Accommodation - Northern School of Contemporary Dance

Photo courtesy of Carr Mills

Northern School of Contemporary Dance does not have student accommodation connected to the school but we do use the services of Unipol, a student housing charity, who accredit our recommended student housing.  Together, NSCD and Unipol provide support and useful contacts for you to use when arranging your accommodation.

Please note: As NSCD accepts 16 and 17 year olds (Home students) onto our undergraduate courses (16 for CertHE, 17 for BA) we advise contacting Unipol directly for support in securing accommodation for those under 18 if you have any questions or concerns about this. Some student accommodation providers to accept under 18s whilst others do not.

For students with disabilites and/or those who require access needs or any form of adapted living then please contact Unipol also as they are able to offer advice on which of their accredited properties might be best suitable to your needs.

Phone: 0113 243 0169


Due to the intensive programme that students follow at NSCD we do recommend that you carefully consider the distance you live from the School.

  • The majority of NSCD students choose to live in local rented properties, walking distance from School, shared by 4-8 students. The main area that NSCD students choose to live is Chapeltown, but also Harehills, Roundhay and Leeds City Centre.
  • Each property usually has a mix of year groups which encourages all our students to integrate and allows valuable local knowledge to be shared. Our new students often simply fill the places as our graduates leave although there will be some whole houses available.
  • The average cost of rent paid by our current students is £100 – £120 per week and 90% of them have their utilities included.
  • Some students choose to live in halls of residence alongside students at other colleges.
  • There is also the option of living in a local ‘Home Stay’ with a family.
  • A few, who come from the area, live at home.

Leeds is one of the most vibrant, diverse, student-friendly and fastest growing cities in the UK.

Shared Housing

As the majority of our students live in shared housing, NSCD uses the services of Unipol, a student housing charity, who accredit all our recommended student housing using the Unipol code. This code aims to ensure that landlords meet and go beyond their legal minimum requirements in providing good quality, safe and well managed housing for students. NSCD recommends all students live in Unipol coded accommodation. New NSCD students will be directed to Unipol to assist with finding shared accommodation. For further information, please visit

Halls of Residence

Should you prefer not to live in shared housing, there are many halls of residence in Leeds available due to the number of Universities and colleges in the city. Several NSCD students do take this route, though it is likely you will live alongside students from these other Universities or colleges.

Carr Mills are halls of residence located just a 15 minute walk away from NSCD and they arrange for NSCD students to be grouped together.  Visit their website for current costs of their accommodation.

If you are interested you just need to go to their website and book a room, making it clear you are an NSCD student on the application so that they can place you together.

iQ Student Accommodation are also located very close to NSCD, just 20 minutes’ walk away and have a range of room options at various prices.

The accommodation for website lists many other private halls of residence which may be of interest to you. Visit their website for current costs of their accommodation.  Please ensure you check their distance from NSCD, as they may require public transport to enable you to get to the school. It is also important to note that not all of these halls of residence are Unipol coded.

Some additional halls of residence websites that may be useful are:

Home Stays

Unipol can also coordinate home stays – there are several hosts in the area and Unipol can arrange introductions. If this is of interest, please get in contact with Unipol using the contact details on their website:


Throughout May each year Unipol collate information from local landlords and current NSCD students to produce a list of properties and rooms that will be available from September for the new intake of NSCD students. They will then provide details of these properties in late May/June* both on their website and via the NSCD New Starters Accommodation Facebook pages (new students will be invited to join these). By this point in time you will have had opportunity to get to know the other new starters on the Facebook pages and begun to consider who you may wish to share a house with. We will be inviting 2023 Entry New Starters to this group on April 3rd 2023.

*There will be very few properties available on a search of the Unipol site for our area prior to this date; please do not worry as there will be a plentiful supply.


Of course, you can arrange to view properties at any time that suits you but Unipol and NSCD hold a ‘House Hunting Event’ for new students where they can find out further information about student living, meet local landlords and view properties.  This event usually takes place in June, after all offers have been made and accepted, and will be held at NSCD. The House hunting event for 2023 Entry will take place on Saturday 10th June 2023, details of which will be provided in Spring 2023. We will provide information to those who cannot attend.

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For further enquiries, please contact: