Student Guide to Leeds Centre LS1
Leeds is one of the leading cities in the country. It is a lively, modern and cosmopolitan city with a growing selection of student accommodation. It offers a wide range of bars and restaurants, fantastic shopping and arts and cultural highlights.
Eating & Drinking
There is a myriad of cool bistros, bars and restaurants not to mention independent coffee shops that make Leeds a popular location for student accommodation.
For laid back lunch times head to Arts Café and Bar or Harvey Nics. If it’s Italian you fancy why not try Da Mario or Ecco Pizzeria. Indian and Oriental lovers head straight for Akbars, Zouk or Thai Sabai. There is a choice of almost anything from any corner of the globe.
Leeds is renowned for a great night out and with over 150 pubs, bars and cafes it is no surprise. From the cool, well-established Calls district through to the modern, sophisticated feel of the newly developed Holbeck village, there is somewhere whatever your mood or budget.
Living in one of the UK’s liveliest cities, you will probably want to check out some of the many nightclubs on offer such as the O2 Academy with live acts and bans, or the critically acclaimed new club Mission. Or the Hi-Fi club for more laid back surroundings and the best in funk, soul and jazz.
Entertainment and culture
Leeds boasts a number of leading museums and galleries such as the Henry Moore Institute, Royal Armouries and the Leeds Art Gallery.
Northern Ballet Theatre encompasses a mix of classical ballet and more contemporary works and adaptations. You can also see touring productions at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Grand Theatre, which is home to Opera North.
With the arrival of the First Direct Arena, Leeds is almost guaranteed to see leading bands and acts land in Leeds whilst there are plenty of small, intimate venues offering live music.
Leeds is a shopper’s dream, with arguably some of the best shopping in the country. After Harvey Nichols opened their first store outside of London, the city has seen a host of designers, retailers and boutiques open stores and outlets.
In recent years, Leeds has added Trinity and The Light to the already existing retail centres; mixing shops, restaurants, cinemas, gyms and bars.
The Corn Exchange is magnificent domed structure with a large number of unique and independent boutiques. The building provides the perfect backdrop for the best in creative and innovative retailers.
The ornate Victoria Quarter boasts a range of specialist and high end brands such Ted Baker and All Saints under the elegant roof of the grade two listed building.
The famous Kirkgate Market houses over 800 specialist traders in the recently renovated Edwardian buildings. The market is actually the largest in the country, selling an eclectic range of food from around the world.
Leeds train station is one of the largest in the UK. There are services to all of West Yorkshire and a transpennine service to Manchester and Liverpool. A regular service reaches London in around 2.5 hours and there are also services to the Midlands and Scotland.
Metro bus services run throughout Leeds and the whole of West Yorkshire.
Leeds sits centrally in the country and therefore the M1 and M62 motorways are easily accessed.
With such a concentration of bars, restaurants and retailers there are generally a range of part time jobs available throughout the year.
Property in Leeds City Centre
The revitalisation of Leeds has enhanced its reputation as a great place to live. It all began back in 1980 when developers began converting old industrial warehouses aligning the Aire River and predominantly in and around The Calls into smart riverside apartments.
The pace was relentless, with the number of homes increasing ten-fold from 2,500 in 1996 to an estimated population of 25,000 in 2010. The majority of the development took place around the waterfront and to the South of the City.
The most exciting schemes included Clarence Dock, a large development of Leeds accommodation with a 1000 new properties to rent Leeds, as well as shops, restaurants, bars and cafés lining the picturesque waterfront and the Royal Armouries. Granary Wharf at Leeds Canal Basin took on a drastic transformation into a waterside village with shops, restaurants and three buildings providing over 200 new Apartments.