Prayer and contemplation facilities
This section provides information about the spaces available for prayer or quiet contemplation for staff and students on our campus. If you are looking for information about other local places of worship, then please refer to our external links section.
Spaces for prayer on campus
The Emmanuel Centre can be found at the main entrance to the University of Leeds on Woodhouse Lane and is a central space managed by the Universities Chaplaincy in Leeds (the Chaplaincy for both the University of Leeds and Leeds Metropolitan University). In the Chaplaincy, you will find a place to meet and grab a coffee or tea, pray, worship, share or reflect. For more information about current activities and forthcoming events at the Chaplaincy, visit the Chaplaincy website.
The Catholic Chaplaincy is another of the buildings used by the Universities Chaplaincy in Leeds. It is located on St Mark’s Avenue, opposite the Faculty of Engineering buildings. For more information about Catholic Chaplaincy events and worship visit the Catholic Chaplaincy website.
There is an Islamic prayer room provided on campus, which is managed by the LUU Islamic Society. The Green Room contains prayer rooms for men and women, washing facilities and a kitchen with halal food available. The Green Room can be found in the same building as the Conference Auditorium, near to the Sports Centre (campus map). For more information about the Green Room, contact the LUU Islamic Society.
The Leeds University Union also has a regular year-round booking in the Riley Smith Hall in the union building for Friday prayers between 12:00 noon and 2:00 pm.
***Please note the Riley Smith Hall is currently closed for building work until the end of August – anyone who requires the use of the union for Friday prayers should contact Anna Nixon, A.J.A.Nixon@leeds.ac.uk ***
The Jewish Chaplaincy is based at Hillel House, on Springfield Mount near to the middle of the campus. For more information, visit Hillel House website.
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’ Victorian history. St George’s Field is situated off Clarendon Road behind the Henry Price Residences and is generally a peaceful green space to visit. Information about the history of St George’s Field.
Another outdoor space you might want to bear in mind if you are 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, some locations that might be worth a try include:
- the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery – a hidden gem at the heart of the University of Leeds campus, which houses temporary exhibitions and treasures from the University’s art collection
- the Staff Centre, which has a bright and airy lounge and can often provide a refuge from the hustle and bustle around campus
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