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Brimming with history, beauty and opportunity...

It’s easy to see why Leeds was ranked among the ‘501 Must-Visit Cities’ in the Rough Guide. The UK’s third-largest city is brimming with history, beauty and opportunity which is why it is known as the capital of culture, shopping and education in West Yorkshire.

4 reasons why our students love Leeds

Leeds Pride

Leeds Pride

The biggest pride event in Yorkshire. Head to Millennium Square for live music, floats and stalls.
Leeds Kirkgate Market

Leeds Kirkgate Market

The largest covered market in Europe, with over 800 traders, sells everything from exotic foods and textiles to electrical goods. It was also where Michael Marks, co-founder of Marks & Spencer, first started the famous business!
The City Art Gallery

The City Art Gallery

The City Art Gallery is packed with British artists, including Turner, Constable, Henry Moore (who graduated from the Leeds School of Art) and more modern artists such as Antony Gormley – the sculptor who created the Angel of the North.
Hyde Park Picture House

The Theatre

The Hyde Park Picture House is the place to go for a dramatic viewing experience. The cinema is set in an Edwardian Grade II listed building and still boasts many of the original features, including a decorated Edwardian balcony and classic façade. It's also the only gas lit cinema remaining in the UK.

Local area


There's plenty of affordable ways to get around Leeds using public transport. First Leeds and Arriva buses operate around the city and, if you're travelling further afield, Leeds railway station makes connecting with cities like Glasgow and London simple. It's easy to travel abroad from Leeds too, with Leeds Bradford Airport around 45 minutes away by bus.


Leeds has a range of leading sports facilities, thanks to its two universities. On campus you'll find facilities for football, rugby, hockey, tennis, badminton and more. If you like watching live sport, then a visit to Headingley Stadium, home to the Leeds Rhinos Rugby League Club, is an absolute must.


Thanks to its compact, walkable city centre, Leeds is a fantastic destination for shopping. With over 1,000 shops to choose from, from big brand names to independent boutiques, you truly are spoilt for choice! There's plenty of choice when it comes to food shopping too, with a Sainsbury's supermarket and smaller convenience stores located in the centre of town.