Faculty of Biological Sciences

Postgraduate Accommodation

We understand the importance of finding the right living environment to help you settle in, study effectively and enjoy a good social life. We believe University accommodation offers unrivalled value for money, but some postgraduate students may prefer to rent private accommodation. Private accommodation can sometimes be cheaper and can be a good option for some postgraduates.

The University Accommodation Office offers detailed information and guidance for postgraduates. Take a look at the options before deciding which one is best for you.

There is a wide variety of private rented housing in Leeds, the service UNIPOL provides advice and accommodation details.
Unipol also offer a guide to the different areas in Leeds, to help you decide where to live.

The Leeds University Union offers excellent advice on housing in Leeds, including tips for postgraduate students.

Overseas postgraduates: our guarantee

New international postgraduates paying fees at the full international rate have a guaranteed place in University accommodation during their first year, subject to certain conditions. More information is available from the University Accommodation Office.

If living in the UK is new for you you might also find it useful to take a look at What to expect in student accommodation.

Leeds and Yorkshire

Located at the heart of the UK, Leeds is the modern capital of the Yorkshire and Humber region.  A vibrant and cosmopolitan city, it has been voted the UK's most popular student city and is home to over 750,000 people. It has a thriving economy and many students who come to study stay on to work in the city after graduation.

Leeds is unrivalled in the north of England as a major centre for the arts, sport, leisure, entertainment and nightlife. It has all you would expect from a major city.

Plus it has easy access to the great outdoors. From the Yorkshire Dales to the dramatic coastline there's a whole world to discover in Yorkshire. Explore the countryside or visit towns and places of historical interest.

Find out more about Leeds and Yorkshire...

A Shopper's Paradise

If shopping's your thing, Leeds is the right city for you. Explore the wide array of shopping outlets in Leeds city centre, from the new Trinity Leeds Shopping Centre to the historic Kirkgate Market and Corn Exchange. Leeds has everything to fulfil the shopaholic's every need, from retro boutiques to top brands and high street favourites. Find out more about shopping in Leeds.

Music and Nightlife

Whether it's a night out at one of the many clubs and bars, a gig or comedy night their will be venues in Leeds to suit you. The recently opened First Direct Arena is a great venue to see large scale tours while venues like the O2 Academy and our own Student Union both offer club nights and opportunities to see live music from top artists. Find out more about Leeds nightlife.

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What is the Student Union like?

Leeds has one of the largest student unions in the country.  Leeds University Union exists to represent, support and entertain students throughout their student years.

LUU has more student activities than any other union in the UK - over 200 student-run societies including sports groups, departmental groups, performance groups, faith groups, political groups, volunteering groups and general interest groups - to name but a few !

The Union building is located at the heart of the campus. As well as providing award-winning bars and nightclubs, it has shops and a supermarket, a bookshop, insurance and advice services.   See the Union website for more information about the Union and its societies.

The University of Leeds Students' Union was recognised as the "Number One Students' Union in the UK" in the NUS Awards 2009.

Sports Facilities

These are exciting times for physical activity and sport at the University of Leeds. The Edge, our brand new 25m, 8 lane swimming pool and a 200 station health and fitness centre opened in 2010. Take a virtual tour of The Edge facilities...

This is in addition to the fantastic facilities already available, which include:

5 multi-use sports halls, 7 floodlit hockey pitches, 5-a-side football courts, 32 grass pitches, 2 outdoor centres (Lake District and Yorshire Dales), floodlit synthetic pitch, fitness suite, 6 floodlit tennis courts, climbing wall, 10 squash courts, strength & conditioning room, 5 cricket squares, table tennis room and a dance studio.

The University and the Students Union provide excellent opportunities to keep healthy whether you want to participate for fun, at club level or elite level.  There are over 60  Union sports clubs to join ranging from cycling to sub aqua and basketball to sailing.

Starting out at Leeds

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  • Before you arrive in Leeds, we will be in regular contact with you by email. We will forward important information and updates.
  • For some courses there may be the opportunity to engage in social networking with other students if you wish, so that you can make friends before you arrive here.
  • In your first week we introduce you to life in Leeds, life at the University of Leeds, and to the staff who will be teaching you. We give you guidance on the modules on offer and help you decide which ones to choose.
  • We have social events in the first few weeks at Leeds to help you make friends and settle in.
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Personal development

We believe that Leeds graduates should be going out into the world and making an impact in whatever field they choose. Teaching of professional skills is a key component of all our Masters programmes, and we ensure that we help you with your ongoing personal development. In addition to gaining highly specialised scientific knowledge and expertise in a wide range of modern techniques used in the biological sciences, you should leave with the ability to fit into the workplace in the global economy. We know that the subject knowledge and training we provide is excellent, but we are also trying to produce well-rounded graduates who have the skills, experience and confidence to succeed in a challenging job market.

After graduation

Graduation isn't the end of the story by any means. We are in regular contact with more than 150,000 alumni in over 175 countries.

Join our online alumni community after graduation and enjoy strong friendships and supportive networking opportunities long after you have left us.

Our students have access to all the facilities you would expect from a leading university.


Research laboratories in the Faculty of Biologoiical Sciences, University of LeedsOur laboratories are modern and well-equipped. Practical work in the core skills modules and the specialised subject-specific modules is carried out in teaching laboratories in scheduled sessions.

Masters research projects are carried out in our state-of-the-art research laboratories or in the field, in the case of the Biodiversity and Conservation projects.

Specialised scientific facilities

As you would expect at a major international research faculty, we have a huge array of facilities at our disposal . We have around 28,000 m2 of laboratories, research and teaching facilities located in the Astbury, Miall, Manton, Garstang and Worsley buildings

MSc Bioscience student in the Plant Centre Our research laboratories are equipped with millions of pounds worth of specialist scientific equipment including specilist facilties for:

Library facilities

The University of Leeds Library is one of the major academic research libraries of the United Kingdom, attracting students and scholars from around the world. You will have access to books, electronic e-books, and online journals 24 hours a day every day.

Computing facilities

There is a dedicated Masters computer cluster within the faculty. This is open 24 hours a day. All faculty buildings are wireless networked, and the university facilities can be accessed from off campus. We make full use of information technology in our teaching, including delivery of course information, supplementary notes, assessment exercises through a computer-based virtual learning environment. More about computing facilities at the University of Leeds.