Are you looking for a great city where you can study and enjoy living life? Is it too much to ask for in a college city? Our answer is a firm no! In fact, you can’t find a better place than Leeds to study and find some exciting times!
Leeds has developed into one of the most popular places in the UK for students. Why? Let’s take a look!
Leeds is a student-friendly city. In fact, student make up most of the population of Leeds, so locals must accept students. Many locals are quite welcoming, so that’s not usually a problem.
You’ll find that Leeds is filled to the brim with wonderful places to congregate, such as fun social venues, bars, and more all designed especially for students.
2). Highly Ranked University
Leeds University is one of the most respected schools, which consistently ranks in the top 20 universities in the UK. Leeds is also one of the biggest in the country, and they have a beautiful campus.
Leeds is also home to three other universities: Leeds Beckett, Leeds Trinity and Leeds Arts University.
Each of the city’s universities offers a top-notch education, so you don’t have to worry about quality. You’ll experience a quality education at any one of these higher education institutions.
With four universities to choose from, you’ll find just the right place to work on your degree. For instance, you can study law, psychology, philosophy, English lit (of course!), maths, economics, theology and more! And did we mention you can also study film and medicine?
3). The Cost
Living in a university town can be expensive; however, if you choose Leeds, you’ll find that living costs are cheaper. According to HSBC, the average cost of student living (including rent, travel and other expenses) comes to about £212 a week. This is cheaper than other cities located in the North, such as Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield.
4). Plenty of Work
Speaking of the cost of living, did we mention there are a lot of part time jobs available in Leeds? Being a city filled with bars, shops, restaurants and more, you’ll find plenty of part time work that’s the perfect option for students.
If you decide to stay after graduation, the city also offers plenty of employment opportunities for graduates!
5). Do You Love Sports? Then You’ll Love Leeds
Are you a sports fan? If so, then you’ll feel right at home in Leeds. The city is home to several of the country’s largest sports teams. You’ll find Leeds United, the Leeds Rhinos, the Yorkshire Country Cricket Club, and the Leeds Carnegie.
Can’t you just see it now? Studying hard all week, and then hanging out with friends on game days? You’ll also find that most of the teams offer discounts for students—what more could you want?
6). Transportation Hub
Leeds is a great transportation hub—if you need/want to travel outside of the city, it’s easy to catch the train or take a flight from the city’s airport. The airport even hosts international flights, making this an excellent choice for international students.
And transportation is just as good within the city. The city is easy to get around on foot, by public transport, etc.
7). The Nightlife
Have we mentioned that Leeds offers a great nightlife? The city offers something that you’re sure to enjoy—from underground clubs such as Hifi and Wire, to Canal Mills and Beaverworks.
If you’re looking for a place to chill out, head over to Jake’s Bar, Call Lane Social, Mojo and more.
You’ll find the city offers some great entertainment on the weekends and other times, such as after exams. Leeds offers live music, DJs, and more. We promise you’ll find what you like in Leeds—there’s something for everyone when it comes to nightlife!
8). Foodie Heaven
Leeds also has a lot to offer for foodies of all types—from fast foot to more gourmet meals—you’ll find it here. Read on for some examples of what’s available—there’s even more—these are only some highlights.
The city offers a Michelin Star restaurant called The Man Behind the Curtain. It takes inspiration from the movie The Wizard of Oz. Here, you’ll find a yellow brick road tasting menu that offer everything from oysters to pork rinds!
If you’re in the mood for traditional British dishes, then head over to Crafthouse. You’ll find the menu changes with the seasons and offers locally raised meats and more.
If you enjoy French Cuisine, then check out Kendell’s Bistro. Here, the menu changes daily and you’ll only find fresh ingredients used for every dish.
8). Boredom isn’t Allowed
With one of the best economies around, you’ll not lack for entertainment or things to do. Be sure to check out the museums, which offer free entry, such as the Art Gallery & Museum and the Royal Armouries. And if you’re in the mood for theatre, head on over to the West Yorkshire Playhouse for a great show—and they sometimes have great discounts on student tickets.
If you’re into nature, then Leeds is the city for you. While you study and work in the city, you can also enjoy some beautiful scenery just outside the city, which located in Yorkshire. You’ll find hiking trails and more in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, easily accessed from the Leeds city center. Check out the village of Haworth, which is famous due to the Brontë sisters. You’ll find plenty of nature to enjoy—we guarantee it.
9). The Shopping
When it comes to shopping, you’ll find it all available in Leeds. Be sure to visit the largest shopping center in Trinity. You’ll find stores such as House of Fraser, Harvey Nichols, along with designer shops.
If you’re more into vintage and cheaper prices, then check out Mad Elizabeth’s in the Corn Exchange or Blue Rinse located on Call Lane. These shops offer affordable, vintage and read-to-be-loved items sure to please.
10). The People
Everyone knows that Yorkshire people are friendly, and the same holds true in Leeds. Both students and locals tend to be chill and get alone quite well. In fact, locals and students often interact with one another. What could be better than a city full of locals who appreciate and accept students?
So, have we convinced you that Leeds is the best place to attend university? We sure hope so and look forward to seeing you!