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The Refectory at Leeds University

The Refectory at Leeds University


Leeds University's The Refectory is a 2,100 capacity venue in the heart of the Student Union building.

"The Refec" has played host to the most important acts around since the late 1960's, including Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley, Rolling Stones, The Jam, Elton John.

Perhaps the most famous live recording ever made, The Who Live in Leeds, was recorded in The Refectory.

More recently, The Refectory has played host to the likes of The Strokes, Basement Jaxx, Arctic Monkeys, Kaiser Chiefs, James Brown, Muse, The Streets and Franz Ferdinand.

Cash PointDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Mobile phone coverageDisabled accessDogs acceptedSmoking not allowed

Opening Details

Open all the time

Open during the day for students or as per concert for night time concerts


As per event


Leeds University,
Lifton Place,
Woodhouse Lane,



See location of The Refectory on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SE 295347  Lat: 53.80775 Long: -1.55350

By Car:

Leeds University is found on the A660 road to Skipton and is clearly signposted from the A58 .

By Public Transport: The University is served by many buses including 1,95,96 and X84 which depart from Leeds bus station

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 2 miles from Leeds station


  • Cash PointCash Point
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Mobile phone coverageMobile phone coverage
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed