The University of Leeds was established in the year 1904 when it was granted a royal charter by King Edwards VII. A part of the esteemed Russell Group of leading UK universities, the University of Leeds tends to be one of the most preferred choices amongst students from around the world. Also having ranked in the top 100 in the QS World University Rankings 2019 only adds to the list of advantages of studying here. Currently, the university has more than 33,000 students enrolled from over 140 countries across the globe.
The university is spread across 1,230 acres of land in total, with the main campus taking up more than 98 acres. The main campus is located around 1.6 km (1 mile) north of the heart of the city centre and comprises a mixture of historical art deco and postmodern buildings, making it a diverse campus in terms of building styles and history. The university’s main campus offers facilities that include excellent research facilities and teaching space, four major libraries, a state-of-the-art fitness centre with a swimming pool, and a contemporary performance space.
The University of Leeds offers one of the largest range of courses amongst universities in the UK, with more than 300 undergraduate and 200 taught postgraduate programs across their seven faculties. Award-winning Leeds University Union is one of the best and most active students’ unions in the country. The students have nothing to worry about as the university is home to more than 300 student-led clubs and active societies, so you will find that there is something for everyone no matter what their interest. The University of Leeds features in the top ten for the following subjects such as Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Art and Design, Marketing, English, and many others.
Leeds for students
Leeds city center has also been named one of the UK’s best places to live by The Sunday Times 2019. It is the third-largest and fastest-growing city, with the 2nd largest business hub in the UK after London. Another reason why Leeds is chosen by students is that it is one of the most popular and affordable student cities in the UK. Leeds is well-connected nationally as well as internationally with exceptional transport links by road, rail, and air as it is just two hours by train from London and Sheffield. International students will find that the airport is just a 30-minutes away by car.
Types of Accommodation
The city of Leeds is home to a majority of students from around the world and it is not feasible for all of them to find accommodation on the campus. This is why the city has an impressive range of accommodations from modern, purpose-built student accommodations to private apartments close to the university campus and the city centre.
Leeds has a wide network of buses and trains that usually run from around 5 am to 11 pm, depending on the route, making it easy to travel in and around the city. Leeds Train Station is the main train station in the city and is a few minutes away from the city’s main shopping area. When the weather is pleasant, take a ride around the streets on your bicycle and explore the city. With the university campus only a few minutes from the various accommodations, most students prefer to walk.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the different types of accommodation?
University Living offers private accommodation close to universities with fewer restrictions and more options. Take your pick from shared and private rooms, studios, and apartments. We also offer short-term stays for students in summer school and exchange programs.
What are the different types of rooms?
The major room types are:
Sharing: This is where 2 or more students share a single room, washroom, kitchen, and other communal spaces.
Ensuite/Private: This includes a private bedroom and bathroom, while the kitchen and living areas are shared.
Studios: This is a self-contained unit with a bedroom and cooking space along with a private washroom. Two students may book a single studio together, subject to the policies of the accommodation provider.
How do I know my accommodation is safe?
All properties listed by University Living are personally verified by the team or their representatives. Each accommodation has foolproof safety measures in place, including CCTV, secure door entries, restricted access, and more.
Does my accommodation offer meals?
Most accommodations are self-catered, but you can always ask the reception to connect you with local food delivery vendors!
Will I get cleaning and laundry services?
Most properties have on-site, coin-operated washing machines that make laundry a breeze. Students are expected to keep their rooms clean while common areas are looked after by maintenance staff at regular intervals. If you’re unwilling to get your hands dirty, contact the reception for professional cleaning services at an extra fee.
Is there Wi-Fi?
Yes, all our accommodation have strong internet connectivity.
Does my accommodation offer parking facilities?
Most properties have bike storage available. Please contact your Servicing Manager to request car parking facility.
What items should I bring while moving in?
Students are expected to bring their own bedding, kitchen utensils, cutlery, and bathroom essentials. If that’s too much, our good friends at UniKitOut will deliver all these and more to your UK accommodation even before you move in!
What if I don’t like my accommodation after moving in?
We try our best to find accommodation that meets all your needs. If you still don’t like your accommodation due to unforeseen circumstances, we will try to replace your room within 30 days for a one-time fee of £250.
Where do I report any issues with my accommodation?
Please contact the on-site maintenance office or reception to report any issues.
Do I have to vacate my room during holidays?
Never. Your room belongs to you for the entirety of your tenancy period!