Congratulations – you have secured a place to study in the third largest city in the UK, and, arguably, the friendliest: Leeds.
You’re looking for an area to live and play, close to campus and the city centre? Rooftop Living presents Hyde Park, not to be confused with its namesake in London.
If Paris is symbolised by the Eiffel Tower and London by Big Ben, perhaps Hyde Park’s epicentre has something far more prosaic – but more useful – a Sainsbury’s Local on Royal Park Road, open 7-11 daily. If this doesn’t sate you, there’s a 24 hour Sainsbury’s Local on Brudenell Road.
There’s far more to the area though than that shop.
If your parents, friends or relatives studied at Leeds, we’d wager a bet that they lived in LS6 at some point: Hyde Park or Headingley. Its popularity remains today.
So where is it?
Hyde Park sits just north east of the city centre in a densely populated square defined by 4 roads: Royal Park Road (yes that Sainsbury’s again sorry!), Hyde Park Road, running by Woodhouse Moor, Victoria Road to the north and Cardigan Road.
It’s characterised by large sturdy terraced homes with Brudenell Road and Hyde Park Picture House slicing through its centre. Its appeal is timeless because of location – the University of Leeds is only a 10 minute walk away and Leeds Arts University, on Blenheim Walk isn’t much further. Trinity University in Horsforth is less than 5 miles away by car or public transport. Leeds Beckett University is only just over a mile away, heading through Woodhouse to the city centre.
Many students though are pleasantly surprised by the compact nature of Hyde Park and its amenities. It has its own Picture House, a beautiful listed building dating back to 1914. It has the Hyde Park public house on Headingley Lane, renowned for its pizzas and tapas and large student crowds. Like the Picture House, it oozes history.
LS6 Cafe is close by too and is regarded as one of the coolest places to hang out in the area, with craft beers, cocktails and coffee. It may just be top trumped though by Hyde Park Book Club, a former petrol station turned bar and vegetarian cafe, again on Headingley Lane.
If you need a change from that road, The Royal Park on Queens Road is justifiably popular,
The Library on Woodhouse Lane has a vast menu of burgers and craft beers, with live music and comedy being a regular event there.
If you’re a sports fan, check out TJ’s Woodhouse Club, thronged with television screens and pool tables, with great food and drink too.
If all this fine living gets too much for you, there/s the Climbing Lab off Kirkstall Road under a mile away, where you can lift your body weight not pints, or you can relax in the greenery of Woodhouse Park which has its own skate park.
If you have any more questions about living in Hyde Park, Leeds, contact our expert team at Rooftop Living today.