RIASA is based at Leeds Beckett Headingley Campus.

Three miles North East from Leeds City Centre is the home of our football academy. Set in an idyllic 100 acres parkland, we are fortunate to have access to outstanding sporting facilities, stunning architecture and a well located campus.

The Home of our UK Football Academy

RIASA are fortunate to reside at the stunning Leeds Beckett Headingley campus, which is a short 3 miles distance out of Leeds city centre. Leeds Beckett university's origin can be traced as far back as 1824, and the university today is known for fantastic Arts & Entertainment degrees alongside it’s impressive Carnegie School of Sport, which is located at the Headingley Campus. 

Leeds Beckett Headingley Campus - Home of our football academy

Partnering with Leeds Beckett University, our football academy has use of excellent professional standard 3G and grass pitches. Our students live on campus, train on campus and study here too. 

Student Living in Leeds

Leeds is one of the most diverse and exciting cities within the north of England. It’s vibrant, exciting and multicultural, offering a range of attractions, restaurants, bars and events across the city, which makes it the perfect choice for students.

Panoramic view of Leeds city centre skyline
Bridgewater Place - Leeds city centre
Leeds Town Hall

Leeds has a great shopping scene which supports not just international retailers but independent labels. Leeds Corn Exchange and Grand Arcade are great places to find independent shops, and great tasting coffee,  whereas Leeds Trinity offers over 120 shops, restaurants and bars from larger well-known brands.

Great tasting coffee at La Bottega Milanese / Images credit: ollievision
 Lost & found Greek Street Leeds / Image credit: Lost & Found
Manahatta Greek Street / Image credit: Manahatta

Music and entertainment is big in Leeds. The city has the First Direct Arena, O2 Academy, Belgrave Music Hall and many more to count. If you like keeping busy then you are sure to be pleased with the variety of choice that Leeds has to offer from theatre, cinema, music, shopping to social nightlife.

For more detailed information about Leeds and how students living here can make the most of free events and attractions in the city, please take a look at Visit Leeds website.

The Home of Students

Headingley, the suburb of Leeds that is renowned for student living, is on the doorstep of RIASA. Here students can get the best of both worlds, by enjoying the cosmopolitan side of Headingley with trendy bars, shops and eateries, but also being a short taxi ride away from the hustle and bustle of the Leeds city centre.

Hyde Park Corner Book Club - A Must Visit For Coffee
Hyde Park Leeds

Headingley really is the home for students studying in Leeds. The busy streets are full of culture, great tasting cuisine and friendly locals. There are lots of local supermarkets, bistro cafes and great tatsing independent coffee shops within 10-20 minute walk of campus. Headingley also has one of the UK’s oldest cinemas, known as; Cottage Road Cinema, which has been showcasing films since 1912 in Leeds. 

What's on Campus

Over the last 200 years, the campus has played a huge part in Leeds history. The remarkable 100 acre green-space was once a military hospital during the first world war, and then-after the space was used for teacher training, before finally opening as Leeds Metropolitan University in 1992, and in 2014, was re-titled Leeds Beckett University. In 2020, this scenic campus, has a wealth of architecturally stunning buildings, fantastic student facilities, onsite living amenities and is home to our soccer academy, RIASA. 

Leeds Beckett Headingley Campus Map

The campus where student athletes live, train, study and compete has great amenities for everyday living. Watch the campus tour video, for a full overview of everything that’s available.


The campus has several eating options, coffee shops and there is also a campus bar where students can relax and unwind. All these amenities are just a few minutes walk from their accommodation, making everyday living easy and simple.

Students can also sign up to Beckett food reward card, for special offers and to collect points when purchasing food and drink on campus. 

The Headingley campus where our UK soccer academy is located also offers fantastic sporting facilities, as well as access to a fully equipped gym for our students. 


Jeremy McManus shares his RIASA story, which includes why he chose our academic and soccer programme. The students have some down time after training and take on a 'showboating' challenge.

Leeds Beckett University
Richmond The American International University in London