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. 

Third year student, University of Leeds

Leeds is the answer if you’re looking for big city life, without London prices. You’ll notice the huge student community there, it dominates half of the city centre. Bars and clubs are the main source of entertainment [with] more clubs then you’ll ever go to, playing every genre you could possibly want. Techno and DnB are particularly popular.

Lord of the Rings

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

University of Leeds student

Quite a few of the clubs are in a similar area. A couple of exceptions are Beaverworks, Freedom Mills, and the West Indian centre, but Ubers in Leeds are so cheap that if you split [it] between four or more of you, it's never more than a fiver each.

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
Leeds Trinity is probably one of the best shopping centres Yorkshire has got! There’s an array of restaurants and bars on the top floor, including The Alchemist. (Second year student, Leeds Beckett University)
Sunday chilling
York, Otley, and Roundhay Park have been very nice days out, especially Otley which has a lot of cafes. (Second year student, Leeds Beckett University)
When family visit
Everyone I know always takes their parents to LS6 for brunch – it's delicious. (Second year student, University of Leeds)
Feeling cultural
Hyde Park Picture House is the place to go for films. Hyde Park Book Club also offers loads of independent art, music, and culture evenings. (Third year student, University of Leeds)
Grab a bite
Trinity Kitchen [food court] is unparalleled. It has affordable high quality street food from all different countries, and changes vendors every six weeks. (University of Leeds student)
Low on cash
When we’re short of money, we tend to go to Hyde Park (Woodhouse Moor) in the summer for tinnies on the green. (Third year student, University of Leeds)
Friday night out
Pryzm, Project, and Mission are probably the most popular clubs, but everywhere is normally quite packed on weekends. (Second year student, Leeds Beckett University)
Catch up with mates
Belgrave Music Hall and its cosier counterpart, Headrow House, are two great places to listen to some chill music during the day. (University of Leeds student)

Town Hall

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

Third year student, University of Leeds

Leeds nightlife is unlike any other city I've been to. I don't know anyone who's been to anywhere near all the clubs in Leeds. We have the famous Otley Run: a fancy dress pub crawl from Headingley to the city centre of around 18 pubs. Famous clubs/club nights include Fruity Fridays at Leeds University Union, Beaverworks for indoor and outdoor techno, drum & bass, jungle etc., and O2 academy for everything from Projekt to Indie Thursdays. There's also Call Lane for edgy bars.

Park Square

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

Second year student, University of Leeds

Hyde Park and Headingley are the two popular student areas, because they are really close to the campus – about a ten – 20 minute walk, depending on where you are. Hyde Park is nothing spectacular. It's a typical back-to-back terraced area like any city centre housing, but it's really convenient and relatively safe – you've just got to have a bit of common sense. Headingly is a bit nicer. More of a large town vibe than a city vibe, and still really close.

River Aire

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

Second year student, University of Leeds

I chose to live in Woodhouse because it’s known to be a bit safer than Hyde Park, but is still close enough that I’m not too far from other friends. It’s also only a ten-minute walk from campus, meaning I’ve saved a lot more money on travel this year. It’s a big student area meaning I have friends all around, and isn’t a far walk from plenty of cafes, pubs, and shops.

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 Spareroom.co.uk (Feb 2017). Value for money via Which? University Survey 2016. Local transport via local operators' website.

Student money tips

Shop [for[ fruit and veg at Kirkgate Market. It’s way cheaper, and it’s really close to supermarkets so you can get your other bits as well all in one trip. (Second year student, University of Leeds)

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