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Why Leeds is the perfect city for international students

Studying abroad can be daunting as well as exciting, especially when you are moving to a whole new continent. If you have considered studying in Leeds, or are moving here soon as an international student, learn more about why this is the perfect city for you – a home from home.

So, why is Leeds a popular city for international study? Leeds is close to the neighbouring cities Bradford and Sheffield, which are two popular student cities with diverse cultures. The nearest airport, Leeds Bradford, is only a short journey from the city centre, and Manchester International Airport isn’t too far away either – making Leeds a popular home for international students.

A quick overview on Leeds.

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Leeds is known for many things, from it’s excellent shopping facilities to it’s food joints. Universities are also another reason why so many people love to visit and stay in the city. Leeds prides itself on its high-quality education standards. The city has over 170 different nationalities, with people from all over the world get the change to explore the different cultures the city has to offer.

You’ll never get bored here, with a rich history of landmarks, sporting clubs and great connections to other cities and towns.

Another important note to add to living in Leeds is its safety. Leeds is safe and has lots of privacy which makes it ideal for students who decide to stay in the city.

Transport and travelling is easy for students in Leeds.

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When it comes to transport and getting around the city, Leeds really is very easy – with great links to other major cities as well as the rest of Yorkshire.

And don’t feel like you have to stay in Leeds. Leeds is a central hub with superb transportation links to the rest of the UK. You can travel south to London, the United Kingdom’s capital city. You can also stop off at some of the UK’s historic cities, Oxford and Cambridge. You can travel north Scotland and visit Edinburgh and Glasgow. If you’re wanting to travel to the coast, there are many places you can go, such as Scarborough and Whitby which are beautiful coastal towns.

Travelling by bus in Leeds.

Leeds has many bus routes not only around the city, but further afield too. First Buses have an app which makes getting around easier, which means you’ll never have to worry about change.

Cycling in Leeds.

Cycling is a great way to get around Leeds. The city has many keen cyclists.

Getting around on food in Leeds.

Leeds is simple to travel around on foot, and the city’s strong public transport network means that you’ll never need your own car to get around.

Leeds has excellent Universities.

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Leeds has developed a prominent student culture over the years. This, alongside its affordable reputation, is why over 70,000 students call Leeds home. Leeds is the pioneer of X-ray technology / world-class research facilities. No wonder so many students from all over the globe wish to carry out their studies in Leeds.

University of Leeds.

Established in 1904, the University of Leeds is one of the largest universities in the UK. They’re part of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities and are renowned globally for the quality of our research and teaching.

Leeds Beckett University.

At Leeds Beckett University, all work is dedicated to making a difference. Their students and academics work together on research projects that have real-life impact, delivering social, economic, and cultural benefit for the communities.

Leeds Trinity University.

Leeds Trinity University has a strong emphasis on employability and professional development. While it started as a teacher training college, it has expanded its offerings to include a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs in areas such as media, journalism, business, psychology, sports science, and more.

Leeds Art University.

Leeds Arts University specialises in art and design. LUA offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs across disciplines such as fine art, graphic design, illustration, photography, fashion, textiles, animation, and more.

Leeds Conservatoire.

Leeds Conservatoire specialises in music education and performing arts. It offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs covering areas such as classical music, jazz, popular music, music production, musical theatre, and more.

Thinking about career options after University? If you are planning on staying in the UK after your studies, Leeds is a great city to kickstart your career.

Leeds is great for international cuisines.

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In Leeds there are many cuisines available no matter what your heart desires. Feeling homesick or in need of some food to remind you of home. You’ll be able to find it in Leeds.

Below is a list of a few delicious international cuisines you can find in and around Leeds.

Chinese cuisine.

Indian cuisine.

Middle Eastern cuisine.

African cuisine.

  • Restaurant: Abyssinia
  • Market: Ofosua’s African Supermarket and Off-Licence.

Check out the Yorkshire Food Guide for great recommendations and other delicious hidden gems around Leeds.

Where to live in Leeds as an international student.

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Leeds has established student areas with houses regularly occupied by students. So, the good news is, if you opt for a house share you’ll be surrounded by like-minded people. However, these areas are usually located out of city centres and can be a bit of a distance to university and local amenities.

Whereas with Host, you’ll find our properties located close to the buzz of city centres and university campuses. In fact, some are so close, you can roll out of bed and straight into lectures.

Introducing Exchange Court: Luxury student accommodation in Leeds.

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Exchange Court has a range of 257 stylish and spacious studio rooms. All studios have been uniquely designed to provide open plan living, with expertly designed spaces, including a private en-suite bathroom, study area with desk, bedroom and a stylish kitchen area.

All studios are equipped with clever storage spaces, including, underbed storage, extra-large wardrobes and kitchens with a place for all items to be put away, leaving the surfaces uncluttered. With rooms ranging from Classic to Luxury, and some offering large private student balconies, you are sure to find a room to suit your lifestyle and budget.

You will find a range of excellent on-site facilities to support you in making the most of your university years. Facilities include quiet study spaces, a hi-tech fitness suite, an inviting communal lounge complete with games area, contemporary private dining room and more. There are also laundry facilities on-site and your rent includes all your utility bills Wi-Fi and contents insurance.

Like the sound of Exchange Court? So, why not pop in and see our two example studios before the main property opens for summer 2025. Book your VIP tour now.

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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