1. It's music to your ears
Latitude and Leeds Festivals are two of the biggest annual music events in the country, taking place in Leeds each summer. And with the city being host to some of the best music venues, you will be living in one of the UK's music capitals.
2. The city comes to life at night
Leeds has everything you need for a big night out. Whether you prefer a real ale to a cocktail, or indie rock to pumping techno, there’s something to suit all tastes.
3. Great place for foodies
Whatever food you love, Leeds will have something to keep your taste buds happy. You’ll never stray far from a great restaurant, café or pub serving food. From Italian, Japanese and Mexican to South Asian spices and traditional British flavours, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
4. Sounds like the place to be
Leeds is full of top music venues from The Brudenell Social Club to our very own music venue on campus, The Stage. Leeds First Direct Arena, the city's new 13,000-capacity music venue attracts top acts from around the world including Leeds band the Kaiser Chiefs.
5. Love sport? You've found the right place
Home to Leeds United, Super League giants Leeds Rhinos, Yorkshire Carnegie and Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Leeds is a city that is passionate about sport. The 2016 ITU World Triathlon was hosted in the city last June and saw hometown hero Alistair Brownlee claim a major victory.
6. Enjoy a royal day out
Offering free exhibitions and events all year round, The Royal Armouries is a great day out. Where else can you fire a crossbow or watch back-to-back screenings of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy? You can also get fencing lessons for just £5!
7. For the movie buff
Leeds plays host to the International Film Festival every November - it's the largest event of its kind in England, outside of London. In 2015 there were more than 300 screenings of films from countries around the world at venues across the city.
8. Shop 'til you drop
Well, that might be a little extreme. Leeds is fantastic place to shop though, whether you are looking for a second hand bargain or the latest designer must-have. The Corn Exchange is packed with quirky independent traders, Trinity Leeds is bursting with your favourite high street brands and the new Victoria Gate arcade, which opened in October 2016, will bring a little bit of bling.
9. Leeds Art Gallery
Take a stroll around the gallery’s exciting collections of paintings and sculptures, including The British Art Show - one of the biggest touring exhibitions of contemporary art in the UK. And best of all, it’s completely free.
10. Great green spaces
Hyde Park is THE student hangout on sunny days, while further afield Leeds has plenty of other beautiful green spaces for you to explore such as Roundhay Park and Meanwood Valley Trail. Our very own acre (pictured) is also hugely popular if you’re at our Headingley Campus.
11. The bratwurst and goulash, of course!
Christmas in Leeds isn’t complete without a trip to the Christkindelmarkt. Every year this festive German market takes over Millennium Square, in the heart of town, bringing with it rides, gift stalls and traditional German delicacies such as glühwein, bratwurst sausages, goulash, soups, schnitzels and stollen. Yummy.
12. Bright lights, big city
Another annual tradition is Light Night. Every October for one night only the city is given over to outdoor performance, big scale projections and fun for all ages.
13. Made in Leeds
Did you know comedian Leigh Francis (aka Keith Lemon) is from Leeds? The author of Bridget Jones, Helen Fielding, actor Jon Simm, Matthew Lewis (best known for playing Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films) and the top try scorer in Super League history Danny McGuire were all born in Leeds.
14. You'll be joining a thriving student community
Headingley is like your very own student town. It’s got a little bit of everything - a selection of great cafes, bars, and restaurants for all tastes. You’ll also find doctors, chemists and the home of student essentials, Wilkos!
15. It's in Yorkshire
Called ‘God’s own county’ by the locals and it’s easy to see why. Some of the country’s most beautiful scenery is on your doorstep. There’s also Victor and Pixel – the only Polar Bears in England – just a short trip away at Yorkshire Wildlife Park.