Art Hostel

Art Hostel is the first social enterprise hostel in the UK, providing affordable accommodation created by artists. Situated within a converted seed warehouse on the oldest street in Leeds city centre. The project has been developed by contemporary arts’ charity East Street Arts who have been supporting artists locally and internationally for over 25 years. Leeds has a thriving independent grassroots and DIY art scene and Art Hostel contributes to the experience of visiting and staying in Leeds, encouraging visitors to access the artistic underbelly. We provide the physical infrastructure for you to get involved: to make, create, debate, sleep and explore . Affordable and unique accommodation in the heart of Leeds city centre. A Social Enterprise by East Street Arts. (registered charity number 1077401) Volunteering details: What we ask from volunteers: 3 shifts, of 8 hours each, per week What we offer: Free accommodation in one of our mixed bed dorm rooms, free breakfast every day, the chance to improve your English (where applicable), and meet new people from all over the world and explore the UK.

We are a small friendly team made up of local volunteers and live-in volunteers from all over the world, with a full time manager - Rhian and her little elves Kate S, Kate O and Jess, in the role of duty supervisors. We are cheerful, bubbly and welcoming! We love getting to know our live-in volunteers, and we're always sad to see you leave.


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Thank you for everything. No words needed, I love this place. <3

2 months ago


I`m sad because 4 weeks weren`t enough to know everyone there but I`m grateful for each one in this hostel, each volunteer has them own way of being and maybe this`s what makes this place so complete and harmonic, you can make party and you can have deeper chats about your dreams, the mean of life or share advice that change the way that you think forever. I learned a lot, about work and about myself, I left more confidence in my English and I`m glad for all of this. Thank you so much, and for sure you`ve got a piece of my heart. Many thanks for all.

4 months ago


My experience at Art Hostel was great! I met amazing people, I broke out of my comfort zones, had interesting conversations and gained a different insight of UK! I would definitely recommend it, the place is very chill and the people really friendly! Rhian is the most smiley and cute host I have ever encounter! You'll love this place, plus it's in the city center and you can go almost everywhere on foot!

4 months ago


Just go there! Volunteers team is a family, the managers are all super welcoming, the work is not that hard and there is flexibility when it comes to the shifts. Also Leeds is an incredible city with a lot of artistic things going on. Home away from home 💛

6 months ago


My first experience with worldpackers and it couldn’t be better. The people are amazing!! I’ve just loved everything. Thanks for receiving me guys and I hope to come back one day!!

7 months ago