YPP lettings would like to welcome all new students to Leeds, Manchester, York and Liverpool. From experience, we know what it’s like being a fresher; you may feel a little nervous, but we know you are going to have an incredible time during this new chapter of your life, wherever you are studying.

To welcome you, we thought we’d share some of our favourite places to get a coffee, some new restaurants we are eager to try, and other information that will hopefully ease you in to your first few weeks.



Opposite Coffee Opposite Coffee

All the way up Blenheim Terrace you will find independent coffee shops and national chains such as Café Nero. The independent ones have a great vibe; students regularly go to study or relax with friends. Our pick is Opposite Café which can be found directly across from University of Leeds Parkinson building. They offer fresh, homemade food and tasty coffee at a reasonable price. Opposite has large comfy sofas and you’ll find chilled music being played throughout opening hours. It’s the perfect place to unwind after your lectures.

Opposite Café: 26 Blenheim Terrace, Leeds, LS2 9HD


New restaurant:


Leeds has hundreds of restaurants to choose from with food and flavours from all over the world; living in Leeds, you will never be short of an option to eat. Our new restaurant pick is Tavassoli’s Cafe and Grill which has recently opened in Leeds centre. This is the kind of eatery that you can enjoy all day long. You can nip in for a brew and a full English to start the day, at lunchtime you can tuck into sandwiches topped with pulled pork, and on an evening you can dine on one of their gourmet burgers.

Tavassoli’s Cafe and Grill: 14 New Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6PA

Need to know:

Headingley is great when you want to try something new. It has the feel of a town within a city and offers everything from unique bars, delightful restaurants, and independent shops selling everything a student might need. It is also home to Headingley Stadium: the home of the Yorkshire County Cricket Club and Leeds Rhinos R.L.F.C


York is a beautiful city, a city with history, culture and one with beautiful sights. Deciding to do your degree here is an excellent decision! We have an office in York at Piccadilly Residence so you can pop in anytime for a chat and a game of table football.

YPP York Office: Piccadilly Residence, Piccadilly Court, York, YO1 9ST


York has a wide range of coffee shops to choose from. There is a lovely relaxed vibe in York and it is epitomised by the cafés that line the cobbled streets; you will always feel welcomed. There are many beautiful settings in York where you can sit back and watch the world go by, including city centre spots that give you views of the minster, the Shambles Market where you can enjoy the historic surroundings, and lovely spots by the River Ouse.

Our personal pick and one of our favourites is located on Fossgate and is called Spring Espresso, a multi award winning independent coffee shop offering fantastic coffee and delicious food and baked goods. It should be noted that this is ideally located if you are staying at either Piccadilly Residence (just 5 minutes’ walk away) or Fossgate House which is as close as it possibly can be, just next door! Spring Espresso offer local ingredients in their sandwiches and use trusted coffee beans to make amazing coffees. We thoroughly recommend this brilliant café.

Spring Espresso: 45 Fossgate, York, YO1 9TF


New restaurant:

Cosy Club YorkCosy Club York

Coincidentally, the new restaurant we recommend you visit, if you are studying in York, is on the same street as Spring Espresso – we happen to think that Fossgate is a place of dreams. Cosy Club’s menu majors on comfort food classics as well as offering an extensive brunch menu served until 6pm, a decent variety of sandwiches, and a great selection of tapas. Be sure to book as this is one popular eatery! 

Cosy Club: 19-22 Fossgate, York YO1 9TA


Need to know:

York has a big music scene. If you fancy an open mic night then you’re in luck, or maybe you just want to watch local talent perform. Whatever you require, if you love music then York has it covered. To check out more about York’s music events visit this website: www.york-pm.co.uk/live-music-york/


Manchester is a major city and has a lot to offer students. If you are studying at either Manchester Metropolitan University or the University of Manchester here are our recommendations for you.


Fig and Sparrow Fig and Sparrow

It’s nearly impossible to sift through all the coffee shops in central Manchester, never mind the ones that are located close to both universities, but we have managed to find one that we know you’ll love. Our recommended coffee shop is Fig + Sparrow – it’s a coffee house filled with art designs as beautiful as the latte art. They serve flavoursome coffees and food that has local ingredients, meaning you get a taste of the local culture. Inside you instantly feel welcome with the bright lighting and elegant furniture.

New restaurants:

Not that new, but we had to recommend this restaurant as it’s one of Manchester’s best loved curry houses amongst students: This and That. It’s right in the Northern Quarter and is a family run business offering a huge range of different spiced curries.

Need to know:

Fallowfield and Rusholme are where you need to be! Rushholme has the famous curry mile and has lots going on from galleries, recreational parks to bars and nightclubs. If you are staying in the centre, you might want to take a trip to these areas to take in the atmosphere. We have student accommodation available minutes from the curry mile, with apartments available to let September 2018 at 75 Heald Grove, Manchester. 


Liverpool is a completely new market for YPP Lettings, we are opening our first development here next year. Make sure you keep checking back to read about the progress of our new development and how you can book your apartment. Although it’s a new market we have still managed to round up the best places for students, here goes:


Just like Manchester, Liverpool has a lot of coffee shops but our recommendation comes with popularity as it’s claimed ‘you would struggle to find a better cup of coffee in Liverpool’. With this claim, we suggest you nip there and see what the fuss is about! Bold Street Coffee is the name you need to put into Google maps. It’s located close to the University of Liverpool; this makes it handy when you have a couple of hours spare inbetween lectures.

New restaurant:

Café Latino is our recommended restaurant that you need to try. It’s located on Bold Street, which is close to the University of Liverpool and Bold Street Coffee. We’ve picked this because it’s not expensive and the portions are big – that’s what students want, value for money!

Need to know:

Albert Dock is amazing and you need to visit it. With restaurants, bars and museums there is always something happening at Albert Dock. Take in the views of the dock whilst you enjoy a coffee or take a trip around the Merseyside Maritime museum; a fun day out for any student new to the area!

Well, we hope that you find the above useful, and you get out to visit our recommendations. We also want to wish you a massive good luck starting university and we hope you enjoy your studies. Don’t forget to keep checking back for regular blog updates and to hear about our apartments when they become available. 

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