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If you’re still deciding which university is the right one for you, here’s a little advice: consider the city itself, as well as the courses on offer. Some cities are perfectly positioned for welcoming students, making them a desirable choice for somewhere to live as well as to study. Leeds is one of those cities that is ideal for students – and these are the reasons why.
Leeds is actually one of the cheapest cities in the UK for renting, making it an excellent choice for students who can’t bear the thought of halls. The Hyde Park neighbourhood is the most popular with the student population, offering plenty of cafés, bars and all-night house parties within just a ten minute stroll of the Leeds University campus.
There is no end to the options for eating out in Leeds and, luckily for students, there are plenty of places where you can tuck into delicious grub for very little money. Whether you’re seeking a takeaway pizza or a sit-down meal, eating out can be incredibly affordable in both the city centre and surrounding suburbs.
There’s something for everyone in Leeds, whether you want to catch the latest bands, party all night or sip elegant cocktails. The nightlife is truly varied, offering everything from cheesey pop discos to alternative drinking dens. Whatever your tribe, you’re sure to find it in the city centre’s many bars, pubs, clubs and hangouts.
It’s really easy to get around the city and its suburbs via bus (ask for saver tickets when travelling in a group) and the rail network ensures that you can easily get out and explore the surrounding area. There’s also Leeds & Bradford airport for cheap flights to the continent to celebrate the end of exams.
A rite of passage for any student, getting drunk in a field at a summer music festival is the perfect way to blow off steam before the new term. Held just outside the city centre in Bramham Park every August Bank Holiday weekend, Leeds Festival welcomes the very best rock and alternative acts such as 2017’s headliners, Muse, Kasabian and Eminem. The benefit of living in Leeds? You can pop home for a shower when it all becomes too much.
Leeds is known for its excellent shopping with both a traditional high street and a variety of independent stores to choose from. In fact, the Rough Guide to Britain names Leeds as the best shopping destination in the whole of the UK. Browse the beautifully ornate arcades to discover interesting indie shops, head to Trinity Leeds for undercover high street shopping and don’t miss the Victoria Quarter for your designer fashion fix.