Leeds City Guide

Leeds is the UK’s third biggest, fastest growing city, with a population of over 65,000 students.

With a thriving music scene, an abundance of events, an eclectic cultural calendar and an ever-growing food and drink sector, we can safely say that life in Leeds is never dull.

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The Leeds music scene is booming, and with the range of superb venues, forward-thinking promoters and creative curators, the Leeds music community is the perfect platform for any musician.

With an impressive raft of venues across the city, there’s always a choice of artists to see any day of the week.

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Food & Drink

You’ll never be short of something new to try in the Leeds food and drink sector.

From the eternally rotating line-up of street food vendors at Trinity Kitchen and the Belgrave Street Feast, to the array of delicious independent cafes and international cuisine, Leeds is a gourmand’s delight.

We’re not short of a tasty drop to drink either – with craft breweries, top-notch cocktail bars and splendid coffee houses throughout the city.

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Leeds has plenty to offer even the most avid culture-vulture, and with arrivals of big creative employers like Channel 4, the city’s culture offering is set to continue to grow.

Leeds has a great art scene, ranging from the grandeur of the Henry Moore Institute to the unique, independent galleries.

Leeds has a selection of independent cinema and theatres to choose from, and is also home to Opera North, the Northern Ballet, and Leeds Playhouse.



Leeds is a renowned UK shopping destination, an unquiet revolution which began with Harvey Nicholls and has expanded in the recent Victoria Gate and John Lewis development.

The city cleverly covers every shopper’s need; from high-end boutiques in ornate arcades and large shopping centres laden with big brands, to markets and independent shops, there’s something for everyone.

Leeds also has a plethora of music shops covering instruments, records, tickets and merchandise, so we’ve got that covered too.



Leeds has a festival for just about everything – and over the course of the year you’ll find city-wide celebrations of music, film, digital, food, beer, art, and even wellness!

With a varied calendar that includes alternative music giants Leeds Festival, Leeds International Film Festival, Leeds Piano, Slam Dunk Festival, Leeds West Indian Carnival and Leeds Pride, throughout the year there’s nearly always a festival in full swing.

Don’t miss Leeds International Festival – a multi-disciplinary festival across the city which incorporates the acclaimed metropolitan music festival, Live at Leeds.

To see the city in a completely different way check out Light Night – the arts festival that transforms the city with spectacular installations and visual projections!

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Outdoor & Sports

In and around Leeds you’ll find plenty of places to enjoy the great outdoors!

The Meanwood Valley Trail provides a great track for walkers and cyclists, whilst the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and breath-taking Yorkshire Dales are well within day-tripping distance.

Sports fan? You’ll be able to catch football, rugby and cricket in Leeds, along with the annual Tour De Yorkshire!

Open Days

Find out what it’s like to study at Leeds College of Music by coming along to one of our Open Days.

As well as talks and tours specific to the courses you're interested in, you can also chat to members of our Student Support Team about your application, support for students with disabilities, tuition fees and more.

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