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Living in Leeds

Why Leeds?

Leeds position as the place to be continues unabated. With its commercial prosperity in areas of finance, business and media, it has great employment potential. This is all complemented by a vibrant mix of culture, commerce and style, making Leeds the primary social hub of the North.

  • Recognised internationally as a leading centre for learning, with a total student population of over 200,000
  • Voted the most cost effective place to study in Britain
  • Fantastic shopping and dining
  • Excellent nightlife and music scene (home to the Kaiser Chiefs), Leeds (Reading) Festival
  • Four cinemas within a four mile radius
  • West Yorkshire Playhouse, Northern Ballet and Seven, an Independent Arts Theatre
  • 30 minute drive to the spectacular Yorkshire Dales
  • Excellent transport links – just over a two hour train ride to London
  • Leeds/Bradford Airport on your doorstep

University accommodation

At Leeds you’re guaranteed a place in our accommodation if you are:  

  • A new first year undergraduate (not coming to Leeds through Clearing)
  • An international undergraduate (i.e. you pay fees at the international rate)
  • An undergraduate exchange student
  • An international postgraduate (i.e. you pay fees at the international rate) and you are new to Leeds

We offer an impressive range of accommodation from modern, purpose-built apartments to converted mansions both on and off campus. You can choose from catered and self-catered accommodation and make your choice dependent on whether you feel comfortable living with smaller or larger groups of students.
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Health and welfare

  • Leeds has its own student medical practice, which all students are encouraged to register with.
  • Emergency dental treatment may be obtained from Leeds Dental Hospital (on campus), but NHS dentists are in very short supply in the Leeds area, so if your son/daughter is already registered with a dentist at home, it would be best to seek routine treatment during vacations.
  • Other support facilities include a confidential counselling service, and Nightline, a telephone helpline provided by the Leeds University Union. Links to a wide range of University support agencies are found at Help@Leeds.
  • The Student Advice Centre offers help with a range of issues such as money, housing and academic procedures. There is a daily drop-in session, Monday- Friday.
  • The University Chaplaincy is available to all students, and has links with interfaith groups.
  • There is a wide range of support available to students with specific disabilities.


Incidents involving students are relatively uncommon, however, sensible precautions are sometimes forgotten in the excitement of moving to a new environment. The University's Safety booklet provides a reminder about the simple measures that everyone should take to reduce the risk of incidents.

  • The University has its own security service, which provides a 24 hour service on campus.
  • The Union runs a cheap nightbus service, which ensures that students can arrange transport home from the Union at night. A local taxi company, Amber Cars, has an arrangement with the Union, to take home students who have no cash, in exchange for their student card, which can be collected from the Union later, in exchange for the fare.
  • Further resources are available from the Safety Advisory Service and the University Union website.

Help with student life

Leeds University Union online Student Advice Centre provides valuable advice for students on everything from 'What to bring' and 'Budgeting Advice'.

Part-time employment

An increasing number of students work part-time during their course, during term time and/or during vacations. The University Union operates Joblink which assists students to obtain employment in Leeds.