Please be aware that the University Bike Hub is physically closed until further notice and we are not currently able to offer bike hire.  As part of the wider re-opening of buildings on campus, we are working hard to prepare a safe space and we hope to re-open soon.

For latest updates and to find out what to do if you need to return a bike please see our Coronavirus Update page here.

You can still contact the Bike Hub via email:

Active Travel

We want to help staff and students travel to the University actively – by walking, running and cycling where possible. Latest advice and information can be found on our new dedicated Active Travel page.

If you’re looking for the Leeds City Council Bike Hub then you can find their Bike Hub webpage here:


Our campus Bike Hub has a large stock of well maintained, quality bikes available to hire for students and members of staff. All our bikes are 21-speed hybrids equipped with a D-lock and front and rear lights, for a great commute! We have worked hard to make sure that cycling is an easy and cost effective option for members of the University of Leeds community.

Once you have hired the bike, you can  also drop by the Hub at any time during opening hours, learn how to use the tools available and maintain your hire bike (pump tyres, mend punctures, oil the chain…). It is free (or very cheap)!

Please note that we are not able to hire bikes out to organisations, departments, or anyone not affiliated with the university. 



What will it cost to hire a bike from us? 

Members of the University community have access to two options:


We offer students and members of staff the option to hire bikes for 3 months at £22 (+£100 deposit).

Your hire period starts from the date you collect your bike from the Hub and runs for 3 months from that date. The Hub staff will notify you by email when your hire is coming to an end with instructions on what to do if you wish to re-hire or return. Easy greasy!

The terms and conditions of the hire agreement can be read here.


This hire option is for staff members only. You will be able to hire either a Ridgeback Speed Hybrid bike or a Brompton folding bike for one month only for £10 (+£100 deposit). You can also hire an electric bike for one month only for £20 (+£100 deposit). Please find the terms and conditions outlined in the hire agreement here.



Why a deposit?

Well…we require a deposit to cover the cost of any damage on their return to the hub so that the bikes can be repaired and re-hired to other students. Please note that if you hire a bike, you are responsible for looking after your bike. You will get the deposit returned to you, if the bike is returned in good, CLEAN, and well-maintained condition. Whilst we expect some wear and tear, you are responsible for covering the cost of damage due to neglect (as it can easily happen if the bike is left outside in damp Yorkshire weather).

Remember, you can drop by the Hub at any time during opening hours (Tuesday – Thursday 12 – 16:00), use the tools and learn how to maintain your hire bike for free!


Bike Hire: how does it work concretely?! 

  1. Picking up your bike: You can either collect your bike in person at the Hub or pay for a bike on the university online store (but please note the online store is not always an accurate reflection of the number of bikes in stock). Bikes are hired on a first come first serve basis and do go very quickly once term starts. To inquire whether any bikes are available you can either visit the hub or email: or phone: 0113 343 9179 (between 12 and 16:00).
  2. The Bike Hire Agreement: Please please please read and the hire agreement outlining the terms and conditions of your bike rental. It should take no more than 5 minutes to do and will tell you everything you need to know about hiring a bike from the University.
  3. Hiring form: Please make sure that you have a valid UoL username. You will NOT be able to hire a bike without a username. Everyone is required to fill in the hiring form in person at the Bike Hub. In addition, we will require a valid email address and mobile phone number.
  4. Paying for your bike: Your bike hire cost can be paid for online before you arrive to collect your bike but you can also pay by cash or card at the Hub if you wish.

And that’s it! Happy cycling!!


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What type of bikes can you hire from the hub? The Hub loan bikes are Ridgeback hybrid bikes, perfectly equipped for city cycling, with 21 Shimano gears, rear and front lights, a D-lock, and a luggage rack.

Sizes: We have offer range of different sized bike frames:

  • 15″ (XS)
  • 17″ (S)
  • 19″ (M)
  • 21″(L)
  • 23″(XL)

Not sure which size would fit? Check out the size guide to work out which bike would be best for you.

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Bike Security: secure Abus D-locks are provided with the University hire bikes which are required to be used throughout your hire when leaving your bike unattended to ensure it is left securely. Bikes are also security coded. For more information about bike safety please visit the University Security Services website here.

You can also buy Kryptonite D-locks at a discounted rate of just £20 from the bike hub.

Got any more questions? Please take a look at our Bike Hire FAQ’s for more information.