Prayer, contemplation and faith-based support

Our quiet spaces, prayer facilities and faith-based support give you the chance to take a break, reflect, and connect with local faith communities. 

Please note, because of the ongoing situation surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19), only essential services and activities are being delivered on campus. Please see our campus services updates webpage for regularly updated information.

The University has a number of spaces on campus available for prayer and quiet contemplation, whether you practise a particular faith or not. If you practise a faith, you can be confident that you will be able to follow your beliefs in Leeds and find support and information related to your faith.


Emmanuel Centre

The Emmanuel Centre is a space managed by the Universities’ Chaplaincy in Leeds (the Chaplaincy for the University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds Arts University and University of Law, Leeds). Here you will find a place to meet and enjoy a coffee or tea in the common room. There is also space for Christian prayer, worship and private reflection in the Claire Chapel. For more information about current activities and upcoming events at the Chaplaincy visit the Chaplaincy website.

Catholic Chaplaincy

The Catholic Chaplaincy is another of the buildings used by the Universities Chaplaincy in Leeds. For more information about Catholic Chaplaincy events and worship visit the Catholic Chaplaincy website.

Green Room and Cemetery Lodge

The Green Room and Cemetery Lodge are Islamic prayer rooms provided on campus, managed by the Leeds University Union Islamic Society (ISoc). The Green Room offers ablution and washroom facilities and separate prayer rooms for men and women.

You can find the Green Room on the side of the Conference Auditorium, behind The Edge. Cemetery Lodge is on Cemetery Road, opposite the Medical and Biological Engineering Building.

Contact to ask for the access code for these spaces. For more information about these facilities, contact the Leeds University Union Islamic Society or Farhat Yaqoob, Muslim Student Adviser, on

Jewish Chaplaincy

The Jewish Chaplaincy can be found within the Hillel Student Centre. The Hillel House Synagogue has regular Morning Prayer services and offers Orthodox and Egalitarian Friday night services.

Edward Boyle Library

There is a small prayer room on level 11 (north side) of the Edward Boyle Library. The door is kept unlocked. Ask at the Edward Boyle enquiry desk if you need help to access it.

Spaces for quiet contemplation on campus

St George’s Field

Hidden within the campus is a cemetery site called St George’s Field, which is an important piece of Leeds's Victorian history. St George’s Field is a peaceful green space to visit.

Chancellor’s Court

Another outdoor space you might want to bear in mind if you're looking for peace and quiet is Chancellor’s Court – an open area next to the Roger Stevens Lecture Theatre.

Indoor spaces

Quiet space indoors might be hard to come by during term-time. However, the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery is a hidden gem at the heart of the University of Leeds campus, which houses temporary exhibitions and treasures from the University’s art collection.

Other spaces

It may sometimes be possible to use a vacant classroom, meeting room or private study area for prayer or contemplation. Please check with the reception, porter or security staff first, to find out if the space is available. For health and safety reasons, corridors and stairwells need to be kept clear, so they can’t be used for prayer.

Faith-based support

You can find support and information related to your faith from chaplains and faith-based advisers, Leeds University Union student faith societies and contacts for different faiths in the local community.

More information can be found in our guide to contacts for different faiths in Leeds (PDF) and guide to prayer and quiet contemplation spaces and faith-based support (PDF).