With so many accommodation choices available at Leeds Beckett, choosing where to stay in during your first year of university can be a difficult decision. During my first year I chose to live in The Plaza – it’s a popular, modern and lively hall of residence in Leeds’ city centre.
I decided to stay in the Plaza as I wanted to live in halls that were close to university and in a central location. I also wanted the comfort of my own en-suite and double bed, and the Plaza offered both of these facilities.
In addition to each apartment's facilities, the Plaza offers a free gym on-site, which was a great, convenient way to stay fit during university. Downstairs in reception there’s a cinema room and a games room, which I particularly enjoyed as they were good areas for socialising.
During my stay I was lucky enough to be on the 8th floor, which meant I had a brilliant view of Leeds from my bedroom window. I shared my flat with four other first year students, who I got along well with. What helped us to bond was that we were able to find each other through the ‘Plaza 2016/2017’ Facebook group before we’d even arrived. We were able to chat and find out what dates we were all moving in, and get to know each other a little. I would definitely recommend trying to find your future flat mates through accommodation groups before moving in, as it adds to the excitement and makes the experience a little less daunting.
The Plaza is in such a good location for students studying at Leeds Beckett’s City Campus. The main university buildings, such as the 24/7 library and Rose Bowl, are only a 5 minute walk away. It's also less than a 15 minute walk to the heart of the city - including Trinity Leeds shopping centre, the Corn Exchange shopping centre and Call Lane’s bars and restaurants.
There are, however, also a number of shops and amenities just over the road from the Plaza. This includes the Merrion Centre - a shopping center which has a large Morrisons supermarket, Boots, Poundworld, PureGym, Burger King, and more convenient shops. The Plaza also has a good number of bars and clubs right on it’s doorstep, and a Wetherspoons literally across the road!
My personal favourite place to go in first year was Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen, which is only a 10 minute walk from the Plaza. It does lovely food, including individual slices of pizza, brilliant cocktails, and has a wonderful heated rooftop garden – perfect for summer or winter days and nights out.
So, if you’re stuck for where to stay during your first year of university, I would definitely recommend The Plaza. I think everyone would enjoy its modern flats and convenient central location.