My average day…
There is so much going on in and around Leeds on a daily basis, that the average day in Leeds can be a fun filled and jam packed one!
I usually start the day off with a trip to the gym in Kirkstall, just a 20-minute walk from Headingley or a 5-minute walk from Kirkstall Brewery…it’s brilliant. Of course, there is also the gym at university on offer if you’d prefer to work-out on campus.
Next, I will grab a coffee for my walk home, with a Starbucks and a Costa either side of the gym there is plenty to choose from. If I am feeling tired from the gym, there are a number of buses that pick up from right outside the gym, approximately every 10 minutes. So if I’m too tired to walk I can grab one of them back home.
Then it will be time for me to head to university for an afternoon of studying. I will be based at either Headingley Campus or have the pleasure of being at the Carnegie Stadium; with my studies being a mix of lectures, seminars and practical. If I need a little pick me up during the day there is a great Campus Café (Tiki), campus shop or plenty of vending machines to grab a quick snack/drink.
After an afternoon of studying I will take the walk through Beckett Park to my house in Headingley. When living in accommodation such as Kirkstall Brewery, there are free buses run by the university to and from your accommodation every 30 mins. This is really handy when you are finishing late at uni or the weather is not enjoyable for a walk.
Being at Leeds Beckett and making friends was really easy for me, I have met some great people and made a lot of great friends since being here.
In my first year I made a lot of friends in my halls, I lived at Kirkstall Brewery. Kirkstall Brewery was great for making friends; with a social bar on site, quiet area where we could work together, a weekly quiz, and a cinema and a games room. This made it easy for us all to hang out together on site and I got to mingle with some of my flat mate’s course mates too.
A lot of my course mates lived in the same halls as me, so this made it easy to meet up outside of university time too. I also made a special bond with one of my flat mates who I spent a lot of time with in the flat; watching movies, cooking together, eating together and just having a general chat and a cuddle. I am now living with her and some people from her course in a house in Headingley, and I know that I have made friends for life.
In our house we love having movie nights and sitting down to have our tea together most evenings. We go on food shops together during the day, and at night enjoy a night out in town. We do enjoy a little bit of time on our own in our rooms chilling out, studying, and chatting to our family. But, the majority of the time, we’re all together – we’re usually annoying someone whilst they are trying to get stuff done!
So, you may be thinking 'is Leeds Beckett right for me?'...
Overall, I think that being at Leeds Beckett was the right choice for me and I thoroughly enjoy it. With everything on your doorstep it is really nice to be able to get up to a variety of things, and it’s such a friendly and fun city! Here are my tips for getting the most out of your experience here to make sure you enjoy it as much as me.
Get involved in as much as you can when you join – because there’s lots going on! Within your first couple of weeks at university you have the opportunity to attend Freshers’ Fair; where you can learn all about the sports clubs and societies on offer to you. I recommend going to this, it’s a great way to try new things out, and meet some of the people already in that sports team or society.
When you first move into your accommodation, be confident enough to go and mingle in the kitchen when your family leave you. This is the prime time to bond and make friends with your flatmates (we still talk about it to this day), everyone is in the same boat and will be feeling the same as you!
University will be the best few years of your life, and you will make friends that will stay with you forever – so step out of your comfort zone and enjoy it!