As Headingley is close to both the University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University campuses, it has become a very popular student area. The student population has brought money into the area, improved public transport and, generally, made it a more desirable place to live for a portion of the population.
Headingley is also known in sporting circles — its stadium (known as Headingley) is home to the Yorkshire County Cricket Club as well as theLeeds Rhinos rugby league and Leeds Carnegie rugby union clubs. Headingley is also the home of the FA Chartership Team of the Year 2006,Headingley AFC. The team currently plays in the West Yorkshire League Division 1. Headingley AFC won the Barkston Ash FA Cup on 9 April 2007, winning the final 2–0 against Sherburn White Rose. They are currently managed by Elliott Sheeran.