Cafe at All Hallows in Hyde Park.