Leeds has long been one of the most popular student destinations in the UK. With four universities, art and culture dating back to before the Romans, and a vibrant social scene. Leeds is not only one of the north’s most visited cities but also one of the most iconic UK destinations.
So, if you are wondering whether Leeds should be your place of study for the forthcoming academic year, read our guide, put together by our Collegiate team, investigating six student attractions throughout the city.
Brudenell Social Club
We had trouble deciding upon our first student attraction to list, but after much discussion we finally decided on the famous Brudenell Social Club. The music venue is famous across the country for the live bands it hosts from around the world, the reasonably priced drinks and, of course, its location.
You can find Brudenell Social Club in the heart of Hyde Park, which is an ever-growing student hub and the perfect place for you to meet for a pint. One of the intriguing things about this venue is that, despite looking like a fairly run-down sports and social club, you walk in to discover a lively, modern set.
Bands including Franz Ferdinand have played secret gigs here in the past and their team is always on the lookout for the next big bands. So, you are likely to be one of the first to see the next big act if you visit this Leeds venue regularly.
Hyde Park Picture House
Second on our list is another from the Hyde Park region of the city, an ideal location for the majority of students.
The Hyde Park Picture House is one of the oldest cinemas in England. It was built at the start of the First World War. It has managed to keep much of its architectural wonder and survived decades of urban development.
When looking for things to do in Leeds with your friends, family, or of course, on a first date, this Leeds attraction is simply perfect. The cinema is cosy, historic and shows all the latest titles, keeping up with the likes of Odeon and Vue.
Royal Amouries Museum
If you are searching for something a little different, why not sample some of the more artistic and cultural attractions? The area has a famously rich heritage, having been occupied by both the Romans and the Vikings.
A great place to visit if you are searching for something more cultural is the Royal Armouries Museum.
The museum is the home of the nation’s collection of arms and armour, with five fascinating galleries. You can see weapons from war, tournaments, hunting, and self-defence, which all come with the remarkable and surprising stories you would expect from a top UK museum.
Leeds City Museum
Another must-see in Leeds is the City Museum, which has a varied collection of artefacts, including the famed Leeds Tiger and a 3,000 year old Egyptian mummy that survived a bomb raid. They also have an entire gallery dedicated to the city’s past. It includes exhibits from as far back as the Iron Age, alongside interactive exhibitions and a modern community cinema, making it the perfect place to go to find out more about the history of Yorkshire.
Leeds City Museum is free to visit, however you may have to pay a small entry fee for special exhibitions.
The Otley Run
There is also a range of places to visit in the evenings. Leeds has one of the best nightlife’s in the UK.
The Otley Run is perhaps one of the more famous pub crawls you can find, and runs through the city’s heart. The crawl actually starts in Headingley, which may sound familiar to any cricket fans, and runs past the front door of the University of Leeds and Leeds Metropolitan. This makes it perfect for the vast majority of students in the city.
When looking for a evening out with your friends, sports socials or perhaps the end of year extravaganzas, the Otley Run is likely to be the perfect student attraction in Leeds.
Our final recommendation is a visit to Kirkstall Abbey, surely one of the most historic sites you will find in Leeds.
The monastery has been there since the 1100’s and the ruins that remain are staggeringly picturesque. This attraction has been lovingly maintained over the centuries and was opened to the public in the 19th Century when Colonel North gave it to the city as a gift.
All of these student attractions in Leeds have their merits whether you are searching for a first date location, or just looking for some art or culture on a Sunday afternoon.
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