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Student life in Leeds

Enjoy an exciting and fun social life

Where is Leeds, and what is there to do?

Leeds is a vibrant, affordable and multicultural city, known for its arts, sports, leisure, entertainment and nightlife. Located in Yorkshire, England, around 60,000 students live within the city boundaries. There’s a vibrant student community, making it an exciting place to live and learn. There are plenty of great things to do in Leeds.

What is Leeds known for?

  • Shopping - Big high-street brands, exciting independent stores, food markets, and restaurants can all be found here.
  • Arts and Culture - Leeds' strong performing arts sector, museums and galleries mean there's always something to do.
  • World-class sport - Leeds plays host to some of the UK's most exciting sports teams. Leeds United Football Club, Leeds Rhinos, and Test Match cricket at AMT Headingley Rugby Stadium are all based in your new city.
  • Yorkshire countryside - Just outside the city is the famous Yorkshire countryside. Beautiful landscapes, quaint villages, and market towns are just waiting to be explored.

Living in Leeds

While there's plenty to see and do here, Leeds remains a relatively inexpensive city in the UK. Accommodation, groceries, and restaurant bills are all typically lower in Leeds than London. As a major student city, there will also be plenty of opportunities for you to take advantage of exclusive student discounts.

University life

Once you complete your International Study Centre programme and become a University of Leeds student, you will be a part of a large international community at the university. The campus is within walking distance of the city centre, with frequent buses available too. As a University of Leeds student, you'll find that there's plenty to do:

  • Leeds University Union - Located at the heart of the campus, the Leeds University Union has shops, cafés, bars, nightclubs, a theatre, spa, hairdressers, opticians, bank and a student advice centre inside. There are also over 300 clubs and societies for you to get involved with.
  • Excellent transport links - Alongside excellent inner-city transport, you can also easily get to York, Sheffield, Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh and London.
  • Stay healthy - One of Leeds' best gyms, the Edge, is on the University's campus, so you can hit the gym, go to a class, swim, or go climbing with ease.

Career opportunities

Leeds is the UK’s fastest growing city and has a massive £64.6 billion economy. As an international student here, you can work for up to 20 hours as part of your Student visa. Once you graduate, you may stay and work in the UK with the Graduate Immigration Route.

The fantastic city of Leeds

Leeds named best place to live in the north and northeast of England

(The Sunday Times 2024)

Elizaveta, a student at the University of Leeds

‘‘Leeds is a very good place for students because it’s nice and cosy and everything is made for students. There are plenty of beautiful places and the parks are spacious, green and wonderful.’’


Studied International Foundation Year in Science, Engineering and Computing

Highly rated student experience

The Leeds University Union is ranked 4th in the UK by students (StudentCrowd Awards 2023).

Become a Student Ambassador

We have an exciting opportunity available at the International Study Centre to develop your social media skills and contribute to our social channels!

Get involved in taking over our social media, writing fun blogs, hosting Q&A sessions, shining bright at events, starring in our marketing materials, sharing your daily activities, and creating engaging content through photos and videos.

Of course, this would also be an impressive experience worth adding to your CV. Once your Student Ambassador role comes to a finish, you will receive a LinkedIn recommendation from us based on your performance.

“Choosing to apply to the student ambassador position was way out of my comfort zone, I can just be honest about that. But I'm grateful for the opportunity and it made me get more skills and apply them in my daily life. It made me more open to speaking to different people and getting different perspectives from other ambassadors” – Awrad, a previous Student Ambassador

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At the Leeds International Study Centre, we offer undergraduate pathway programmes to help you prepare for your degree at the University of Leeds, and your future career.

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How to apply

Discover how to apply for a programme at the International Study Centre. You can also find the documents you need to provide alongside your application.

Join us today

Our Student Enrolment Advisors are available to answer any questions you may have and help you with your application. We can't wait to meet you!