Leeds is well located and has excellent transport links across the country, with fast trains to both London and Edinburgh. Leeds Bradford Airport also provides access on an international level and Leeds consequently attracts students from as far afield as Europe, the Middle East, the Far East etc.
Leeds has a large student population and one of the main reasons for this is the City's excellent nightlife! With a thriving club scene, pubs and bars to suit all tastes, restaurants, cinemas, theatres, galleries, music festivals and much, much more! There's just not enough hours in the day to fit it all in! The Grand Theatre is home to Opera North, where you can see ballet, numerous west-end musicals and the best in performing arts. There is also The Civic Theatre, the famous City Varieties Theatre, and in complete contrast West Yorkshire Playhouse, which is innovative and definitely worth a visit.
Leeds is a fantastic sporting city! For football fanatics there's Leeds United, and for Rugby and cricket enthusiasts there's Leeds Rhinos, Leeds Carnegie and the Yorkshire Cricket Team. Headingley Stadium is home to Yorkshire Cricket Club, Leeds Rhinos Rugby League and Leeds Carnegie Rugby Union.
The city is also surrounded by beautiful countryside with the Yorkshire Dales being right on your doorstep. If you fancy venturing slightly further a field there are plenty of country houses and walks contained in the Yorkshire area. There is Harewood House located on Harewood Estate, Kirkstall Abbey (dating from medieval times and Jacobean), and Temple Newsam House home to paintings from the City Art Gallery. If you are into hiking Leeds is the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales, try 'The Dales Walk' for the best view of the North countryside.
The UK's best shopping destination (2006)
Leeds is a first class shopping destination. There is a large and varied selection of shops, from the exclusive boutiques in the Victoria Quarter, to the prestigious Harvey Nichols and the high street favourites.
Leeds has the second largest student population outside London with a current figure of over 200,000 students. The University of Leeds and Leeds Metropolitan University, plus a number of other specialist colleges such as Trinity & All Saints College and St James Teaching Hospital.
Leeds is a vibrant and exciting City with a strong student presence and a diverse range of student accommodation. Whether you wish to live in student halls, or require a student house, student flat or even a student room share, Leeds has an excellent selection within the main student areas - Hyde Park, Headingley and Burley.