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Thursday, 17 November 2011

A Student Guide to Leeds

With six universities in the city and its surroundings, Leeds has a vibrant student community and a great place to get a city centre apartment. Many local businesses are aware of the value of the 'student pound', leading to a whole host of offers and tailored student experiences. Students who take up courses in Leeds have a wealth of choices available for nightlife, other recreation, and the day-to-day necessities involved in student life.
When it comes to socialising and night-life all Leeds students would agree that Leeds offers a huge variety of top-notch venues. Popular drinking spots include Fab Café, a television and movie themed bar; the Dry Dock, where students can enjoy a wide range of beers and other beverages in the unique surroundings of a landlocked boat; Oceana, a late-night club; Tiger Tiger, an 'all-in-one' venue which offers five separate rooms; and Mojos, a rock and roll cocktail bar.
That is not to say that you can't have a good time in Leeds unless you are out drinking for the night. The city offers a whole host of other recreational activities. The city streets are packed with clothes shops and there is a range of cinemas and theatres. The city also offers some amazing museums and galleries for those who want a bit of education with their recreation. The Leeds Art Gallery boasts a renowned collection of British art as well as various temporary exhibitions. The collections on display in the Leeds City Museum run the gamut from 'Ancient Worlds' and 'Life on Earth' to 'Out of Africa' and 'The Leeds Story'. The Royal Armouries Museum has five galleries and a massive 'Hall of Steel' with over 2,500 artefacts on display, while the Thackray Medical Museum tells the story of medicine throughout the ages. All of these museums put on special events and exhibitions throughout the year, so that one visit is never enough.
Of course, the life of a student isn't all fun and games, and Leeds City Centre is packed with all the shops that a student needs to provide them with the necessities of academic life. There is a large Waterstones for the purchase of textbooks, while those who are looking to save money can head to the University of Leeds where there is a second hand book store that allows students to sell their old books and buy second-hand copies of the texts that they require.

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