Why Move to Leeds? A Guide for Students

With 6 universities and a student population of over 70,000, Leeds is one of the best places for students of any age. It boasts amazing nightlife and affordable living costs, as well as some of the most highly ranked universities in Europe. What’s not to love?

The Biggest City in Yorkshire

Leeds City Centre

Leeds is a Northern city in the West of Yorkshire, known for being a thriving city for students. As a student there, I find Leeds to have the perfect balance between city life and natural areas. There are plenty of bars and clubs for those who enjoy going out on the town. And lots of other activities such as a cat cafe, rock climbing, and fancy restaurants.


It’s also situated close to the Yorkshire countryside. Walking a little bit out of the city can take you to Meanwood Valley trail. A beautiful woodland trail that’s perfect for relaxing walks.


So let’s take a closer look at what makes Leeds a perfect student city.


High-Ranking University

High-ranking university

Leeds boasts a variety of universities, some of which have well known reputations. The University of Leeds is among the top 15 universities in the UK, and in the top 100 in the world. (According to QS World University Rankings). It has an impressive student union and a huge amount of societies.


Leeds Beckett is also a much heard-of university. It made into the top 4% of the world’s universities in 2016, and is well known for its sporting reputation.


Leeds is also home to several specialist universities. Including Leeds Arts University. Which is the only specialist Arts university in the North of England. The study-place of Henry Moore, it is the best in the country for Design & Crafts.


There is also Leeds College of Music, Leeds Trinity, and The University of Law. So you’re truly spoilt for academic choice!


Amazing Nightlife

Leeds nightlife

For many students, nightlife will be an integral part of their university experience. According to Which?, Leeds is among the top 10 places for student nightlife. It is the home of the much beloved Otley Run, and a vast amount of clubs and bars. Students can rest assured that their night’s out will always be wild.


If the stereotypical student night isn’t your scene, don’t worry! Leeds offers more than just drinking spots. You could visit Hyde Park Picture house, explore one of Leeds’ many galleries, or see a gig at the O2 Academy. Or, if you’re an animal lover, there’s the massively popular cat cafe.


Low Living Costs

low living costs leeds

If you’re moving to Leeds to live as a student, you’re in luck! Leeds was reported to have one of the lowest student living costs in the UK. It made it into WhatUni’s top 10 most affordable student cities for 2019. 


Travelling is cheap, too. You can walk or bike to most places in the city. Leeds Beckett also offers a student bike rental scheme. Buses are also frequent and you can get a student ticket for little over £1.


Sometimes, we can bring more things with us than we can fit. This is where storage comes in handy. There are lots of self-storage centres in Leeds that can keep your items safe. It’s a lot easier than trying to find room you don’t have. And cheaper than taking leftover things back home. 


Leeds culture


 its nightlife, Leeds also puts on many cultural events. Leeds’ Light Night is one of the UK’s biggest arts and light festivals. There are also frequent events and attractions set up in Millennium Square. Meaning the centre is rarely boring. It’s also home to LeedsFest, one of the most well-known music festivals in the UK.

Leeds is also a foodie-paradise. You’ll find lots of unique eateries, like The Man Behind the Curtain, Zaap, and Bulgogi Grill.

Different food festivals and markets also make frequent appearances.


Leeds is a true student haven. And even if you’re not a student, there’s something there for everyone! Affordable living and a vibrant centre make Leeds a welcoming place for everyone.

Moving There

So you’ve decided that Leeds is the perfect city for your new student life. But how do you go about moving there?

The process is easier than you might think, and affordable, too!

If you’re in need of a removals service, or self-storage facility, there are lots to choose from both in Leeds and its surrounding areas. You can also find lots of handy guides that break moving down into easy and manageable steps 

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