Life at Leeds

Third in the UK for Student Experience

The Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey, 2018

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Laura, Khalid and Ahmed at the Balcony cafe on campus

The University of Leeds is one of the oldest in the UK

Our University libraries have over 2.8 million books

University of Leeds Parkinson Building at night

Leeds is a Financial Centre of Excellence (UKTI 2016)

An excellent place to study your MBA

Leeds city centre at night

One of the UK's largest single campus universities

Leeds city centre is just one mile away from campus

The Great Hall

Life on campus

The University of Leeds is one of the largest single-campus universities in the UK. Located in the heart of the city, with a lively community of over 30,000 students, you can enjoy the buzz of campus life and still be just a 10-minute walk from the cosmopolitan centre of Leeds.

Dr Emilee Simmons shares her experience of studying the full-time MBA programme at Leeds University Business School.

When you arrive in Leeds, support from our MBA team, Student Advice Centre and International Student Office helps to make your transition to life in Leeds as smooth as possible.

We encourage you to connect with your MBA colleagues from the start, to share experiences and build relationships and friendships. 

The Business School boasts impressive study and recreational facilities for students and staff. You can take a virtual tour of our lecture theatres, study areas, seminar rooms and cafes.

You can also look around the University of Leeds campus on Google Street View, you can start at the Parkinson Building or start at Leeds University Union.

City life

We have the city centre on our doorstep. Our students talk about the wide variety of shops, the nightlife and cultural and historical attractions.

Leeds is a bustling city, surrounded by beautiful countryside. 

With a population of three-quarters of a million people, Leeds is home to people from around 75 different nationalities. This gives the city a strong multicultural base, and makes it an especially welcoming place for all origins and faiths.

You'll find a thriving arts and cultural scene with theatres, cinemas, music venues, museums, art galleries and a host of annual street festivals. The city offers a huge range of places to eat and drink, and has become one of the UK's ultimate shopping destinations. Read more about city life 

If you enjoy keeping active, the city is also a gateway to some of the finest cycling, walking and climbing routes in the UK. Leeds is within easy reach of the Yorkshire Dales, Lake District and Peak District. You can also visit the historic towns of York and Harrogate nearby.

Our Students' Union offers guidance about the typical cost of living for students in Leeds. If you are an international student, the international student calculator can help you budget for living and studying in the UK.


Travelling to and from Leeds is quick and easy. The city enjoys excellent transport links by road and rail to the UK's major cities, including London which is just two hours away by train. Leeds Bradford airport is just a few miles from the city centre and provides regular flights to the major international hubs. There is also a frequent direct train service to Manchester Airport, which takes less than an hour.