Leeds is a popular destination for domestic and international students looking to study in a city that offers just as much to see and do as the UK’s biggest cities but without the added cost.
Although its sizeable population makes it the UK’s fourth-largest city behind London, Manchester and Birmingham, geographically it’s a lot smaller, which makes it easier to get to grips with when you first move here. The city centre is quite compact, so most places can be reached on foot.
With five universities in the city, Leeds has a large and thriving student community. It’s also a very warm (not the weather unfortunately!) and welcoming city, and the people are known for being some of the friendliest you’ll meet. Don’t be surprised if you meet a new friend waiting at the bus stop.
Leeds’ economy is among the biggest outside London, and it’s one of the UK’s fastest-growing. This makes it a great place for graduate jobs, especially in financial and business services, media, digital and tech – the city’s biggest economic areas. Channel 4 opened its new national headquarters here in 2021.
There’s so much to see and do in Leeds, from culture and shopping to music and nightlife, and you’ll be conveniently located to explore it all right here at Trapezium.
Take a look at the map to discover some of our favourite local spots, or just ask our on-site property team and they’ll be able to point you in the right direction.
Eating & drinking
With more listed buildings than any city outside of London, there’s culture on every corner in Leeds, which makes it the perfect UK City of Culture for 2023.
Throughout the year, a multitude of signature events and creative experiences will take place across the city as part of a once-in-a-lifetime celebration. But don’t worry, there’s plenty to explore before then. Take in some fine art at Leeds Art Gallery or discover the wonders of the Royal Armouries Museum and Thackray Medical Museum, both must-visits in the city. For something a bit different, pay a visit to the Emmerdale Studio Experience and the set of one of the UK’s most-loved TV soaps.
When it comes to music and nightlife, there aren’t many better places to study than Leeds. Home to the famous Leeds Festival, the First Direct Arena and the O2 Academy, all regular touring venues for some of the world’s biggest artists, you’ll never be stuck for entertainment.
Eating & Drinking
If you’re a passionate foodie, or just looking for some nice places to eat and drink with friends, there’s plenty to choose from in Leeds. Head over to Trinity Kitchen in the Trinity Centre, where you’ll find a wide selection of independent eateries with menus that change every month.
If you’re looking for something a bit more upmarket then Greek Street is the place for you. Here you’ll find restaurants like Gusto, Tattu and Manahatta, plus a whole host of other fine eating establishments offering cuisines from all around the world.
Cheap and cheerful options are in abundance at Cardigan Fields, with the likes of Nando’s, Pizza Hut and Frankie & Benny’s on offer.
If there’s one thing Leeds can promise, it’s a great night out. It has every bar and club you can think of, so whatever your taste, you’ll find your favourite go-to place somewhere in the city.
From the classy cocktail bars and trendy clubs of Call Lane and Merrion Street to the big name DJs in converted warehouses at Canal Mills and Beaver Works, Leeds has everything for a fun-filled evening (and early morning!).
If you’re looking for something alternative, head to Wire or HiFi, both great underground clubs playing indie, retro and soul.
For a lively LGBTQ+ scene, check out Lower Briggate, and don’t forget to take on the famous Otley Run pub crawl in fancy dress – it’s a Leeds rite of passage.
Leeds is sometimes referred to as the ‘Knightsbridge of the North’, and for good reason. There’s an abundance of designer stores and outlets in the city, especially in Victoria Leeds and Victoria Quarter, but you might prefer to head to the Trinity Centre where you’ll find all your favourite high street brands at a slightly more affordable price.
Check out the Grade I listed Kirkgate Market, the original home of Marks & Spencer in 1884, for some bargain finds among more than 400 stalls.
If you’re looking for something more unique, take a break from the busy Briggate and wander around the beautifully restored Corn Exchange, which is home to lots of quirky independent and vintage boutiques.
Leeds is a huge sporting city, with its allegiances split between football and rugby. Leeds United, one of the English football league’s oldest teams, attracts more than 40,000 fans to Elland Road every home game. The team plays in the Premier League, the biggest league in the world, after they made their return to the top flight in 2020.
Headingley is home to the Rugby Stadium, where you can watch one of rugby league’s most successful teams ever, Leeds Rhinos, and also the Cricket Stadium, where a variety of domestic and international cricket is played in all formats.
If cycling is more your thing, look out for the Tour de Yorkshire, which makes an appearance in Leeds every year.
Leeds is home to five universities: the University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds Trinity University, Leeds Arts University and Leeds City College. Most of these rank highly for quality of teaching and student satisfaction, which makes the city a popular choice for UK and international students alike.
At Trapezium, you’ll be located a short walk away from both the University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett campuses, making it the ideal location.