Student life

Where is Leeds? 

Leeds is located in Yorkshire, in the north of England. It is nearby to other cities such as Manchester, Sheffield and York – as well as beautiful countryside. It is a vibrant and lively city with something for everyone; from arts, sports and leisure to entertainment and nightlife. With over 60,000 students in the city, it is a welcoming and fun place to live and learn. 

Leeds International Study Centre is based at the world-famous Global East Stand, Emerald Headingley Stadium – just a short walk from Leeds Beckett’s vibrant Headingley Campus. Our location benefits from great transport links, with a regular bus service to and from Leeds city centre, and from Headingley Campus to the Emerald Headingley Stadium during term time.

Career opportunities in a future-focused city

Leeds is a city focused on innovation and lots of businesses are based here. When you study in Leeds, you are sure to be inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit of the city. As a student, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get involved and get a head start on your future career.

Begin learning valuable career skills at the University, with Leeds Beckett rated five out of five stars for employability (QS Stars University Ratings 2022) – making it a great choice for those looking to excel in their future career.

You can start preparing for your career from your time at the International Study Centre with our CareerAhead activities. As part of CareerAhead, you will build your confidence by taking part in group work to develop your teamwork, problem solving and communication skills. You will also be guided to identify your strengths and supported to create a personal development plan, setting goals for once you progress to the University. 

After progressing to your degree at Leeds Beckett University, you will gain access to the University’s career support services. The Student and Graduate Futures team will help you to build on the work you started with CareerAhead. During your degree course at the University, you will continue to work towards the goals set out in your Personal Development Plan. 

You'll also have the opportunity to build up work experience by taking up part-time employment or a work placement during your studies. Discover out more about your working rights as part your visa.

What to do in Leeds? 

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. 

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 only 20 minutes away by car. 

Cost of living 

Even with all these fun things to see and do, Leeds isn’t a very expensive place to live. Cities in the north are typically cheaper than those in and around London. Social activities, rent and food all cost less than they would elsewhere. As a student, you will also be able to access exclusive student discounts in a range of local and nationwide establishments. 

What to do on campus? 

Relax with friends 

The Student Union bars at City and Headingley campuses have a relaxed atmosphere. They are perfect places to meet up with friends, grab a bite to eat, play a game of pool, listen to a talk or take part in a weekly quiz. The bars have free Wi-Fi, giving you the option to both study and socialise.  

Get involved with clubs 

Joining a university society is a great way to meet new people, develop your skills and have fun. Whether you are interested in movies or sport, there’s a society for you to try. You can also start your own society if you want to. 

Listen to music 

If you like live music, you won't be disappointed. The Stage, based at City Campus, has hosted many famous bands over the years – including Nirvana, Blur, Foo Fighters, Coldplay and Radiohead.

Enjoy sports 

Whether you love competing or simply want to have fun, Leeds Beckett has sports clubs to suit all tastes and abilities. You can join a sports team or try a fitness class. The Leeds Beckett Athletic Union has 38 clubs and more than 80 teams.

The fantastic city of Leeds

Our programmes

Students smiling and talking together

Discover our pathway programmes at the International Study Centre and find your route to your chosen undergraduate degree at Leeds Beckett University. 

How to apply

Ready to make a decision? Our online application process is fast and simple. Find out how you can apply to join us at the International Study Centre. 

Ready to join us?

Our student enrolment advisors are here to help with your application and answer your questions about living and learning in Leeds.