Living in Leeds

What to do in Leeds

Located in the north of England, Leeds is a thriving and lively city that has something for everyone, from arts, ‭sports and leisure, to entertainment and night life. With over ‭60,000 students in the city, it is a welcoming and fun place to live and learn.

Delicious world food

There are hundreds of cafes and restaurants around the city that serve cuisine from Italy, Mexico, South Asia, Japan and beyond, so if you want to eat tasty food that reminds you of home or try completely new, exotic flavours, you'll be able to in Leeds.

Fantastic shopping

With over 1,000 shops in the city, Leeds is considered to be one of the best shopping destinations in the UK. There are many independent boutiques, vintage shops, high street stores and designer labels in the city and you can easily spend a day at Trinity Leeds where you'll find 120 shops, bars and restaurants all under one roof.

Other popular shopping attractions include the Victoria Quarter, a beautiful 18th century shopping arcade with marble interiors and upmarket shops, the Corn Exchange, home to independent boutiques and cafés and Kirkgate Market, the biggest indoor market in Europe with fresh food, drink, fashion, flowers, jewellery and more.

City of culture

Leeds is home to the Northern Ballet, Opera North, the West Yorkshire Playhouse and plenty of museums and galleries. On a night out, you can go to the theatre, watch a comedy show, or enjoy opera and ballet.

Music for your mood

Leeds has a buzzing music scene, with venues and nightclubs around the city playing music to suit all tastes. Each year, the three-day Leeds Festival attracts 75,000 music fans, while the First Direct Arena in the Leeds city centre is the venue of choice for top music acts.

Parks and countryside

If you need a break from your studies you can head over to Roundhay Park, one of the biggest city parks in Europe with its own Tropical World. If you want to escape the city for the day, beautiful countryside is just 20 minutes away by car.

Explore the UK

Leeds has great transport links. If you feel like exploring cities in the UK, London is less than two and a half hours by train, and you can easily get to York, Manchester and Liverpool.

"Leeds is lots of fun as there is plenty to do. I enjoy going to Hyde Park, Millennium Square, Royal Armouries and Leeds Museum. The museums are free which is great as I like history."

Zakria from Libya
International Foundation Year in Business, Law and Social Studies

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