Bodington Hall

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Coordinates: 53°50′40″N 1°35′15″W / 53.8444°N 1.5876°W / 53.8444; -1.5876

Main Administrative Block with reception, dining hall etc.

Bodington Hall was the largest hall of residence of the University of Leeds, in Leeds, England. It was opened in 1961 and closed in 2013. The site still contains the university's main playing fields.[1] Known as Bod within the university, it was located between Lawnswood and Adel, approximately 4 miles north of the main campus. Bodington was used mainly to house first year undergraduate students. Out of term, it was used for conferences and sporting activities such as WorldNET, the Internet Football Association's annual tournament.[2][3]

The site opened in October 1961,[4] and was completed by 1963.[5] It was named after Sir Nathan Bodington, the first Vice Chancellor of the university.[6] Bodington was originally an all-male hall, with Woodsley House being the last house to become mixed. The refectory included a large decorative panel in aluminium by the sculptor Hubert Dalwood.[7][8]

The self-catering flats were opened in September 1992.

The academic year 2011/12 was the last year that students lived a full year in the halls although a smaller group of students, including late accommodation applications and students from Clearing, were allowed to stay in the halls for the first term of 2012/13. Bodington Hall was officially closed in January 2013, and demolished for housing.[9][10]


Bodington had 640 single study bedrooms and 100 self-catering flats each of 5 bedrooms with shared facilities.[11][12]

List of houses[edit]

Bragg House, one of the newer blocks
1960s style flats


  • Barbier
  • Centre Barbier
  • Clapham
  • Grant
  • Hey
  • Mortain
  • Seton
  • Vaughan
  • Woodsley


(renamed in 1999 after former members of University staff)[14]

  • Bragg
  • Evans
  • Lattimore
  • Mackey
  • McClurkin
  • Walsh
  • Whewell


The site's sports facilities included squash courts, snooker room and football and rugby fields.

Oil Spill[edit]

On 29 March 1999 at least 10,000 litres of fuel oil overflowed from a storage tank on the site and cause environmental damage, notably to Meanwood Beck.[15]


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