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Study in Leeds

Often referred to as 'the Knightsbridge of the North' for its shopping, Leeds' music scene has something for everyone.

Leeds Festival

Home of the Kaiser Chiefs and Alt-J, Leeds hosts half of one of the UK's biggest music weekends. 

City life – Damon, graduate

'Campus universities in the city centre, with an eclectic array of interests to explore.'

Lord of the Rings

Many believe that Leeds' Shire-esque surroundings inspired Tolkien while he taught at Leeds Uni.

Nightlife – second year student at University of Leeds, 2016

'There's the Otley Run which is a pub crawl consisting of about 18 pubs running from Headingley into town. They are often themed and a great way to socialise with other people on your course or in your society.'

Jelly Tots

These much-loved sweeties were created completely by accident in Horsforth in the 1960s. 

Student life in Leeds

Local gems, tips, and things to do, as recommended by students.
Treat yourself
The Hyde Park area has loads of pubs – perfect for a crawl
Sunday chilling
A proper Yorkshire Breakfast at the LS6 Cafe
When family visit
Head up to Ilkley Moors for a stroll, pub lunch at The Cow and Calf after
Feeling cultural
The Leeds International Film Festival is England's biggest film fest outside London
Grab a bite
The Fisherman's Wife is regarded as the best fish and chips in Yorkshire
Low on cash
Check out some theatre at the Holbeck Underground Ballroom (The HUB)

Town Hall

Visit here for entertainment events such as comedy, film, music, orchestra, and festivals.

Nightlife – first year student at University of Leeds, 2016

'Something for every music taste. Wire is a fabulous small venue, and has a different genre of music each night of the week e.g. garage, grime, indie/alternative, EDM… There’s usually a rave on each weekend at Canal Mills or Beaver Works.'

Park Square

This park offers an oasis of calm within the bustling city centre of Leeds, perfect for picnics and relaxation.

Second year student at University of Leeds, 2018

'Hyde Park is a 15-minute walk from the uni, which is convenient. The area is a bit rough – our house was burgled once. I would still probably live there again.'

River Aire

Flowing through Leeds, The Aire is one of England's major rivers, at a length of 71 miles.

Second year student at University of Leeds, 2018

'I live in Hyde Park, which is the student area in Leeds. The area is a short distance from university, which is a bonus. However I feel there is a lack of community in the area as it's just students.'

Leeds from above

Among the buildings that make up the Leeds skyline is Bridgewater Place, Yorkshire's tallest building.

Living in Leeds

Housing, travel, and budgeting tips:

Average weekly rents*
  • Private landlord
  • £61 - £125
  • Cheap
Housing value for money*
  • Good deal
Local transport*
  • £11.80
  • Based on a First West Yorkshire Student Monthly ticket being £47.50
  • (Bus)
Where you'll find students*
  • Hyde Park
  • Headingley
  • Woodhouse
*Average mean rents via (Feb 2017). Value for money via Which? University Survey 2016. Local transport via local operators' website.

Student money tips

The traders at Kirkgate Market can help students out with a discount. Make sure you ask nicely!

The cost of living as a student soon adds up, us our budget calculator to find out roughly how much you'll need each month.

Discover more savings on student life in Leeds with UCAS student discounts. Find the latest deals, from fashion brands and eating fresh, to big discounts on tech and travel.