Life in Leeds
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A thriving city
The city of Leeds, the UK’s second largest combined commercial and legal centre, provides an exciting background for your postgraduate studies with its vibrant business and legal communities.
Leeds is a cosmopolitan city with a friendly community from multicultural and multi-faith backgrounds. This is reflected in the diversity of the city's restaurants and international supermarkets.
It is a major shopping destination and centre for entertainment, nightlife, the arts and leisure. Musically, Leeds offers a huge variety that is hard to beat. There are lots of live music venues including the Leeds Arena and the university's own Refectory, where some of the UK's most popular bands regularly perform.
Leeds and the surrounding area
The city is also one of the greenest with more parkland than any other European city. Leave the city and within thirty minutes, you will find yourself in open countryside. Leeds is within easy reach of the Yorkshire Dales, the Peak District, the Lake District and historic towns such as York, Harrogate, and Ripon. Plus, it's just over two hours to London and Edinburgh by train.
The University has three sports centres on campus. These facilities include sports halls, indoor and outdoor 5-a-side courts, a 25m swimming pool, squash courts, a six badminton court hall with a performance floor, a climbing wall, freeweights, and a state of the art fitness suite with treadmills, cross-trainers, bikes and Precor resistance equipment. There are also regular exercise classes held on campus from circuit training to aerobics, yoga and pilates.
Not only are we committed to giving you the best possible education, we help with employability too. Leeds is consistently in the top 10 of universities most-often targeted by Britain’s top graduate employers (High Fliers’ Survey 2013-14). Our award winning Careers Centre provides dedicated support for international students, including expertise in helping students develop their job search strategy in their country of origin as well as international job markets.
We have fifteen cafes on campus as well as a £4.5 million newly refurbished state-of-the-art Refectory that includes a Hot Wok and Noodle Bar, and a Grab and Go service where you can choose from fresh salads, soups, sandwiches, jacket potatoes and oriental style dishes.
Our student union building at the heart of campus also has three bars, two of which serve food, three music venues, one live music venue, a smoothie and coffee bar, a mini supermarket that sells vegetarian, halal and South-East Asian food, a number of ATMs, a card shop, a hairdressers, a bookshop and an opticians.
Accommodation is guaranteed for the duration of an international students' studies (as long as you apply by the deadline).
There is something to suit everyone's needs with a mix of on-campus or off-campus and catered or self-catered options which all include internet access and membership of The Edge gym.
Every student at the University of Leeds is a member of Leeds University Union — one of the biggest and best students' unions in the country. A charity run by six elected students, the Union helps make sure everyone loves their time at Leeds.
With over 280 societies to choose from you will find it a great way of making friends in your new home. You can get invovled in everything from football to chess, culture groups to swimming, dance to snowboarding, and even Quidditch! Plus, if you can't find what you're looking for, you can always set up a new society.
It is also where the Union's newspaper, television and radio are generated and is the hub for the Union's volunteering groups, which donate thousands of hours and raise over £300,000 annually to support local, national and international causes.
The Union building has a supermarket, hairdressers, opticians, bookshop, food outlets and bars.
Find out more about what it's really like to live and study in Leeds by reading some of our students' profiles.