It's official – Leeds is amazing. Home to over 100,000 students, Leeds is regularly voted the UK's best student city thanks to its amazing nightlife, culture and shopping.
From its oh-so-cool cluster of restaurants, bars and clubs, to the areas of natural beauty surrounding the city, you'll be spoilt for choice when deciding how to spend your free time in Leeds.
Leeds Trinity is only a 15-minute train ride from the heart of the city centre. Whether you're new to Leeds or you've lived here all your life, we've put together two helpful guides to help you make the most of your time here:
Work hard, party hard
Ask any of our students and they'll tell you that Leeds has the best nightlife. And who can blame them? With everything from old-fashioned drinking dens to cool bars and late-night clubs, you won't have to walk far to find something that suits your taste. Many clubs hold regular student nights, so you can dance the night away pretty much every night of the week. Choosing where to go out will be the hardest decision.
Live at Leeds
The live music scene in Leeds is legendary. There are plenty of outdoor gigs and festivals, including
Leeds Festival and
Live at Leeds, as well as countless large-scale and intimate indoor venues where you can catch the latest bands.
Food, glorious food
Food is a big deal in Leeds, with an exciting mix of restaurants, cafés, markets, pop-ups and festivals that make Leeds one of the UK's most exciting cities for eating. Check out the amazing variety of street food on offer in Leeds for incredible food on-the-go at student-friendly prices.
The student land of Headingley
We can't talk about Leeds without talking about Headingley, the famous student hub of Leeds. A must for any student, Headingley is home to a variety of pubs, bars and restaurants, one of which is home to an enormous beer garden that's regularly voted the best in the UK.
Shop 'til you drop
Shopaholics, welcome to paradise! Leeds has something for every taste and budget, from the bargains at Europe's largest indoor market, to the high-street haven of
Trinity Leeds – the city's newest shopping centre. Like clothes with a story? Leeds has a fantastic independent and vintage scene, with treasure troves dotted across the city and its suburbs.
Leeds is a city full of world-leading
theatres – we could fill a whole website with the amazing variety of art and culture on offer in Leeds. Whet your appetite with the leading online culture blog,
Culture Vulture, one of our favourite Leeds blogs that gives a local point of view on the amazing cultural scene in Leeds, with many pieces written by our talented students and alumni.
A question of sport
Leeds Rhinos and
Leeds Carnegie, Leeds has it sorted when it comes to all your football, rugby league and rugby union needs. Into cricket? The world-famous
Headingley Stadium is the home of
Yorkshire County Cricket Club, and frequently hosts national and international test matches. Cycling fan? After hosting the Grand Départ of the Tour de France in 2014, Yorkshire has launched the Tour de Yorkshire, an annual cycle race that will finish in Leeds. There is also the
West Yorkshire cycle route and the
Trans Pennine Trail for adventure inspiration.
The great outdoors
Living in Leeds means that you're only a few miles from the beautiful countryside of Yorkshire, affectionately known as "God's own county". Check out the Leeds–Liverpool canal that starts in Leeds city centre and unfurls to Liverpool. We love the route from Leeds to Horsforth – it's about six miles and gives you lots of opportunities to refuel at the many canal-side pubs on the way.
Yorkshire, and proud
We love to shout about Leeds, but we're also proud to be located in Yorkshire, which was named by the Lonely Planet as the third best region in the world to visit in 2014.
Jobs, jobs, jobs
Leeds is one of the largest employment centres in the UK, with a broad economy that covers the full range of business sectors. It's no wonder the city is full of Leeds graduates, who stay on after university to launch their careers.
Need more inspiration? Head to the Independent Leeds website.