When deciding on your accommodation, a lot of factors come into play including convenience, cost, facilities and security.
As soon as I realised my course was on Headingley Campus I knew that my first choice of accommodation would be Carnegie Village. Carnegie Village is perfectly located as it’s in the middle of Headingley campus! It gave my parents and I complete piece of mind that I would essentially be able to see loads of key facilities from my bedroom window, including: lecture theatres, the library, the gym, and of course the Student Union Bar. There is also a cash machine on campus, as well as a shop within the food court that offers a number of convenience items for when you're running low. Headingley Campus is a beautiful campus with a really homely feel, and I knew that the idea of living in this community a little outside of the city centre was for me.
I lived in one of the Town Houses as opposed to the flats, and loved the idea of being able to go upstairs to bed and have that communal 'garden' area outside. To be in a block of houses was perfect for me, it meant I got to know the other people in the block really well and generally I found it to be slightly quieter compared to flats. To live somewhere quieter would appeal to some more than others of course. The different Leeds Beckett accommodation options all form their own great communities and will often travel to and from lectures together, and socialise in the various communal areas available. This is a great way to get to know each other and look out for one another.
Although this accommodation is arguably more suited to those studying on Headingley Campus, I did live with several people who studied in the city campus who had no troubles at all. This is thanks to regular buses that come straight onto campus - so convenient! The bus service offers great prices (it’s just £1 for a student ticket) and means it is incredibly easy for you to have a day in the city when you aren't busy studying.
Headingley town centre is just a short 15 minute walk away and it offers all the necessities for student life - supermarkets, doctors, opticians, cafes and many bars as well as charity shops and fancy dress shops that come in handy when you discover the Otley Run! And for when you are looking for something more convenient, there is a 24 hour ‘Spar’ shop within the BP garage which is less than 10 minutes' walk away. There are also great transport links if you do fancy exploring more, with Headingley train station being just a 15 minute walk away.
The best food and drink spots in Headingley (in my opinion) are:
- Ecco Pizzeria
They do pizzas by the 1/2 metre - need I say more?!
- Head of Steam
A good one for the craft beer lovers, they also have live music twice a week and it never disappoints!
- Reds True BBQ
For the meat lovers, people queue for this place… it is THAT good
- The Original Oak
If you’re after a huge beer garden on a sunny day, this is the place for you.
- Arc or The Box
Owned by the same people, these guys know how to please students, with lots of food and drink offers running throughout the week