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The Student's Guide to Leeds

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As one of the busiest and most vital cities in the north of England, Leeds is a bona fide centre for students in search of an active social life, attractive night life, and top-quality educational institutions.

Filled with an endless number of things to see and places to go, it has a host of fantastic attractions to keep both residents and visitors occupied. Here are just a few of its best bits to help you familiarise yourself with the city if you’re considering studying there.

Universities

Home to two top-class academic institutions, Leeds is a great place to learn for those who want to build solid foundations for their future successes. The University of Leeds is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world, and has been awarded more National Teaching Fellowships than any other educational facility. Leeds Beckett, too, is hugely popular with students, while also being widely respected by businesses and employers across the globe.

Shopping

If there’s one thing Leeds is renowned for, it's its wonderful shopping! A key member of the Northern Powerhouse, the city is bursting with life and vitality and offers a retail experience par excellence. Mixing designer and high-street brands, shops in the centre are spread out across a series of Victorian arcades, as well as the famed Trinity Centre and newly built Victoria Gate. Between them, these host hundreds of brands from around the world, to provide plenty of choice and some truly phenomenal bargains.

Night life

For those looking forward to the student night life experience, Leeds is an especially great city to stay in. Home to hundreds of bars and clubs, it’s possible to have the most wonderful time without breaking the bank. From specially dedicated student bars through to more high-end and exclusive venues, there are dozens of different places for you to dance the night away, as well as plenty of gigs and festivals to enjoy too.

Eating out

If you’re a foodie who doesn’t want to exist solely on super noodles, you’ll find that Leeds has a fabulous assortment of bars, restaurants, cafes, and street food venues for you to explore. These will allow you to sample exquisite cuisine from all around the world, so whether you’re in the mood for Italian or Indian, Spanish or Thai, there’s always something on offer. However, don’t just stick to the city centre – neighbouring Headingley also has lots of cheap but stylish places to try.

Leisure

If our luxury city-centre accommodation and en-suite apartments alone are not enough to tempt you, you might also be excited to find out about the many fantastic leisure activities that are on offer. For those in search of a dose of culture, the surrounding area is a treasure trove of stately homes and world-renowned museums, while art galleries galore are on offer, many of them coming complete with free entry. Theatre buffs can also take in a show at one of the city’s two fabulous theatres – The Playhouse and The Grand – along with ballet productions and opera performances. Gyms and sporting facilities too are in abundant supply, with lots of cut-price, student-friendly options to pick from.

Events

Last but not least, those who stay at our Leeds student accommodation will find that there are dozens of different events for them to enjoy each week. These include everything from live music concerts and gigs through to Drink and Draw nights, pub quizzes, beer festivals, and more. Stand-up comedy is particularly popular in the city, with something to suit every palette.

Book your student accommodation at Leeds University

If you’re on the hunt for fantastic student accommodation in Leeds, Study Inn is here to help. From September 2021 we are offering a selection of top-quality living spaces, designed with both studying and socialisation in mind, we have the ideal set-up for every individual. Why not contact us today to find out more?

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