Best Things to Do in Leeds for Students

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With 45,000 students studying at the three major universities in Leeds, this is one of the most vibrant student cities in the UK.

With its impressive shopping district, nightlife and entertainment options, plus loads of space to enjoy the outdoors when the weather’s sunny, you’ll never be short of things to do in this bustling city.


Three Best Things To Do In Leeds For Students


Hyde Park Picture House

Catch a film at one of the oldest cinemas in the country – Hyde Park Picture House. This cosy cinema is perfect for film lovers and first dates!

Listen to live music

With a vibrant music scene, you’ll find loads of local and touring bands playing around the city every night. It’s quite easy to find free gigs – you’ll just need a few quid for drinks. Check out The Smokestack for country or jazz or Brudenell Social Club, Belgrave Music Hall and Headrow House for the latest up-and-coming bands.

Join the Otley Run

Join in on the biggest pub crawl route in Leeds – a 16 bar all-day drinking challenge. The Otley Run route starts at Woodies Ale House in Headingley and goes all the way into Leeds City Centre, though you can start or finish wherever you like!

Free Things To Do In Leeds


Get cultural at Tetley

Explore the three floors of contemporary art in this former brewery. The Tetley has free admission as well as free workshops, activities and occasional open days.

Join the games at Victoria Square

Looking for something unusual to do on a sunny day? Head to Victoria Square for a game of giant chess or table tennis. Arrive early, or you’ll have to wait your turn!

Try the eclectic Leeds Welcome Art Crawl

Join in on this unique art tour to take in the creative public art around the city. From poetry on the pavement to contemporary sculptures, Einstein quotes and the biggest stained-glass window in the UK.

Attend Leeds Varsity

Attend the city’s biggest student sporting event, with 25 different sports happening all in one day! The event embraces the rivalry between the University of Leeds and Leeds Becket University. Entry to spectators is free.

Find student accommodation in Leeds

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