Leeds is the place to be! I really mean it!
If you're thinking about going to university next year it is imperative that you consider the area you’re going to be in, because if you want something which allows you to spread your metaphorical wings, experience some of THE BEST nightlife this fine little island has to offer but still feels a little bit like home then the University of Leeds is for you!
As I'm a Yorkshire lass myself, I will admit that I didn't really fancy moving miles away down South to escape the clutches of my parents - particularly as I'm rather fond of the Northern lifestyle where you're not really judged for going to the shops in your pj's and everyone you cross in the street greets you with a smile or 'ey-up duck'. But I did want to live far enough away that I got the independence I so ardently desired and freedom to go out and get absolutely trollied to my hearts content (if you catch my drift). Leeds was that nice happy medium - especially because it meant I could go home every other weekend if I wanted to get my mum to still do my washing.
What I like about Leeds is that its got the friendliness and homeliness of my little village, but it also sort of feels like London because there is so much to do and always something exciting going on. I mean, last week me and my friend randomly decided to go for a drink because we were sick of procrastinating about our revision so we ended up on Merrion Street (when you come here you'll get to know, it I promise) and we ended up being out till the early hours of the morning as we stumbled upon the Merrion Street festival and had an absolutely amazing time!
The University itself is also pretty good; everything is nicely compacted into one campus, the Union is at the centre of it all and always has something going on (don't miss the market on a Monday!), the teaching staff (I’ve had) have been really engaging, passionate and always willing to help and the workload hasn’t actually been that bad. I’ve had one of the best years of my life – I’m sure you’d love it too.
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