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Leeds Profile

Leeds Guide For Students

Leeds is recognised as the regional capital of Yorkshire and the Humber, an area with a population of around five million people. It may also be regarded as the ‘Capital of the North’ - because geographically Leeds sits in the heart of West Yorkshire and is the meeting point of the industrial West and the agricultural North and East Yorkshire lying at the very heart of Yorkshire, England’s largest County.

Leeds is recognised as having a youthful population, defined as a population where the mean average age has fallen and a higher than average proportion consists of children or teenagers. With more than 60,000 students mostly aged 18-21 living in a city of 715,000 people, the population structure of Leeds is clearly very youthful, especially in those districts close to the universities where the majority of students live.

One of the greenest cities in Europe: with more park land than any other European City, Leeds offers visitors and residents a unique  experience combining all the advantages of an urban Capital yet within easy reach of rural tranquillity. Over two-thirds of the Leeds district is covered with green belt land and the city centre is less than 20 miles from the Yorkshire Dales National Park

A rich cultural heritage including Opera North, the Royal Armouries, the City Art Gallery and a range of theatres and cinemas. Leeds is a showcase for entertainment, a 24 hour city and an excellent place for shopping, having just been voted as one of the top three places to shop in the UK by numerous independent surveys, and offers a huge range of shops and stores to suit all tastes. The Lonely Planet guide called it 'the Knightsbridge of the North.'

Leeds is a modern vibrant city with plenty to keep you entertained whilst you undertake your studies. At night, Leeds city centre comes alive with a wide variety of bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants. All the students favourite clubs have student nights.

It is a city of contrast, boasting fine examples of its early prosperity with historical landmarks around the city including the Corn Exchange and the Victoria Quarter arcades. New developments such as the Royal Armouries and Tetley’s Brewery Wharf provide a striking comparison to Leeds’ heritage and display all that is positive in modern architecture.

It offers a wide selection of leisure and sporting venues. Leeds has wide-ranging sporting prowess. The city has the Championship side, Leeds United, at Elland Road, a stadium with the world’s largest cantilever stand. The city also has two international sporting venues both based at Headingley, Yorkshire County Cricket Club, and next door, Leeds Rugby League Club, both regularly chosen as Test Match venues for their respective sports. The headquarters of the Rugby League is also located in the city.  Leeds International Pool hosts an impressive range of world class swimming events.

On the doorstep of Leeds city centre is some of the most beautiful and un- populated countryside in England - the Yorkshire Dales and the Moors. Nearby lie the beautiful Spa Towns of Ilkley and Harrogate.


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