Why Choose Leeds for University

September 14th, 2017

You can choose between studying at two universities: the University of Leeds, and Leeds Metropolitan University. For more niche areas of study, you can also attend Trinity University College, Leeds Coll. of Art, Leeds College of Music, or the Northern School of Contemporary Dance.

With as diverse a choice of higher education institutions, you can study pretty much anything at the northern city. And what a great place to study!

Student Life

Leeds is one of the UK’s most exciting cities. It’s the second most multicultural after London! The large student population of over 200,000 comes from near and far so you’re bound to make friends from around the world who you can visit during uni holidays and after graduating.

To meet new people and develop lasting friendships, you’re advised to stay in halls of residence. All halls are contemporary and purpose-built so you’ll be living in style and comfort. They are within walking distance of campuses. Both self-catering and catered halls are available.

For more opportunities to meet new people, sign up some clubs and societies. See yourself as a budding journalist? Both universities have newspapers that you can get involved in: the Leeds Student, and The Met. Other societies includes sports teams, photography, debating, and many other interest-based groups that organise socials at some of the city’s best pubs and clubs.


With so many students in one city, nightlife could never be bad. There are both small, cosy bars for pub quiz and date nights, and an array of “super clubs” like Oceana and Tiger Tiger for when you feel like dancing the night away.

The newly developed areas of Millennium Square and the Northern Quarter are fast becoming favourites for entertainment.

For something more alternative, head to The Elbow Room for punk and electro nights, The Refectory for live music, and The Subculture for rock and metal music.

LGBT nightlife is also hopping. Some popular haunts include The Bridge Inn, and The New Penny both situated on Call Lane.


Yorkshire’s largest city is home to more than just high street retailers in shopping centres like White Rose, and St John’s Centre.

The stunning Victoria Quarter is known for its selection of designer and independent boutiques.

You can also check out Kirkgate open market and the underground market at Merrion Centre.


When in town there are a few attractions every resident should aim to visit. Being familiar with the city’s sights will also give you brownie points for when your parents or friends come to stay.

The City Museum, and the Royal Armouries are great destinations for history and culture buffs. Outdoorsy folk will appreciate a stroll along Liverpool Canal, and through Roundhay Park. Other places worth visiting are Temple Newsam House, and Kirkstall Abbey.

You won’t be able to accommodate guests in most halls of residence due to fire safety regulations. Check them into a central hotel in Leeds instead. There are lovely options to choose from in the canal area that boast great views.

Where to Escape the Rain in the UK

September 14th, 2017

It’s on everyone’s minds this summer… Where does one spend time in this utterly dire weather? How can you turn rain and eternal greyness into a positive experience? Fortunately for us, there are plenty of exciting indoor destinations throughout the UK where you can while away the hours blissfully forgetting the misery that prevails outdoors.

So don’t let the rain dampen your holiday spirit. Go on that long-awaited holiday and discover Britain’s museums, galleries, restaurants, spas, steam railways and other indoor attractions.

Museums and Galleries

See the good in bad weather by using it as a reason to learn something. So many of us put off going to museums always saying we’ll find the time to go in the future but somehow never do. When was the last time you visited a local gallery or museum?

Kids and adults alike will love most of Britain’s science and natural history museums. Some of the best are the Science Museum in London, Glasgow Science Centre, and Thinktank Birmingham.

Art lovers will appreciate the newly renovated Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh, Leeds Art Gallery for its impressive collection of 20th century British works, and the contemporary Tate Liverpool.


Spas and health farms can be found both in the heart of the countryside and cities. Whether you drop in for a spontaneous hour-long treatment or book yourself in for a weekend of pampering, the relaxing experience will make it easy to switch off, and forget about the rain and any worries.

On particularly chilly days hot treatments are one of the best ways to warm up. Look into different body wraps and hot stone massages.

Other Attractions

Use the weather as a reason to do something you’ve always wanted to do. How about taking a ride on a steam train? There are plenty in areas such as The Cotswolds and The Lake District. Check out the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway in Cumbria, and Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway.

Or how about some winter sports in the middle of the summer? The UK is home to numerous indoor ski and snowboard slopes such as The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead, London, and Xscape centres in Leeds, Glasgow and Milton Keynes.

Food and Drinks

Nothing can warm you up quite the same as a hearty British meal and cheeky drink. With so many cafes, gastropubs and restaurants scattered throughout the country, even the most picky of gourmets will find something to tickle their tastebuds.

For Michelin-starred cuisine a good spot is Edinburgh’s aptly-named Michelin mile in the picturesque Shore area.

For country style cooking and pub meals, look for a hotel in the Cotswolds or Cornwall. The classic British inns (hotels with restaurants) often boast top class chefs who muster up mouthwatering meals from local produce.

If you’re a fan of ethnic foods, Manchester’s Curry mile and Birmingham’s Balti triangle are good bets for some of the UK’s best curries and other concoctions.