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.
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.
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 private prayer in the Claire Chapel from 08.15 – 18.00. For more information about current activities and upcoming events at the Chaplaincy visit the Chaplaincy website.
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 Islamic Prayer Room
The Green Room is now open from 12.00 - 19.00, Monday - Friday. As health and safety measures are in place, the capacity is reduced and there are limited ablution facilities. Worshippers are expected to wear a mask, bring their own prayer mat and shoe bag; and scan the Test and Trace QR code, when using the prayer space.
Cemetery Lodge is currently closed.
Please check this page regularly for any updates
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.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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 occupancy is currently limited to 1 person at a time. The door is kept unlocked. Ask at the Edward Boyle enquiry desk if you need help to access it.
There are 2 prayer rooms available on level 1 of the Laidlaw Library. The occupancy of each room is currently limited to 1 person at a time. Ask at the Laidlaw enquiry desk if you need help to access it.
Health Sciences Library
There is a prayer room available in the Health Sciences Library. Ask at the Health Sciences enquiry desk 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.
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.
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.
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.
You can find support and information related to your faith from chaplains and faith-based advisers and Leeds University Union student faith societies.