Calling all Leeds freshers! Here’s everything you need to do in your uni city today
There’s never a dull moment in Leeds
You’re a Leeds University student, congrats! Welcome to a city that never sleeps. With so much to do, so many people to meet and a degree to get stuck into, get ready for a busy few years. You’ll be doing your weekly shop in Hyde Park, spending your summer evenings at The Original Oak and enjoying weekend walks around Leeds City Market. The Leeds University lifestyle will keep you entertained all year long.
Before you get stuck in, you might want to think about a student bank account. The NatWest Student account* comes with an offer of £50 cash and four year tastecard membership – giving you 2-4-1 or 50% off food deals at participating UK restaurants and takeaways. To apply for a NatWest Student account – visit natwest.com/students.
*Student account eligibility criteria apply. Apply online only. Offer Terms and Conditions apply. £50 cash is a limited time offer until 5th November 2021. Offer can be withdrawn at any time.
Moving to a new city can be overwhelming. It can be hard to know what the best places are for housing, food, nights out and meeting new people. We’ve compiled an in-depth city guide, curated by Leeds students themselves to save you the hassle. Scroll down to read more.
The best places to live
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If you’ve heard of Leeds uni, you’ve probably heard of Hyde Park. It’s the social hub for uni students with loads of parties, socials and meet ups – this is something to be aware of if you’re looking for a more quiet area. Hyde Park is also only a ten minute walk from the uni.
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Headingley is a more residential area so it’s good for students looking for a quieter spot, however, it’s still very social with its mix of Uni of Leeds and Leeds Beckett students. It’s also only a 20 minute walk from Leeds Uni.
Price: ££ Noise level: || Supermarkets: Ten minute walk from Sainsbury’s and Abu Bakr
Woodhouse is the closest location to uni being only a five minute walk away. Although it’s not a particularly student-filled area, it’s very close to Hyde Park so you get all the social side without the noise. You’re also in walking distance from the shops and restaurants in Hyde Park.
Wanting to keep your budget in check? The NatWest Student account* comes with an offer of £50 cash and four year tastecard membership – giving you 2-4-1 or 50% off food deals at participating UK restaurants and takeaways. For more info and to apply, visit natwest.com/students
Close to uni:
Bakery 164 opposite the Parkinson Building – their pastries are delicious
Rustica on Blenheim Terrace – tastecard offer available
The Greasy Pig on Headingley Lane
LS6 on Headingley Lane – there’s always a queue but it’s worth the wait
Line Thai Oriental on Great George Street – tastecard offer available
Popina’s on Brudenell Road
Akmal’s in Hyde Park – a student favourite for Indian curries
Humpit in the Union and the Corn Exchange
Worth the journey:
MEATliquor in Leeds Trinity – they often have lunch deals so this is a good, cheaper option
Dough Boys in The Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen on Cross Belgrave Street
FireLake at Radisson Blu Leeds Hotel – a great place to treat your parents to and there’s a tastecard offer available
The Patty Smith’s Burger Co. in The Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen on Cross Belgrave Street
Bundobust on Mill Hill – their craft beer is a must try
Leeds Trinity Kitchen in town
Distrikt on Duncan Street – tastecard offer available
Are you a big foodie? With a NatWest Student Account*, you get the offer of £50 cash and a four year tastecard membership – giving you 2-4-1 or 50% off food deals at participating UK restaurants and takeaways. For more info, click here to visit natwest.com/students.
Where to grab a drink
The Library Pub on Woodhouse Lane – a big favourite among Leeds students
Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen on Cross Belgrave Street – their trays of chips are famous
Hyde Park Book Club on Headingley Lane
Neon Cactus on Call Lane – the perfect place for tacos, tequila and great cocktails
Nation of Shopkeepers on Cookridge Street
The Original Oak on Otley Road – they have a huge beer garden so this is great for summer evenings
The Pack Horse on Woodhouse Lane
Manahatta on Merrion Street – enjoy 2-4-1 cocktails in this New York style bar
TJ’s on Woodhouse Street
Night out spots
Location: Leeds University Union When: Friday Music: RnB, Classics, Pop, Cheese
Location: Hifi When: Tuesday Music: RnB, Hip Hop
Location: Warehouse When: Wednesday Music: Cheese, Pop
Location: Pryzm When: Monday Music: RnB, Hip Hop, House, Pop
Cirque du Soul
Location: Beaver Works When: Monday Music: RnB, Hip Hop, House, Jungle, Reggae, Dubstep
Location: Mint Warehouse When: Monday Music: House
Location: Mission When: Thursday Music: Cheese, RnB, Hip Hop, House
Thinking of setting up a Student account? You could save on your late-night takeaways with a NatWest Student account* as it comes with an offer of £50 cash and a four year tastecard membership – giving you 2-4-1 or 50% off food deals at participating UK restaurants and takeaways. For more info, click here to visit natwest.com/students.
Location: Warehouse When: Various events throughout the year Music: Funk, Hip Hop, RnB
Location: Beaver Works When: Monthly Music: Dubstep, House, DnB, Bashment, Dancehall
Taxis: Uber, Arrow Cars, Blueline Taxis
Walking: Leeds is a very walkable city – most places are no more than 20 minutes away
Bus services: If you have a student ID, the bus only costs £1.20 between campus and the main residential areas
Leeds students’ top tricks and tips
“Make sure you bring lots of warm clothes. Leeds is very cold in the winter and the heating in student houses isn’t great”
“Avoid walking through Hyde Park at night – it can be quite dodgy”
“Do your shops on a Sunday, there’s always loads of stuff reduced (especially in Morrisons)”
“A pair of ear plugs won’t go amiss if you’re living in Hyde Park. It can be noisy”
“Halloween is celebrated from September to December so get ready”
“Pack an eye mask too – the night life in Leeds will mean you need as much sleep as you can get”
“If you want to do a night out, do it in Beaver Works. It’s so fun!”
Make the most of the city. With a NatWest Student account* you receive an offer of £50 cash and four year tastecard membership – giving you 2-4-1 or 50% off food deals at participating UK restaurants and takeaways, cheaper cinema tickets and more. For more info, click here to visit natwest.com/students.
Your mini bucket list for the city
• Try the stone-baked pizza van at Brudenell Social Club
• Do the Otley Run – it’s a 16 venue pub crawl through Leeds and a bit of a tradition
• Go to the Christmas Market in Millennium Square
• Explore Leeds City Market and enjoy the range of food, drink, clothes and jewellery stands
• When the sun’s shining, make sure you go to Burley in Wharfedale
• Watch Leeds Beckett vs. Leeds Uni in the Varsity match
• Go to Tropical World in Roundhay Park
• Go to the Leeds Ball – it’s the biggest end-of-year event
• Plan a BBQ with your mates in Hyde Park
• Get a pastry from 164 and eat it on the Parkinson steps
• Go to the top of the carpark on Woodhouse Lane and watch the sunrise
• Swim in the Roger Stevens pond – this is also a bit of a tradition