Ultimate Guide To Student Life In Leeds

By on September 6th, 2022


The big move in weekend is just around the corner for Downing Students 22/23. Your student life in Leeds is about to begin and you may have a rough idea of personal items you want to bring that you cannot live without at university, but as far as kitchen, cleaning and general life items… where do you start? We have got you with our trusty checklist so you don’t forget a thing. Now with packing covered, it is time to get excited about student life. This guide is packed with information and advice to get the most out of your new student life in Leeds.

Exploring Leeds


Leeds student life is brilliant, with plenty of attractions to visit if you have the afternoon off studying. For a mix of art, culture and history, head to Leeds Art Museum  and Leeds City Museum.

Hyde Park Picture House

If you are a film fan, we definitely recommend you visiting Hyde Park Picture House. The only gaslit cinema in the UK, showcasing niche & independent films.


Selfie Spots


The backdrops of some of your iconic student living memories right here!

Nelson Mandela Gardens

A perfect place to visit when the sun is shining.

Rob Burrow Mural

Unique graffiti art by @akse_p19 paying homage to Rugby Legend Rob Burrow

Leeds Town Hall

A wonderful historic building currently closed for refurbishment- but that doesn’t stop you taking in the amazing views from outside!


Where To Shop In Leeds

 A bit of retail therapy when the all-important student living costs are covered never hurt anybody… right?

Corn Exchange

Head here at some point in your student life in Leeds for some quirky shops, including: plant shops, arts and crafts, piercing and tattoo parlours, clothing and food.


Everything under one roof- shops, bars and restaurants too!

Kirkgate Market

Considered one of the largest indoor markets in Europe, this place is a shopper’s paradise! From fresh food and drink, fashion, jewellery, haberdashery and more.

Victoria Quarter

Like to treat yourself to some designer pieces now and again? Visit Victoria Quarter. Hello Jo Malone, Louis Vuitton, Mulberry, Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood and more!

Cafes In Leeds


One for the gram, this is a great place for a change of scenery while studying and a nice bite to eat.


A great independent coffee hotspot, ideal for a study session

Places To Eat In Leeds

Leeds is such a great place for food choices, here are some of the best places to eat at while you are living in Leeds.

The Brunswick Pub


Craving a roast dinner and too far from home to get one? Head to The Brunswick Pub, for a great choice in menu covering vegan and gluten free options.

Thai Aroy Dee

Great authentic Thai Food. Head here between 12-5 any day to enjoy two courses for under £10!

Greek Street

A hub of chain restaurants including: Nando’s, Pizza Hut, Gusto and Slug & Lettuce

Nightlife in Leeds


Leeds student life is perfect, with a wide range of bars and clubs to visit, including…

The Dry Dock

A student bar, that is a boat… on dry land! Great for a cheap pint.


Well known for drag queen entertainers and Ru Paul style lip sync battles, this is definitely a place for a fun night!

Brudenell Social Club

An iconic music venue in Leeds if you love a gig, this is the place to be.


Let us know when you visit some of these hotspots by tagging us: @downing_students

Cityside host some great events throughout the year, pencil in the 26th September for the all-important welcome event!


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