- Located 2 hours north of London by train
- Campus is just a ten-minute walk from the city centre
- 30,000 students attend the University of Leeds
- Notable actor Chris Pine attended Leeds as a study abroad student from UCLA
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“It’s a very social city and relatively inexpensive. The university hosts various events just for international [students] to meet people. Leeds as a city is just close enough to London and Edinburgh to make weekend trips a possibility but also a treat.” – UCEAP University of Leeds student, Spring 2014
Top Five Things to do whilst at the University of Leeds
1. Shop in Kirkgate Market, the largest of its kind in Europe!
2. Meet a friend at the Hidden Cafe on campus
3. Take a fitness class at the The Edge
4. Visit the Yorkshire Dales National Park
5. See a show at The City Varieties Music Hall
You get to be close to the action of the city while still enjoying the traditional campus experience at the University of Leeds – it truly is the best of both worlds. The campus hosts a farmer’s market every Monday, as well as a monthly stand-up comedy show. It is also home to the Leeds Poetry Centre, the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery for contemporary art and more than 300 student organizations!
The university is known for its active student union, so whether you fancy a dip in the new indoor pool at The Edge, the largest fitness centre at any UK university (and free to those who live in campus accommodation), or would rather spend the evening watching a gig at one of the university’s three on-campus music venues, there’s something for everyone at the University of Leeds!
The academic environment is pretty outstanding too, with the University of Leeds being named a top 10 research university in the UK by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. It’s no wonder JRR Tolkien spent nearly fifteen years as a professor at the university!
Living in Leeds
There’s no doubt about it – Leeds is a student city. With several universities located in and around the city, it is home to more than 60,000 students. It’s also the third largest city in England, which means there is always plenty going on, whether you’re after a pottery workshop or a visit to the latest pop-up cinema. Leeds also has plenty of history to offer, with multiple museums showcasing insights into the industrial past of northern England in addition to the Leeds City Museum located right in the heart of Millennium Square.
One of the great things about living in Leeds is the close proximity to some of Great Britain’s most beautiful countryside. The Yorkshire Moors and the Peak District are only twenty minutes by train from the city centre, and offer extensive opportunities for outdoor adventuring. Travel in and out of Leeds is made easy by the railway station located in the heart of the city and the nearby Leeds Bradford Airport. Just make sure you’re back in the city for some of Leeds’ renowned festivals, including the Leeds Loves Food culinary celebration in May and Leeds Christkindelmarkt, a traditional German Christmas market that appears annually in December.
Interested in studying abroad at the University of Leeds? Click here to find out what the programme has to offer.