Top reasons to study in Leeds
Ah, Leeds. The hub of university life that has those that have gone forever smug, and those that (foolishly) chose elsewhere a lifetime of regret. It’s the land of x and x; the epitome of work hard play hard. And it’s yours for the taking.
Of course, us dedicated Leeds fans have always been in tune to the wonders of this small city, but it seems that the rest of the country is catching up, too, as the University of Leeds has risen to its highest-ever position as number ten in The Times Good University Guide 2018 – the latest in a string of accolades for the Russell Group institution which also include its achieving a Gold rating in teaching.
But that’s not all. Yes, our glorious city is one of the frontrunners for the European Capital of Culture award 2023. So, without further ado, let us show you why you would be mad to study anywhere else:
1. Nightlife. Did someone say play hard? The party capital of the North (if not the UK), Leeds boasts an enormous selection of bars, pubs and nightclubs. Seriously epic. The Otley Run: A two-mile stretch filled with 19 pubs. Need we say any more?
2. Cheap. Music to any student’s ears.
3. Culture. Speaking of music, it’s also home to the Leeds Festival, as well as enjoying international recognition for theatre, ballet and opera.
4. Transport. Conveniently nestled right in the centre of the country, it has fantastic links to all of the major cities and even boasts an international airport – perfect for international students who want to visit home. It’s also great for cyclists, thanks to its lack of hills, and both universities make it as easy as possible by providing discounts and storage facilities.
5. What commute? Despite this, you won’t actually need to use any transport during your university day as everything is so close together – even the student accommodation (you’re welcome). Thanks to its small size, Leeds creates a feeling of warmth and comfort. (NB it can’t actually do anything about the actual weather. Yet.)
6. Green with envy. That’s right, being surrounded by the exquisite Yorkshire Dales, you’ll make all those who chose a subpar city seriously jealous at the beautiful expanse of countryside on your doorstep – perfect for helping you unwind from your studies. Seriously, you’ve never seen scenery like it.
7. Extra money. Fancy a part-time and/or summer job to rake in some extra cash? Job opportunities are rife in Leeds, meaning you’ll never have an excuse not to party (did we mention the partying?).
8. Sports. The only UK city to house a championship football team, a number of award-winning rugby teams and a country cricket team, sports fans won’t know what to do first (especially as students enjoy discounts on tickets)!
9. Shopping. Known as the ‘Knightsbridge of the North’. Need we say any more?
10. Student central. Students pretty much rule in Leeds. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.
It seems good things really do come in small packages