Studying in Leeds

If you’ve decided to study in Leeds, we have some homely apartments located in and around the university quarter. Our properties based on Clarendon Road are practically on the University of Leeds campus or you can choose to walk 5-minutes from Lofthouse Residence. Prefer to be a city dweller? If you’d like to be based in Leeds city centre you can choose an apartment in one of our high-quality, modern developments; all less than 20 minutes’ walk from the university quarter. Each apartment is fully-furnished with a study space, bed, bathroom and kitchen. High speed Wi-Fi is included in the rental price and there is parking available on-site. Many students like to commute to university by bike, so we’ve provided secure bicycle lock-up points. There is a concierge service too during the week at each residence to sign for deliveries and to answer any of your questions. So you feel safe and secure, we have CCTV throughout each building as well as a security staff member in the evening. Leeds city centre has lots of great shops, restaurants and things to do as well as convenient transport links by bus or train when you want to explore the rest of Yorkshire. Check out our guide to Leeds.

Studying in York

Studying in York? Piccadilly Residence has 119 modern, self-contained apartments perfect for students. With York city centre on your doorstep and a bus stop right outside the residence, commuting around York couldn’t be easier. Each apartment is fully-furnished, includes high speed Wi-Fi, bicycle storage, a concierge service and security. As well as all of this we have a fantastic on-site gym, perfect for a quick workout between studies. You could also relax in the communal lounge or challenge your neighbours to a game of foosball. Want to find out more about the area? Check out our guide to York.

Booking a viewing

To book a viewing at one of our properties simply click on the ‘enquire button’ when you have found your property online and fill in your contact details. Alternatively send us an email with your details and property choice to Lastly, you can give our friendly Lettings Consultants a call on Leeds: 0113 244 4666, York: 01904 627 065 and they’ll answer any questions you have and book in a viewing time suitable for you.

Signing for an apartment

If you would like to sign for an apartment but cannot come to our head office you can do all of this over email. Before we take any payment from you, you must email us scanned copies of the following documents:
1. Passport + Visa
2. Student ID card or letter of offer from university
3. Proof of address for the last three years (utility bill, bank statement)

4. Details of your UK bank account from which you'll pay your rent
5. Details of your UK home owner who will act as your guarantor

Societies & clubs

Joining a society or sports team at university is the best way to get to know people and make a new circle of friends with similar interests. They often hold a Clubs and Societies Fairs at each university where you can see what’s available and chat to the students who run the clubs. Whether you are in to sport, art, culture, entertainment or business, there is a society or club to cater to everyone.

Keeping in touch

We know how important it is when you are living in a foreign country to be able to call home. Most phones from outside the UK will work in this country though it might be worth checking as some phones from Japan and North/South America may not work in the UK. Don’t use your current SIM card in the UK as the costs will be extremely high. The easiest thing to do would be to set up a student mobile phone contract with a UK provider. EE, Virgin, O2 and BT all provide sim-only contracts for international students. International phone call providers like Lebara, LycaMobile and RebTel also offer a low-cost way to make long-distance calls. Another great way to stay in touch is creating an account on Skype. Staying in touch couldn’t be easier when you can make video calls from your computer, tablet or smart-phone.

Travelling in the UK

Walk – All of our large student residences are no more than 30 minutes’ walk from the universities in York and Leeds. Many students choose to walk as it’s cheap, a great way to keep healthy and also a brilliant way to find out what’s in the local area.
Bike – Many students find biking a great way to commute to university; it’s free and will also it will keep you fit. Find a used bike on Gumtree or buy a new bike from a local bike shop. We have bicycle lock up points at all of our student developments.
Bus – Leeds and York both have a student bus pass that runs during term time. Buses are often the easiest, cheapest and most efficient way to commute to university from home. Megabus and National Express are also the perfect low-cost alternative to the train for exploring the rest of UK.
Train – Catching a train is a great way to explore places outside the city. A day trip out to the countryside is highly recommended, where you can spend some time in the Yorkshire dales. Alternatively, you can venture out to the lively neighbouring cities of Manchester, Newcastle, and Liverpool.

What's the weather like in the UK?

Britain is known for having very unpredictable weather though it is rarely extreme. You can expect the temperature to range from below 0° Celsius in winter to 30°C in a heatwave! However, a lot of the time it is mostly cold and wet so an umbrella and waterproof jacket are absolutely essential. Pack lots of warm layers and a big jacket for the winter months and don’t expect summer to be too hot.

Banking in the UK

If you are studying in the UK for longer than a few months we do recommend setting up a UK bank account. NatWest, Barclays, RBS, Santander, HSBC and Lloyds all provide student accounts which usually include an interest-free overdraft. To open an account just visit your chosen branch with your passport, driver’s license, student ID and proof of address in the UK.