In and around Leeds
First buses are the main bus company operating in Leeds and you will see their buses all across the city.
All of our residences are on, or very close to, frequent bus routes, making it easy for you to travel to and from University or the city centre. Services run into the night, providing an economical way of getting home after a night out.
If you plan to use the buses frequently you might find it more economical to purchase one of their student tickets.
There are also some bus routes operated by Yorkshire Tiger. More information about their routes, prices, timetables and more can be found here.
We don't advise students to bring a car to Leeds, parking is extremely limited and it is much easier to get around by bus/bicycle or on foot (besides being better for the environment!).
If you think a car is essential, check first whether your residence has parking and make sure you apply for a parking permit (more details will be provided online before you arrive, as part of your eIntro* induction to residence life).
*The eIntro is an online programme which is sent to you on acceptance of your residence contract. It gives lots of useful information on living in our accommodation as well as documentation for you to send to us.
The University runs VeloCampus, a bicycle scheme to make it easier and cheaper for you to get around Leeds.
You can hire a bike for a year, all bikes are in good condition and the scheme even provides free maintenance. The University has its own Bicycle Users Group (BUG) which provides lots of useful advice and information on getting started.
Cycle storage facilities are available at most of our residences (you must not keep your bicycle inside the residence anywhere, it is a breach of health and safety regulations).
There are many taxi firms in Leeds so you should always be able to get home at any time of day or night.
Here are two of the local registered taxi firms:
- City Cabs 0113 246 9999
- Amber Cars 0113 230 6090
Amber Cars will even take you home if you have no cash - you just have to give them your University of Leeds student card. You must go to the Students' Union the next day to pick up your student card and pay the fare.
Are you taxi aware? The Leeds City Council website has lots of useful information and advice to help you stay safe when using taxi services in Leeds.
Don't forget that most of our residences are within easy walking distance of campus, it's a great form of exercise and it's better for your bank balance! You'll see many of our students walking to and from the University to Headingley and the city centre all year round.