The fastest growing and third largest city in England, Leeds was voted one of the best university destinations in UK. Leeds draws many international students as the local top universities are acknowledged for research power, creative teaching style, interested in training students to become experts in their chosen field. Enjoy the vibrant night life, the cosmopolitan atmosphere and have a great study abroad experience!
Leeds is the country's fourth largest urban economy, having as major sectors: banking and related financial services, insurance, retail (including luxury goods market), public administration, education and health.
Leeds is home to big companies like: Yorkshire Bank, Barclays, HSBC, Santander, Lloyds Banking Group and RBS Group, Leeds Building Society and Northern Foods. Capita Group, KPMG, Direct Line, Aviva, Yorkshire Building Society, BT Group, Telefónica Europe, Activision.
International students can experience real projects and challenges in the many internship opportunities available in local companies.
Leeds is a fascinating and vibrant city, combining beautiful, natural landscapes with urban attractions and a rich night life. Leeds has a little something for everyone, so you will surely not get bored here.
Most popular cultural attractions in Leeds are:
Walk around the city's parks: Roundhay and Temple Newsam and along Millennium Square, right in the centre of the city, where you will always have something interesting to see or do, like fairs, exhibitions and more. Check out Trinity Leeds shopping centre for some nice fashion stores.
Highly interesting and recommended is for you to see a play at the City Varieties Music Hall, which hosted performances by Charlie Chaplin and Harry Houdini. You can also watch nice dance performances at Phoenix Dance Theatre, and Northern Ballet Theatre.
Have fun and enjoy one of the many festivals Leeds organises, such as Leeds Carnival, or the Leeds International Film Festival, the largest film festival in England outside London.
Leeds is one of the UK's hotspots for nightlife, so you have a large number of pubs, bars, nightclubs and restaurants, as well as a multitude of venues for live music to choose from when you go out at night.
Apart from the international environment covered by the multicultural student population, Leeds is home to several ethnic communities: Irish, Polish, Asians (Indian, Pakistani, Chinese), and a small number of Africans.
Leeds is extremely open towards foreigners and different cultures and this fact is marked by the many events the city hosts which positively welcome cultural coexistence.
In Leeds, summers are usually mild, with moderate rainfall and winters are chilly, cloudy with occasional snow and frost, although these may occur in either of the four seasons. July is the warmest month, with a mean temperature of 16 °C (61 °F), with sometimes the average daytime temperatures exceeding 25.0 °C (77.0 °F). January is the coldest month, with a mean temperature of 3 °C (37 °F).
Accommodation options in Leeds include:
Leeds is one of the least expensive cities you can live in U.K. Generally, you won’t have to make big compromises when managing your monthly budget. Between 750 and 800 GBP should be enough for all monthly expenditures (accommodation, food bills, moderate social activities, public transportation and books or other learning materials).
A meal in a budget restaurant costs between 9 and 12 GBP, while for your supermarket food bills you would spend around 120 GBP/month. A student bus pass costs 43 GBP/month and you should remember to use the ISIC card that offers you great deals in several places like restaurants, museum, stores etc.
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