7 Reasons to study in Leeds

24 Jun 2021
By Unite Students, Staff writer at The Common Room

Leeds is fast becoming one of the most popular cities in the UK. With a huge student population and three universities, it also has the nightlife, amenities and culture to rival the likes of London, Manchester and Liverpool. University is a milestone moment and choosing the right city can define your experience, that’s why we’ve put together seven reasons you should study in Leeds to help you make the right decision for your future. If Leeds is a city you’re considering, you won’t be disappointed.

It’s student friendly

Leeds has three universities and a large student population. The city is full of social venues, activities, and unique discounts for students, making it a great place to live. Locals are used to having students around, and living in an area with lots of students opens up opportunities to meet new people, make friends and grow a network that could support you after you’ve finished university.

Part time job opportunities

Many students like to find a part time job so they can earn cash on the side to help with their studies, save up for a holiday or pay for a night out. Thanks to the many bars, clubs, shops and cafes in the city, employers are always looking to take on students for part time work during term time.

The nightlife

No doubt, Leeds is one of the best nights out in the country. Whether you’re into craft beer, cocktail nights or a great venue to see your favourite band, Leeds has you covered. Leeds is also home to the notorious Otley Run, a must if you’re a student here. With 19 pubs over a 2-mile stretch, all done in fancy dress, many students use it to mark the end of exams and the start of summer.

Leeds also plays host to live music, boxing fights and comedy at its First Direct Arena - which in the past has seen the likes of Drake, Fleetwood Mac and John Bishop.

The Trinity Centre

This new, modern shopping complex is home to stores like New Look and Urban Outfitters, restaurants including Nandos and Yo Sushi, and bars with heated terraces and views over the city, like The Alchemist and Angelica. You can spend a full day in the Trinity Centre, shopping, grabbing a bite to eat then finishing with some drinks.

The vibrant culture

Leeds is famous for its arts and culture. Whether it’s museums, live performances, or street art, this city has everything. Visit the Royal Armouries Museum, showcasing arms and armour dating from antiquities to present day. Head to Leeds Town Hall for iconic performances from world-class opera, ballet and contemporary dance. Or, you’ll find live music venues scattered all over the city, like Hyde Park Book Club and Brudenell Social Club - both found in Hyde Park, where many students choose to live in second and third year.

Close to the Yorkshire Dales

While big city-living is what uni is about, you’ll be thankful for the close-by countryside on days you want to escape exam stress. There are few places in the UK that top the Yorkshire Dales when it comes to being outdoors. The deep valleys, beautiful landscape and rural villages where you’ll find local pubs make the Dales one of the most iconic and stunning places in the country, perfect for a weekend trip with flatmates.

Leading city for sports

Leeds University and Leeds Beckett have leading university sports teams, with Beckett playing their Rugby in a 21,000-seater stadium. Alongside varsity, students can watch Leeds United at Elland Road, Yorkshire Cricket and Leeds Rhinos at Headingley, and boxing and darts at the First Direct Arena. If you love sports, Leeds could be the city for you.

If this article has helped you decide that Leeds is the place for you, Unite Students has a range of excellent student accommodation located throughout the city. Take a look here.

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Staff writer at The Common Room