Re-opening of Leeds Art Gallery
We’ve been without it since 2016, but our impressive collection of twentieth century art should be back on display by autumn 2017.
We all love a cheap night out, so look up these Leeds restaurants because they all allow you to take your own alcohol: Thai A Roy Dee, Sami’s, La Besi, Jino’s Thai Café, The Masala Hut, Roots and Fruits, May’s Thai and Malaysian Café, Safran, Nazam’s, Akmal’s Tandoori Bistro and Balti King.
Carnegie Sports Centre
Leeds Beckett has a dedicated Carnegie Sports Centre where you can work up a sweat. Whether it’s Zumba swimming, tennis or the gym, you can take your pick with a community sport membership which gives you access to all facilities across both campuses.
A pub in a boat, what’s not to love? This iconic student bar in the middle of Woodhouse Lane sells craft beer cans for £3 and proper pub grub to soak up some booze.
A new student hangout in the centre of Hyde Park that feels more like you’re in Brooklyn, New York. Open from 8am for a caffeine kick before your morning lectures.
Free things to do
There’s plenty of things to experience in Leeds for absolutely no money whatsoever. Explore Roundhay Park’s 700 acres, get inspired by contemporary art at The Tetley, discover history at Leeds City Museum, get back to nature on the Meanwood Valley Trail, or see the city from a unique perspective on Leeds Owl Trail.
Cancel out the takeaways with reasonably priced, monthly gym membership deals. Leeds Beckett's gym costs £125 for the full year, £100 cheaper than average gym memberships. Then there’s The Gym Group, which waives joining fees with an NUS card, and monthly membership is £15.99. You can also freeze your membership for the months where you head home.
A hot bed for sport in the city, watch a game of cricket or rugby as Yorkshire, Leeds Rhinos, Leeds Carnegie and sometimes England come to town.
Hyde Park Picture House and Cottage Road Cinema, both flying the flag for independent cinema in old school settings.
If you need a part time job to fit around your studies, we can help. Come along to our Job Shop, which helps place our students and graduates into paid casual work. Hours are varied and flexible.
Kebabs (good ones)
The most delectable doner is officially in Leeds. I Am Doner in Headingley took the top spot in the Best Kebab House in Britain 'Oscars' in 2017.
One of Hyde Park Corner’s finest student haunts, renowned for its large iconic clock. It’s an all-day place to meet friends for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Start the week with a bang at MiNT Mondays, one of the most popular student nights at MiNT Club. £1 vodka-mixers and house, garage, hip-hop and disco music.
North Brewing Co
Just on the outskirts of the city centre in Sheepscar, this is a new brewery cross bar open Fridays and Saturdays, with a street food event called Eat North every Saturday. Add it to your bar crawl.
On the Wall
Students love posters, fact. Adorn your walls with a visit to this Leeds institution on Boar Lane in the city centre (four posters for £15 or three for £20, plus framing service).
The student areas of Leeds have two huge parks to take advantage of: Woodhouse Moor with tennis courts and a BMX and skate park, while further up the road is our own Beckett Park, an amazing setting enjoyed by all.
One of the cheapest and busiest mid-week student parties in Leeds, with £1 entry and £1 drinks. All things House, R'n'B, Indie, Student Anthems and Hip-Hop beats.
At the centre of Hyde Park Corner, Retro Boutique sells cool vintage furniture and accessories over two floors. Lose a whole afternoon hunting for treasures for your student pad.
Catch a gig at our 1,100 capacity student union venue, which has welcomed the likes of Foo Fighters, Blur and Nirvana, with plenty more to come.
Wednesdays at TigerTiger mean Fun House, one of the best mid-week student parties with ball pits, inflatables, challenges, giveaways and £1 drinks.
Not only a cheap bar, Leeds Beckett Students’ Union has an extensive food menu with an all day breakfast for just £2.80. You can also drink a pint knowing that for every £1 spent in the Union, 10p goes back to the student services. Often with music and social events on, the Beckett bars are relaxed and informal environments where you can socialise with your mates.
From clothes to furniture, Leeds is a great place to pick up some pre-loved goods, perfect for student budgets. Look out for the regular vintage fairs held across the city, take your pick from Headingley’s abundance of vintage and charity shops, and don’t forget to seek out hidden treasures like Poverty Aid in Hyde Park, Swiss Cottage Antiques in Burley and Emmaus near Mabgate.
Wilkinson’s in Headingley is a proper Leeds student institution. Selling everything you could possibly need to deck out your new student digs, cheap cleaning products your mum will thank you for when she comes to visit, and essential stationary for when term starts, you’ll develop a weird fondness for this place. Trust us.
Europe’s longest running club night Back to Basics started in Leeds 25 years ago, and is still going strong. This year it sees a new round of monthly parties called Generation X at Basics’ new home, The Church.
Give your student accommodation a unique feel with a visit to this unusual home shop in Leeds Corn Exchange, selling ethnic and fair trade items such as colourful hangings and Moroccan lanterns.
Halloween is huge for students in Leeds, and a great excuse to go all out on fancy dress. There’s loads of horror-themed clubnights to choose from, including Zombies at Leeds Beckett SU, £3 in.
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