Located in the north of England Leeds is becoming one of the most popular locations for placement students here in the UK. The city has so much to offer, a lively nightlife, plenty of cultural activities, unbeatable shopping and convenient transport links. Here are just some of the reasons why you should consider spending your placement year in Leeds.
It is a city focused on students
Leeds has a number of universities and higher education colleges which makes it a top notch student-orientated city. More and more students choose Leeds for their studies or placement year so there are student deals galore, that shouldn’t be missed!
Taste the real ale
Yorkshire is a leader on the craft beer trend and growing more and more. Leeds is the ideal place to start sampling the best of what the county has to offer. Breweries and pubs are popping out in every street corner and are available for every budget and taste.
Whether you head down The Calls or up Merrion Street, there are loads of places to go out in Leeds – but none of them are quite as famous as Call Lane. Home to everything from cool rock ‘n’roll haunts to secret cocktail bars, it’s the most famous nightspot in the city.
Excellent transport links
Leeds has excellent transport links connecting the city to the rest of the UK. You can easily catch a train to most places in the country. Leeds also has an airport (Leeds Bradford Airport) which is extremely useful for international students who want to fly home regularly. Both universities are also ideally located right in the City Centre, so students can easily walk to most places.
Leeds might be a big city, but it is a northern city so it is very easy to secure cheap accommodation. You can get accommodation for less than £90 per week which will really help with your budget!
Close to the countryside
If you are interested in outdoors sports or just a walk around nature, Leeds is very close to the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. The Yorkshire Dales National Park is full of stone-built villages, stunning landscapes and vibrant communities as well as Outdoor activities including horse riding, mountain biking and climbing.
Music and cultural events
In Leeds you’ll find gigs, festivals, films, workshops, performances, pop-up galleries, events by Leeds artists and national tours from household names. There is something going on at all times of the year so you will never get bored – winning!
Shopping in Leeds
Leeds is a mecca for shopping, with its compact City Centre which is walk able, the city is a shopper’s paradise. Named the best shopping destination in the UK by the rough guide to Britain, Leeds City Centre has over 1,000 shops. Wonderfully diverse, Leeds combines quirky boutiques with high-end luxury and the big name high street brands, so there really is something for everyone.
Safe and Easy
Thanks to its small size, Leeds is a comfortable city and considerably easy to navigate around. Thanks to how close the community is, it shouldn’t take you long to feel safe and right at home.
If sport is your thing, then Leeds is definitely for you. It’s the only city in the UK that has a Championship football team, a Super League rugby league team, a Premiership rugby union team and a county cricket team – and all of them offer deals for students.
Leeds is a city that never rests and has something to offer for every kind of placement student. Go ahead and experience it yourself and we promise you, you will have an amazing time!