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  • We all know the hardship of living on a student budget; but when you’re sick of the sight of pot noodles, boring sandwiches and last night’s leftovers it can be nice to take yourself and your equally half-starved mates out for a meal. Check out our top list of student meal deals in Leeds.

    The Hidden Gem: A Nation of Shopkeepers (Cookridge Street, serves food until 10pm)

    The majority of people don’t even notice it’s there, but those who do are able to experience American style food; home-cooked by their very own Ruby Jean’s Diner (everyone loves an American Diner, right?) Their extensive range of beers, wine and spirits could never fail to suit everyone, and there’s live music most nights. So why not postpone doing coursework for a little while longer, and treat yourself for one night this week? Recommended deal: 2-4-1 burgers on Tuesdays. Visit their website, or follow @RubyJeansDiner for full menus, offers and updates.

    The Big Eat: Red’s (Cloth Hall Street, serves food up until 11pm on weekdays)

    Red’s True Barbeque is relatively new to Leeds, but people haven’t stopped raving about it since it arrived. Red’s claim to end the plague of “the bad British Barbeque” – and from ribs to steaks to burgers, they manage to do exactly that! Serving generous portions of hearty American favourites, head to Red’s for a plate full of pulled pork sandwich, sweet potato fries and an assortment of delicious American dressings. Recommended deal: Feasting plates – Share between 4 or 8 people and everything’s included, starting at £16.95 for 4. Their website has all the details you’ll need.

    The Laddish One: The HOP Leeds (Granary Wharf, serves food until 7pm)

    The HOP bar is famous for its real ale, live music and weekly pub quiz (you win beer, a gallon load!) Set on under the dark arches in Granary Wharf, it has a traditional pub feel and is the perfect place to hide away from all those deadlines. Their pies win actual awards. A favourite location for after work drinks, so pick your day and time wisely to avoid the crowds. Recommended deal: Pie, mash, peas and gravy – with a pint – for a fiver! There’s even a pie-eating contest. If you fancy yourself as a food challenge champion, download an application form at their website.

    The Best of British: Adelphi (Hunslet Road, serves food until 10pm)

    Boasting a quaint courtyard in summer and producing mulled wine in winter, the Adelphi caters for everyone, no matter what weather we are blessed with through our unpredictable seasons. It offers the best of Britain’s cask ales, traditional pub meals and it’s definitely in the running for the best Sunday roast in Leeds! Recommended deal: Fixed price menu (two courses for £8.50) Tweet them @AdelphiLeeds to book a table or do it easily here.

    The Old Faithful: J.D. Weatherspoon (Everywhere, serves food always… until 11pm)

    There is an endless amount of J.D. Weatherspoon locations in and around Leeds City Centre. If you’re looking close to campus we’d suggest The Hedley Verity and The Cuthbert Brodrick, or if you’re breaking off from shopping there’s always Beckett’s Bank on Park Row. Recommended deal: There’s a different club every day of the week, all day. From chicken Wednesday’s to curry Thursday’s to Fish Friday’s – and the list goes on…  
  • There are two things that Leeds knows best: (1) music and (2) pubs. Combine the two and you’ve guaranteed yourself a cracking night out. There are plenty of open mic nights around the city that will keep you occupied most nights of the week, so allow us to list five of the best for you to take your pick:

    The Hop


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    Wednesday 8pm


    They provide the guitar and a free beer, you just turn up and provide the music. The Hop is at Granary Wharf, which is mere minutes away from the train station and just yards from the canal, so you can sit outside in the beer garden in the remaining sunlight before you pick up the guitar inside and set the stage alight.

    The New Conservatory


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    Thursday 8.30pm


    Toby Thorne takes to the stage every Thursday night to entertain the music-loving punters at the New Conservatory on Albion Place. Join him with your acoustic talents and you might just make a name for yourself.

    The Ship Inn


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    Tuesday 8.30pm


    A man by the name of Ben gets his music on every Tuesday night at one of Leeds’ most characterful pubs. The historic Ship Inn on Briggate welcomes acoustic acts from far and wide, so escape from the busy city streets and get involved in the musical magic in this courtyard pub. You won’t look back.

    The Grove Inn


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    The home of the longest running folk night in the UK also plays host to an excellent open mic night. The Grove Inn, hidden in the shadows of the towering Bridgewater Place, is a place for musical minds to mingle whether it’s Wednesday’s open mic night or not.

    The Chemic Tavern


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    You’re never short of things to do at the Chemic Tavern, with everything from Irish folk nights on Wednesdays to Pub Dub nights on the first Friday of every month. Sandwiched between them is a brilliant open mic night that will open your mind up to the local talent that lies in the backstreets of Leeds’ unbeatable music scene.
  • Deciding who you want to live with for the next year of your term-time life is a big decision, so we can't stress enough that you choose wisely. Living with housemates who you don’t see eye to eye with or who leave a trail of destruction behind them throughout the house can prove to be a nightmare. You might be able to stay friendly with people in a couple of seminars, but living with someone permanently is a whole different prospect. Here are some useful pointers to direct you towards a making the right housemate choice. Don’t choose too soon As tempting as it can be to jump right in and start your house hunt as soon as possible, try not to move too quickly. Getting along with someone on the sports field, or on a social evening doesn't necessarily mean they're an ideal living partner. In order to be sure, try and spend quality time together and see if you bond. The better you get to know a person, the more likely you are to know if your personalities are suited to living together over a long period of time. Where to find a flatmate It might be the easiest option, however sticking with people you were bunged together with in halls of residence isn’t always the best way of selecting housemates. You may find that you don't really have a whole lot in common with any of them, which could leave you feeling alienated in a house together. Whatever your living preference, you may need to venture out of your halls to find more well matched roommates. Taking up a hobby and joining a society is a great way to widen your circle of friends and get acquainted with new people. Course mates are also great to move in with, as you have matching timetables and interests, not to mention you can collaborate on work when the course begins to get tough. How many housemates? Piling all your best mates into one house may seem a great idea and you might envision it being non-stop fun, but it might not always work out like that. Whilst there's nothing wrong with living in a large group, it doesn't mean everything will work without problems. Although many large houses take into account the large body of inhabitants, it can be the case that more housemates equates to more washing up, less fridge and freezer space and more chance of disputes. Living in a big group can have both advantages and disadvantages, so just make sure you factor that in when coming to a decision. Privacy All students value privacy, and even in a shared house there needs to be clear boundaries between friends. In many households, arguments stem from the sharing or using of other peoples things. It may be a good idea to look for accommodation which provides locks on bedroom doors to avoid these kind of issues arising, as everyone will want a private and personal space of their own. In most cases, it's simply common sense as to where boundaries are established, but privacy and belongings are a root cause of many arguments when it comes to student living.  
  • Picture the scene: you're trying to get your work done but noisy housemates are proving too much of a distraction. Finding a café for a coffee where you can concentrate, or a quiet place to eat in Leeds sounds like a good idea, but where to go? Luckily for you, Headingley has plenty of small independent cafes within walking distance of your home. Here are our top five picks: Sebby’s Café Deli Sebby’s is a quaint little café situated on Otley Road and is well-known for its award-winning coffee and homemade cakes. The owners, Helen and Robert, have a passion for food, music and travelling and tried to incorporate these three elements into their menu and décor. They are truly dedicated to their business; welcoming new food ideas and providing efficient and friendly service to customers. The menu consists of freshly made sandwiches (try the Jerk chicken), a deli selection, tasty piegatas (pitta bread style pockets) and of course their delicious cakes; all very reasonably priced. LS6 Café The LS6 Café, also known as the Clock Café, is an eccentric place based on Hyde Park Corner, filled with retro furniture and tasty food. The décor is possibly the café’s most unique quality; consisting of numerous mirrors, clocks and unusual ornaments. The place is well-known for its extensive breakfast menu (served until 4pm), their large portion sizes and wide range of drinks – from smoothies and milkshakes to beers and fine wines. As runners up in the Observer Food Monthly Awards, the Clock maintains a good reputation within Leeds and provide cheap food offers such as a coffee and croissant for £2.00. Café Lento Café Lento is located in the centre of Headingley and prides itself on its high quality coffee and freshly made food that is made with seasonal and Fairtrade ingredients. The name, ‘Lento’, which means slow in Italian, refers to the atmosphere within the café. The owners invite customers to sit back and relax; to enjoy their time at Lento. The café caters to everyone’s needs, offering non-gluten, vegetarian and vegan produce, with the friendly staff always willing to help. The menu consists of sandwiches, breakfast options and lighter dishes such as omelettes and salads. If this doesn’t excite you, Lento also have local bands performing weekly and are always promoting new events that take place within the café. Dare Café Dare Café, based in the heart of Headingley, has been around for years and is well-loved by young and old. The most appealing characteristic is its versatility; serving as a café, restaurant and bar. Typically, food is served with a Mexican and Italian focus, however, options such as jacket potatoes and sandwiches are also available. There’s also plenty of meal deal and happy hour offers each day. Love Rouge Love Rouge isn’t your typical café - specialising in a wide range of cupcakes, it is the perfect place for a sweet tooth.  The café is situated on the Otley Road and was established in 2011, when owners Lydia and Becky quit their day jobs to focus on their passion for baking. Their selection varies from cupcakes, brownies and traditional cakes and they even offer outside catering for special events. The café itself has vintage décor and is the perfect place to unwind with a hot drink and a sweet treat.  
  • At the tender age of 16, choosing what A-level subjects to study can be very daunting. Some students really struggle to decide what to study, and others make decisions without doing any research. Knowing how each subject can affect your future choice is crucial before deciding on what subjects to study. New research conducted by Which? University shows that young people don’t feel informed about just how much A-levels can impact their choice of university. The research consisted of a survey of just over 1,000 UK students under the age of 19 who had applied to university. It shows that perhaps students aren’t being given enough information to help them make this big decision. Parents also need to be adequately informed too, so that they can help advise their children. Half of the people that took part in this research don’t feel suitably informed about how A-levels can shape their university future. Unfortunately, universities don’t look at all A-level subjects in a positive light, and a lot of courses will only accept specific subjects. Students are then left disappointed and wishing they had chosen different subjects. The research also showed that 30% of university applicants wished they had chosen different A-level subjects, and over 40% wished they had thought more about what subjects might help them get into university. The general consensus is that young people know how important their choice of degree is, but don’t necessarily understand just how crucial their A-level subjects will be.

    Helpful resources for choosing A-levels

    The best thing to do when it comes to choosing your A-levels is to look at what sort of degree you may like to study, and which subjects they require. It can also help to select a core subject which can be useful for a variety of different degrees. There are plenty of tools and handy websites out there that can help students with making this decision. Which has a helpful website that gives you tips on which subjects to choose, click here for more information. This handy A-level selector tool tells you what options specific A-level subjects can give you. It’s really insightful and shows you what degrees certain subjects can offer, and also what sort of careers they open up and how well they pay. The Russell Group has also produced an Informed Choices guide which explains how important it is for students to be fully informed about how what they study at sixth form can impact their choice of degree. Apparently, choosing facilitating subjects such as biology, chemistry, English literature, geography, history, physics and maths can be a big help. It’s tough because students obviously want to choose subjects that they will enjoy, but they also need to consider how these subjects could shape their future. Thinking about all this when you are just about to choose your A-level subjects can be a little terrifying, but if you take the time to digest everything, you will be able to make smarter choices.
  • Leeds might well and truly (and finally) be on the big stage when it comes to the world’s best live acts, but the city has for years boasted local talent that is just as worthy of being on the stage at the First Direct Arena. The good thing is that you don’t have to venture down to the arena to see some great live bands. Leeds is so packed with venues that you’ll never run out of places to go or bands to see. Check out our list of the top spots and make a habit of checking the Leeds Gig Guide to see what’s on any given night of the week.

    Brudenell Social Club

    What to expect: A bit of everything The Brude is one of the best venues for live music in the city, whether the bands are local or not. From folksters to funksters, you’re guaranteed to see some proper local talent here. <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d2355.8547002353494!2d-1.5729376839524725!3d53.80986914759079!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x48795eb3bca34c93%3A0xcab53c6289a2ceea!2sBrudenell+Social+Club!5e0!3m2!1sen!2suk!4v1471958978700" width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>

    Belgrave Music Hall

    What to expect: Alternative Located in a restored 1930s building in Leeds’ Northern Quarter, Belgrave is one of the city’s newest and liveliest venues. You’ll catch some of strongest alternative acts in the city in its 200-capacity venue (and you can fill your boots on some of the best pizza and burgers in the city whilst you’re at it). <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d2356.364186799136!2d-1.543202183952744!3d53.80080304827383!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x48795c1afa816419%3A0xdc19993c1bbd0788!2sBelgrave+Music+Hall+%26+Canteen!5e0!3m2!1sen!2suk!4v1471959007833" width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>

    The Packhorse

    What to expect: A bit of everything Whether you’re a toe-tapper or a head-banger, the eclectic range of music at The Packhorse has forged it into one of the best venues in the city over the years. Just be sure to go to the right one; this Packhorse is on Woodhouse Lane. <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d2355.824430737677!2d-1.557961083952474!3d53.81040774755024!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x48795eabb2b5a15f%3A0x7a8b20b4fc91dedb!2sThe+Pack+Horse!5e0!3m2!1sen!2suk!4v1471959067855" width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>

    Sela Bar

    What to expect: Reggae and jazz Based in the city centre on New Briggate, Sela Bar is the joint of choice for jazz fans. It’s only been around since 2004, but it’s played host to some incredible local and international talent and established itself as one of the best nights out in the city in that short time. <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d2356.4380527053254!2d-1.5438495839527813!3d53.79948854837284!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x48795c1a4d30c77d%3A0x5239cf78b57525bc!2sSela+Bar!5e0!3m2!1sen!2suk!4v1471959086136" width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>

    The Wardrobe

    What to expect: Funk and soul If you’ve got funk in your bones, shuffle on down to the Wardrobe and you’ll be dancing until next Tuesday. It doubles up as a comedy venue and a restaurant, so this hotspot is everything you need for a funkin’ Friday night out in Leeds. <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d2356.569642769627!2d-1.5356851839527919!3d53.79714674854934!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x48795c16c8c1352d%3A0xd5727db52de3c639!2sThe+Wardrobe!5e0!3m2!1sen!2suk!4v1471959256224" width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>

    Bad Apples

    What to expect: Metal Get some metal in your lugholes and mosh the night away at Leeds’ top dive bar. Located on Call Lane, Bad Apples is the only spot to get your fill of proper meaty riffs from some proper local metal-heads. <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d2356.614067153998!2d-1.5420676839528764!3d53.7963561486088!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x48795c19eb25961f%3A0x8b84ceb161e992ca!2sBad+Apples+Rock+Bar!5e0!3m2!1sen!2suk!4v1471959290758" width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>

    The Grove Inn

    What to expect: Folk Home to the longest running folk night in the world, the Grove Inn has been hooking locals in from the first chord since 1962. There’s live music on most nights of the week, including open mic slots to give you an authentic taste of local Leeds talent. <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d2356.9204067506507!2d-1.5500127839530178!3d53.79090414901947!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x48795e5a8e4cb921%3A0xdb89210b62833a8d!2sThe+Grove+Inn!5e0!3m2!1sen!2suk!4v1471959330890" width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>

    Santiago Bar

    What to expect: Rock The Gothic décor and creaky floorboards in Santiago Bar are the first marker of what kind of bands you can expect to see here. It’s located in the Grand Arcade, so its riffs rattle the windows of the Victorian glass tunnel, night in, night out.  <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d2356.3949751811465!2d-1.5425886839527718!3d53.80025514831514!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x48795c1a5f6f5b21%3A0x429de8d0bd6e977!2sSantiago+Bar!5e0!3m2!1sen!2suk!4v1471959360274" width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe>
  • When it comes to student living in Leeds, you tend to have two location options. If you're a fan of the city life, and want to be in the thick of the daily hustle and bustle then central Leeds is ideal, and this is often the route taken by first year students moving into the city. However in subsequent years, many decide to make the change and relocate to the suburbs of Headingley for a more relaxed house sharing lifestyle.


    When it comes to second and third year students, the majority chose to be based in Headingley. The abundance of student housing makes it a convenient location, and the assortment of pubs and bars running along the main strip makes it ideal for socialising. Places like The Box and Ark are student havens and deals can often be found on food and drink. Living in the city centre means that you're never far from the action, and Leeds is renowned for its great nightlife. If you're looking for entertainment, the vast range of shops, cinemas and events make city centre living a must for those who like to be in the hustle and bustle. Whilst aimed more at the professional market when the weekend hits, student nights are frequent during the week. From high end bars to cheaper student clubs, there is something to suit every taste. It’s almost guaranteed you'll never get tired of the bars in the area and prices are, for the most part, reasonable for a city centre location. If you're a fiend for shopping, city centre living means you'll have your favourite stores right on your doorstep, and with Trinity shopping centre and Victoria Quarter, you'll have much more choice when it comes to spending your cash than you would in Headingley.

    Places to Eat

    Finding a location for an evening meal is no problem in either location. In Headingley, you have an assortment of bars which offer cheap and cheerful meals perfect for a student, along with standard chain restaurants like Pizza Express and plenty of classy independent eateries.  Although you aren't struggling for choice in Headingley, the city centre offers even more choice, with wide ranging and diverse cuisines. If you're after a location for a truly special evening meal, the city has you covered, with high end restaurants such as Argentine Steakhouse Gaucho, and Trinity Leeds' Angelica becoming firm favourites.


    Transport links are important for students at any university, not only for getting in to lectures on time, but also when it comes to heading back home and visiting friends in other cities. If you’re going to be taking the train into university or back home, Leeds station couldn't be better placed. One of the UK's largest transport hubs, the railway station provides access to most locations. City centre living provides easy access to Leeds University and Leeds Met buildings, with most being in easy walking range. Living in Headingley means you'll probably have to take a ride on public transport to get into the heart of Leeds, however buses and trains are only a short ride, and some students opt to cycle or walk.  If you're really out of transport options, or can't face your walk for the day, taxi fares are readily available in both locations.

    Living style

    Housing is, for the most part, cheaper in Headingley than the city centre, with the latter being more accommodating for mature students or people looking to live alone. Areas like The Triangle are great for central Leeds living at a good cost, especially if you're wanting to stay in the centre of Leeds past your first year of study. Headingley is very much aimed at the opposite. Housing is more suited to younger, larger groups of students who want to be near the main student areas so they don’t miss out on the action.
  • Sometimes when you're heading out for a meal, you just want to find a nice grill and enjoy something as simple but delicious as steak and chips. When it comes to steakhouses, Leeds has them in abundance and you'll be spoiled for choice if you're wanting to head out for a simple, hearty meal. You aren't short on choice when it comes to steak in Leeds, but below are three hugely popular options in Leeds city centre. Gaucho If you're a regular in Leeds city centre, then there's a good chance you've walked past Gaucho and never even realised it's there; which also means you've no idea of the delightful culinary experience that you're missing out on. Situated on Park Row, across the road from the renowned Bierkeller, the restaurant is easily locatable just below road level. An Argentine Steak Restaurant dedicating itself to all things cow, Gaucho has received glowing reviews from critics and customers alike, and is definitely one of Leeds' high end dining venues. Restaurant Bar and Grill Restaurant Bar and Grill, situated on Leeds' City Square isn't a dedicated steakhouse, however the quality of the cuts on offer along with the overall ambiance of the place means it eases onto our list. Restaurant Bar and Grill offers customers classic seasonal dishes, with amazing steaks and an assortment of exquisite sides. You'll be spoiled for choice when it comes to the drinks menu, but we recommend one of their brilliant cocktails. Serving only the very best, natural, British beef reared on selected farms, the restaurant takes great pride in putting out a top quality product. Fazenda A true haven for meat lovers in Leeds, Fazenda is a high end dining experience that leaves you bursting at the seams. Priced at either £16 and £19 per person for lunch, or £25 to £28 per person on an evening, Fazenda offers an all you can eat steak meal, complete with a complimentary salad and cured meat buffet. Described as a Rodizio Bar and Grill, Fazenda offers a menu containing seven different cuts of beef, cooked in a traditional Brazilian style. Located in one of Leeds' trendiest locations, the restaurant has a stunning view over Granary Wharf and the surrounding area is filled with bars and wine bars for you to move onto after eating. Other honourable mentions Blackhouse Grill on the Square Located on East Parade, the Grill on the Square is one of Leeds' most popular weekend dining spots. The grill nature of the restaurant means you aren't only limited to steaks, with traditional favourites such as fish and chips and pork belly; however if you're a meat fan, we advise you don't pass up on a juicy ribeye. Miller and Carter One of Leeds' newest steak restaurants, Miller and Carter has a prime city centre location on the outer edge of The Light. The expansive feel inside the restaurant creates a very laid back atmosphere, so if you're after a place to relax with a bottle of wine and enjoy a substantial evening meal, Miller and Carter is the place for you. Photo Credit: Another Pint Please... via Compfight cc
  • Leeds is continuously evolving and a city very much at the centre of the Northern Powerhouse. It is now the largest city in Yorkshire with a population of 750,000 people and is a desirable place to live, work and visit! Us Yorkshire folk are undoubtedly very proud of our heritage and last month, Parklane gave the people of God’s own country a unique token to celebrate Yorkshire Day. Leeds produced the first ever moving picture in 1888, so it only seemed right for Parklane to create an interactive video combining past and present day photos of iconic locations from across our mighty city! Scoping far and wide, the content which flips between eras, gives viewers a chance to explore the history of locations that they may walk past or visit on a daily basis, encapsulating the evolvement of Leeds in one place. Here at Parklane we wanted to celebrate the abundance of history our hometown holds and invite those that love Leeds as much as we do to take a trip back in time, focusing on various locations including: Kirkgate Market; Kirkgate Tram Stop; Albion Street; Victoria Arcade; Brudenell Road; 02 Academy; The Arndale Centre; The Corn Exchange and The Headrow. The video brings to light a few interesting facts, such as The Arndale Centre chain, formerly called ‘The Bowl’, was the first shopping mall of it’s kind in England which included an 18 lane bowling alley. ‘The Bowl’ closed in the 60’s and today you can find a wide range of shops and restaurants in its place, with just the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant being in the same place in 1967 as it is today! The evolvement of former Lewis’s Department store on Headrow, which first opened its doors to the public on the 17th September 1932, shows how buildings in the city centre have grown. In 1932 it was 40 ft higher than any other retail building in Leeds, now, 84 years later the department store has been divided and is home to T.K Maxx, Argos and Sainsbury's. To see the well-known and loved areas that make up the Parklane tour of ‘Leeds through the ages’, like you’ve never seen them before, visit the Parklane website and get exploring,


    leeds through the ages
  • Whilst university can be a strenuous time full of work stresses and exam revision panic, it can also be one of the most sociable and enjoyable periods of your life. If you're looking into potential properties for the next year, but are unsure as to how many people you want in your house, then we're here to provide some insight. If you have a large group of friends, and just can't work out how to split yourselves up for your living arrangements don't fret, as living with a large group is a great option.

    7 bed houses

    Throughout your time at university, you make friends in all sorts of different situations, from being in the same lectures to having been put together in a first year flat; there are a whole host of ways in which you get to know new people. If you're looking to share your university memories in a house of seven for the forthcoming year, this Parklane Student house is available at just £69.99 pppw.. Providing ample living space for you all to relax on a night and enjoy your favourite films together on the wall-mounted TV, the house is located just 10 minutes' walk from the popular Otley Road. If you've got a little more budget to play with as a group, then an extra £7 pppw investment can land you this rental. With the amount of time the typical student spends in bed, the upgrade to double beds can make a real difference to your comfort for the year. Even though seven of you might at first glance, seem a bit unmanageable, the two bathrooms complete with showers make this an ideal living situation.

    8 bed houses

    Living in a house of eight people may have you envisioning constant hassle, however the greater manpower means that chores such as tidying up are shared around in a way which reduces the workload per person. The necessity for a large living space means that although you're with a lot of other people, you'll always have plenty of empty space to relax in when you're not in the mood for company. The large group of fellow housemates keeps this property reasonable at just £69.99, and it comes complete with spacious bedrooms with double beds, a pair of fridges and laminate flooring in communal areas to ease your cleaning worries.

    9 bed houses

    Living in a student home along with eight of your closest friends is ideal if you want to enjoy every minute of your student experience in Leeds. With so many friends under one roof, you'll never be bored. Everyday tasks can easily be portioned out, and having so many housemates means that you can create a cooking rota to share out the job. At £86.99 pppw, this 9 bedroom home includes two kitchens, a huge recently refurbished lounge complete with three sofas and front and rear gardens for when spring and summer roll around. If you're looking to scale up with a property from the Autograph range, then this large 9 bedroom property has great views across Hyde Park and is only a couple of minutes' walking distance from both Leeds University and the centre of Headingley. All bedrooms are large doubles so there's no need to draw straws, as all nine housemates will live in luxury with large rooms and beds. Even though there are nine of you, you aren't limited to houses. This modern flat located on St John's Terrace gives you a modern feel, with furnishing to an excellent standard and a range of very large, spacious and bright rooms. The lounge area has masses of space for the lads to get together and play FIFA on the PS4, or the girls to relax with a classic chick-flick.
  • First thing’s first, you chose well. Leeds is a great city with LOTS to do for students, so you’ll be very happy here. But you need to know a city to experience a city. That’s why we’re here.

    Study the campus map

    You’ll likely get a map in your university starter pack after having your place confirmed. Use it. Get used to the orientation of the campus and the buildings in which you’ll be taking class. Getting a grasp of the layout of the place, even if you’ve been before, will help you settle in much quicker.

    Find your accommodation

    If you’ve not yet found your student digs, choose wisely. Research where the best bars are and look out for the good coffee shops. While Leeds is generally quite an accessible city anyway, it’s important to make it easy for yourself to get to the places you need or want to be. Consider travel options and what the bus routes are like in the area. If you’ve found where you’re going to live already, get used to its location in relation to the city centre and your buildings for study. Again, find your local bars, find your local shops and you’ll find your feet.

    Stock the essentials

    We’re not just talking about DVDs for the down days and hangover cures for the rough days. We’re talking about downloading maps to your phone with Here Maps in case your data runs out. We’re talking about getting pots and pans in case you find a place that’s unfurnished. We’re talking about board games and drinking games to make it easy to make friends when you arrive.

    Earmark your go-to bars

    Once you know where you’re going to be staying and where you’re going to be studying, you’ll be able to work out the places that might become your favourite watering holes. A simple ‘Explore this area’ on Google Maps will show you the types of bars and pubs you might like and the ones you might hate, so make a shortlist before you get there. Your opinions will almost certainly change when you do arrive, but it’s at least a starting point to know where you definitely don’t want to be seen!

    Earmark your go-to takeaways

    The same applies for local takeaways. Check out the hygiene ratings of your nearby nosh shops to make sure you can avoid the ones that might have rats (they do exist!). There are tonnes of great takeaways in Leeds, so it pays to do your research, especially if you’re on a tight student budget.

    Find the popular music spots

    A major part of your student life in Leeds will revolve around music, such is the quality of the local scene here. Venues like the Brudenell Social Club will offer affordable and laudable live music throughout the academic year (as well as cheap drinks), so be sure to make a note of the best places to go and what their calendars look like before you arrive!
  • Prepare yourselves because from 8th August 2016 until 18 September Trinity Kitchen will be serving their newest street food round up. For the next month or so you can enjoy flavours from New York, Greece, India and the Mediterranean. #TrinityKitchen

    Eat New York

    One of their newest finds is Eat New York, started up by three friends who on a whim decided to buy a food truck. They specialize in salt beef bagels, burgers, fries, cocktails, ice tea, loaded shakes and sodas. @eatnysd

    Mr Pita

    Next in line is Mr Pita, which started up after the owners tasted Pita Gyros and Pita Souvlaki in a small Greek town called Perissa on the island of Santorini. They fell in love right there and then and now they’re in Trinity Kitchen serving homemade Greek pita bread rolled up with a choice of filling from chicken souvlaki to grilled halloumi and topped with ziki sauce. @mrpittauk

    Shoot The Bull

    American gastro-restaurant style food which includes steak sandwiches and mac ‘n’ cheese topped with bacon cream. The chef has experience working in award winning and Michelin starred restaurants across the country including The Fat Duck, after almost ten years as a chef and having worked up to being Head Chef level he felt it was time to go it alone. With his culinary talents and exciting flavour combinations Shoot The Bull offers a quirky and unrestricted dining experience. @shoothebulluk

    Chaat Cart

    The next pop up is Chaat Cart which was born out of necessity when the owner found that dishes such as chaat and kati rolls, found at Indian festivals and funfairs were not to be found in the numerous curry houses around the UK. @ChaatCart

    Ambiente Tapas

    The final addition to Trinity Kitchen is Ambiente Tapas, it’s described as “Gourmet Mediterranean Tapas with a Yorkshire twist”. Inspired by traditional Spanish ‘tabancos’ their menu offers a wide range of tapas with a twist. @AmbienteTapas
  • In January we know it can sometimes feel like fun is hard to come by, with work stresses and financial restraints taking the driving seat. However, we’re here to tell you it doesn’t have to be this way, with several affordable and enjoyable activities for you to do in Leeds this winter. Warm up your winter with comedy If you haven't yet heard of South African stand-up Trevor Noah, then you soon will have, as his reputation continues to grow within the world of comedy. Building on a successful 2013 which saw him star on TV panel shows 8 out of 10 Cats and QI, Noah looks set to build on this, with his nationwide tour before heading back to his native South Africa. With his Leeds date having already sold out, you'll be lucky to find tickets, so you may have to travel to Sheffield to catch this up and coming comic later this month. - 20 Jan: City Varieties Have yourself a ‘perfect day’ with Lou Reed Something a little different to your standard cinema trip, playing at the charming Hyde Park Picture House, Julian Schnabel’s Berlin is a must see this winter. The concert film is about a five day stay in St. Ann’s warehouse in Brooklyn while touring his 1973 album, Berlin. This film captures the story of the album, a tale of a deteriorating and doomed relationship, while offering an insight into Lou Reed himself and his unsteady, drug-saturated lifestyle. - Hyde Park Picture House, February 1st TV stars head to Leeds You've watched their progress for the past few months, and although the show has now finished, you can still get your Strictly Come Dancing fix this January. Catch this season's stars throwing shapes in Leeds as the tour heads to the First Direct Arena for an up-close experience of the celebrity dancers. Including the likes of England rugby star Ben Cohen to TV funny man Mark Benton, a host of famous faces will be trotting their tango and waltzing in Leeds this month. - 24 Jan – 26 Jan: First Direct Arena Some Girl I Used to Know The story of a young, happily married woman uprooting her life for temptations from the past, this modernised romantic comedy is both relatable and touching. Staring the acclaimed actress Denise Van Outen and featuring artists from the 1980s and 90s, such as Culture Club and Soft Cell, this play will not disappoint. - West Yorkshire Playhouse, January 30th-February 8th Mint Warehouse birthday bash Fancy a night out on the town, but feel city nightlife hasn’t been up to its normal standard in recent weeks? Mint Warehouse’s 2nd anniversary promises to be an exceptional night with first-rate artists, such as; Hot Since 82, Ben Pearce and Route 94. - Mint Warehouse, January 24th Photo Credit: polkadotandplaid via Compfight cc
  • If you don’t love Leeds as much as we do, you will by the end of this article. We think it’s the UK’s best city and we’d like to prove why. Whether you agree or disagree, contact us on Facebook or Twitter with your thoughts!

    You can live on the fringes of the great Yorkshire Dales

    It’s especially true that if you live in north Leeds you can be minutes from one of hippest cities in England one way and minutes from one of the highest-rated national parks in the world the other. The Yorkshire Dales are renowned for their striking beauty and it’s a blessing that a great city like Leeds is mere miles away from them.

    You can shop and shop and shop until you drop

    Leeds has a reputation as one of the best places to shop in the UK. People come from all across the land to spend their hard-earned pennies here due to attractions like the new Trinity Shopping Centre (complete with its own indoor street food centre, Trinity Kitchen) and the Headrow and Briggate, which are the main high streets. Leeds will also boast a brand new John Lewis department store when the modern Victoria Gate shopping centre, opens its doors to the public in late 2016.

    You can quaff some of the finest beers in the land

    Home to some of England’s best breweries in Northern Monk, Ridgeside and the appropriately named Leeds Brewery Company, put simply, Leeds knows beer. CAMRA-approved pubs like Whitelock’s and Mr Foley’s will get your taste buds tingling as much as the pubs in the suburbs. The Roundhay Fox in Roundhay sports a log fire that makes it the best place to be during a cold winter, while Alfred in Meanwood, which is no bigger than your living room, is perfectly situated to let the sun pour in all afternoon during the summer time. What more could you want from a city this size?

    You won’t get better farm produce anywhere else

    Being a Yorkshire city, Leeds is surrounded by some very good farms indeed. Many of them have monthly offers that let you get hampers of fresh farm meats and delicious organic vegetables delivered right to your door, so you don’t have to bother with them in the supermarkets. Even when you’re not doing your food shopping, you can enjoy some of the best produce in the land at Leeds’ world famous food and drink festivals. The Yorkshire Food and Drink Festival takes place in June, but, be warned, the tastes will be lingering until the following June…

    You’ll encounter the friendliest people in the country

    Yorkshire folk are renowned for their friendliness and we can guarantee that it’s not a myth. People say thank you to bus drivers and – ‘ow about this – hello to each other in the street. Where else do you get that these days? You might have trouble understanding some folks, though…

    You’ll hear some hilariously random local lingo

    While it might be true that some out-of-towners find Loiners (people from Leeds) difficult to understand, there is no denying the brilliance of the local dialect. Phrases like “am fair t’middlin’” and “wottatodoo” will leave you bemused but amused all day long.

    You can see many towns and villages rolled into one great city

    The suburbs of Leeds are brilliant. Each one has its own distinctive characteristics. Chapel Allerton is the up-and-coming place to be for young professionals, whilst Meanwood has enjoyed a great revival in recent years to make it one of the most attractive (and still affordable) places to live in the city. And let’s not forget Otley, which is a mere 30-minute bus ride from Headingley. It’s home to some of the best pubs in the district and the scenery is more than worthy of a “cheers”.

    You can experience some of the best theatre outside of the West End

    The West Yorkshire Playhouse is one of the north’s premium theatres and has seen the likes of To Kill a Mockingbird and Of Mice and Men performed on its stages. It’s part of the best city in the UK because it’s so much more affordable to see great theatre than it is in London!

    You can be very close to major UK tourist hotspots

    Another thing that makes Leeds perfectly situated is its close proximity to some of the best (but not as good) towns and cities in the UK. You can be in Manchester for world-class football in an hour, in Sheffield for world-class snooker in 45 minutes and Harrogate for world-class spa therapy in 40 minutes. Combine all that with using the UK’s greatest city as your base and you’re winning at life.

    Did you know properties sell quicker in the summer months? Your house looks its best on a bright sunny summers day and also achieves higher prices than other times of the year, making right now the ideal time to consider putting your property on the market. Our number one aim is to get you from for sale to sold in the shortest possible time whilst achieving the best price. We are offering an EXCLUSIVE 0.99% SALES FEE during August only. So make sure you get in touch to take advantage of this limited offer. One of our property experts will value your house and talk you through the selling process. We cover all areas in and around Leeds including the city centre and North Leeds. Not only are we one of the most well-known estate agents in Leeds (our website has over 11,000 visits a month) we also advertise on Zoopla and Rightmove, with a list of buyers ready and waiting for properties to come on the market. Property in Leeds is in hot demand this summer, make sure you take advantage of our exclusive 0.99% sales fee this August. enquire_button
  • There are many reasons to love Leeds. We could go on forever about how much we love it, but we’ll give voice to the locals and visitors alike to share an appreciation of the great northern powerhouse via the medium of Twitter. We’ve selected 10 of our favourite tweets about our mutual love affair with Leeds, Leeds, Leeds. ‘ere:

    The pubs are proper good

    The pubs in Leeds aren’t just your regular pubs. They’re proper pubs. With proper pub grub. And proper good beer. Just like our Becky experienced in the Adelphi.  

    It looks great even on a cloudy day

    Leeds isn’t the Caribbean, we know that, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a sight for sore eyes even when the weather is bad. Tommy took a shining to the town hall here and we can see why.  

    You can play shuffleboard in the basement of a pub

    One of our favourite new bars in Leeds has the delightful allure of three 22ft shuffleboards downstairs. It aptly goes by the name of Shuffledog, owned by BrewDog, and it looks like Jade loves it just as much as we do.  
  • Before you head off to uni, it’s best to get some stuff sorted, and to digest everything you might need to know in advance of starting your course. Moving to a new city, and leaving your family home can be a daunting prospect. However, there are some things you can do to prepare yourself in advance, get ready for uni life, and make the move feel less intimidating. Here’s some tips for preparing for life as a Leeds uni student.

    Visit the city

    One of the best things you can do to prepare yourself for life in Leeds is to visit the city. It’s a big city, but most things are within walking distance. You can probably see most of the city in one trip. Make a list of student friendly places you might want to check out, and the main city attractions you want to see, and start to uncover your new home. If you are able to get a feel for the city in advance of going to uni then you will feel more confident when you arrive at the start of the semester.

    Find the right accommodation

    Looking for accommodation well in advance is very important, especially if you want to snap up the best student accommodation in Leeds. Start look for potential places to live early, and have a think about whether you would prefer to live in student halls, a student house or on your own in flat. Students who sort out their accommodation last minute tend to miss out.

    Go on a campus tour

    Everyone gets to go and visit universities when they are considering where they want to study, but have you been back since? You might want to visit the university and have a little stroll around. It will help you get your bearings and also get you excited to start uni in a few month’s time. You can talk to current students and ask questions, and visit all the key campus hotspots.

    Research your course

    For some university courses you have to do a bit of studying before you arrive at uni. You may only have to do a bit of reading in advance, or nothing at all. If you do have work to do before you arrive, don’t leave it until the last minute or you will feel stressed and under pressure. Take a bit of time to research your course and find out what will be expected of you in your first few weeks of university.

    Find out about the student union

    Leeds University has a large student union with a huge range of facilities. It has restaurants, shops, cafes and bars. You might want to visit to check it out, or you can find out information about it online here.

    Start buying university supplies

    During the summer before you begin uni, you might want to start stocking up on everything you might need as a student. Make a list of things you will need for your course and student accommodation.
  • Over recent years, the popularity of craft beers from independent micro brewers has rapidly increase. Now, when heading out for a drink with friends or family, many look to sample something a little different from the mass produced lagers on offer in common commercial areas. In an effort to bring true taste back to beer drinking, many have turned to smaller named specialised craft drinks which blend more sophisticated tastes with a more delicate brewing process. If you're wanting to meet up with friends in Leeds, or just head out to sample some of the best craft beers available in Leeds, make sure you check out these spots. North Bar Describing itself as one of the original pioneers of the Leeds bar boom, North Bar is located in the burgeoning Northern Quarter of the city, which is fast becoming the must visit destination, with some of Leeds' trendiest craft serving bars. With around 130 different beers on offer, you'll have plenty of choice to broaden your drink horizons. The choices do vary seasonally and the rotation attempts to provide as much choice as possible.  The bar's popular draught selection includes one of America's trendiest new imports on tap. Brooklyn Brewery has seen a huge rise in popularity since the bottled lager was first introduced to bars in the UK, and many different variations of the brewery's offerings can now be found all over the city. At North Bar, their lager can be found on tap, and many other of their brews can be bought in bottle form. Joining the American import on tap is one of Germany's best drink offerings, Erdinger, along with many other micro brews. Brewdog Scottish craft beer producer Brewdog began life with just two brewers in their original Aberdeen set-up, however after just seven years, their bars can now be found as far afield as Sao Paulo and Stockholm.  With locations all throughout the UK, Brewdog explains that its Leeds bar is honoured to join a growing swell of independent craft beer meccas poised to unshackle the city from the drudgery of the mainstream. Offering everything from a tasty but relatively safe Punk IPA, all the way to a daring Clown King at 12% ABV and Dog B at 15.1% ABV. Their mission of providing craft beers that distinguish themselves from the mainstream, whilst also resurrecting a punk music revival sees their city centre locations buzzing with activity on most weekends. The Pit The Pit has gained a reputation as one of Leeds' favourite American barbecues, and with good reason. The popularity of the restaurant, along with competitors like Reds True Barbecue shows that Leeds' love of slow cooked meat is growing. If you're just wanting a drink, The Pit is still a great place to go. An enticing selection of American craft beers await you on draught, such as popular favourites from the Shipyard Brewing Company, and another offering from Brooklyn - their Pennant Ale '55. The bottled selection is equally as impressive, with an assortment of options from around the globe, such as Schneider Weisse Wheat from Germany, Anchor Steam from San Francisco and British options from Thornbridge.  
  • The excitement of signing for a new house is something that all students look forward to. It marks the start of an exciting year of living with friends and making memories as they enjoy student life. Our Parklane Selfie Sign Up competition added to the excitement of signing with us as students got the opportunity to win £500, by simply doing what students do best and taking a quick selfie in our office! This year we congratulate a group of friends from Leeds Becket University, crowning them as the winners of our 2016 Selfie Sign Up competition! The prize will be enjoyed by a group of five students: 20-year-old, physical activity and health student, Jordan; 20-year-old Primary Education student, Jen; Sport Science student, Aaron; Graphic Design student, Paul; and 22-year-old Maths student, Pete. These lucky housemates gave there all by striking a pose for the camera as they signed for a year’s tenancy with us here in our Headingly office. parklane selfie signup competition winners Our Selfie Sign Up competition really did challenge each group of housemates to ‘get their thinking caps on’ (or more like their swimming cozzies on in our winning houses case) to create the winning selfie! It seems that the trick was to do something different, as groups of housemates were in competition to rack up the most Facebook likes and shares for their Parklane selfie. The group of Leeds Beckett students didn’t fail to show their fun and vibrant personalities as they got creative with props to get the most likes and shares, to eventually have it go viral on their social media channels. Their set of fun poses obviously worked, with both the shares and likes reaching triple figures – an impressive 110 shares and 100 likes were received for their top efforts! Our winners have decided to split the £500 so that each person can decide what to spend their £100 on. With there being a lot of sporty interest in the household, particularly with Jordan, Aaron and Pete regularly training and competing for the Leeds Beckett Triathlon team, it’s likely that this extra cash would help them with this. £500 comp winners 3 With the summer well under way for students, it’s a perfect time to win some extra dosh. Other thoughts in the house are to either save the money for travelling in the future or to put the money towards this year’s summer adventures. All five in the house are jetting off somewhere nice this summer. Aaron’s travelling around Europe and Jordan is using the money a little closer to home, as he plans to make more trips to the Lake District to see his girlfriend before the next university year starts…Awwwwwwh! £500 comp winners 5 The winners tell us that they love their ‘lush pad’ with Parklane as it’s a brand new property with fresh and modern furnishing. Plus, it’s great location in Headingly puts them right in the centre of Leed’s student hub! Congratulations Jordan, Jen, Paul, Aaron and Pete – enjoy your prize and have a great summer! We hope that you’re winning selfie now sits proudly on your mantel piece! £500 comp winners£500 comp winners
  • Some things are just reyt Leeds, they are. From taking your ferret for a walk to your bus driver stopping mid-route for a bag of chips, there’s nowhere else like it. We love one thing more than most about Leeds: the dialect. It could easily be its own language and we wouldn’t have it any other way. So, to pay homage to our local lingo, we’ve compiled some of our favourite Leedsisms, whether they’re compliments, put-downs or just plain old sayings that you’d hear in every Loiner’s household. Because, well, you know, Yorkshire.

    Ey up, cock!

    Meaning: Hello, good friend!

    Did you really think we’d swear on here? This is a Loiner’s favourite greeting for the people closest to them.

    Be reyt

    Meaning: Every little thing is going to be OK.

    In times of extreme hardship, like when the chippy doesn’t open for another half an hour, we don’t worry too much. It’ll be reyt.

    That’s sound, is that, pal

    Meaning: What you just said is very good, my friend.

    When one Loiner agrees with another Loiner, or anyone else for that matter, it is sometimes so sound that we have to confirm it twice in the same sentence, we do. Like little Yorkshire Yodas, we are.


    Meaning: That is most excellent. I fully appreciate what you just said.

    Made famous by one of Leeds’ biggest celebrity characters, Keith Lemon, this is the exclamation we make when we heartily approve of something.

    Bonnie lass

    Meaning: Pretty woman

    Yorkshire people express their appreciation for a good-looking lady with a phrase that’s as much a Leedsism as it is Scottish slang.


    Meaning: What a lot of fuss

    When things get out of hand, a ‘to do’ is caused and a Leedsism that looks like a language from another planet is uttered.

    That’s champion!

    Meaning: That is very good

    You know something is proper good when a Loiner uses a noun as an adjective to describe it.


    Meaning: The boss

    One of our favourite compliments in Leeds. If you’re the gaffer, you’re a reyt boss, in’t ye?


    Meaning: Fart

    “Who’s guffed?”

    Got monk on

    Meaning: In a mood

    “Has tha got a monk on, lad?” is a very Leeds way of asking somebody if they’re in a mood.


    Meaning: Child

    It sounds utterly disagreeable, but nothing bad is meant by this alternative name for a baby or child in Leeds.

    Reyt vexed

    Meaning: Very annoyed

    “I’m reyt vexed, me” might be commonly heard on the terraces at Elland Road or the Carnegie Stadium in response to a refereeing performance of the bad sort.


    Meaning: Goodbye

    Tarra, ducks! We’re off t’ boozer!
  • Eating and drinking well in the city needn’t cost you and arm and a leg. Some of the best bars and restaurants do some fantastic offers to drum up business during quieter times of the week. From bargain burgers to cut price pizza and cocktails, here’s our list of the best deals that allow you to eat like a King on a shoestring.

    Marvin’s Pizza Parlour

    Offering all you can eat pizza for just £7 at lunchtime and £12 in the evening, Marvin’s Pizza Parlour is set to be your new favourite hangover cure. Situated near the first direct Arena, this pop-up restaurant serves imaginative creations such as the Super Freak (steak strips, parma ham and salami) and the Psychedelic Shack (peri peri chicken and pineapple) as well as range of refreshing cocktails.

    Bird and Beast

    Forget Nando’s and their shrivelled corn on the cob and shrinking portions, just round the corner you’ll find Bird and Beast who do poultry justice. Perfectly marinated and cooked over cherry wood chips, you’ll struggle to find better chicken. Follow them on Facebook for their latest offers – currently you can get any hot sandwich, kebab or large premium salad and a soft drink for just £7.50. Finger licking good indeed.

    Slate NQ

    Boasting several huge American pool tables, a custom built pizza oven and not one but three outdoor seating areas (including an awesome rooftop terrace) , Slate NQ is one of Leeds most underrated bars. Drop in on Monday to play free pool, Tuesday enjoy any main course and a happy hour drink for just £12, Wednesday all cask ales are £2.50 a pint and Thursday is happy hour all night long. Check them out here.


    Serving up tasty Brazilian fast food, you might not know it but Cabana are also incredibly good at making cocktails. Their 2-4-1 happy hour is incredibly generous as it runs seven days a week, 12-7pm and then 10pm until closing time. Their tasty selection of Caipirinha are all mixed with Brazilian sugar cane and come in flavours such as blueberry and acai and chilli passion.


    After 16 years in business and more facelifts than the Stallone family, Bar Fibre has always managed to remain fresh and relevant. Their courtyard parties are legendary in Leeds, and so are their drink offers. Rock in between 5-8pm each day to enjoy 2-4-1 on all drinks. Bargain.


    Walk around the back of the Corn Exchange and you can’t miss Cattlegrid – there’s a huge brass cow above its door. It’s one of the best steak joints in town, however on Monday it’s all about pig and chicken – for £21.95, you can enjoy non-stop chicken wings and ribs. Go hungry, fill your boots and get your money’s worth!
  • Sunday, it might as well not be the weekend with that thing called Monday hanging over it. But it could be your favourite day of the week. If you live in Leeds, in fact, it can quite easily be your favourite day of the week. Forget about what lies ahead and soak Sunday in with our pick of the best in this great northern city.

    Sunday in the Smokestack

    One of the funkiest spots in town just got funkier with the Bullfrog Blues. Head down to 159A Lower Briggate at 8pm on a Sunday night and you won’t stop movin’ until Tuesday. Guaranteed. <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d2356.657597670639!2d-1.5444990839528876!3d53.79558144866713!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x48795c190f8c6861%3A0x464346db4c12b459!2sSmokestack+Bar+And+Club!5e0!3m2!1sen!2suk!4v1467800226750" width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>

    Sunday snacks in Trinity Kitchen

    Leeds was already famous for shopping, but Trinity took it to the next level (both literally and metaphorically) in 2013. The Kitchen upstairs is one of the best things about the city; it boasts some of the best international street food you’ll find in Britain, so it’s the perfect place to transport yourself to another world. <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m14!1m8!1m3!1d9426.249744740997!2d-1.545481!3d53.797275!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x0%3A0x9c41156194868af2!2sTrinity+Kitchen!5e0!3m2!1sen!2suk!4v1467800286405" width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>

    Sunday Joint in HiFi

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    Sunday afternoon in Alfred

    Head out of the city and into the suburb of Meanwood and you’ll find perhaps the greatest Sunday afternoon bar in the world. Alfred, which is part of the local North Bar group, is small enough in floor space to be your living room, yet big enough in character to be your favourite watering hole for life. <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d2354.8230820710364!2d-1.56869968395199!3d53.82822314620786!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x48795944cb63076d%3A0x25cd5b311325df51!2sAlfred!5e0!3m2!1sen!2suk!4v1467800341553" width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>

    A Sunday stroll down the River Aire

    Running right through the city, the River Aire is a top place to be on a sunny Sunday. Take a walk down the waterfront to take your mind off the week of work ahead and just enjoy being alive. <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d1179.7010811984935!2d-1.3938416916276621!3d53.746721731156605!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x4879428a6c4772ff%3A0x6b9538697230cec4!2sRiver+Aire!5e0!3m2!1sen!2suk!4v1467800382069" width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>

    Sunday roast at The Midnight Bell

    Roast dinners, or good roast dinners, are a little difficult to find in Leeds, but the one at The Midnight Bell is magnificent. A proper good pub with proper good grub. What more can you ask for? <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d2356.8758674678134!2d-1.5539662839529946!3d53.791696848959816!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x48795e9ffe836591%3A0x72e7b6a6560f61bc!2sThe+Midnight+Bell!5e0!3m2!1sen!2suk!4v1467800415905" width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>

    Sunday (bottomless) brunch at Shears Yard

    For a brunch with a difference, Shears Yard is the place to be. They have just launched a bottomless brunch, which includes bottomless booze, on Sundays. All you have to do is hand over £25 and you can fill your boots. <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m14!1m8!1m3!1d9426.725092561544!2d-1.5381167!3d53.7951601!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x0%3A0x3b00c9268cc83549!2sShears+Yard!5e0!3m2!1sen!2suk!4v1467800445253" width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>
  • After a stressful day at university, you sometimes need to get out in fresh air and grab a bite. There are times when choosing where to get your grub can be a tough decision, however Headingley provides plenty of options for dining. On a student budget, when you're just wanting a quick bite, not all of the offerings on Otley Road are suitable, but if you check out these popular student joints, we doubt you'll leave disappointed. Greasy Pig Perfect for a lazy Sunday morning, the Greasy Pig provides a wide range of breakfast and lunch options at a reasonable price. The restaurant is a popular one with the student population, and it promises to serve you ‘100% Honest Homemade Food’ which can even be dropped off to your door (should you live within 5 miles). Their signature choice of breakfast muffins, topped with bacon, sausage and all the trimmings are hugely popular, and they're one of the factors behind the Greasy Pig's recent rise to popularity amongst students. Setting itself apart from simple cafe's through their innovative menu choices, the likes of Loaf of Breakfast involves a hollowed out loaf of bread stuffed with all that you’d expect in a Full English. If that isn't enough to feed your hunger, you may want to try and tackle ‘The Paralyser’. For under £7, this gigantic breakfast is enough to test the biggest of eaters. Situated at the end of Victoria Road, and close to the Co-Op, this is a must visit venue for all students who like to start the day off with a hearty breakfast. The Box A well known venue to most who know the area, The Box is a genuine hot spot in Headingley. It can’t be missed as you pass through the centre and is the sort of place you can visit morning, afternoon and night. It's a very student orientated bar and restaurant, and has many food and drinks offers that run throughout the week. It has an exceptional reputation for its variety of burgers, pizzas, Mexican dishes and sandwiches and if you can find the time, head down on a Monday or Wednesday where you can take advantage of a huge 40% off your food bill. The atmosphere is that of a typical student haunt, with the latest music providing ambient noise and Sky Sports News often showing on the multiple wall mounted televisions. Going alongside the atmosphere is the relaxed decor, which offers comfy sofa seating and a large open bar area. Pool tables can be found upstairs, so make an afternoon of it and head for the cues after your meal. Sukhothai For the more sophisticated student that is searching for something outside of the typical burger or pizza,  Sukhothai brings a true taste of Thailand to student Headingley life. The restaurant was brought to Leeds in 2002 from Bangkok and its success is in no small part down to the owners’ insistence on attentive service and fresh Thai ingredients. On a weekend, the restaurant is open from midday to 3pm, but the main lure of the venue comes upon opening its doors in the evenings, when it caters for many loyal customers who recognise the high quality of food on offer. Located on St Annes Road, you’re never too far away from authentic Thai cuisine that has garnered plaudits from critics and customers alike.
  • Leeds has been a magnet to students from up and down the country for decades and the revitalization of several key areas recently has only made it more appealing. Swanky cocktail and champagne bars, cheap and charming pubs and cutting-edge nightclubs all come in abundance, meaning you’ll never be left high and dry of things to do in this jewel of a northern city.

    Headingley and Hyde Park

    The beating heart of the student scene, Headingley is teaming with student friendly bars and eateries. The Original Oak boasts a huge beer garden, complete with BBQ in summer and major sports events beamed onto huge screens, whilst The Box is another sports friendly bar, albeit slightly trendier with pool tables and terrace. The Ark runs various student nights, and features a heady mix of high-grade tipples and eclectic beats. Next door, brand new Khana Bombay Café serves up well-priced Indian tapas and some of the most creative cocktails you’ll find in the city. Whilst The Hyde Park pub won’t be winning any Michelin stars anytime soon, if it’s cheap and cheerful you’re after, then this busy joint provides a great starting point for a big night out. Just across the road from Leeds University, you’ll find The Eldon, which is another student friendly pub which won’t break the bank.

    Northern Quarter

    Arguably the hottest place to go in Leeds right now, the Northern Quarter is packed with promise. Slate NQ is a large pool bar, famed for its amazing pizza and cocktails and is housed over two floors in a stunning building complete with one of the city’s best rooftop terraces. Across the road, The Belgrave is hipster heaven, with live music, lots of beards and another cracking rooftop terrace. Elsewhere, North Bar has long been a pioneer on the Leeds bar scene, selling only the best spirits and ales, whilst Mojo is the place to go if you like your rock and indie music loud. Sela Bar is another cool joint where the focus is on quality ale and live music, whilst The Pit provides burgers and beer for the masses.

    Call Lane

    Whilst Call Lane has come up against stiff competition in recent years, it's still as popular as ever and boasts some of Leeds busiest and best bars. Oporto play a mixture of rock and roll oldies and dance classics, whilst the rustic Mexican charm of Neon Catcus next door makes for the perfect venue to knock back the tequilas. Relative newcomer Roland’s has a much more laidback vibe than its neighbours and prides itself on quality beers from Iceland, the U.S.A and beyond. If you like to fix up and look sharp, then all the cool kids go to Norman’s, whilst Call Lane Social boasts two floors and a sweet Hawaiian Tiki bar.


    Mint Warehouse on Water Lane is a sizeable club and plays host to a number of world class DJs, including Eric Prydz, Hannah Wants and local lad, Hot Since 82. Elsewhere, Mission pitches itself somewhere in between commercial dance and the underground, and its location in the middle of Leeds thieving LBGT scene means they throw some of the city's biggest gay nights. Canal Mills is the place to go for cutting edge dance, whilst afterhours club Wire is perfect for those that refuse to go home and want to keep the party going through Sunday.  
  • Whilst studying in English, you may as well get a feel for some other UK cities. Plus if you are spending most of your time in Leeds, it’s nice to get out of the city and explore other places. You might have to travel a fair amount if you want to see all of these cities, but it will be worth it. It’s difficult to choose a small selection of cities, because there are so many fantastic cities dotted around the UK. However, we have managed to whittle the list down and pick a few of the top cities in England you might want to visit. Check out the cities below and start planning a few trips.


    Bath Bath Bath is an absolutely stunning city. The Georgian architect within the city is beautiful. It’s a great place for a weekend getaway, especially as it’s home to one of the most famous spas in the country. Bath has great shopping, a rich history (it’s a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site) and some lovely bars and restaurants.


    Regent Street, London Looking onto Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament The UK’s capital had to be included on the list. You can’t spend a significant amount of time in England without visiting London. As well as the endless selection of world famous attractions and landmarks, London boasts world class shopping, an enviable culinary scene and fantastic nightlife. You can easily catch the train from Leeds to London and see all the big tourist attractions such as Big Ben, the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament, the Natural History Museum and Buckingham Palace.

    Brighton Brighton

    Brighton If you are after a quirky, unique city with a friendly atmosphere, head straight for Brighton. Brighton is on the seaside, and is a very laid back, alternative city with a unique personality. It has great shopping, plenty of interesting places to eat out and some funky bars and clubs. Make sure you visit the Brighton Pier, wander around the Lanes and visit the Brighton Marina.

    Oxford Oxford

    Oxford Oxford is a very traditional and classic English city. It’s home to the prestigious Oxford University (the oldest University in the English speaking world), and has lots of historical landmarks to uncover. It’s a picturesque city with many different things to see and do. First there’s the shopping and selection of cafes and restaurants, then there’s the impressive historical landmarks such as the Bodleian Library, Oxford Museum of Natural History, the Pitts Rivers Museum and the Sheldonian Theatre, to name a few.


    Bristol Bristol   Bristol is a very up and coming city, that’s risen in popularity in recent years. It used to be an industrial city, but it has managed to completely reinvent itself. Bristol is edgy, creative and cultural. It’s fast becoming one of the most popular cities to visit in the UK. Eat in local cafes, listen to live music, browse art galleries, uncover museums and test out the excellent culinary scene. Some of the best things to do in Bristol include climbing the Cabot Tower, going over the Clifton Suspension Bridge, chilling out in the Harbour, visiting the Bristol Zoo and discovering the At Bristol Museum.  
  • Over recent years, we have seen a progression of American style barbecue restaurants starting up and growing in Leeds. With wide ranging meats and an abundance of mouth watering sauces, it's hardly surprising that the cuisine has seen a huge boom in popularity. Whether you're a fan of pulled pork, beef brisket or baby back ribs, many of these 'pig out joints' have vast, wide ranging menus. Having gained television exposurethrough programmes like Man v Food, American barbecue has fast become one of the most sought after cuisines in Leeds, so it's no surprise that such restaurants are also a favourite with students. If you want a plate full of low and slow cooked meats, here are the best options. Reds True BBQ Having now been open in Leeds city centre for a few years, Reds has enjoyed rocketing success. In order to grab a table at peak times, the wait can often be hours long, so it's hardly surprising to hear that the Leeds establishment serves, on average 18,000 diners per month, selling more than 16 tonnes of locally sourced meat. From a full rack of baby back ribs to mouth-watering brisket and pulled pork, the menu provides a true haven meat lovers. Priding themselves on providing fresh and home cooked recipes, your table greets you with an assortment of freshly concocted sauces to experiment with during your meal. Check out their menu here and plan plenty in advance if you fancy a trip to this popular dining location. The Pit The Pit was only established in 2013, however has proven so successful since its launch that there are now two dining locations in the Leeds area. Located in the Merrion Centre in the heart of the city, The Pit is easily accessible and with a wide ranging meat-centric menu, has crowds flocking in their droves for the best barbecue meals. A secondary location can be found with the same menu just outside the city centre in Chapel Allerton, and with offers on all through the week, head down to either location to sample the great value for the lunch menu, allowing you to grab food and drink for just £6.95. Perfect for the student budget and with a cool, stylish interior, The Pit has fast become the name on the lips of many Leeds residents. Offering a wide range of craft beers to accompany your food, The Pit is a great destination for any occasion. Rosie's Diner Rosie's Diner isn't a specialist barbecue joint, however the cool 50's American Diner decor and atmosphere mean the diner is well deserving of a spot on the list. An assortment of burgers and hot dogs are available on the main menu, and with barbecue  ribs and pulled pork both featuring, the diner isn't short of flame grilled options. With all all meats being 100% Yorkshire traceable, you know that your meal is sourced from the highest quality ingredients. It might be slightly outside the city centre with its Kirkstall location, however this true American experience is well worth the short journey. Photo Credit: thebittenword.com via Compfight cc
  • Leeds has always been a city that appeals to the masses, however for decades it has also had one of the UK’s best alternative scenes too. With the likes of The Warehouse and The Cockpit hosting punk, rock and electronica nights in the late 70’s and beyond, the city has a rich history of pioneering underground movements that you just don’t find in your average city. Whilst music and venues have come and gone, the principle is still the same today; here’s our guide to a nights out in Leeds for those that like to take a walk on the wild side.

    Propaganda at The Attic

    Fans of Indie and classic roc ‘n’ roll need look no further than the awesomeness that is Propaganda, which currently resides at The Attic on Great George Street. With simultaneous nights in places as diverse as Nashville, Sydney and Rio de Janeiro, this global phenomenon sees 25,000 punters attend its supercharged nights each and every week. Head to their night in Leeds and you can expect great music, a supercool venue and drinks starting from a mere pound – which is pretty unheard of in Leeds on a Saturday night.

    Rock of Ages

    If sipping fine cocktails in a bar filled with coiffed and manicured Geordie Shore rejects is your idea of hell, then you may well enjoy Rock of Ages at The Library. Playing only 100% rock and metal, punters can expect the soothing sounds of Skid Row, Motley Crue, Slayer and Megadeath. With a mixture of DJ’s and bands on rotation, it’s an essential night of raw entertainment for those that like it loud. Follow them on Facebook to find out about their next big party.

    Stone Roses Bar

    If you love your indie and rock but would rather just dip your toe into the alternative scene, this popular bar could be the perfect choice. Rather oddly placed right in the middle of the thriving LGBT quarter, this joint has a late licence and attracts a diverse crowd from every neck of the woods. Avoid the masses and head there on a Thursday, when you can take in The Cure and The Smiths between 10pm and 6am with drink offers all night long. If only you had a stitch to wear…


    The Goth scene is still alive and kicking and it’s happening at Cyanide, which also resides at The Library on Thursday nights. With a playlist which spans post-punk, industrial, metal and many more, this is a joint that really puts heart and soul into what it does. Recent live acts have included Bad Pollyanna, Bigfoot and Pulverise, with a host of other hot acts lined up to tread its boards throughout the year.

    The Garden Party at The Faversham

    If you like to get your rave on without the likes of Aviccii and Calvin Harris, then The Garden Party only spin tunes by the coolest kids in dance. The Faversham is the perfect venue for these spring and summer parties, as the outdoor terrace allows you to soak up the rare Leeds rays that just might appear if you’re lucky. Expect to see acts such as Skream, People Get Real and George Fitzgerald up on the ones and twos. Tickets tend to go fast, so seek them out here.
  • The shock decision to leave the EU hasn’t caused as much instability in the property market as once feared. The reluctance to buy and sell from UK residents as a result of economic uncertainty is being somewhat replenished by overseas investment. Leading up to the EU referendum and since Brexit on the 23rd June, there has been fear that the UK property market will crash as a result of the ‘wait and see’ attitude adopted by domestic buyers. However, with interest from overseas buyers, the market is set to pick up and gain stability. The depreciation of the pound has rapidly drawn foreign buyers towards the UK property market as they see great investment potential and opportunity from a favourable exchange rate. Whilst European investors are included in those who are identifying the prosperous benefits of investing, it’s buyers from further afield, from the likes of the Middle East and USA who are making the most deals. The encouraging influx of foreign buyers highlights that there is still confidence in the UK property market as they look to take full advantage of the current uncertainty the weak pound has caused in the market. The anticipation of economic instability has put uncertainty amongst domestic buyers and as the number of domestic buyers has decreased, the opportunity for overseas buyers to snap up a property for great value has arisen. If hesitance to sell continues, this could also benefit those that do, as a shortfall in the number of properties on the market can only increase the value of your property, meaning now is just as good a time to look to sell as any. If you’re interested in buying or selling at this time, and want to know more, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team for further information on: +44 (0)113 237 0000 or LS1@parklaneproperties.com
  • Whilst we’re not suggesting there’s anything wrong with a good old fashioned bar crawl, you knew Leeds was good for that already didn’t you? The city is full of slightly more cultural evening activities that will make a night out one to remember for all the right reasons. From side-splitting stand-up comedy to some fancy footwork at the ballet, there’s entertainment to suit every occasion in this fine city.

    The Hop pub quiz

    The Hop pub quiz in Leeds Granary Wharf has come a long way over the last few years, so much so that it is now home to some of Leeds most in demand bars, restaurants and of course, the £17m south entrance to Leeds station. The Hop has been crucial in the success of the area, attracting punters from near and far to try its fine ales and award winning pies. Head down on a Tuesday evening from 8pm and you not only get a complementary supper (we’re talking proper chip butties, jacket spuds and chilli) and free entry to their legendary quiz, but the chance to win a gallon of Ossett Ale – just make sure you take enough friends to enjoy your winnings.

    Gig at The Brudenell

    Having celebrated 100 years back in 2013, Brudenell Social Club is going stronger than ever before, playing host to a melting pot of fresh and upcoming talent. You can catch acts like The Dunwells and Lucius for about a tenner, with smaller acts playing for nothing. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a surprise gig from the likes of The Kaiser Chiefs and Franz Ferdinand, who have all tread its hallowed boards previously; check out their calendar of events right here.

    Cinema Club at Crowd of Favours

    Tuesday can be something of a nothing day for your average Joe, but not when you’re a student. Get down to Crowd of Favours on one the lamest nights of the week and you can catch a classic film in their downstairs movie den. Not only do they wheel out the projection screen, but they often provide complementary popcorn so you can enjoy the likes of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with a glass of wine or three. Follow them on Twitter to get the skinny on their latest offerings.

    World class dance at Northern Ballet

    <iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/HLthkAt3hiw" width="690" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe> If you happen to be something of a culture vulture who dabbles in high-brow activities, then you may be surprised to hear some of the world’s best ballet is right on your doorstep. The award-winning Norther Ballet prides itself on creating new interpretations of classical ballets, with stunning sets and costume design to complement their jaw-dropping dance steps. Forthcoming productions include Wuthering Heights, Beauty and the Beast, 1984 and Jane Eyre World class dance at Northern Ballet – booking is essential.

    Cutting edge comedy with Sh!ts ‘N’ Giggles

    Ben Brown Leeds Leeds lad Ben Brown is a bona-fide modern day pioneer of hot talent as far as comedy is concerned, hosting his annual Lauughterfest Festival in October. You can catch him compering a diverse selection of the country’s best stand-up comedians regularly at his Sh!ts and Giggles nights, which are held on Wednesday’s or Thursday’s at venues including The Brunswick and Hirst’s Yard. Recent acts have included Mawaan Rizwan, Cassetteboy and Paul Foot; follow Ben on Facebook to find out about his next big shindig.
  • There’s no denying that Leeds is already an exciting place to live. But you know what? Things can only get better – and they are getting better by the day. There are a number of developments and initiatives going on at the moment that paint a very good picture of the future of this great northern city. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why we’re not planning to live anywhere else but Leeds any time soon:

    It could be European Capital of Culture in 2023

    It seems like a long time away now, but cities are required to put their names in the hat in 2016, so preparation starts now. If we win the coveted title in 2023, it’ll mean that we’ve developed the whole city into a continent-wide tourist destination of choice. That’s worth sticking around for, in our book.

    It will attract bigger names to a world-famous arena

    The First Direct Arena opened its doors in 2013 with an electrifying performance by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Since then, it’s attracted the likes of The Who, Pearl Jam and Michael Bublé on the music front and Michael McIntyre, Lee Evans and Russell Howard on the comedy front, so it’s continuing to go from strength to strength.

    It will host one of the best city centre music festivals in the country

    Live at Leeds has just celebrated its 10th anniversary with the likes of Jess Glynne, Circa Waves and Corinne Bailey Rae on the bill. It also teamed up with the Leeds Digital Festival this year and was a big success, so great things are in the pipeline for one of the hottest, cross-city festivals in the country.

    It will have one of the biggest and best international beer festivals in the country

    At half the age of Live at Leeds, the Leeds International Beer Festival has got just as much character and looooaaads more beer for the people of Leeds. It’s held in the majestic Town Hall in early September (8th-11th in 2016) and sells separate afternoon and evening tickets to keep things, you know, at least a little bit civilised. This festival is one of the best things about Leeds and it’s growing fast.

    It will be one of the best places to shop in the country

    With a reputation to rival London in terms of shopping, Leeds is already attracting bargain hunters and afternoon tea-lovers in the masses every weekend, but the development of Victoria Gate on the Headrow, due to open later this year, is about to take things to another level. It’s already confirmed that it’ll have the city’s first John Lewis store and promises to bring some of the biggest fashion brands in the world to Leeds, too. We can’t wait for it.

    It will be a key part of the High-Speed Rail (HS2) improvements to the UK

    The ongoing development of the high-speed rail network that will connect the UK to the continent will stretch up to Leeds in its second phase. The first phase is a cross-channel operation, but the second phase will come up from London Euston and will fork off in two directions after Birmingham: one to Manchester and one to Leeds. This means a tonne of new business opportunities for the city, not to mention the developments in infrastructure and tourist attractions. Leeds will be going from strength to strength over the next few years and beyond, so we’ll certainly be sticking around to revel in the glory of this great, great city.
  • If you're a fan of the finer things, from artistic prints and pastel coloured clothing to delicate tea dresses, and fancy introducing some of your favourite vintage styles into your spring wardrobe, then head to Leeds' Corn Exchange this coming Saturday 22nd March and take in a healthy dose of nostalgia at Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair. With over 40 participating traders, there's definitely something to suit every taste. From clothing, accessories, homeware, crafts and even live music, the fair is a great way to stock up fashionably, whilst sticking to a student budget. Get a unique style piece If you’ve ever felt amazing in your brand new jumper and then walked into the lecture hall on Monday morning to find someone else in the same high street apparel, Judy’s Vintage Fair may be the perfect answer to your problem. The magic of shopping at the fair means you get to hop on board the vintage trend while maintaining your own unique style. Avoid awkward clothes-clash situations, which result in you leaving your jacket on throughout the day, and flaunt your one-of-a-kind piece with pride. It might seem like the perfect event for a girls weekend, but take note, Men, it's not just for the ladies, as there are plenty of vintage pieces for the male audience as well. Bargain hunting Judy’s always promises a wide variety of vintage items at a good price. Expect your cash to go a long way with 75% off, 2-for-1 offers and bargain buckets. Judy’s has been committed to providing shoppers with genuine vintage items that are easy on the wallet, and has been doing it successfully since 2005. In its ninth year of running, it promises great clothes at low cost; perfect for a small indulgence on a student budget. Pick something up for Mum With Mother’s Day just around the corner, Judy’s might just provide you with the perfect gift to spoil Mum with. Pick up a pair of vintage earrings, a unique necklace, or an old broach in a style that transcends time and age. Grab something stylish, and you’ll be sure to put a smile on her face with a small, thoughtful gift. A great free day out If the fifties is not quite your style, the Vintage Fair still makes for a wonderful day out. Take some time out and lose yourself in a different era for a few hours. With plenty going on, make sure you enjoy the live music throughout the day and pick up some food from one of the areas great local food establishments. Furthermore, Judy’s is free to enter, so if you’re around the Leeds Corn Exchange pop in anytime between 10:30am and 6pm for a walk down memory lane.  
  • Packing up and heading to university can fill you with a mix of emotions; excitement, apprehension and you might even get a little nervous. However you feel, the last thing you want is the feeling you’ve forgotten to pack something. So, here’s your Top 15 essential things to take to uni!


    This bad boy is about to become your new best friend. You’ll use it for everything at uni, from doing your coursework, organising the next night out,Skyping your parents or friends from back home, ordering a Dominos to binge-watching a series in bed.


    Nothing feels as homely as a comfy bed. Whether you opt for some new bed sheets or take your favourite ones from home, you’ll want to make your new bed in halls a great place to be. Get some extra pillows for film nights, an extra blanket for cold winter nights.

    Alarm Clock

    This may seem old fashioned, but your phone just doesn’t cut it as an alarm clock. You will need to get up for those lectures, so you’ll need something you can rely on.

    Kitchen bits and bobs

    You’ll need lots of kitchen items such as cutlery, pans, mugs, shot glasses…. but essentially you need to know how to cook. A decent cookbook goes a long way at uni as it will give you some great ideas, quick guides to timings or at the very least you’ll get to impress your new housemates with a nice slap up meal!


    A weird one maybe, but an open door is a much more welcoming one to help you make new friends in halls.


    No matter how much fun you’re having at uni, there will be days where you’ll feel a little homesick. Photos are a great reminder of people who you care about as well as a cheap way to decorate your room.

    Pack of cards

    A pre-drink essential! Armed with these you’ll be sure to break the ice and have a good laugh before you hit the bars.

    Important documents

    These are a serious essential. Your uni will ask you to bring various documents and forms of ID – make sure to double-check if you’re not sure.

    Extension Leads

    Your student room will have a couple of plugs but there certainly won’t be enough to plug in everything you have.

    Fancy Dress Outfits

    Having a go to bag of fancy dress knick-knacks can be a lifesaver. There’s guaranteed to be parties and Student Nights with different themes so bring whatever you have!

    Small Suitcase

    This will come in handy when you want to visit your other friends at different unis or go home from time to time.


    Great for parties or listening to music whilst you’re revising, cooking or chilling in your student digs.

    USB stick

    You’ll need to back up files and print off loads of essays at uni so hold on tight to your memory stick.

    Student Discount Cards

    Save money where you can. You can get student cards for travel, clothes and drink deals


    Keep up with your lecture timetables, deadlines, nights out and those all important holidays!
  • The importance of house hunting and finding the right house whilst at university is hugely underestimated. It can be gruelling looking for house, especially at university, as there so many different things to consider; how do you decide on housemates or whether to have any at all? How do you know how much you can afford to spend? What about the location, is it better to be closer to campus or the town centre? There really is so much to consider with so little time to consider it, especially around lectures, seminars, extracurricular activities and a buzzing social life! Here are the top 5 things to avoid when searching for your new home:

    Starting your search too late

    Believe it or not, this is the most common mistake people make when student house hunting. Amongst all your studying, looking for a house is understandably the last thing you want to be doing. It’s advisable to start looking mid-November to December, as hopefully by then you’ll have made friends and know who you want to be living with – it will also be huge relief if you get it all sorted for when you go home over Christmas break so you can relax. However, do not panic and rush into it, start early and take your time.

    Not putting enough thought into who you live with

    This is one of the most important things to consider. Second year housing can come in all different forms, from a luxury private apartment to a house you can share with ten people. So, first of all you need to consider whether you want to live alone, this could be a great option if you’re not good with sharing and you like your own personal space. This can also be a great option to avoid the risk of falling out with your best friends because of living with each other. However, if not then just make sure you pick the right people. If you do decide to live with your friends make sure you agree on everything beforehand so you know what to expect.

    Not keeping in mind your budget

    Many people get carried away with house hunting and upon seeing a bigger, nicer place which is way above their budget feel persuaded to go for it. Only problem with this is that it means you’re broke for the rest of the year. So think carefully, look around and be sensible. You will find something which you like and is in your budget. Also, don’t forget that you also have to pay the deposit and then bills for Wi-Fi, electricity and gas every month!

    Living too far away from campus

    Living too far away from campus is a rooky mistake, especially if you’re low on funds because it means a lot of bus rides and taxis, which is never ideal if – like most students – you don’t have the money for it. So even if the price overall is cheaper you’ll make up for it in fares.

    Agreeing on a house too quickly

    It’s really important to take your time choosing the right house. A situation will arise when you’ve found a nice house maybe the second or third you’ve seen and the estate agents are telling you ‘you won’t find anything better’ and ‘other people are interested, so if you want it, take it now’. Don’t panic buy! That’s for when there’s only one pair of shoes left in stock – not one house! If it’s something you’re unsure on and you’ve only seen a couple of houses, just keep looking until you find what you want.
  • When moving into years two and three of your student life, you begin to take control of your ideal living location. Whilst some prefer to locate themselves in the trendy suburbs of Headingley, there are plenty who prefer to stay central and enjoy all the benefits of living in the city. If you're weighing up your options, take our advice on board before you make a decision. Convenience There are plenty of housing options when it comes to being a student in Leeds, however if it's convenience you're after, not much can beat a city centre apartment. If you have lectures at the central Leeds campus, then it's always a bonus to live in such close proximity to classes, and also means you won't have to get up that half hour earlier and catch a bus or train.  You have easy access to everything, from Leeds' favourite restaurants to the abundance of city centre shops. City campus As we've mentioned above, if you're at Leeds Met and have lectures in the Rose Bowl, or if you're a Leeds University student heading to campus, you have easy access from your city centre pad. It means you have everything on your doorstep and get to burn off your lunchtime calories through the quick walk to and from university. If you're a studious worker and spend large amounts of time in the library, being a short walk away is great and means you won't have to take any transport when you need to head to the library. Transport Headingley and Hyde Park are well connected suburbs, especially when it comes to finding a quick ride into the city; however for the majority of transport links, you can't beat the city. Whether it's to be able to catch a long train back home, or if you have friends calling round to your flat for a flying weekend visit, being so close to one of the countries busiest railway networks is a great bonus. Cool living style It can be fun and exciting to live in a shared house, and that's the option many students take in later years of university life. However if you're looking for a lifestyle in the city that oozes a cool vibe, getting an apartment either individually or with friends is the option to go for. The bright lights, stunning views and city centre hustle and bustle  is a huge lure to students and with properties like The Triangle in Leeds, you'll have a contemporary living space you can truly enjoy and brag to your friends about. Entertainment Headingley is great for entertainment, however outside of the main student streets of Otley Road and Headingley Lane, your options for restaurants, bars and shops become somewhat limited. Leeds is unrivalled when it comes to entertainment, and it's no surprise that tourists come from far and wide to visit the city on weekend breaks. With cultural offerings on show at the likes of the Grand Theatre, an abundance of high quality restaurants, stylish bars and unrivalled shopping options, you'll never find yourself at a loose end when it comes to entertainment. Nightlife A huge part of student life is the social aspect of making friends and enjoying yourself. Having a city centre base means that whether you're wanting a few friends round for a fun night in, or whether you plan on heading out to party, the fact that you're within walking distance of Leeds' evening hotspots means you won't have the extra cost of a taxi home when it's time to hit the hay for some sleep.
  • University open days aren’t just a chance to see a new city, but they can be an opportunity to get a real feel for a university campus if utilised effectively. As these open days are limited, it is essential to plan ahead in order to make the most out of your time in attendance, and allowing yourself an adequate time schedule can also benefit your involvement. There is no time to waste, so prepare yourself prior to your visit and employ these straight-forward methods to ensure the best results from your open-day experience…


    When visiting a new university campus, it is essential to familiarise yourself with an array of relevant people. Networking with university lecturers, union personnel, as well as past and present students will allow you to grasp an overall perspective on your specific course but also the campus and city themselves. Speaking to fellow students will further provide you with the opportunity to gather an in-depth review on your chosen course, but also compare the university with others. If you are lucky enough to meet a present student who had visited other open days previously, why not ask them how the courses compared?


    You’ve met the right people, so now is the time to ask the right questions. These questions will provide you with a route in to attain personal thoughts on your chosen course, the university campus and the city itself.
    1. University lecturers and personnel – ask them to prove their worth! By asking them about the grades that past students attained and what qualifications you will achieve within your new degree, you can gather an idea of what personal benefits you would gain.
    1. Past graduates – Ask past graduates whether they would recommend the course to new students. If they had the chance to return to the university degree, would they return?
    1. Current university students – These are the most important people to pester with lots of questions! Ask them how the course is run, the module options and assignment tasks that it entails, and importantly the social life – is there a vibrant nightlife, the recommended accommodation and what sporting facilities are there to get involved in.

    Visiting Facilities

    On top of meeting new people and asking a variety of questions, you need to ensure that you visit all the facilities that the university has to offer. Visiting these facilities will allow you to gather a feel for how your lectures and seminars will take place, and the equipment available to your course. The library, student union and course-specific buildings are a good place to start, as they will be where you will be spending most of your time when you’re not out socializing. Once you have covered those areas, try finding out information on the sporting facilities such as the university gym, if that’s your thing. Finally, visit the student accommodation! If you’ve asked the right questions to current students you have met, you should already have a good knowledge of the best places to see.

    Student Life

    The social life of university is just as important as the academic aspect for most students nowadays, so exploring what the city has to offer is therefore crucial to a successful open day experience. Enquire about the nightlife, shopping facilities and places to eat/drink, and even transport for those mornings where walking to campus is just too much of a strain on your schedule! You can always use your networking methods to your advantage, and ask a present student to show you around the city centre and its amenities.
  • Sometimes we draw the short straw and get the box room in the University house and hall rooms are never that big – you’ll just have to get used to the single bed life! Here’s how to make the most of your small student room. 


    Before moving every item in, really think about whether you need it, too many items will make it feel too cramped. Maybe it’s time to leave the teddies back home; you’ll want to seem more grown up to your new housemates anyway. Also donating to a charity will make you feel better or to a new housemate if they want anything!

    Look on the bright side

    You have done your housemates a favour, so you can use it to your advantage, at least for a while. Therefore, grab the TV remote and settle down (as you couldn’t fit a TV in your room) whilst they guiltily agree they love EastEnders. Furthermore, they say the best things come in small packages, so maybe your room could turn out amazing if you put your mind to it. Furniture can easily be moved around, ask your housemates what makes the room look bigger – it’s actually better to not put furniture right up against the wall as sometimes placing it in the middle or at an angle can make it look more spacious. Changing it around every term could also make it a fun place to be and it’ll seem like a new room if you do small things like mover the bed. Also a tiny room will probably make you not stay in your room the whole time, which a good thing as you’ll be known as the sociable one and it’s always a great idea to get out and about..

    Take it in turns

    You could firstly discuss it and ask if people would be willing to change rooms every term, although sometimes that’s a lot of hassle. However, your housemates may be willing to negotiate a reduction in rent for the smallest room as that’s only fair.


    Mirrors! They reflect the space and add light, visually expanding the room. Ikea is a definite place to add to the shopping list, it’s a place to explore with good deals and ranges of furniture that will fit in all sorts of place, for example a table that fits in a corner maximises the space even more. Choosing furniture that is see-through also makes the space seem much bigger, such as a glass table or selecting a smaller piece of furniture such as a bean bag instead of a chair. Smart storage is also the way to go as having a storage box underneath your bed or hanging a shoe rack to hang on the back of your door easily adds to your storage space. Finally, make sure it’s not dark, including having dark colours as this only adds to smallness. Lighting will help, so add some fairy lights – but make sure they’re battery powered as you don’t want to annoy your housemates with a huge electricity bill.

    Wall space

    Wall space is also useful, add some stick on hooks, as usually holes in the wall aren’t allowed in rented rooms and stick some shelves up or picture frames – anything you want. Also add some posters of the outside world, your favourite places, to pretend you’re in a distant land elsewhere. Wall stickers are also a fun way to add a personal touch and they peel off easily for when you leave Good luck and have fun, these times will only happen once – make the most of it!
  • Back in the day, a meal in a Leeds based shopping centre meant choosing from a mildly depressing selection of generic Chinese, Italian or ‘English’ restaurants that served up overpriced slop to its unsuspecting customers. Well not any more. Trinity is indeed full of the same shops you’ll find in most UK cities, but it also has some great places to eat and drink. Here’s our pick of the best.


    Serving up fine cuts of Aberdeen Angus beef from their Josper Grill, Crafthouse is a steakhouse with more than just a touch of class. Go all out with the lobster (highly recommended) and then head upstairs to Angelica’s for an al-fresco cocktail high above the streets of Leeds. Check out the full Crafthouse menu here, including their very reasonably priced set menu.

    Cielo Blanco

    Owned by the Neon Cactus crew, Cielo Blanco is a restaurant with a refreshingly different take on Mexican cuisine. Beer battered fish tacos and belly pork with cumin crackling are just two of the many dishes that will set your taste buds alight and make you realise that your tried and tested chicken fajita recipe is just perhaps a little old hat. View their menu here.

    The Alchemistm

    Once you step through its grand, copper entrance, you’re in a world where magic and cocktails blend seamlessly for a drinking experience that’s second to none. With popular cocktails such as The Smokey Old Fashioned and the brilliant Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, we can’t guarantee you won’t be walking home with a wobble, but it’s definitely worth it.


    Forget your soulless, multiplex cinema chains, in Trinity it’s all about Everyman. Not only is it a haven for those with a real passion for cinema, but they also serve really good food and drinks. Their menu includes the fantastic Spielburger (see what they’ve gone and done?) and a whole host of carefully selected nibbles. If you don’t fancy dining in their restaurant, grab your own comfy couch and table in the cinema and enjoy a bottle of wine and pizza – head for a movie on Monday and pizza is free.

    Trinity Kitchen 

    Trinity Kitchen is hands down the best food court you’ll find. As well as a number of great permanent restaurants, such as Pho (Vietnamese), Chicago Rib Shack, Tortilla and Rola Wola, there’s a selection of the country’s best street food vendors serving everything from flat iron steak sandwiches to Malaysian cuisine and craft ales. You can even enjoy a bottle of champers with your posh fish and chips – what more can you ask for?!  
  • We know that selling your property can be a big undertaking. It’s vital to show the full potential of your property to prospective buyers and we’re here to help and share with you our top tips for making your property more appealing.
    1. First impressions are everything – it’s often what determines a person’s decision to buy or not. This starts from the outside of the house – any external maintenances such as garden gates, plant pots, your front door and garden hedges need to be best presented. Even the state of your next door neighbour’s property can hinder your kerb appeal! Titivating your outside can help eliminate negative opinions of the inside. For most, the garden is a precious living space, so don’t forget about the back garden too.
    1. Go neutral - paint colour is a personal choice. Play it safe with neutral décor features throughout to prevent buyers being put off by strong colours. The addition of modern lighting can make all the difference as it creates a fresh, modern and cheerful living space.
    1. Clutter free living! At risk of stating the obvious, ensuring that the property is clean is integral in showcasing your property. A thorough clean, especially in the bathroom, kitchen and across all windows, will make your property more inviting. Clearing any general clutter, or rooms that are prone to clutter, will ensure that all areas of the property look as spacious as possible.
    1. Do it yourself! Dig out the tool box and patch up those DIY tasks. Most people aren’t looking to take on a project and by meeting expectations around general maintenance, your property will be much more attractive to prospective buyers.
    1. It’s all about setting the mood! Finishing touches must not be underestimated – candles and plugins are helpful in eliminating odours created from pets and cooking. As well as this, a nice smell will create a pleasant viewing experience and complement the living environment further.
    Making small changes are simple yet very effective and can make all the difference in selling your property. If you have any comments or questions about preparing your property for sale, then contact us for further information on: +44 (0)113 237 0000 or LS1@parklaneproperties.com.
  • It’s time for you to apply for a PhD application, but where do you start writing an academic CV? A CV needs to sell you as an individual, and it is important that you use your CV to communicate exactly why you are perfect for the position. You want the recruiter to get excited at the prospect of working with you. Here are some tips to help you on your way to writing the perfect CV. Every PHD is different and it is essential that you tailor your CV for the course you are applying for. Study the course description and for each point, make sure that your CV shows evidence of you being capable of applying your skills and knowledge to that task. Remember that there may be many other people applying for the same role. You want to make sure that your CV will stand out, and that you are an ideal candidate, so they have no reason not to take you to the next step of the recruitment process. Your format should be kept simple and in the following order, make sure that when listing achievements, they are in reverse chronological order:  
    • Name and contact details
    • Your academic achievements and qualifications - make sure that your achievements compliment the course description, don’t be modest, really sell yourself here.
    • Work experience and research experience - emphasise any specialist areas that you have. Include part time or full time work as long as it is relevant.
    • Publications - Include any articles, books or even chapters you have had published.
    • Other skills - highlight any further skills that you feel would be essential for the role.
    • Posts of responsibility/ teaching experience - if you have lead any projects or organised any activities make sure you include them in your CV. A recruiter would like to know that you are able to lead and show initiative in projects.
    • Attendance of conferences and seminars.
    • Interests and hobbies - include if adds value to cv e.g. a hobby that shows you have lead a project or worked as part of a team.
    • References - you will need to provide two academic referees.
    • Make sure that everything you put is relevant for the position, every point has to count.
    • Don’t use words like ‘contributed’ or ‘helped.’ – If you had a part in a project make sure you say exactly what you did, saying ‘contributed’ can be seen as being a bit ambiguous, you may have just decided on the title for the project or alternatively written 90% of the project plan.
    • PhD CVs are generally longer than standard CVs but make sure that you limit your CV to 4 pages, anymore and you risk the recruiter losing interest in what you have to say. If you remain concise and remove any jargon then you shouldn’t have any problems.
    • Make sure that your spelling and grammar is correct, read it through a couples of times and even have a break and come back to it reading it fresh.
    • Finally, get a second pair of eyes to check over your CV. If possible, someone who understands what an academic CV should look like and someone who is able to provide you with feedback.
    Want more help and advice? Here’s some useful information for those wanting to write the perfect PhD CV.      
  • There are a lot of misconceptions about uni life, and students. The media doesn’t always paint a pretty picture of student behaviour, and most people think that University is a breeze. For some people that may be the case, but uni is certainly not a walk in the park for everyone. You can choose to work as hard as you like at uni, you don’t have to spend the entire time partying. Everyone is different, and not all students want to get drunk every night. Uni can also present students with lots of challenges, it’s not all plain sailing. Here’s why student life isn’t always as easy as it appears.

    It’s your first time away from home

    For a lot of people, going to uni will be their first time away from home. This is a big change to deal with and not everyone finds it easy. A lot of students get home sick and struggle away from the safety of their parents. It might take more time for some students, but you do settle in eventually, and you can always plan a trip home if you need to.

    Studying for a degree can be really hard

    There’s a common assumption that students don’t really do much studying, and have hardly any lectures to attend. Each degree varies significantly, and some subjects can be particularly tough. Exams are stressful and you constantly have deadlines creeping up on you. Students most definitely party hard, but many also work very hard too.

    There’s a lot to juggle

    People don’t realise that students actually have a lot to juggle. You have to study for a degree whilst making new friends, settling into a new place, trying to decide what career path to take and find ways to get work experience. Yes there might be times where you go out a lot or have plenty of lazy days, but that’s certainly not the whole picture.

    You have to manage your money

    Living on a student budget can be challenging. You have to somehow make your student loan last, and cover all your expenses including travel, rent, tuition fees and food. It takes time to figure out clever ways to save money and how to manage your finances properly.

    You might face challenges and have low points

    Not everything goes to plan when you are at uni. Some students have to deal with personal issues, illness and stressful situations during the course of their degree. Not everyone is out partying having a fantastic time. You might have some tough times at uni, but there’s plenty of support. Most uni’s have a counselling service and people you can go to for help and guidance.

    Making friends isn’t always easy

    Some people make friends instantly and have no problems socialising with a new group of people. Others find it much harder, and may take longer to form solid social bonds. Don’t put yourself under too much pressure to find new besties straight away. Building lasting friendships takes time. Struggling with life at Leeds uni? Click here to find out more about the counselling service.
  • April’s buy-to-let stamp duty deadline created a record high in the average price of properties coming to market, it has emerged. More than £3,840 was added to the average house price, which equates to a 1.3% monthly increase and takes the record to an all-time high of £307,033. The surge is attributed to the Chancellor’s stamp duty deadline set out in his autumn statement, as investors and second-steppers scrambled to trade up on their properties to avoid the 3% levy that was introduced on April 1st.

    First-time sellers benefit

    Such was the investors’ rush before the deadline that a trend in first-time sellers trading up by selling to first-time buyers developed at the bottom end of the market. Investors looking to buy-to-let experienced a price surge as a result and witnessed an 8.6% increase in the second-stepper sector alone. This +£20,500 difference on houses with three or four bedrooms gave this sector the highest increase in year-on-year values in all sectors in the market. The heightened activity at the bottom of the market seems to have caused a knock-on effect for the average prices in every sector. The top of the market, in fact, saw an average increase of almost £10,000 on properties with four or five bedrooms, caused by the ripples of the April 1st stamp duty deadline. First-time sellers at the other end of the market have been able to benefit from being forced to hold onto their first-time bought properties after the credit crunch due to dramatic falls in average house prices. These recent increases mean that the Chancellor’s deadline worked in their favour and they were able to trade up quickly in light of the hunger from investors to secure buy-to-let properties on the lower rung.

    New levy works in favour of first-time buyers

    Now that the deadline has passed and the levy has been introduced, the demand from investors in the buy-to-let market has fallen dramatically. This ultimately means that there is more opportunity for first-time buyers to get on the housing ladder at the bottom end of the market because there is less competition. It also means that first-time sellers will, in some cases, need to reduce their asking prices to compete in a busy market of first-time buyers and future buy-to-let investors. The knock-on effect of the buy-to-let stamp duty deadline is in its infancy and it remains to be seen whether or not this surge will continue much further beyond the usual Easter spike. It does, however, represent the kind of opportunity for first-time buyers that we haven’t seen since the weeks and months following the credit crunch.
  • If you had a pound for every burger joint in Leeds, you’d be pretty well off. Yes, every other restaurant seems to offer the promise of the perfect gourmet burger these days so choosing where to go and what to have can be something of a minefield – talk about first world problems. To help you out, we’ve handpicked 12 of our favourites – we like to call it the dirty dozen:

    Butter Blood and Bleu – Almost Famous

    Featuring a mouth-watering 100% beef patty, steak, chorizo, cheese, trailer trash onions, peppercorn sauce, blue cheese sauce, red chillies and magic mayo, this absolute belter of a burger is a carnivore’s delight. Once you go Butter Blood and Bleu, you don’t go back. Munch down with LoveHate Marmite fries and an ice-cold pint of Danger and Mayhem.

    Where to find Almost Famous

    River Phoenix – Almost Famous

    Named after the late Hollywood star (despite the fact he was a vegan), the second Almost Famous offering on our list comes with a juicy beef patty, cheese, streaky bacon, shoestring onions, Frazzles, red chillies, Redneck BBQ, Bacon Bacon mayo and Winning ketchup. Absolute perfection and the best thing is, this one is available on Deliveroo for those too lazy to drop in.

    The Juicy Lucifer – Reds True Barbecue

    If you’ve got a mouth made from asbestos and like it hot, then you would be a fool to pass on the awesomeness of Reds mighty Juicy Lucifer. This devilish creation consists of two patties with a melted three cheese spicy centre, smoked peppered bacon, fired onions, pickles, fresh jalapenos, Dirty Sauce, Ballpark Mustard, Devil Wing BBQ sauce and fired up fries. Not for the faint hearted.

    Where to find Red's True Barbeque

    Heisenburger – Get Baked Presents The Joint

    Get Baked are simply the business when it comes to takeout gourmet burgers and their bestselling Heisenburger is one of their finest creations. Featuring blue cheese and delicious candied bacon, the beef patty is one of the juiciest you’re likely to find. Wolf down with some Five-O fries and you’ll die and go to burger heaven.

    Where to find The Joint


    PBJ – Get Baked

    So nice, we name checked them twice. Yes, Get Baked are simply too good to only mention the once and the PBJ is the burger that Elvis would be putting in a triple order for. The beef pattie is accompanied with American cheese, crispy bacon and crunchy peanut butter with BBQ sauce – sounds a bit wrong but it’s oh so right.

    The Moozadell – Boss Burger

    Voted ‘the best burgers in the UK’ on TripAdvisor, Boss prove that sometimes keeping things relatively simple can be a winning formula. The Moozadell burger features mozzarella, slow roast peppers, caramelized onions, rocket and house made Boss mayo. Enjoy with a side serving of sweet potato fries.

    Where to find Boss Burger

    Five Guys Bacon Cheeseburger – Five Guys

    If you prefer to avoid fussy toppings and keep it simple, then you can’t beat a good Five Guys cheese burger topped with bacon and salad. The high-grade Irish beef packs some flavour and the Cajun house fries cooked in peanut oil are possibly the best chips you’ll ever have. Pick up a bottomless soft drink and you can enjoy what seems like a hundred different flavours of Coke. A truly American experience.

    Where to find Five Guys

    The Chicken – Mojo

    Celebrating 20 years in business this year, it’s hard to believe it’s taken Mojos this long to start serving food. The food here is fantastic and The Chicken is one of the best. Featuring crispy fry chicken thighs with Jack cheese and Mojo Louisiana Hot Sauce, this creation knocks the spots off anything the Colonel can produce.

    Where to find Mojo's

    Colonel Patty – Patty Smiths at The Belgrave

    The Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen really does offer hangover food heaven, with Dough Boys Pizza and Patty Smith’s burgers in the house. The Colonel Patty is a real lip-smacker and comes with spicy fried chicken breast, sriracha hot sauce, mayo, baby gem lettuce, pickled red cabbage and beetroot and chipotle mayo.

    Where to find Belgrave

    Honey and Rum Burger – Brooklyn

    The often forgotten New York Burger Kitchen upstairs in Brooklyn bar really does deserve a bit more love from Leeds, as it’s easily the city’s best kept secret as far as burgers are concerned. Coated in honey and rum glaze and smothered in American cheese, lettuce pickles and onion rings, the beautiful Honey and Rum Burger is the stuff legends are made of.

    Where to find Brooklyn's

    The Pit Master – The Pit

    We’ve all got that one mate that eats like an absolute pig. If they happen to be in town, then take them along to The Pit for an almighty Pit Master. Stacked skyscraper high with a beef patty, bacon, grilled chicken, cheese and beer battered onion rings, it’s a heart attack on a plate that’s well worth the risk.

    Where to find The Pit

    Wagyu Beef Burger – Stockdale’s of Yorkshire

    Whilst Stockdale’s focuses primarily on serving premium steaks, cooked to perfection on their Josper Grill, their awesome Wagyu Beef Burger is one of the best in Leeds. Using locally sourced Wagyu beef (considered to be the best beef in the world) this juicy gourmet burger really does taste like a cut above the rest. Enjoy with their delicious beef dripping chips and a glass of red wine for the ultimate posh burger experience.

    Where to find Stockdale's of Yorkshire

  • There has been much speculation recently as to what leaving the EU would mean for the UK property market. At this point, it’s predictably unclear what the impact will be, but here are a few predictions. UK residents looking to buy or sell in the UK are likely to remain relatively unaffected, however it is possible that in the current period of uncertainty leading up to the vote, some buyers and sellers may hold off and await developments, which could potentially slow down the property market in the interim. It is expected that an exit from the EU might create barriers for UK residents looking to make foreign investment and buy property in Europe. It is uncertain at this point as to whether additional processes or regulations will be brought into effect, however having a good estate agent and lawyer negotiating on your behalf is likely to address any potential barriers. Global investment is an area which is expected to be impacted the most, with reticence about investing in the UK property market until a decision has been made. According to a survey by KPMG, 66 per cent of real estate experts believe that “leaving the EU would have a negative impact on inbound cross-border investment”, therefore viewing the UK as a safe haven for investment could take a turn. One area of concern is housebuilding and whether the so-called housing crisis could be escalated if developers are hesitant to invest in building projects in the period of uncertainty. The National Association for Estate Agents reported that demand for housing was the highest level for 12 years in February 2016, with an average 463 house hunters registered per member branch. If the rate of house building is impacted, this could in turn have social implications and drive up house prices even further. Should the UK decide to leave the EU, a number of new regulations will be brought in, which could take up to two years for the government to negotiate following the exit. However, with it being the first time a country has proposed plans to vote to exit the EU, we’re very much in a period of uncertainty and cannot be clear on what impact it will have on the UK property market. For UK residents looking to buy or sell their property, it’s as good a time as any, and our Sales Team is on hand to discuss any queries or concerns you might have. If you’re looking to move home, come in and see us or contact 0113 237 0000.
  • With university over, the next few weeks will be full of emotional goodbyes and long journeys back home for the summer. In some cases it'll be months before you see your course mates or housemates again, and if you're in your final year, it could be even longer before you're reacquainted with some of your closest friends. Before heading home, it's great to have a final get together before parting company indefinitely, so if you're looking for a way to celebrate the end of the year and enjoy a last evening out together before heading home, here are our top suggestions. BBQ The British weather might not be the most dependable, however when the sun comes out and the temperature rockets, we don't need much of an excuse to get out into the garden and enjoy some food and drinks in the sun. If you're looking for a relatively cheap send off, and can't afford the expense of heading out and spending large amounts, then staying in with friends and enjoying a garden barbecue with a few sociable drinks is a great idea. Head to your local supermarket, stock up on burgers, sausages and chicken and enjoy the weather when the sun comes back out. Entertainment If you're hunting fun and different activities to enjoy, Leeds has a number of quirky spots that you head to. Offering something a bit more than just a meal, locations such as the independent Everyman cinema, allow you to enjoy food and drink in a trendy location whilst also enjoying the latest cinematic masterpiece from the comfort of a sofa. With snacks of pizza, olives and frozen yoghurt to name just a few of the luxuries available throughout your film, it's a great alternative if you're searching for entertainment in Leeds. Similarly, the new Roxy Lanes is an American style bar and bowling alley, at which you can enjoy a social gathering with nibbles and drinks, whilst also engaging your competitive spirit in a few frames of ten-pin. Meal Good sharing restaurants make for the perfect 'last supper' with your friends from university. The 'all dig in' attitude means you'll enjoy a relaxed attitude, and with nibbles, tapas, sharing plates and plenty of drinks, it makes for a fun way to send off some of your closest friends. Leeds has plenty of ideal restaurants for this type of evening, so whatever cuisine you're in the mood for, there should be plenty of destinations that fit the bill. Return for a festival The Leeds area is great when the summer is in full swing, and whether you're a fan of large scale mainstream music festivals or smaller independent offerings, both can be found around the Leeds area. If saying goodbye it just too tough, why not agree on an event to all head back for, to break up those long summer months away from your mates? With the likes of the Arctic Monkeys and Queens of the Stone Age at Leeds, or Example and the Pet Shop Boys at Bingley, there are options to suit all differing student tastes. Photo Credit: Éole via Compfight cc
  • Having caught brief glimpses of summer over the past few weeks, now is the perfect time to start preparing for a summer weekend or day break. Perfect for couples looking to escape the city for a more relaxing drive into the countryside, we've put together our list of perfect nearby locations for you to head this coming weekend and enjoy the sights on offer. Rudding Park Located in the affluent Harrogate, North Yorkshire, Rudding Park is a Grade I listed Regency-style country house. Now utilised as a hotel, golf club and spa, Rudding Park is set amongst beautiful landscaped gardens and woodland, and offers  one of the most relaxing hotels in the area, whilst is also within easy access of both York and Leeds. The golf club, which offers players the chance of taking on the challenging 18 hole 72 par course or the shorter six hole par three course provides something for every golfer, no matter what ability. However if you just plan on getting away for a relaxing break, head to the spa, which has four treatment rooms, including a hammam, beauty area, steam room, experience shower and two relaxation areas. Yorebridge House Located in Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales, Yorebridge House really is the perfect place for that summer weekend mini break. Set in the village of Bainbridge, there’s the Wensleydale creamery and a cosy Yorkshire pub, both of which are perfect excuses for stopping off when you’ve returned from one of many amazing walking routes through the Dales. This is, of course, presuming you can drag yourself away from the house itself. Each room has its own quirky style, some boasting hot tubs, wet-room style showers and queen sized beds. You can add extras such as champagne and chocolates to your stay and room service if you don’t fancy the lounge bar or formal restaurant. Its website is particularly helpful as you can choose which room best suits your taste whilst checking availability and pricing. You’re also able to add those little extras online if you’re surprising that special someone! Yorkshire Sculpture Park The perfect destination if you're just looking for a day trip to enjoy the sun, as opposed to a longer weekend break, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Bretton has plenty to offer. Sold as being a pioneering place that aims to challenge, inspire, inform and delight, welcoming over 300,000 visitors, including 40,000 learning visits each year, it's an idyllic haven in which you can unwind and escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Bolton Abbey Another North Yorkshire destination perfect for a sun soaked weekend is Bolton Abbey. In the heart of the Yorkshire Dales on the banks of the River Wharfe, this country estate boasts just under 30,000 acres of beautiful countryside, over 80 miles of footpaths and ample space to run around and enjoy the fresh air. The perfect plan for a Saturday or Sunday when you just want to jump in the car and escape, Bolton Abbey is the perfect place to head and soak up some sun whilst enjoying a picnic. Explore the ruins of the Priory and discover a landscape full of history and legend, wander along the riverside, woodland and moorland paths, enjoy local produce in the restaurants, tea rooms and cafes or simply relax beside the river. Photo Credit: Axel-D via Compfight cc
  • Apprenticeships are definitely the way forward for strengthening your career and gaining life long skills. They are rising in popularity, because they give you hands on experience. However, there is a lot of competition out there, so it’s important to stand out and spend plenty of time researching the company so that you can stand out from the crowd. Here’s some helpful tips on how to apply for apprenticeships.


    Find out the furthest distance you can travel for an apprenticeship. Then research apprenticeship websites for placements within your area. Most sites include industry categories to help narrow the search down. Some helpful sites include https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch or http://www.ratemyplacement.co.uk/. It’s a good idea to sign up to these sites via email, and then you will get alerts when relevant roles come up. Don’t treat it as a job, treat it almost like a first date – a good first impression needs to be made and skills shown off, but common ground is also needed so the company needs to be thoroughly researched to see what they want. Also make sure all social network sites are turned onto private, you don’t want potential employers to see all those party pictures!

    The nitty gritty

    The email name ... Don’t use that one you set up years ago, create a new professional one that will show employers that you are a serious prospect. Make sure your CV is tailored to the apprenticeship you are applying on and you include relevant experience. Show them the specific skills and experience you have gained from part time jobs. It is ideal to send both a CV and covering letter; these should both be read by others to double check any flaws. Never put “Dear Sir/Madam” unless it is a last resort – recruitment managers can often be found on Linkedin or the company website. Hobbies are also a good way to stand out, try something different like dodgeball as it will stand out in comparison to others, and it’s something interesting to talk about should you get an interview. Remember that the words you use in your application are a reflection of you. Avoid using common words that everyone uses such as ‘hard working’, instead use words that will make you stand out. Make sure you look at the summary of the apprenticeship and highlight the skills they are looking for, and then show how you have these skills in your covering letter. When your application is ready to send, check it thoroughly, you won’t have any chance if the employer spots mistakes. If you are applying to lots of apprenticeships, make sure you still take the time to tailor each application to the job you are applying for, rather than sending out a standard email.

    The company

    Companies like to believe they are the best and the only one to apply to. Take the time to get to know them and find out their values, making sure you align your CV and personal profile with them. Find out what previous apprentices have said about the company or any employees and mention this within the cover letter. Look up whether they are listed in the best companies to work for and what sort of work culture they have. For example, if they are a company who likes team work, make sure this is stated within your cover letter or CV and they will appreciate you have done your research.


    Your strengths are important to highlight as this is the reason why companies should choose you over another candidate. Ask others how they would describe you and make a list of what you think are positives about how you work. It’s important to justify your strengths with examples as employers want to know how you have gained these skills, and that you are not just listing positive skills without evidence to back them up. You might want to prepare an achievement portfolio or some examples of your work to bring with you to your interview.

    A memorable end

    Leave them with something to remember you by. At the end of your cover letter include an interesting fact about yourself as this will then stick in your potential employer's mind. Good luck!

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