University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

No. Students: 33,000
Funding type: Public
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Why should I study here?

Discover the top reasons to study at University of Leeds

History and tradition

The University of Leeds has existed since 1904. Since then it has grown to become an internationally respected higher education institution, proud of its tradition and history

Going places

We have a vision to be in the top 50 universities in the world by 2015 and everything we do is aimed at reaching that goal. There is a real buzz on campus with everyone working towards this common end.


We excel at what we do. We are one of the top ten UK research universities with internationally recognised research making a real impact on the world. Our research is integrated with our teaching to give you an inspirational learning and teaching experience.


We are one of the biggest universities in the UK which means we can offer you an enormous range of courses. Whatever your interest you can find it here.

Our students

We have over 32,000 students from 142 countries. They provide a rich cultural diversity and interesting environment in which to live and study.

The campus

Our single campus is a ten-minute walk away from one of the most exciting cities in the UK.

Physical environment

A £194m investment in our estate is providing state-of-the-art new buildings and facilities to co-exist with our existing landmark buildings.


You will have access to an impressive range of resources to support your studies including an outstanding academic library and some of the best computing resources in the country.


As a student from the University of Leeds you will be highly employable and much in demand.

Leeds for life

You will acquire much more than a knowledge of your academic subject. We will equip you with the skills you need throughout your working life

We care about you

Support is available to you not only in your academic studies but in all aspects of your health and well-being.


You will join a friendly, welcoming community of staff and students. And when you graduate you will become one of our 250,000 alumniwho are all over the world.

Leeds University Union

Our award-winning students' union is one of the largest in the country and will be the focus of your social activities.


The city of Leeds, right on your doorstep, offers you endless opportunities for shopping, eating and drinking, sport, music, art, and nightlife. Come and explore!


At Leeds your voice, your ideas, your opinions count. Here you can unlock your potential and become the best that you can be.


The University of Leeds is a major teaching and research university in Leeds, West Yorkshire; one of the largest in the United Kingdom with over 32,000 full-time students.


The University is on a single campus about a ten-minute walk away from Leeds city centre. It is an eclectic mix of the old and the new reflecting its 100 years history. Brand new buildings and state-of-the-art facilities co-exist with impressive older landmark buildings in a variety of architectural styles.

Everything you are likely to need is on campus, with the added benefit of the bustling city a stone's throw away.


As a first year student you will spend most of your time on campus working, eating, sleeping or socialising. You will meet lots of new and interesting people on your course, in University, school and hall of residence activities, and in the clubs and societies you join.

We have a truly cosmopolitan campus with an international student population of nearly 6,000 drawn from 142 countries.

We work hard to make you feel at home wherever you come from and to support you through your time here. You will find that there is a very friendly atmosphere here and a sense of community among our 32,500 students.

Building futures

Exciting new changes are taking place on the campus. By 2015 we will have spent £194m on new buildings and refurbishment to provide us with the first-class facilities appropriate for a world-class institution.

We already have some splendid new buildings including the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff building which provides a one-stop-shop for student services and stage@leeds which includes a theatre complex. The Refectory, famous for its gigs, has been completely refurbished as has the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery which houses some of the University's art collection.


Leeds is the 'capital' of the Yorkshire and Humber region and a major centre for shopping, arts, sport, leisure, entertainment and nightlife. Everything you would expect, and more, is here and if you want a break from all the activity and excitement you can easily get to the beautiful surrounding countryside and many places of interest.

Over 750,000 people live in Leeds and many students stay on to live and work here when they graduate.


Leeds University Union (LUU) is one of the biggest students' unions in the country. In 2009 it won the prestigious National Union of Students Higher Education of the year award.

LUU is a student-led organisation which responds to students' needs and lobbies on their behalf.

Student life

Life as a student can be one of the most exciting and rewarding times of your life. A lot of it is down to what you make of it, but it's also down to what your university has to offer and at Leeds we've got outstanding study and sporting facilities and support to help you excel. So, first things first....

Our staff

We have 17 National Teaching Fellows - more than any other English university - reflecting the excellence of our teaching.

Personal tutoring

From the moment you arrive at the University a personal tutor will support your academic and personal development to help you get the best out of your time here.

Computer and IT

We have some of the best IT facilities in the country according to The Guardian, and the National Student Survey consistently ranks us in the top three universities for IT support. Find out more about computers and IT at the University.


Split over four buildings with over 2.8 million items, our library is one of the largest and finest in the country. The Edward Boyle library is our busiest with more than 47,300 visitors a week.

The library catalogue provides easy access to electronic resources including e-journals and e-books and you can reserve and renew your books online.
Find out more about our libraries

Virtual learning environment

The Portal is your web-based entry to student services and information. Log in and get access to information from personal timetables and academic groups to the University's Virtual Learning Environment - a powerful system with discussion groups, online tests, wikis, blogs and tools for submitting coursework.

Find out more about what it's like to study here in your course details and on your chosen school's website.

Student welfare

The Student Counselling Centre offers support, advice and guidance for anyone experiencing personal difficulties, or who just need to talk to somebody. Confidential online counselling is now also available.

Equality service

Our Equality Service team help promote good practice within the University across the main equalities 'strands' (race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, disability and age) and assess and co-ordinate the academic support requirements of disabled students.

But it's not all work, work, work!


We've got fantastic facilities for all kinds of sports whether you want to participate for fun or at club and elite levels. Here's a taste of what you could get involved in:

  • Our annual Healthy Week - a great opportunity to try lots of new activities
  • Intra Mural (recreational sport) programme - one of the largest of any university or college
  • The University Union has over 60 sports clubs, ranging from sub aqua to basketball
  • You could volunteer in a sporting capacity in the local community

A great student city

There is so much going on on campus and you're only a ten-minute walk away from a lively, cosmopolitan city, so you have the best of both worlds. Leeds has a well-deserved reputation for being a great student city as it is compact and has a good mix of culture, pubs, bars, eateries and shops. It has all you would expect from a major city and is surrounded by beautiful, accessible countryside

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