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Why I love living in Leeds

Posted by. Suzie Butcher
Posted on 13 February 2017

blogs:Leeds, blogs:Student life

Trinity Leeds

​​We may be a little biased, but we think Leeds is the BEST student city in the UK. It has it all – world-renowned culture, amazing nightlife, and a legendary live music scene.

We could go on and on about our love for Leeds, but we're not going to. Instead, we're going to hand you over to Suzie Butcher – Leeds Trinity graduate and Leeds enthusiast! Over to Suzie:

So you're thinking of coming to Leeds Trinity for university? I graduated last year and am now working here as an intern (I didn't want to leave!!) Let me tell you why studying in Leeds is the best decision you wil​l make.

So, I came from big Birmingham and one of the nicest things about Leeds is that everything is on your doorstep.

You want to get lost in the woods or ​explore the moors? Look no further than a ten-minute walk or short train/bus journey. Otley Chevin is the first place my first year housemates and I stumbled across – there are gorgeous views and entrances from all over Otley (just up the road from Horsforth, where Leeds Trinity is).

The Peaks are a train journey away and even closer is Ilkley Moor. Keep walking in Ilkley, and you'll find a cosy pub called The Cow and Calf  where you can have a hot-choc-stop (or beer) and tasty pub grub. There are fun days out like Temple Newsam, a big old house with nice grounds and an urban farm, or you can head down to Roundhay Park. 


Moving on, as I'm sure you're eager to hear about the nightlife. Which, by the way, is bangin'. It doesn't matter how rubbish or amazing your music taste is, how cheesy or chilled you want your night to be, there's somewhere for all. Space, Mission and Pryzm are probably the top student-y clubs. They hold weeknight student events with cheap entry, cheap drinks and all the expected tunes.

If you're into your DJs and raves, switch it up a notch to Mint Club, Beaverworks, Faversham and Canal Mills. More groovy places, if you wanna get down to some funk, soul and disco, would be Smokestack and Hi-fi. Hi-fi have a lot of DJs down covering all genres, including a lot of hip hop and disco, as does Headrow House - a really cool venue with a rooftop bar. Headrow House also has bands in and all sorts.

Key Club is the place to be if you're into your alt and rock, also Wharf Chambers if you keep an eye out for bands playing. Wharf is an all-rounder, similarly to Wire (bit of a sweat box when busy, but…) they have amazing DJs come down from around the world, playing everything from disco and drum and bass, to acid house and techno.

Switching it up a bit is Subdub – a night at the West Indian Centre. If you're into your dub, dubstep and jungle, this is the place for you to get skankin' to the biggest 

Shopping is never a problem in Leeds. There are plenty of cool vintage boutiques and charity shops around, along with the usual high street brands. Trinity Leeds is a really nice and trendy shopping centre which has all the usual names. It also has Trinity Kitchen on the top floor – a space dedicated to tasty street food restaurants from around the world – I'd highly recommend checking this out!

Food shopping is also no problemo. The local areas are rich in supermarkets, as well as international food stores like Mecca Foods and Abu Bhakar (head to them for cheap fruit, veg and meat). Fun fact: Leeds has a ridiculous amount of Greggs… 13 based in the city centre. I say no 

There are three main areas to disperse to after (or instead of) halls, without going into town: Headingley, Burley Park and Hyde Park. I've lived in all of them over my years here. Headingley is good for shops, cafes and pubs. Home to the famous Carnegie stadium, this area has loads of bars and is the place to be for a lot of busy, buzzing students. Headingley Taps is also taken over by Trinity students on Thursday nights, so be sure to check it out.

Burley Park is more chilled and you're more than likely to see skaters rolling about.  Asda, Aldi and a handful of the big restaurants like Nando's and Pizza Hut are just a small walk down the road to Kirkstall.

Hyde Park is closest to town, although all of these places are less than a ten-minute train journey to the city. However, you can walk to town in half an hour or less from Hyde Park. Hyde Park is home to Brudenell Social Club – a gig venue and mega cheap pub, where all the chill students go to hang, it also has a loads of takeaway places (yay) and food shops. It is also the proud owner of Hyde Park Picture House – one of the oldest cinemas in England. Each of the places have a nice green park to hang out in. In the summer, Hyde Park's actual park is the hot spot – all the students seem to get magnetised there, drinks in hand, to bask in the sun or hit the skate park.

In Leeds, you will never be lost but you will always be found, as it's so diverse and accommodating. Nothing will ever be too expensive and you'll never be bored. Leeds Trinity University is also the place for you if you like one-to-one support, dedicated staff, fun modules, Starbucks at the ready and all the facilities you could need. We are also allowed to access referencing materials from all other universities including red bricks. You will always be looked after here and always adventuring and dancing. Take it from me, and I challenge you to prove me wrong: Leeds is the BEST! 

Got something to add? Leave a comment below to share your hidden Leeds picks. 

​If you've applied to study at Leeds Trinity in 2017, why not visit Leeds for yourself when you come to one of our Applicant Days? Book your place today.

And if you're thinking of joining us in 2018, check out our upcoming Open Days. They're a great opportunity to visit Leeds Trinity and ​Leeds, all in one day! Book your place today.​