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 sustainable travel, including facilities for cycling to campus and active travel.

Planning your journey to campus 

When travelling to campus, please follow Government guidance on safe travel, travelling safely by walking and cycling if you can. Where this is not possible, use public transport or drive. 

Please use the sections below to help you plan your journey and see the latest updates on facilities and support available from the University.

Walking or running to campus 

Toilets will be available to use within buildings on campus that are open, however changing rooms and showers will be opening on a building-by-building basis. This webpage will be updated when information on which facilities are open is available. 

If you have recently arrived in the UK, remember to take extra care when crossing roads as vehicles may be travelling on the opposite side of the road to what you are used to.

For further information on walking or running to campus, including route advice, please see our active travel webpage.

Discounts 

Local shop, Yorkshire Runner are offering University students 15% off in store and online plus free gait analysis to encourage students to get active on their commute. Simply show your student ID card in store or use the code ‘club15’ online. 

Cycling to campus 

If you are cycling to campus there are a number of cycle stands (open and covered) available for you to secure your bike as well as bike repair stands and track pumps.  

Toilets will be available to use within buildings on campus that are open, however changing rooms and showers will be opening on a building-by-building basis. This webpage will be updated when information on which facilities are open is available. 

You can access route advice for cycling to campus on the active travel webpage.

Bike Hub 

The Bike Hub is on campus near the E.C.Stoner building. Services such as bike hire and maintenance are available. You can find out more on the Bike Hub webpage. If you need any advice on cycling or help with bike maintenance, then contact bikehub@leeds.ac.uk 

Public transport

If you need to use public transport, please read the latest Government guidance on planning your journey and precautions to take

As of 15 June 2020 it is the law that you must wear a face covering when travelling on public transport in England. A face covering is a covering of any type that covers your nose and mouth. 

See the latest Government guidance on face coverings and other modes of transport for more information on where you must wear a face covering, where it is advisable to wear a face covering and those who do not need to wear a face covering. 

Bus

Leeds has an excellent bus service, with buses running throughout the day. There are fewer seats available due to social distancing, so make sure you allow plenty of time for your journey. Many operators such as First Bus and Arriva are providing service updates online and First Bus is advising on capacity via their app.

All our student residences are on, or close to, frequent bus routes. Single journeys on First Bus, between our campus and University residences, cost £1.20 on the First Bus app or £1.30 by contactless payment with student ID. If you’re going to travel regularly by bus, there are various discounted student travel tickets to help save you money. 

Coach

For travel between major cities in the UK, coaches are generally cheaper than trains but take longer. There are currently fewer seats and a reduced number of services because of social distancing, so it’s a good idea to book your travel in advance.

Most coach services run by National Express and Megabus arrive and depart at the Leeds City Bus and Coach Station in the city centre. Some National Express services also stop outside the Parkinson Building.

Train

If you’re planning on travelling further out of the city, trains are often faster but usually more expensive than coach travel. There are currently fewer seats available due to social distancing, so plan ahead to avoid busy times. If you book two weeks or more in advance, you’re more likely to get a cheaper fare.

You can also save money by being flexible with your travel dates and times and by using a Railcard. National Rail offers Railcards for full-time students, young adults, those who travel with children and for two people who travel together.

If you need extra assistance with your journey, contact staff at the train station

MCards 

MCard is a prepaid travel card that gives unlimited travel on buses or trains and buses in West Yorkshire. If you were unable to use your MCard due to the lockdown you will be able to claim a refund. For weekly, monthly or term ticket holders you will need to visit your local Metro Bus Station Travel Centre. Staff will check the system to see if the card was used and load any unused days/weeks of travel onto your MCard.  

Parking  

Parking around the campus is limited and restrictions are likely to increase as temporary cycle lanes are installed across the city.  

Free parking on campus is available on evenings (5pm - 7am), weekends and university closed days for all students. To register your vehicle for this parking, email carparking@leeds.ac.uk from your University email account stating your name and vehicle registration number. Find out more on the car parking webpage.  

Students who hold a Blue Badge and wish to park on campus are required to apply for a University Blue Badge Permit. This is free of charge and is available throughout the year. For more information please contact the Car Parking Team at carparking@leeds.ac.uk 

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.

Taxis

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.

University course travel 

For advice on UK and international travel – when travelling for University fieldwork, study abroad and work placements, please see the Travel advice page

Improving transport in Leeds

Leeds City Council are preparing a network of cycle and walking route improvements which can be viewed and commented on. Updates on two schemes of particular relevance to popular University commuting routes are works on the A660 and the Hyde Park Active Travel Neighbourhood

If you are travelling to campus, we would love to hear from you to help inform our travel support offering and to provide feedback to city partners including public transport operators on your comments or to raise any issues. If you would like to share your travel to campus experience – or want help or advice on travelling to the University - you can contact us at sustainability@leeds.ac.uk.