Our area guide to living in Headingley

Headingley lies north of Leeds City Centre and is a popular, laidback suburban area. This trendy and sophisticated suburb is home to a mix of students, families and professionals.

Local amenities

Headingley is home to several primary schools with a lot of them being above the national average Ofsted rating. The suburb is also home to the Beckett Park campus of Leeds Beckett University with its traditional campus buildings surrounded by green woodlands, yet close enough to the hussle and bussle of nearby Headingley shops and eateries. You’ll find the Arndale Centre located in the centre of Headingley, this is where you’ll find national retailers, post office and much more. Alongside shops, there are a few eateries and take-away bakeries. 

Headingley is well known for having a fantastic selection of charity shops and trendy vintage stores. With most of them on Otley Road, it means you can visit several in one trip. Find special items from a mix of books, vintage clothes and vinyl to general bric-a-brac. The eating scene in Headingley is excellent for choice. From well-known restaurants to independent brunch places, you’ll find something that’ll satisfy any craving. Anything from the well-known Salvo’s which serves classic Italian dishes, Ecco Pizzeria who many regard as having the best pizzas in Leeds to Thai food, juice and smoothie bars, European cafes and brunch places. 

Headingley is also home to several bars and pubs along the Otley Road. The Original Oak is highly recommended, with its large outdoor space and beer garden, it’s great for when the sun comes out. Manahatta, an all day bar/restaurant, offers a lively atmosphere with its colourful and unique decor. You’re likely to spot groups of people in fancy dress on a Saturday, anything from superheroes to sports-stars, as they attempt the famous Otley Run challenge, a pub crawl involving 16 pubs!