If you like the idea of shared housing, we work closely with Unipol, a student-housing organisation, with whom we run a series of summer house-hunting days.
First-year students will be sent information about house sharing as part of the accommodation offer by the University and will have the opportunity to come to Leeds and meet other students who are also looking for somewhere to live. Leeds Arts University and Unipol arrange fun mixing events for you to get to know other students, and you’ll have the opportunity to view suitable properties. You can contact Unipol on 0113 243 0169 or visit www.unipol.org.uk.
Student notice board
Unipol also offers a student to student online notice board, which lets you make contact with other students in advance of the house-hunting events. This means you can contact other students and look for accommodation together when you visit Leeds. You can leave a message in the Forming a group to look for housing forum.
The cost of renting in Leeds
Unipol’s website tells you what you can expect to pay for different types of properties, with rents normally listed per person per week. However, this rarely includes gas and electricity costs, and never covers telephone bills. Some landlords include water rates; if not, these can be around £250 to £300 a year. The vast majority of landlords ask for a deposit against any end-of-tenancy rent arrears, wilful damage, and any essential cleaning.
Main student areas in Leeds
Leeds 6 (Woodhouse, Hyde Park and Headingley) are most popular with students, but other areas such as Kirkstall, Burley and Weetwood also have large student populations.