Leeds is one of the largest cities within the United Kingdom, and is also one of the biggest in terms of student population given that it coasts the University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett, Leeds Trinity and the Colleges of Art and Music. The city itself is incredibly lively and friendly, with some of the lowest costs of living around in regard to student housing. The student population in the city is approximately 65,000 so you're bound to bump into one or two peers from neighboring institutions along the way!
The number and variety of clubs and bars in Leeds is a testament to the fact this place LOVES to party. The sheer number of club nights on offer can cause quite the dilemma for any first time student in the city, so it pays to shop around, and check out all the different offerings! The infamous Mint Club boasts £1 entry to the venue on some evenings and to add to that is not too pricey in regard to drinks! The Hifi Club is more for those within the alternative scene and champions a sublime Tuesday club-night. Bed is another epic venue which is a popular destination for societies, primarily at Leeds University. Another popular student venue is Mission, again with cheap as chips drinks including huge cocktail buckets for just £5!
Music lovers are well provided for in Leeds, with every genre catered for including jazz, classical, rock, indie and heavy-metal. The city has a plethora of smashing music venues, predominantly covering the alternative scene, including The Cockpit, Leeds Beckett, University of Leeds, The Corn Exchange, Leeds Arena, Brudenell Social Club and the O2 Academy to name but a few.
Leeds is also home to the Hyde Park Picture House, an exquisite evening out offering a very unique cinema experience. Other cultural offerings include the Royal Armories which has free entry, the City Art Gallery, The Abbey House Museum, Leeds City Museum and the Henry Moore Centre for those art aficionados.
Shopping in Leeds is never dull. For those with a penchant for the finer things in life you can pop over to the Victoria Quarter to sip a Starbucks while you take in the latest fashion trends at Harvey Nicholls. Or, for the trendier, hipster student why not frequent Granary Wharf and the Corn Exchange, both of which boast independent traders sell a wide variety of knick-knacks.