Student Guide to Leeds

Our complete guide on things to do while living and studying in Leeds

Discover Leeds

Leeds is a lively, modern and cosmopolitan city that is also rich in culture and heritage. There is lots to explore and plenty of things to do in this friendly city of ours. Leeds feels compact for a big city; more than 750,000 people live within our city boundaries and over 100,000 people come to work in the city centre every day. An estimated 30,000 students live in leeds, attending one of the 3 major universities.

What makes Leeds Famous

Many thousands more tourists and visitors come to shop, eat out or enjoy the range of attractions Leeds has on offer Leeds life is an experience in itself. Its rich local history, world class sports venues, extensive shopping facilities and diverse programme of year-round entertainment are just some of the many things that make Leeds such a great place for all to enjoy.

The city was dubbed the 'Knightsbridge of the North' by the Lonely Planet Guide, and since Harvey Nichols opened their first store outside of London, the city has seen a host of designers eagerly opening stores and boutiques across the city. Leeds is a shopaholic's dream. From the elegant domed structure of the Corn Exchange to the exquisite Victoria Quarter and the endless mountain of goodies within Kirkgate Market, the city caters for all wants and needs.

Leeds Local Attractions

The Trinity Centre is Leeds' biggest and best shopping centre with 120 shops, bars, restaurants and a cinema sitting in the very heart of the city. Named after the adjacent Holy Trinity Church, the centre opened in March 2013 and has fast become one of Leeds most popular retail destinations. The centre has a concept food area called the 'Trinity Kitchen' which has permanent and pop up vendors serving some of the best street food from around the World.

The First Direct Arena, also known as the Leeds Arena, is a 13,500 capacity entertainment arena located in the Northern Quarter of Leeds City centre. Opened by Sir Elton John in September 2013, the Arena will become the premier venue in the region to host music and indoor sporting events.

Another recent development which adds to the vibrancy of Leeds is the redeveloped Brewery Wharf complex. Located on the South Bank of the River Aire and in the heart of the City Centre, Brewery Wharf is an exciting mix of independent shops, restaurants, apartments and businesses and is another amazing place to live as well as shop.

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