Known the world over as a leading centre of learning, Leeds has three universities and several prestigious independent universities. With over 125,000 students, Leeds offers everything you could need or want—on and off campus!
Leeds for creativity
Leeds is one of the most popular locations for businesses in the creative industries, especially graphic design, advertising, film and new media. Many of these companies are eager for fresh new talent, so you’ll be exposed to some incredible opportunities while studying and after you graduate.
Leeds for shopping
Leeds is widely regarded as the shopping capital of the north. There’s everything from vintage boutiques to Harvey Nichols and hundreds of smaller independent stores. The ultra-stylish Victoria quarter is home to Vivienne Westwood, Mulberry and Paul Smith, but you can also find plenty of great bargains—anywhere from our huge Primark to the fabulous indoor Kirkgate Market, where 800 traders sell everything from books to food and fashion. The new Trinity Leeds shopping centre recently opened with 120 shops, bars and restaurants.
Leeds for sport
Leeds is mad about sport, with a strong heritage in cricket, rugby and football. Rugby and cricket takes place at Headingley Stadium, and it’s a great way to spend a summer weekend with a picnic. But there are also all the gyms, swimming pools, sports clubs and exercise classes you could possibly need to help you stay healthy, make friends and burn off those amazing pub and restaurant experiences.
Leeds for opportunity
Leeds is one of the UK’s most prosperous and fastest-growing cities, with an employment rate above the national average (good news for students who’d like to remain in Leeds after graduation or looking for part-time work). Besides being a national centre of excellence for the creative industries, it’s the biggest centre for printing, packaging and publishing as well as the biggest financial, legal and business services centre outside London. The Leeds City Region economy is worth £50bn per annum and has a workforce of 1.4 million.
Leeds for nightlife and culture
Leeds is wide-awake around the clock. There’s a huge range of live music in hundreds of venues around the city. Whether you’re into house, dub-step, indie, rock, hip hop, techno, funk, soul, folk, punk, jazz or classical, it’s all waiting for you here. The new Leeds Arena has recently opened and there is also the O2 Academy, the Wardrobe, Stylus, The HiFi Club, Nation of Shopkeepers, and more—including the charming Brudenell Social Club, recently voted Best Small Venue in the North East by NME.
And every August bank holiday, Leeds Fest attracts around 75,000 people to see world-famous and upand-coming bands (it recently featured Foals, Chase and Status, System of a Down). We’re also home to Leeds West Indian Carnival, Leeds International Film Festival, Leeds Pride, Hyde Park Unity Day, Leeds Digital Festival, the nearby Beacons music festival, and many more.
Leeds is also very serious about food: we even have an annual Leeds Loves Food festival. There are restaurants and take-aways for every budget and every taste bud, from the good old Yorkshire pudding to mouth-watering Asian and African restaurants and Michelin-starred fine-dining.
Leeds is the only English city outside of London to have its own theatre, opera house, ballet company and national museum. Its home to Opera North and the West Yorkshire Playhouse, where you can see world-class performances at student discounts. Leeds is home to The Royal Armouries, the UK's National Museum of Arms and Armour, one of the largest collections of arms and armour in the world. Leeds also has the spectacular Grand Theatre, which hosts comedy shows, ballet, pantomime and opera. There are multiplex and art-house cinemas, (the Hyde Park Picture House is one of the oldest in the country opening in 1914), comedy clubs, bowling alleys, traditional ale houses, student pubs, plush city-centre bars, smaller clubs and super-clubs.
Leeds for countryside
Over 65% of the district is greenbelt land, so there are plenty of trees and green spaces to enjoy. Leeds is less than 20 miles from the Yorkshire Dales national park, which offers some of the most spectacular scenery and countryside in Britain—ideal for when you want to escape and go walking, canoeing, climbing, mountain-biking, or exploring.
Leeds for the environment
Leeds is set to become one of the UK’s most sustainable cities. Local businesses and public-sector organisations have committed to reduce carbon emissions by 40% by 2020, and over 1 million sq ft of new developments are rated by BREEAM as ‘excellent’.
Built in 1858 and designed by Cuthbert Broderick, Leeds Town Hall is one of the city's finest buildings and now hosts a range of events and concerts from beer festivals to international piano competitions.