Band playing at a venue

Leeds student life

Enjoy an exciting and fun social life

Campus living

Exciting student experience

Once you become a University of Leeds student, you will be part of an international community. The campus is located close to Leeds city centre, making it easy to get around, so you will be able to enjoy everything it has to offer. Leeds is a student-heavy city with two major universities, so there are plenty of friends to make and socialise with.

Excellent transport links

Well-connected by railway links, Leeds is a great hub if you want to explore more of the UK. As well as good inner-city transport and connections to local countryside, it is easy to sample other cities while based here. Points of interest that are easily accessible by train include York and Sheffield in Yorkshire, as well as Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh and London further afield.

Student-friendly city

Leeds is a relatively cheap city to live in; affordability is one of the major appeals of choosing to live in the north of England over other parts of the country. This is a brilliant part of the culture, as the cost of socialising and renting accommodation is not as high – meaning your money will go further while having fun experiencing Leeds.

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. The Union is also home to over 300 clubs and societies in interests such as sky-diving, chess, baking and Harry Potter.

International environment

Sports and fitness

Whether you want to play for fun, compete at the highest level or simply watch great sports, there is something for you to try at Leeds. You can choose from over 60 sports clubs in everything from aikido, canoeing and fencing to rugby and windsurfing.

A swimming pool at the University of Leeds

Get fit in Leeds

Located on campus, the Edge is one of the best gyms in Leeds. If you want to get fit, for a small fee you can become a member of this £12 million fitness centre, giving you access to a 25m eight-lane swimming pool with a movable floor, a sauna, climbing wall, squash courts, and more.

You will also be able to choose from over 140 exercise classes each week, in activities such as Pilates, Yoga, Body Pump and Swimfit.

Eating and drinking

There is a fantastic range of places to eat on campus. The Refectory offers hot and cold food and Hugo café sells fresh baguettes, coffee and patisseries. You can enjoy a coffee while watching ducks swim among the fountains at the Waterside Café, and if you're looking for fresh and healthy options the Salad Box sells wraps, salads, soups and more.


The modern performance space, stage@leeds, encompasses a 180-seat auditorium, a smaller experimental theatre and a dance studio. You can enjoy regular performances by the University students, as well as by professional dance, performance and theatre groups.

Green spaces

There are many green spaces on campus where you can relax, including a sustainable garden with fresh food what you can pick and eat. Other green spaces include a rooftop garden with three beehives and the nearby St George’s Fields.