Why should I study in Leeds? Find out here!

21 November 2019

We may be biased, but we think Leeds is one of the UK’s best student cities, and we are not alone.

In 2016 The Independent named Leeds the best student city in the UK, in 2017 Leeds was named one of the top European destinations by Lonely Planet Guide, The Telegraph called Leeds Britain’s most underrated city, and the University has been shortlisted in the Whatuni Awards for City Life three times in the past four years!

With five universities, a thriving nightlife, reasonable prices and an abundance of art, culture, food and drink, it’s no wonder Leeds is so popular with students.

With around 300 restaurants, cafes and bars you will never be short of refreshments. For somewhere that perfectly combines food and drink look no further than Bundobust. An independent bar selling vegetarian and vegan Indian street food with an extensive selection of the world’s best craft beer, it’s a must try for anyone who loves spicy food and exciting ale.

Image: bundobust.com/leeds

If you want to indulge your love for the arts and culture there is no shortage of museums, galleries and collectives hosting pop-up exhibitions. Set your sights outside the city and there’s even more choice. With the award winning Yorkshire Sculpture Park just a few miles away you can experience great art and the great outdoors. What’s not to love?

Image: ysp.org.uk

Finally, Leeds is well known for is shopping opportunities, with a range of designer boutiques, high street brands and independent retailers. One of our favourites is Short Press, an independent indoor plant, craft and lifestyle shop which provides a wide range of high-quality products unavailable on the high street. Stocking work by some of our students, staff and alumni, it’s a great places to shop and support your fellow creatives.

Image: facebook.com/short.press.shop

These are just a few of our favourite places to get you started, but for more inspiration check out our guide to Life in Leeds.

Listing image: Andrew Roberts, 2009 (Wiki Commons)