Life as a Leeds student is exciting, fun and inspiring and thanks to it’s safe and welcoming community you’ll be made to feel right at home from the very second you arrive.

With students making up a large part of this northern city’s population, Leeds is well equipped and focused on giving students the best it has to offer.

CitySide is one of Downing Student’s newest student housing developments and with its state-of-the-art interiors, in-built-facilities and the exceptional quality and attention to detail you come to expect from Downing Students, this really is student accommodation like no other. Designed by architects to be purpose built for the modern student lifestyle, CitySide is located in the heart of the university district. With the University of Leeds on one side and Leeds  Beckett University  on the other, it is also perfectly situated for students of Leeds College of Art, Leeds College of Music and Leeds University of Law. No matter where you choose to study, your journey will be quick and simple, giving you that essential extra time to catch up on sleep after all that late night studying and partying.

Once a thriving industrial centre, Leeds is now the epitome of a modern, multicultural, well-planned city and a revered student hub. Surrounded by the stunning Yorkshire Dales, Leeds gives you a taste of both urban and country living. With a good choice of arts and entertainments, history and heritage, Victorian and Edwardian architecture, city living has much to offer the Leeds student. And for the times you want to escape your studies, you can pack away the books and explore the natural beauty of the famed English countryside, perhaps trying out the wide range of outdoor activities, such as horse riding, mountain biking and climbing.

Small in size, big on opportunities, Leeds is everything you could want from a student city and with Downing Students helping you settle in to your new student home you’ll be wishing you’d come here sooner.


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Living Here

Leeds is the UK’s fourth largest urban economy, which means it is packed full of opportunities for its thriving 250,000 plus student base. And the compact city layout ensures shopping, eating, drinking, socialising and sporting and leisure activities are all within easy reach. Leeds is also well connected to all major UK cities by main train station and international airport, making life particularly easy for international students when visiting home.

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