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Woodhouse is a popular choice for those wanting to live close to the city centre and campus at a more affordable price.

Plus, it’s also close to Hyde Park Corner where you can access the wide range of shops, cafes and retro boutiques.

Harriet Matthews, Sustainability Projects Assistant, said:

I loved the pubs, cafes and restaurants in Woodhouse where there isn’t a division between students and all the families, couples, young professionals and anyone else living in the same community – you really feel the connect between students and permanent residents.

Community Organisations

There are numerous community opportunities across the neighbourhood and, as the area borders Woodhouse Ridge, there are multiple conservation projects and groups to join.

  • Oblong: a community development charity which aims to help people and the local community flourish.
  • Woodhouse Ridge Action Group carry out practical conservation and path maintenance activities in and around Woodhouse Ridge in partnership with the Council’s Parks and Countryside Service.


Getting outdoors is key to a healthy lifestyle so make sure you know all the best places to explore and hang-out in the area. Always remember to respect outdoor areas and other visitors.

  • Woodhouse Ridge runs between Headingley and Woodhouse as a strip of peaceful woodland. It also offers some great views across Meanwood Valley and has two main paths along its 2.5km length so great for an afternoon stroll.
  • St George’s Field: an important piece of Leeds’ Victorian history as a former cemetery where the original monuments and chapel remain. Living relatives regularly visit the site to pay their respects so please be considerate when visiting.
  • Woodhouse Moor joins Hyde Park and Woodhouse and is constantly buzzing with students and local residents. Don’t miss the parkrun here every Sat at 9am.

Local must-sees

  • Eat: Bakery 164: Famous across Leeds, Bakery 164 regularly has a queue up the street of people willing to wait to get their hands on one of their ciabatta or focaccia sandwiches.
  • Drink: The Library: sits between Hyde Park and Woodhouse next to campus and offers a chilled out vibe where you can drink after a hard days of studying or before a night out.
  • Relax: Bedford Fields is a community forest garden where all the plants are either edible, medicinal or useful in some other way! Designed and planted using permaculture principles, the garden is both an educational resource and an urban greenspace where you can volunteer, join events or simply have a stroll.
  • Shop: Leeds University Green Action Society has a volunteer-run food co-op in the Union building which provides cost-price, ethical food to members.
  • Something different: Check out Ecotopia which is a zero-waste shop in the city centre and Fabrication Crafts which is a social enterprise supporting smaller design businesses from across the city.

Remember, a majority of these organisations and businesses are, unfortunately, still closed due to coronavirus restrictions.

For more advice on living independently, see our Your Time In Leeds web guides which cover waste and recycling services, safety, respecting your neighbours, avoiding noise complaints and information about community conduct sanctions.


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United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

We use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework to guide our activity. Our work on Student Citizenship is linked to the following SDGs:

    • Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing
    • Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Find out more about our impact on the SDGs.