A calendar of fun things to do in Leeds for students

Leeds city street with lights

Leeds Beckett University students love living and studying in one of the UK’s most vibrant and student-friendly UK cities. Studying here gives you access to all the fun activities in Leeds. 

Whether you’re on the University’s Headingly or City campus, you’re never far from what’s on in Leeds. Centrally located, University-managed accommodation is the best option if you want to make friends to enjoy the city’s calendar of events with.

We’ve picked out our favourite festivals and good places to go in Leeds, to help you get a feel for how fantastic student life can be at Leeds Beckett.

Ice Cube

Get your skates on and enjoy that festive feeling at Ice Cube. This temporary ice rink attracts the crowds to Millennium Square each January and February. There’s even a café serving drinks to warm your hands on. And if you need more excitement, there’s a 30-metre long and six-metre high dry snow slide to whizz down.

Live at Leeds

Catch up with some of the best current bands at one of the city’s boutique music festivals each April. With previous performances from artists like Ed Sheeran, The Maccabees and Bombay Bicycle Club, Live at Leeds is an event you’re sure to hear about around campus.

Indie Food

A newcomer to the Leeds events calendar, Indie Food has so far been a roaring success. For the past three Mays, the city has turned into an independent food and drink hotspot. Expect film evenings and collaborations between different food and drink venues, showcasing the best of what Leeds has to offer.

Yorkshire Food and Drink Show

Millennium Square carries on the food-based festivities each June, with the Yorkshire Food and Drink Show. Watch food demonstrations from some of the best places to eat and drink in the city. Over on Kirkgate Market, you’ll find independent food producers displaying their impressive produce. Entry is free to the public.

Leeds Festival

The highlight of the year on the Leeds music calendar – and one of the UK’s most famous – Leeds Festival is not to be missed. Each August, the city’s Bramham Park lights up with world-famous artists spanning a range of popular – and quirkier – genres.

Leeds International Film Festival

If the cinema is more your scene, plan your diary for the Leeds International Film Festival. Taking place for two weeks each November, it has grown to be one of the biggest film festivals in the UK. From Hollywood, to cult classics, to independent masterpieces, there’s something to suit every type of film lover here.

More than 60,000 students from 144 countries choose to study in the diverse city of Leeds. It’s easy to see why when you explore all the great things to do in Leeds for students. 

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