It’s no secret that northern universities have a higher value for money, but this is especially true in the Yorkshire powerhouse of Leeds. According to statistics from HSBC, the average weekly spend for a student in the city comes in at £212.40 (inclusive of food, rent in halls, travel, study materials, and general expenses); less than even Manchester (£235.48), Newcastle (£222.58), or Sheffield (£218.05).
2) The nightlife is second to none
There’s something for everyone on offer in Leeds in terms of nightlife.
Canal Mills and Beaverworks should be your destination if you’re looking for regular great DJs or edgy club nights such as Cirque du Soul, Flux, or High Rise. For the individual more in touch with their commercial side, Pryzm and Leeds University Union’s much-loved Friday favourite, Fruity, are the place to be. The world-renowned Mint Club continues the Leeds tradition of hosting some of the most prolific house and techno DJs in the world in a small, intimate setting, with a startling disco ceiling thrown in for good measure.
If you’re after a more chilled night out, head to Call Lane or Merrion Street; bars there include Jake’s Bar, Call Lane Social, Mojo, and Bar Soba, all great choices for a few weekend or post-exam/deadline meltdown cocktails. Most offer daily 2 for 1 deals.
3) You’re never short of things to do
Leeds is a large city with the best of both worlds. On the one hand, itâ€™s a thriving metropolis with a growing economy. On the other, itâ€™s surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK, with the Yorkshire Dales National Park being easily accessible by car or regular public transport links. Haworth – the village made famous by the Brontes – is an excellent choice for students looking to have a day out without breaking the bank.
There are plenty of museums on offer, too, with free entry, such as the Royal Armouries and city Art Gallery and Museum. The West Yorkshire Playhouse has regular great theatre shows that often offer student discounts.
If culture and nature arenâ€™t really for you, then the City Centre is a shopping haven. Trinity is the largest shopping centre, and the city also has a Harvey Nichols, House of Fraser and many designer stores if your desires are a little more high-end. Vintage shops such, as Mad Elizabethâ€™s in the Corn Exchange or Blue Rinse on Call Lane, are top choices if youâ€™re looking for affordable, quirky clothing. The new Victoria shopping centre houses the largest John Lewis store outside of London.
4) It’s easy to get home
The city’s train station serves all of the country’s main stations such as Manchester Piccadilly, London King’s Cross and Birmingham New Street, and you can also get coaches with National Express and Megabus to just about anywhere in the country for a fraction of the price.
We’re sure you’ll agree that Leeds is the best student city in the country. To see our full list of Leeds student properties available for the next academic year, click here or call our Student Team on 0113 322 9324.