Where to buy food and equipment

Find food from all over the world in Leeds; buy things for your accommodation; order deliveries of food and essential shopping; and get a sim card or phone if you're new to the UK.

Shopping on campus and in the city

Although the city centre is only a short walk from campus, the students’ union building has a Co-op supermarket and range of shops where you can buy many of your essential items. There’s also an optician, hairdresser and beauty salon, plus a variety of places to eat and drink. Check the LUU website for updates on which shops and cafes are open under the most recent Covid restrictions.

Across the road from campus, on Woodhouse Lane, there are a number of other shops, banks and cafés. Other shops can be found in the city centre, Headingley and surrounding areas: 

Morrisons is a large supermarket and a 10-minute walk from the University on Woodhouse Lane. This store sells a wide range of food and household items.

Sainsbury's have supermarkets in the city centre and Headingley and sell most items. There is a smaller store on Woodhouse Lane and a larger store on The Headrow.

Tesco Express is next to Central Village accommodation, just on the edge of campus. This store sells a selection of food and is open until 11pm every day.

Wilko can be found on Woodhouse Lane, and sells most household items. A larger store with a bigger selection of household items is on Albion Street.

Kirkgate Market is located near the city bus station and is one of the largest undercover markets in Europe. It sells groceries and other items on market stalls and many are very good value for money.

Argos is a store where you choose household and electrical items from a catalogue or online. To collect items, visit the city centre store on The Headrow.

Specialist international, halal and kosher food shops

You can buy a very wide variety of international food ingredients in Leeds. Here are just some of them:

Kirkgate Market
34 George Street
Sells a wide range of British and international foods including fish, meat, fruit and vegetables

Hang Sing Hong
117-119 Vicar Lane
Sells food from South East Asia

Sing-kee Supermarket
26-28 Woodhouse Lane and 30-36 Cross Stamford Street
Sells food from Far East

Various Thai and Chinese supermarkets
China Town area, from Vicar Lane to Templar Lane

Mahmood Halal Butchers
23 Alexandra Road, Hyde Park

Abu Bakar International Supermarket
37 Queens Road, Hyde Park
Sells good quality fruit and vegetables and Halal food

Harehills area including Roundhay Road and Harehills Road
Has many small shops that sell Halal food

Medina Costcutter
199-203 Chapeltown Road (Bus Number: 2, 3, 3A, 48, 36 from Vicar Lane, Leeds city centre)
Afro-Caribbean food

Chapeltown Road area
(Bus Number: 2, 3, 3A, 48, 36 from Vicar Lane, Leeds city centre)
Many shops specialising in Afro-Caribbean food

Sultan Halal Market
Opposite engineering buildings below Eldon Court accommodation.
Small grocery store providing essential groceries and halal meat

Noshi Food Store
Hyde Park Road, opposite Leeds Grand Mosque

Grocery and continental store with a halal butchers next door

Ordering deliveries of food and essential supplies

You can order food and essential supplies online for home delivery. There are lots of local businesses and alternative places to get online food deliveries in Leeds. If you live in University residences you can find more information on getting food and essential supplies delivered to residences.

Please note, other shops and services are available and the University does not endorse any particular shops or services. 

Online delivery from supermarkets 

All major supermarkets allow you to order online for home delivery. As well as food, check supermarket online delivery services in advance as you can buy cleaning products, toiletries (including hand sanitisers), basic medicines (such as mild painkillers), and some homeware (like plates, cutlery, towels).

Check supermarket online delivery services in advance as you might have to wait a few days or longer at busy times for the next delivery slot. 

You can order online or use the supermarkets ‘app’ which you can download from the Apple App store or Google Play store.

You will have to create an account before you can make an order. If you have recently arrived in the UK, you may need a UK phone number to set up an account. Please see phones and SIM card information at the bottom of this page. You may also find it helpful read our webpage on opening a UK bank account which includes information on making payments before opening a UK bank account.

Iceland - gives the option to pay via PayPal

Next day food and essential supplies orders 

There are some services which allow you to get items delivered to you the next day. These include Amazon, as well as some supermarkets who sell ‘food boxes’. These are pre-packaged boxes delivered by a courier that contains a variety of ‘essential’ items. You can pay for these using debit/credit card. 
Morrison’s Food box                 
ASDA Food box
Co-op Home Delivery

You can order groceries and essential supplies from Amazon. If you have an Amazon prime account, most items can be ordered to arrive the next day. 
Takeaway delivery apps (fast-food) 

You can use these platforms to order from a variety of local restaurants. You can order from them online or using ‘apps’ available from the Apple App store or Google Play store. You can pay using a variety of method including cards and, if ordering from your phone, using Apple pay or Google pay

Uber Eats 
Just Eat 
Hungry Panda  

You can also use these apps to order from some supermarkets for express delivery, however the items on offer can be very limited. 

Phones and SIM cards

If you are coming to the UK from elsewhere, you may want to get a UK phone number. 

To get a UK phone number before you arrive: 

  • Some UK networks will post a free UK SIM card to your home country. Search online for UK mobile phone networks and check their webpages for more information
  • If your phone is locked to a particular network, you will need to unlock your phone before you use your new UK sim card
  • You can also sign up for a virtual UK phone number

If you have an unlocked mobile phone handset, and would like a UK SIM card: 

  • If you use the University’s international arrival services you will receive a free prepay Lebara sim card in your welcome bag, or you can collect a SIM from the Student Information Points and some Residences. It comes with 3GB data, unlimited UK minutes, 100 International minutes and 1,000 SMS
  • You may be able to buy a SIM from a shop in the airport when you arrive in the UK
  • You can also order a free SIM to be delivered to your UK address from any major UK mobile phone network, check their webpages for more information
  • Pay-as-you-go (pre-pay) SIM cards can help you to monitor cost on an ongoing basis and you are not tied in to any contract
  • Or you could get a SIM only contract for a fixed cost each month which can offer better value
  • Research different options and use online comparison tools to get the best deal

If you need a mobile phone handset and a UK SIM card: 

  • If you decide to get a handset with a contract then you should check the length of time carefully, as many are 12 or 24 months minimum
  • Another option is to buy a handset and use it with a pre-pay UK SIM or SIM only contract (see above for more information)
  • Research different options and use online comparison tools to get the best deal

Remember that to save your mobile data, you can use free University Wi-Fi on campus.