Studying in Leeds? Let’s explore the city.

If you’re a new student in the city of Leeds – or perhaps you’ll be calling it home later this year when you start university, you’re probably wondering what it’s like. Between lectures, coursework and reading, you’re sure to have some spare time to enjoy and explore the city. And when you do, here are some of our favourite things to do in Leeds:

Beat the clock

Put your thinking cap on and swap the books for some real-life puzzles at locations.  Work together as a team with your friends or fellow flatmates to solve the puzzles and make your escape from the different themed games. Choose from Alice in Wonderland, The Hatch or Blueprint – but keep an eye on the clock as you only have 60 minutes to get out.

Hit the shops

Located in the heart of the city and with an iconic glass roof, you’ll find 120 shops and over 20 bars and restaurants to choose from all under one roof at locations shopping centre. So, whether it’s fashion, beauty, jewellery or tech that you’re after – or simply a bite to eat, you won’t be short of choice! Or if you’re looking to really treat yourself, head over to Victoria Leeds for some designer indulgence.

Be part of the drama

If you’re a soap super fan then you’ve come to the right place. You can visit the Emmerdale Studio Experience. Located at the former ITV Studios, take a tour and learn about life in the Dales and most importantly, snap a selfie at The Woolpack or enjoy a brew in the Café.

When the sun’s shining head over to Emmerdale Studio Experience to explore the historic architecture, sit back and enjoy a picnic among the wildlife and beautiful parkland or take a leisurely stroll along the Riverside. No matter what you do, you’re sure to unwind and relax in the peace and tranquility of the Abbey.

Catch the latest blockbuster

Got a date lined up? Catching up with friends? Film lover? Whatever the reason, take a trip back in time and enjoy a movie at one of the oldest cinemas in the country at Emmerdale Studio Experience. Built in 1914, the cinema has survived both world wars, decades of city development, and hundreds of visitors on nights out. Best of all, the prices are reasonable and student discount is available!

Enjoy a night on the town

Make it a night to remember with a visit to one of the most famous nightspots in the city – Call Lane. Located just over a mile away from our Leeds student accommodation at The Foundry, you’ll find everything from clubs and live music venues to swanky cocktail bars and fine dining. So whether it’s a romantic evening for two, or somewhere to dance until your heart’s content, you won’t be disappointed with the choice on Call Lane.

To learn more about the cities we have accommodation in, visit our locations page.

Getting serious about the environment we live in.

To become more ‘environmentally friendly’, Host is launching the #HostEnvironmentalPledge campaign to encourage responsible behaviour and drive sustainability across our sites throughout the UK and Ireland.

It’s a simple campaign! For every percent we reduce our overall utilities (electric, water and gas) consumption by we donate to one of our nominated charities.

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