Location: Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, England, LS2 9JT
Size: 23,256 students
Percent Women: 59%
Tuition (one year): £9000 per year for tuition. Self-catering accommodation ranges from £3250 - £6450 for a 42-week contract. Catered accommodation ranges from £5200 - £7100 for a 39-week contract.
Most Popular Majors: History, English, Education and Earth Sciences
Greek Life: No
Acceptance Rate: 1 in 6 applicants are accepted
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit The University of Leeds' website at www.leeds.ac.uk
Why Choose Leeds?
"The Broadcast Journalism course at Leeds is amazing. I couldn't miss the opportunity to be taught by such talented tutors, the majority of whom have actually been journalists at some point in their lives and share their real life experiences on a hugely hands-on course."
"You can't beat the city life of Leeds! It has everything here: the shops, the food, the nightlife, the culture, and the facilities like museums, galleries and libraries."
"Leeds has the perfect combination of campus and city living. The uni is very much in its own private area, but this is only minutes from the city centre. What more could you want?!"
"I chose Leeds because I'd heard such good things, and when I visited on an open day I just got that feeling - cheesey I know! It offers fantastic facilities too like the libraries, the Union, and the gym that is even free to first year students."
"The University of Leeds has been voted the best in the country for people going into careers in the media. There are so many people to help you out career wise and you'll get some great opportunities to establish connections with businesses at the career fairs held throughout the year. It's great knowing you're somewhere that will give your future a kick-start."
A + Features
"Not only does the university boast world class teaching and research facilities, but the student community is really strong. Leeds University Union has won numerous awards over the years, and it's not difficult to understand why. The building is home to two bars, one refectory, a cafe and various extra food outlets, shops, student media, meeting rooms, a huge underground nightclub, rehearsal space..... the list goes on. It's definitely the stand out feature of the campus!"
"Not only is the Brotherton Library a gorgeous building, its also got a perfect atmosphere for work. If you pefer somewhere a bit less quiet, there's so many cafes and group work spaces that you can make use of."
"If you really want to get a feel for the old traditional English Uni, then the hidden cafe is the place to be! I love chilling on the cosy armchairs and trying all the different varieties of tea. YUM!"
"There's always something going on! Because there are so many societies, each hosting events, you'll never be stuck for something to do. The range of performing arts and shows on around campus is great, especially if you fancy seeing something a bit different."
"The only complaint that I have about Leeds University is that many of the student halls aren't very cosy. Most of the accommodation does not feature any communal area other than the kitchen, so there's nowhere really to relax with friends other than your bedroom. However, the new developments of Central Village (the new blocks of halls) all feature a living area and a common room, so this is being improved upon, which is great!"
"The night life in Leeds is primarily House music, which isn't to everyone's taste. However, Fruity Fridays in the Student Union bring a night full of cheesy pop, and the alternative mucis scene is pretty great too. Once you've found where you like, you'll realise there's nights out for everyone, it just sometimes takes a bit of finding."
"People NEVER wear heels on nights out in Leeds - ever! And I love heels!"
New Collegiette on Campus
"For new students starting at Leeds, halls are the place to be! You'll be placed in a flat with several others, usually ranging from around 3 to as many as 10. Some flats will share bathroom facilities and kitchens, whilst others are ensuite and sometimes catered. These halls have a fantastic social life to them, with events put on for residents. For those living near campus, 9ams are so close that you can roll out of bed into the lecture theatre. Meanwhile, for those living further out in the student suburb of Headingley, you get to enjoy a plethora of student budget pubs, cafes and charity shops!"
"On your course there should be chances to get to speak to older years, and we'd also strongly recommend getting involved with societies... especially Her Campus! Intro activities at the beginning of the year are often put on by your department and the student union, and there are loads of opportunities to meet new people during Freshers' Week."
"There are so many people and places that you can go to fo advice if you have any problems at all. It makes being away from home so much easier."
"There are so many international students in Leeds, I'm loving meeting people from so many different cultures! It's so different from being at school, where everyone was from the same town. I thik Freshers Week is really exciting for this reason, and because everyone is new, making friends with people (from all over the world!) is so easy!"
"The Fresher's Fair in the first week of term is my favourite time of year. You get free pizza handed to you on campus all the time! What could be better than that?"
All About Academics
The most popular departments are History, English, Education and Earth Sciences. Workload can vary based on subject, as can contact hours. However, all courses are academically challenging. Here's what some our the students at Leeds said about their academic life:
"Most will involve a dissertation research project, or equivalent practical portfolio, in the final year. Either way, it's a lot of very hard work, and incredibly challenging!"
"Modules will vary and some course give the option to choose most of what you do, as well as the option to take electives from other courses. However, other courses will have more set syllabuses."
"The Brotherton and Edward Boyle libraries are THE places to study, and remain open 24 hours during exam season."
"The work is hard, there's no denying that. But at the end of the day, you're getting a degree from a world-wide respected university, so it's totally worth it!"
"The personal tutor you're assigned to in your first week is great to help with academic advice. They're professional but friendly, so you always have someone to talk to about anything you might be finding hard work wise."
Learn from the Best
So which classes, professors and departments have stood out for our students?...
"Dr Adrian Quinn in the ICS is great fun, as is documentary guru Dr David Lee. Both really know what they're talking about!"
"British politics classes have been really fascinating, and brilliantly taught."
"Offices hours tend to be really helpful in the run up to big deadlines, but I often don't find the time to go to them as much as I should."
"My Ancient Philosophy class is so hard, but so interesting! It makes me really proud to be a Leeds student when I conquer the work in that class!"
"Writing mentors in the English Department are great to help you to figure out your essay feedback and see where you need to improve. Since they're students, it's great if you don't want to discuss things with your tutor but would prefer someone who is also a student to talk you through things."
Interests & Involvement
"Myself and most of my friends are involved in clubs and socities. You can find out more and join online on the union's website (www.leedsuniversityunion.org.uk), or meet the committees at freshers' fairs at the beginning of the year. These are also a great place for picking up lots of freebies!"
"Media societies like the radio and tv station are popular, as are big sports teams like rugby... we have something like 7 different levels of teams!"
"Society membership is such a fantastic way to meet likeminded people, and has provided me with some great friendships during my time at Leeds."
"It's pretty straight forward to set up your own society, as demonstrated by our very own Her Campus Leeds!"
‘There are about 39 different sport and athletic societies at the university including Basketball, Football, Rowing, American Football, Netball and so many more! It will always amaze me what a diverse set of sporting activities are available through the university and its union.’
‘There is a huge Rugby event every year as part of the Leeds Met vs Leeds Uni Varsity competition. After a day of different sporting events there’s the match at the Carnegie Stadium nearby, the roars of the crowd can be heard for miles!’
‘The social side of being in a sports team is a major draw for a lot of students. The team spirit carries on well beyond practicing the sport itself.’
‘I don’t like playing sports so I’m part of the cheerleading team. That way I get to be proud of our teams and do something I enjoy to take my mind off all the hard studying.’
‘Our gym, The Edge, is amazing… and not just for a university. It has hosted Olympic teams before for their practice. It is a part of the university everyone is proud of.’
‘There are two female based media societies at the university: Her Campus and Lippy. I’m a part of Lippy because it allows me to write what I want about feminism and politics, there is nothing more inspiring than getting together with like- minded people and getting passionate about current affairs.'
‘The fashion society is so much fun. We go on shopping trips together and sometimes we manage to get good offers on clothes!’
‘I think the style of the students at the University of Leeds is so cool. Not a day goes by where I don’t see an item of clothing someone is wearing and wish I had one too.’
‘The university works to ensure equality not just in terms of gender but also mental health issues, race and sexuality. There is an effort made- and people employed- to ensure the equalities side of the university is fair and diverse.’
‘I’ve made some of my best friends at university. No matter what my girls are always there for me, if you can survive the stresses of the final year together you know you’ve got keepers!’
Food & Drink
‘The wine society has made me into a real connoisseur. At first I didn’t really get the difference between wines, but now it’s an impressive party trick to be able to tell people what is in the wine we’re drinking!’
‘The baking society (I think) is the most chilled group… ever! What better way is there to wind down than cupcakes?’
‘There are many places to eat on campus. Our favourite is The Old Bar because you get that traditional pub feel and the food is really low in price, but high in quality! There are cafes all over campus that you can study in. We have things set up like loyalty cards so you get a free coffee or meal deal if you get enough stamps.’
‘My halls are catered, which has been a real comfort. Some of my friends are self- catered and they are jealous that I can go home to a warm meal after hours sat in the library.’
‘I’m in self- catered halls, and I love it because it’s kind of given me a new independence. I even cook for my family sometimes when I go home now.’
"I love how there's so much going on in Leeds, both in the city and on the university campus. There are events and nights to cater for everyone... whatever you're into!"
"No University of Leeds experience is complete without regular trips to Fruity Fridays downstairs in the union... I'm not ashamed to say, that it's the highlight of my week!"
"I'd say that most of my friends do drink on nights out, and there is a pretty heavy drug scene in Leeds, but there's no pressure to join in. Everyone is accepting on each others' decisions, and as a non-drinker I enjoy my nights just as much, if not more... at least I can remember them in the morning."
"I think that the union's Give it a Go programme of events is a great way to try new things and meet new people... it's really lovely being able to have different groups of friends that I've made through societies, outside of my halls and my course."
"You get placed in halls in first year where you share a flat with other freshers. Some are catered, some are self catered, and in some you'll have your own ensuite. Most people have their own room, and you get randomly placed with flat mates so could end up with a real variety of people."
"I lived quite far away from uni in Headingley, which is lovely and there are lots of buses running to campus. Other friends lived right on campus so could literally roll out of bed into lectures!"
"You need keys and a safety fob to get in, and there's security at night, so it feels pretty secure."
"In second year everyone shares houses out in areas like Hyde Park and Headingley... this is way cheaper than halls but still really sociable."
"Leeds is fantastic, it's so huge and thriving, and has all the shops and amenities that you could want... but the stunning local countryside is just a bus or train ride away!"
"Most things are within walking distance, and you can get hold of a cheap bus pass as a student as well."
"The nightlife here is second to none... we're literally spoilt for choice. On any given night, there are about ten places that you could go."
"I think that the students are a big part of Leeds... the locals are accepting of us."
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