Where to buy food and equipment

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

ORDERING DELIVERIES OF FOOD AND ESSENTIAL SUPPLIES 

 

You can order food and essential supplies like basic medicines online for home delivery. 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 food, toiletries, cleaning products and basic medicines online for home delivery.  Some have 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 may want to use TescoASDASainsbury’sMorrisons or Sing Kee for online shopping orders. Iceland also gives the option to pay via PayPal. 

 
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.
 


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. You can order a food box from MorrisonsASDA and Co-op. You can also 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. Services include DeliverooUber EatsJust Eat and 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. 

 

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, KOSHER AND HALAL 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 East Asia 

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

Mahmood Halal Butchers 
23 Alexandra Road, Hyde Park 

Gourmet Foods – Kosher Butcher and Bakery
584 Harrogate Road, Leeds LS17 8DP

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 

 
 
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.