Local transport and finding your way around

Leeds is a compact city and it's relatively easy to find your way around, whether you're on foot, cycling or on a bus.

Most student residences and local facilities are within a three-mile radius of the University, and Leeds has an extensive public transport network. We are committed to supporting cycling by offering secure cycle parking, training and bicycle maintenance services. We also are very focused on providing sustainable and environmentally friendly transport options. Find out more about sustainable transport on the sustainability website and in the University travel guide.

Cycling and walking

By cycling or walking you can achieve a higher level of fitness and save money at the same time. If you're thinking about cycling to the University, we also have showers and secure bike racks for use to make your journey more pleasant and to help protect your bike while you're on campus. 

You can hire a bicycle for a small charge, and receive free cycle training from our campus bike hub. The bike hub also offers bike maintenance facilities and information on cycle storage, routes, safety and training.


During the day buses run past the University up to every three minutes and all services go into the city centre for easy access to the city bus station or train station. Journeys on FirstLeeds services 1, 6, 28 and 97 cost just £1 for any single journey between the University and Headingley and service 1 operates until 3am from Monday to Saturday.

There is a range of daily, weekly, monthly and term tickets available. Daily and weekly tickets can be purchased on the buses. You can buy longer-term tickets from the First Travel Shop on New Market Street in the city centre and from the Metro Travel Centre in Leeds city bus station. Find out more on the FirstLeeds website.


There are taxi ranks outside the Parkinson Building and at the bus, coach and train stations, as well as at points around the city centre. You can also stop black and white taxis in the street, but check that the orange taxi sign on the vehicle roof is lit up to show that it’s available.

Other taxis, which are usually cheaper, must be booked in advance by phone, online or using one of their mobile apps. Only take a marked taxi car, and ask the driver beforehand for an estimation of how much the journey will cost. If you have no immediate access to money for a taxi, you can use the use the Amber Cars Student Safety Scheme to get home.


If you’re planning on travelling further afield, trains are often faster than other forms of transport. If you book a week or more in advance, you are more likely to get a cheaper fare. Also, you can save money by using a Railcard and by being flexible with your travel dates and times. National Rail offers a Railcard for people aged 16-25 and you can also get one if you’re over 25 and in full-time study.

You can buy tickets at Leeds train station, on the National Rail Enquiries website, mobile app or by phone on 03457 48 49 50.


Coach travel is generally cheaper than train travel but takes longer. Most coach services run by National Express and Megabus arrive and depart at the bus and coach station in the city centre. Some National Express services also stop outside the Parkinson Building. For more information, visit the National Express website or the Megabus website.


Car parking on campus is limited, and we're also committed to reducing our carbon emissions, so we encourage students and staff to walk, cycle or use public transport when possible.

The University has designated parking spaces on campus for disabled people. To use these spaces you'll need to apply for a disabled parking permit for the University.

If you're a student from outside the UK, you should check all the rules and procedures before driving in the UK as there are very strict legal requirements.