Student Life


First year 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 have 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. Catered facilities give you the luxury of cooked, balanced meals as well as a great opportunity to meet people. Self-catered accommodation is best if you like to live more independently, but still want to be in a close-knit student community with friends. See the accommodation we offer



City life

City life

Leeds is a bustling city, surrounded by beautiful countryside. A thriving cultural centre, it is also home to some of the country’s major sports venues. It’s a diverse city with a huge range of places to eat and drink.

The city has undergone major investment, with the opening of a major new retail development. Leeds offers something for everyone; however you like to spend your spare time. We’re a campus University, right next to the city.

Theatre and cinema

Leeds’ theatrical offering includes one of the UK's largest regional repertory theatres, the West Yorkshire Playhouse. The Victorian Leeds Grand Theatre shows major touring productions, as well as acclaimed productions from Northern Ballet and award-winning Opera North

The Carriageworks has an exciting mixture of drama, musicals, dance, pantomime, exhibitions and community events and City Varieties is a rare surviving example of a Victorian music hall. The University also has its own licensed theatre space on campus, stage@leeds which is open to the public and host to a wide variety of performances. 

As well as city centre multiplexes, and smaller cinemas showcasing independent and foreign language films, the Leeds International Film Festival is chance for film fans to enjoy two weeks of premiere screenings, world cinema, theme nights and all the latest in cutting-edge film and documentary every November. 

Museums and galleries

Leeds is a city rich in heritage. Leeds City Museum takes you through the city's 800 year history with hands-on and audio-visual displays, exhibitions and interactive games. The city is also home to the Royal Armouries which displays part of the national collection of arms and armour and holds many treasures including the world's only suit of elephant armour.

Leeds City Art Gallery houses a world-class collection of 20th century British art with works by Francis Bacon, Stanley Spencer, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. Our own Stanley and Audrey Burton Art Gallery showcases the University's outstanding art collection. For more information visit Leeds City Council's museums and galleries website

Live music

The University's Refectory is a legendary music venue. Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix have all played here as well as more contemporary talent including the Arctic Monkeys and Rizzle Kicks.

Music fans are spoilt for choice with Leeds’ First Direct Arena attracting world-famous acts and the O2 Academy, another major venue in the city centre. The city also has a thriving underground network of smaller venues which showcase the best in new music, including Brudenell Social Club, Belgrave Music Hall and The Key Club

Leeds also hosts the prestigious International Pianoforte Competition and the Leeds International Concert Season, an annual music programme featuring jazz, world music, brass, classical and chamber music. Major music festivals are held here including Leeds Festival, Opera in the Park and Party in the Park.

Eating and drinking

Leeds’ clubs, bars and restaurants cater for every taste and budget. For comprehensive up-to-date listings of pubs, clubs and restaurants check out Visit Leeds


Leeds has a well-deserved reputation for being great for shopping. Stylish arcade the Victoria Quarter and high-end department store Harvey Nichols sell top designer labels, and all the leading high street shops can be found on Briggate, a pedestrianised street in the city centre, or in the Trinity Leeds complex, which also has a selection of bars and restaurants.

The city will boast the largest branch of John Lewis in the north of England when the new Victoria Gate development opens in Autumn 2016.

Located on Vicar Lane, Kirkgate market is the largest covered market in Europe — the Marks & Spencer chain was founded in this magnificent Edwardian building in the late 19th century when it started operating there as a penny bazaar. The M&S Company Archive, home of the Marks in Time Exhibition is located on our campus.


Leeds has several major sports teams but the city is also a gateway to some of the finest cycling, walking and climbing routes in the UK.

Since 1891, Headingley Carnegie Cricket Ground has hosted international Test matches and Twenty20 games as well as being home to Yorkshire County Cricket Club. Leeds United Football Club is based at Elland Road football stadium. It’s one of the longest established teams in the country and has an illustrious history of great wins and dramatic comebacks. Leeds also has rugby league team Leeds Rhinos and rugby union club Yorkshire Carnegie.

And if you want to take part in sport yourself, as well as the University's own sports centre Leeds is well catered for by a range of sporting facilities and gym.

If you're looking for challenging outdoor pursuits, such as skiing, mountain biking, white water rafting and learning basic military skills, the Yorkshire Officers’ Training Regiment (YOTR) could be for you. It attracts students from across Yorkshire.


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As a campus university within walking distance of both Leeds City Centre and the popular student areas of Headingley and Hyde Park, the University of Leeds can provide everything you could possibly need and all just minutes away! 

Leeds University Union (LUU)

Leeds University Union is the first students’ union in the UK to be awarded an ‘Excellent’ status by the National Union of Students (NUS) as part of its Quality Students' Unions accreditation scheme.

Every student at Leeds is a member of the Leeds University Union. It represents over 30,000 students making it one of the biggest in the country. Whether you need a place to go for advice, to socialise or to pick up a few groceries, the Union provides amenities from bars, clubs and shops to banking facilities, advice centres and even an optician and hairdressers!

LUU also gives you the excellent opportunities to socialise and keep healthy with its societies and sports clubs. You can get involved in anything from football to chess, wine tasting to skydiving, dance to ‘a cappella’. Even try your hand at Quidditch!

Faculty Societies

The student-run Faculty of Biological Sciences Society (FoBSoc), BioSoc, Sports Science Soc and Zoo Soc organise lots of events and activities throughout the year so you can meet people from all years and courses across the Faculty. 

The Edge

Our dedicated health and fitness centre opened on campus in 2010, with outstanding facilities including:

  • 25m, 8 lane swimming pool
  • 3 dedicated class studios
  • Climbing wall
  • The largest fitness suite of any UK university with state-of-the-art equipment
  • Squash courts

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Sport and fitness

Sport and Fitness

We are continually investing in our sports facilities both on and off campus – whether you’re interested in rowing, ultimate Frisbee or climbing you’ll find what you’re looking for.

The Edge

Our high quality facilities include our flagship £12.2m fitness centre The Edge, located on our city centre campus. The Edge boasts a 25m eight-lane swimming pool with a movable floor and we have swimming lessons for children and adults, as well as a sauna and steam room so you can relax after a workout.

The Edge’s 250 station fitness suite is the largest in UK higher education and has the latest Technogym equipment and Sky TV. Over 140 exercise classes take place per week which range from Pilates and Yoga to Body Pump and Swimfit. We also have dedicated personal training and strength and conditioning rooms with qualified trainers available when you need some extra motivation.

The Edge also houses squash courts, a climbing wall, outdoor court and sports halls where you can play badminton, netball, five-a-side and much more. Additional studio space, sports halls and squash courts can be found at the Gryphon Sports Centre and Cromer Terrace Gym.

Outdoor sports

Just three miles off campus Sports Park Weetwood has high quality pitches for a variety of outdoor sports. International teams regularly use these facilities for training prior to tournaments, such as the Scottish rugby team in the lead up to the Rugby World Cup 2015.

Whatever you get a rush from we have two dedicated outdoor centres in the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District which are perfect for an adventure packed trip of hiking, climbing, caving or mountain biking.

Clubs and programmes

We believe sport has the power to inspire anyone at every level, from the casual gym goer or swimmer right up to the performance sports athletes and coaches.

We are proud of our performance sport programme which is dedicated to developing top class sports clubs and individuals at the University. We support athletes at the highest level, creating a professional sporting environment conducive to excellence.

We also have a prestigious Sports Scholarship programme which supports elite athletes as they combine academic and sporting excellence during their time at university. Former scholars include triathlon Olympic medallists Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee.

Hundreds of students at the University take part in our Intra Mural Sport leagues which allow staff and students to take part in recreational sports leagues without the training commitments of our performance clubs.

If you want to try a new sport then our Get Out, Get Active programme could be perfect for you. We have teamed up with Sport England to provide the opportunity to get involved in a range of outdoor activities from rowing to climbing. The programme includes coached taster sessions, trips away and social events. Whatever your interest or time commitment, we’ve got it covered.

We have a sport leadership programme which gives students the chance to improve their employability and learn new skills. Students can choose from numerous coach education courses and we also run academic modules in sport.

Our coaching scholar programme also supports students in attaining a nationally recognised coaching qualification and gaining experience through joining the University coaching team. We are continually evolving the opportunities we provide and there are many routes for students to boost their employability through sport at the University.

Yorkshire Dales

Yorkshire region

The Yorkshire countryside is ideal for outdoor activities such as walking, climbing or mountain biking.

To find out more about what’s on offer in and around Leeds and Yorkshire visit the Welcome to Yorkshire website