New in town? Our Leeds City guide for freshers

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New in town? Our Leeds City guide for freshers

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September 3, 2014 12:50 pm Published by
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The new university year is upon us, and Leeds will soon be inundated with new faces, along with a substantial amount of returning students. If you’re heading to the city for the first time, and can’t wait to start your new university course as a fresher, there’ll be a whole new, unknown city right on your doorstep, just waiting to be explored. If you’re a new student in the area, and want to get a quick understanding of your new area, here is our Leeds city guide.

Student Food

As you’d expect from any major city, food options are plentiful. We understand that, as students, you might not have the budget for high class fine dining, however Leeds does boast a number of classy restaurants all over the city. Whilst they might be great for those special occasions, or when you’re treating a significant other, they can’t be seen as a regularity on a student budget. When the money is tight, however, there are plenty of reasonably priced, good food places dotted around the city, perfect for a weekly treat. However, if you’re looking to maintain an unhealthy student diet, there are Greggs, McDonalds and other fast food places on every corner.


Renowned for nightlife, Leeds offers a great selection of bars to let your hair down, be it to unwind after a long day at university, or to go out and socialise with friends. Whether you’re looking to head somewhere to get to know friends over a cocktail, want to relax in a busy but calm ambiance at 1871, enjoy a craft beer at North Bar or have a real celebration on Call Lane, there are plenty of location to head to, whatever occasion is calling.

Entertainment & Shopping

As of March this year, more investment is going into shopping developments in Leeds and neighbouring areas than any other part of Europe. With the recent opening of Trinity Leeds, an assortment of big name shops, bars, restaurants and a new independent cinema housed in the development, there’s plenty of reason to head into the bustling city for entertainment. Couple the big and popular attractions of Trinity with the likes more low key, independent offerings such Roxy Lanes bowling, and there’s plenty to keep you entertained.

Supermarket shopping

When the purse strings tighten, and budgets begin to run low, it’s time to become a savvy shopper and make the little cash you have go a long way. Leeds and the surrounding student areas offer of plenty of choice when it comes to supermarket shopping. With Morrisons in the city centre, Sainsburys in Headingley, Co-Op in Burley park, along with Asda and Tesco stores all in the immediate vicinity of the city centre, you’ll have plenty of choice to make the most of your money.

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