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From a student’s perspective!
Purpose of the magazine
Undergraduate admissions interns profiles
Your guide to the business school
Making the most of your time at Leeds..
Things to do in Leeds
Work Placement Nurturing Talent Mentoring Scheme
China Summer School
Things I wish I knew before I came to Leeds
Different types of accommodation
Overview of accommodation
Iâ€™m Hannah and Iâ€™m the Admissions intern for Economics. I am in my second year of Economics and I am finding it really interesting having the chance to learn the economic theories and concepts behind the issues that we all hear about on the news every day, such as Europeâ€™s debt crisis or the latest employment figures. I am currently applying to do an industrial placement in finance or consulting during my third year, and the continued support from LUBS and the careers centre is fantastic whilst I am making applications. This year I have been given the opportunity through the society RAG (Raise And Give) to do the Three Peaks challenge. I will be climbing Snowdonia, Ben Nevis and Scarfell Pike in 24 hours to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
9:50am: Arrive at the Business School, pick up a free copy of the Financial Times from the foyer before heading to a seminar at 10am. We all bring answers to questions that we have prepared. We discuss some classical Economics approaches to the questions: what determines national income? How is income distributed? 12:00-1:00pm: Attend a lecture on the Economics of healthcare, looking at how uncertainty affects health markets, and the decisions made by patients and doctors. This module is really interesting, as we use theory learnt in first year and apply it to an important market operating around us. 1:00pm-2:00pm: Time for a break! Me and some course mates head to the Terrace in the Student Union and have some lunch. 2:00pm-3:00pm- Feeling nice and full, we head to our last lecture of the day: International Economic Environment. Today we learn about the role of governments, and how they affect international trade and decisions by Multinational Enterprises when they choose where to invest. 3:00pm- The end of lectures and seminars! Before walking home, I call by at the Careers Centre, and ask somebody there to read over a placement application I am about to submit (for my third year industrial placement); they offer constructive criticism and are very helpful.
Day In the Life Of...
Day In the Life Of... Head into university for your Organisational Behaviour lecture at 11am, then get an hour or two of reading done in Edward Boyle library before meeting up with friends where we walk over to the union to have lunch at the Refectory. At 3pm I have a personal tutor appointment; in the meeting we discuss my course objectives and my progress. We chat for about 20 minutes so I have plenty of time to make it to my Business and Society seminar at 4pm. I then catch the bus back home and cook a big meal with all my flatmates. Later on in the evening all my flatmates and I head over to the terrace in the student’s union to meet up with some friends for a drink and then we end up in Leeds city centre for a night out in a student club.
I’m a final year HRM student from Birmingham, hoping to get onto a HR Graduate Scheme with a large company once I graduate in the summer. Opportunities such as going on a study year to Canada and benefiting from a career mentor have really made me value being part of LUBS. HRM is all about the people within a company and is often described as the ‘softer’ side of management. It is about getting the most from your employees and the ways to do this. The course has elements of psychology, sociology and law to name a few so it is a good, rounded subject. My favourite modules include Organisational Behaviour and Economics in Labour.
I am a Bulgarian student studying BSc International Business at the University of Leeds. I decided to choose this course firstly because I have always been interested in business and secondly because I enjoy traveling, learning foreign languages and meeting people from different cultures. I am now looking forward to doing a Placement year and seeing what it is like working in the real business environment.
Student Profile 9:00 a.m.: The first lecture of the day – Marketing. 11:00 a.m.: I am an International Study group leader; they had to do a timed essay yesterday. I hope the preparation we did last week helped them! Today we are going to talk about CVs, how to find a job and how to improve their presentation skills. 12:00 a.m.: I have arranged a committee meeting—to discuss social events we are organising. 1:00 p.m.: It’s lunch time, so I head back with a friend to their house as they live nearby. 2:00 p.m.: I have a seminar on Human Resources. We have to answer some questions for today’s session and then we have 5 minutes to do a group presentation on the topic. 3:00 p.m.: I have to do some final touches on my essay so I head to the library, to my favourite private study area. I finish my essay and print it straight away – my deadline is next week but I don’t want to leave it for the last minute (something always goes wrong!) 4:00 p.m.: Just a short meeting with my group from my Finance module. We have to do a group report and a presentation so it is a good idea to meet up and divide the tasks. 5:00 p.m.: Probably the best part of the day – a visit to the Christmas German market! Delicious food, Christmas lights and decorations, music... A great Christmas atmosphere. 7.30 p.m.: Cook something for dinner and have a movie night with my flatmates. 12:00 a.m.: It has been a fun day but I’m exhausted now, so I go to bed.
Day In the Life Of... 9am- International Economic Environment lecture. We are currently studying barriers to international investment, and completely individual international business plans. This subject is one of my optional modules. 11am-Geography Tutorial. As a joint honours student I have a tutor in each department. For geography, a group of five Economics and Geography students meet with our tutor fortnightly to discuss and debate geography material linked to my second year module, Economies of Geographies. This module is fantastically aligned to my course, as it bridges the gap between geography and economics. Noon-Lunch. I meet friends at the Terrace, the Union Bar, for lunch. 2pm-Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS). PASS are weekly sessions run through the business school by second year students, for first year undergraduates. I was selected to be a PASS leader; I help students with academic work and any university issues. 3pm-Study in the Library. 4pm-Careers Event at the Business School. As part of the Trading and Investments Society, I have the opportunity to attend a large number of workshops, conferences and networking events. 6pm- Dance with the Universityâ€™s Ballet Society; twice-weekly classes. We are lucky enough to be taught by a member of Northern Ballet, who are located in Leeds. I am currently a second year BA Economics and Geography student, originally from Bath. I mentor a group of first year students, through the Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) initiative. I am also the Joint Honours Admissions Intern for the Business School. I have completed work experience at Deloitte and Baker Tilly, and aspire to work in corporate finance after graduating. Next year I am planning to spend a year abroad in the USA.
When choosing to study Management I did so to get a comprehensive perspective about how businesses operate. I was unsure as to what aspect of business I was interested in and so choosing this option enabled me to explore Human Resource Management, Economics, Finance, Marketing and Operations. The course has been exciting, offering me opportunities to study abroad, work in different companies and study subjects I am interested in.
Each day varies but typically it will consist of: 6.30 am - Visiting the Edge gym to work out and go swimming before I start work for the day. 8.00 - 9.00 am – Get a nice breakfast from the student union- they are quite cheap for what you get, and set you up nicely for the day. 9.00 -12.00 pm - Have a few hours of seminars throughout the day. 12.00 – 1.30 pm - Go and meet friends for some food, we usually eat at Froth and Fodder which does amazing and cheap soups, very close to the university. 2.00 - 4.00 pm - Attend a team meeting in one of my modules whether it is making a presentation or compiling work for a project. 4.00 – 6.00 pm - Prepare for tomorrow’s day of meetings and seminars. 7.00 – 10.00 pm – Decide to go to one of the many events that happen around Leeds: whether that is going to a comedy club, getting a drink with friends or a pub quiz there is always lots to do.
I am a second year Accounting and Finance student. The reason I picked to study Accounting and Finance is because I enjoyed doing Maths in high school and college and I wanted to learn more about the business world. Accounting is within every business whether it is a profit making or non-profit making (e.g. charity, government) company and every business has to have a basis of finance to be successful. This means that my degree is relevant within any organisation, opening lots of employability options.
A typical day as a first year accounting and finance student; I got up and went for a swim at the Edge, as I enjoy making the most of the free gym you get in first year with the accommodation. I then went to my two morning lectures in the conference auditorium. For lunch I met up with my friends in the union; we usually eat at the Terrace as they have good group offers on meals. Then after lunch, before my seminar I had netball training with FABsoc (Accounting and Finance Society) which is a great way to make new friends and keep fit! After attending my seminar in the afternoon, I walked into town to have a nosey round the German markets and buy a bit of food before then going back home to cook dinner with my flatmates. In the evening I did some research into my study abroad application; what country I want to study in, fees, courses that different universities offer etc. Then I organised with my friends what we were going to do that evening; we decided to go to the cinema, so we quickly nipped to the shop to buy some sweets before walking into the city centre to watch the film.
Day In the Life Of...
Your Guide To The Business School... Your first month at the Business School There is no need to feel daunted about your time at LUBS. There are a range of initiatives that help students settle in and meet new people. Each student is designated a personal tutor who is a lecturer within the Business School; they have short informal meetings with their students, to make sure that they are coping with the work and getting the most out of their experience at Leeds. Personal tutors are a great help in many aspects, for instance they help with essay writing and referencing skills. There is also a writing help service run by the university library. The student representatives of LUBS will organize social nights out so you can get to know more students within the business school. You will also be invited to join the LUBS sports teams that play other departments in the university such as rugby and netball.
Teaching Style In your first lectures your lecturers will introduce you to the content of the module, discuss the teaching methods at Leeds and explain to you about textbooks (so there is no need to panic buy!) As well as lectures, most modules have seminars which are interactive sessions that give you a chance to get hands-on experience of the work. Seminars consist of a group of around 20 students and are used to practice lecture content, often by applying it to real case studies with questions about the work to discuss in the class.
Undergraduate Common Room
This is the office for LUBS undergraduate students. There are computers and printers here as well as resources for the modules you are doing. Lecturers usually tell you if they expect you to pick up lecture slides or other resources from here. This room is where a lot of groups meet as it is a nice working environment and central to the business school. The Undergraduate Common Room is great for bumping into someone you know as well as making new friends.
The business school has a cafĂŠ that is cheap and serves warm breakfast and lunch. Itâ€™s a great place to grab some food between seminars and lectures.
Join a Society There are 300 clubs and societies at Leeds University, from Skydiving to Student Radio. Or if you want a position with more responsibility why not put yourself forward for treasurer or social sectary of a society. Societies are a fantastic way to meet people and attend great socials- sports teams also annually tour abroad. Extracurricular activities look great on your CV showing development of skills. There are many opportunities for complete beginners too so no excuses; make sure you attend Fresher’s Fair and sign up!
Leeds and Beyond Leeds is unique; it has its own repertory theatre, ballet company and opera house, unlike any other English city outside London. Just beyond Leeds, enjoy Ilkley Moor, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Kirkstall Abbey, Roundhay Park and Harewood House. The union offers ‘give it a go’ trips throughout the year to various local and national highlights.
Use the Careers centre! With an overcompetitive job market, the University’s Careers Centre is invaluable. They offer careers advice, will check your internship and graduate application forms and help with interview preparation. They run a huge variety of daily skill building workshops, and a variety of careers fairs. The business school is also great at attracting respected employers. In the past semester there have been events by PWC, Barclays and Ernst and Young.
Enjoy your Union Annually voted as one of the UK’s best: take advantage! Live music is part of the union’s history, from Annie Mac, to Ed Sheeran. In fresher’s week, you are sure to come to know the union very well. Freshers ball is always a highlight. Past acts include StooShe, Devlin, Misha B and Professor Green. The Union also provides student support on anything from jobs and money to housing and counselling. It’s free! Visit leedsuniversityunion.co.uk to find out more.
Make first year count... It’s a fallacy that first year does not count. If you’re serious about taking a year abroad, an industrial placement or internship you need to balance work and play to avoid missing out. Most opportunities have minimum requirements of a 2:1 in first year. It will also set you up with the skills vital to future years at university. You do not want a shock to your system when second year arrives, the workload doubles and everything counts!
There are lots of things to do in
Leeds. If you are interested
in sport there is a stadium situated just out of the city centre in Headingley, where all the big rugby and cricket matches are held. This creates a great atmosphere in Headingley over the weekend with lots of students gathering before and after the match. Headingley stadium is also
As you probably know, Leeds is a
great place for a shopping trip; there is something for everyone especially with the newly built shopping mall in the centre. As well as the new shops Leeds has maintained their old shopping arcades and has no end of
vintage stores; I am constantly coming across shops I have never seen before! Leeds also has some really good art galleries which I would definitely recommend visiting while you’re here along with the town hall and museum; they all hold a lot of Leeds’ heritage. Another place I love to have a wander around is the old corn exchange, at the bottom of the city by the canal. It’s full of little old vintage stores and boutiques which are great to have a nosey through. In the evening the dome ceiling is lit up with lots of tiny lights giving the illusion of a starry sky which really adds to the atmosphere.
where is held; an annual sporting competition between University of Leeds and Leeds Metropolitan where both universities compete in every team sport to find the year’s new
There is also plenty to do just outside Leeds. Tropical world; a small zoo, is just a short bus journey away. Nearby there is Roundhay park with covers over 700 acres. Roundhay is great for getting out of the city to enjoy the fresh air and the scenic Yorkshire dales. It is also where a large bonfire and firework display is held on bonfire night. With Leeds having such great transport links it means it’s fast and easy to travel to nearby cities such as Sheffield, Manchester etc to visit friends or just to discover a new city.
Garden Party During the summer it is great to spend lazy summer days on woodhouse moor also known as Hyde Park - all the students come together to play sports, eat and generally relax together in the sun – and best of all it’s
free! The garden parties which are held at the Faversham pub, just off campus are also another highlight of the summer. In the winter months the German markets open on millennium square indicating the start of the
Christmas season. The Christmas light switch on also tends to be a great night, where some bands play and there is a great firework display.
German Markets One of the main attractions that draw so many students to Leeds each year has to be the nightlife! There is always something going on every night of the week, Monday to Sunday, and a lot of them are aimed at students, luckily for us! Generally there will be an artist playing at one of the many clubs around Leeds, ranging from well known DJ’s to low-key bands. Once a month there is a large student event called ‘Carnage’ which brings all Leeds’ students together in one massive night out. Your ticket for the evening is a t-shirt which gets you into over five bars/clubs running until the
early hours. If clubbing isn't your thing, then don't worry. Leeds has much more to offer than just that. Ranging from the-
atre productions from well known actors/actresses to university society performances, to quieter, more sophisticated nights at the restaurants and cocktail bars situated on Call Lane. Or why not try OK Karaoke bar or visit the BierKeller with traditional German bands. There is no
end of things for you to do; there is always something to suit everyone’s taste!
Every year there are a number of Chinese students that transfer to LUBS directly in their second year. Hence, the school has established this scheme in order to help them overcome the cultural shock and improve their academic performance. The role of the Ambassadors starts with the preparation for the trip and when returning to University you’ll be a study group leader of the students for one year. It is most likely that you will also become friends with some of them! The selection process consists of an application form with questions about your skills and cultural awareness, plus an interview. If you have a genuine interest in China and its culture, you have a great chance of becoming an Ambassador. As part of the scheme I am now one of the leaders of an International Study Group this year. I participated in the programme due to my interest in the culture but the whole scheme also adds a valuable experience and set of skills, especially when it comes to communication and flexibility.
We spent two weeks in China (one in Shanghai and one in Wuhan) during which we tried, tasted and experienced all of the charms that the country has to offer. We went to museums, parks, university campuses and tried dozens of new dishes (and let me tell you – you have never tried Chinese food if you have not been to China!). We bartered with some salespeople in local markets, had a Colombian band performing just for us, exchanged gifts with the students and we went to the top floor of a hotel in the fancy part of Shanghai – Pudong, that offered the fascinating view of a sea of skyscrapers... The best part was that we had friendly local students to show us around and take us to places which tourists have never heard of. It is impossible to describe the whole trip in just a few paragraphs, so what I would say is – you have to experience it yourself! I know I would definitely do it again without any hesitation.
It is hard to think of a society that does not already exist in Leeds University. However, in the unlikely event that there’s something missing, you can easily set up your own society. There is no better place to meet people with similar interests than joining a society and no better way to improve your organisational, time management, team working and communication skills than joining the committee of one. This is exactly why I decided to run for the President position of the Enterprise Society. It is time-consuming, but the perks clearly outweigh the disadvantages – you’ll go to conferences, meet people from the professional sector, go to dinner events, make new friends and experience what it’s like to run a society.
Do you want to see what your graduation ceremony would look like? And what about meeting and having a chat with the Vice Chancellor? Well, being a Ceremony Marshal is a great opportunity to do this. The experience will make your CV stand out since it provides great examples of all of the core competencies companies are looking for. Not to mention that the University is probably the best employer when it comes to payment. This is a relatively new scheme which consists of assigning an industry mentor to students (depending on the students’ interests and future career plans). This is particularly useful if you want to do a placement year and you are not sure what kind of career you want, or on the contrary – you already have a clear idea on what you want from the future and are just looking for a way to develop the skills needed to achieve this. The scheme gives freedom to the students to decide what the whole mentormentee relationship is going to look like. I decided to apply for the scheme mainly due to the fact that I wanted to get an insight into the British business environment and build up my confidence in networking with/doing presentations in front of people from the professional sector. So far I am extremely happy with the mentor I have been assigned.
Get a head start! You can change your degree into a four year programme and do a yearâ€™s internship working in your chosen industry. This provides you with heaps of experience, gives you some great contacts and could secure you a job for once you graduate. Plus you get paid! Lots of companies offer year long internships and LUBS offers you help to get on them.
Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Management Trainee: Deciding to take a year in industry was the best decision I ever made. I gained valuable experience, developed important skills and gained a helpful list of contacts that I can use for my degree and future career...also being lucky enough to secure a graduate job certainly takes away the pressure of job hunting in final year! (Lauren)
Waitrose Head Office, Supplier Consolidation Administrator: My year at Waitrose was an extremely valuable experience. The chance to work alongside a wealth of employees improved my team work and communication skills substantially. I would thoroughly recommend that anyone takes the opportunity to do an Industrial placement; it has made attaining a graduate job much less daunting and set me on the right path to completing my final year (Eddy)
This is a scheme that has just been
introduced to the Business School and has already successfully matched up many students with a careers mentor in a specific industry of interest to that individual student. We have all found that studying at LUBS teaches you a lot about your chosen course and offers you many opportunities, but applying for internships and graduate jobs is difficult when you don’t know exactly what employers are looking for. The
‘Nurturing Talent’ mentoring scheme will help you learn more about a career in an industry you are interested in and how you can make the most of your skills and experiences when applying for internships or graduate roles.
My Personal Experience I would like to go into a consultancy job after University, but don’t have any contacts in the industry and am unsure about how I can make my application stand out. Through the mentoring scheme, LUBS have paired me up with a risk consultant from Deloitte, and we meet monthly over a coffee and plan our meetings around topics such
as assessment centres and interview tips. During these meetings, I have had the chance to ask my mentor more about a consultancy role, and I have really benefited from this because now I feel as though I’ll be making applications for
better understanding of
consultancy jobs that I have a than I did before the mentoring scheme.
LUBS enjoys partnerships with many universities all over the world. Thanks to these global
connections, last year I was awarded a LUBS scholarship to attend the University of Zhejiang (ZJU) summer programme in China. Not only is the University of Zhejiang located in the most entrepreneurial province in China, and based near the stunning UNESCO world heritage site, West Lake; it is also one of Chinaâ€™s top 5 institutions.
China is always at the top of business news headlines, therefore, this was an amazing opportunity to broaden my business and economic knowledge, through first-hand experience of a socialist-market economy. Through lectures ranging from topics on business law to Chinese innovation, and the financial markets (delivered by Economics Nobel Prize winner Myron Scholes), I developed a greater understanding of one of the worldâ€™s
most influential economies.
I was able to delve into Chinese culture; from
Calligraphy, Tai Chi and visiting the local dragon festival, to eating jelly fish and snake! At the weekend, the group visited ‘the engine of China’s future,’ Shanghai. We enjoyed the soaring skyscrapers, vibrant markets and the Shanghai Urban Planning Museum sparked my geographical interest. At the conclusion of the programme, we undertook an entrepreneurial project, devising a business plan for local West Lake, and presenting it to ZJU faculty. After the summer school I travelled to Hong Kong to enjoy the SAR’s 15th Anniversary Celebrations. I then travelled around Mainland China, visiting the Terracotta Warriors, The Great Wall, Forbidden City, Li River and the Yangtze. LUBS is now aiming to provide students with more opportunities likes this, and host ZJU students at Leeds in the coming years.
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For first years living in halls, membership at the Edge is included with your residence contract, allowing you to use the gym on weekdays between 6am-12 midday and 2-4pm. This membership allows access to the gym during these hours and exercise classes can be booked at any time. The Edge has fantastic gym, swimming and exercise class facilities amongst many others. This is demonstrated by the fact that the Chinese Olympic team trained at the Edge prior to the 2012 Olympics! The Business School runs a PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) scheme for first years, where 2-3 second year students (PASS leaders) run sessions with a group of 10-15 first year students all studying the same course. These weekly sessions are where you can get help with any issues you might have. The PASS leaders can directly relate to your situation and therefore know how to help with anything from essay writing to advising you when it comes to house hunting. PASS leaders help with the transition from
school/college to living and studying in university. As students we are ringing taxis at all hours of the night but if you’re on a night out in Leeds and don’t have enough money for a taxi, don’t panic!
The University has a link with Amber cars which means you can pay for the journey by providing the taxi driver with your Leeds University student card. The next day you collect your student card and pay the fare at the student services desk; meaning you and your friends can get around the city safely even if you find yourself without any cash on you. Budgeting is a major learning curve at university. Though we all go a bit wild at the start of term signing up to all the clubs and societies, partying and finding all the good places to eat out, none of us want to get to December and be surviving off own brand baked beans. You can always seek a little help from the Student Union when it comes to budgeting!
Why not pick up some bargains at the Leeds City Market? The markets have stalls offering great prices on fruit, veg, meat, household essentials and even fancy dress items.
Tip: if you’re at University during the day, take a wander down to the markets in the late afternoon, where there will be even better offers to be had, as prices are lowered!
You don’t need to rush out to buy textbooks straight away. Wait until lecturers say what you will need and try asking your PASS leaders which textbooks they found most useful. Then, a few weeks into the first term, LUBS society hold a book sale where you can buy books at a much lower price than the bookshops and even the internet! If you want to avoid turning to the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ and earn some money whilst you study, Leeds has their own ‘Joblink’ website listing all part time vacancies approved by the University, with hours to fit around your studies. Joblink also have an office in the Union building, so you can nip in for a chat to talk about finding part time work in Leeds. Along with many other services, the Union offers advice with budgeting and making the most of your money. For free advice, pop along to the Student Advice centre and speak to an adviser. The Union also schedule ‘money management’ workshops throughout the year to help students with budgeting. If you’d like to earn money on a more casual basis with work as you want it, clubs are always looking for new promoters in Leeds. There are several companies, such as ‘Taking Liberties’ that put on various club nights in Leeds and they need students to sell tickets and advertise these events to their friends (through Facebook and Twitter for example).
Rooms: My room was quite small but modern and comfortable. I had a single bed, large desk with 3 drawers, wardrobe, under bed storage and shelves. The en-suite was definitely a plus!
Roommates: I lived with 5 other girls. As it is university accommodation you donâ€™t need to worry about finding your own house mates; you are matched with others based on your preferences, attitudes and how you live.
Distance from shops and university: JBP (James Baillie Park) was in the perfect location as both university and the bars and shops in Headingley were both within walking distance for us.
Kitchens/eating: Going self-catered meant I had to pick up cooking quickly! The kitchen was large with enough space for everyone and also had a breakfast bar and sitting area.
Noise Level: Pretty much everyone at James Baillie are freshers so expect lots of social events going on!
Best Bits: James Baillie is a lot more modern than some of the other halls and the location is particularly great. The halls soon felt like home.
RoomsMy room was a simple single room, with a sink, IPTV and Internet. A number of rooms in Devonshire are en-suite, however most have a shared bathroom.
I had six flatmates, with a shared bathroom and kitchen. Whilst I hadn’t met any of them before, we quickly became friends. Devonshire has both self–catered and catered flats. I would recommend self-catered if you are unlikely to make it to the set meal times for catered meals.
University is 20 minutes walk away, and buses run very regularly from outside of the halls.
This was clean and functional. I had quite a small kitchen, therefore it was a squeeze when the six of us cooked simultaneously.
Set back from the road, Devonshire is quiet during the day. It has a noise curfew policy that the sub-wardens will act on if necessary. Nonetheless, most nights students host friends in their flats, before going into town.
Closeness to Shops-
You are five minutes walk from Hyde Park Pub and a number of small shops and cafes. The larger student area, Headingly, is fifteen minutes walk away.
Activities and Events-
‘Dev’ (as its better known) has great facilities including a free onsite fitness room, with various exercise machines and weights (saving a walk to the Edge) as well as tennis courts, music and drama rooms, a bar and more. They also have their own sports teams, production group and music groups. Throughout the year, formal meals including Arrival formal, Halloween, Christmas, Burns Night, St. Patricks Day and Awards night, take place. Devonshire also hosts a Christmas Ball and Leaving festival.
Best Bits • The community atmosphere • The free gym • The variety of events throughout the year • Good location close to Headingly and Uni
RoomsLeodis has a large kitchen which is great for socialising. If you ever had problems with your room or flat the office staff and onsite maintenance service were always very helpful which was great. Leodis was built recently so all the room are modern and clean.
Leodis is an international halls which means you get to meet a diverse range of people. Whilst there are some post graduates, they are usually in different blocks. The halls try to place you with people who are also in their first year meaning you have more in common with the people you live with.
Socialising and noise level-
Whilst there are only two flats to each level, the common room offers a great opportunity to socialise. All students are considerate of each other and if a flat is a bit too loud or disruptive a warden would take action if required.
Activities and events-
This generally depends on the accommodation committee that is elected for your year in halls. Ours was great; we had a hog roast and bonfire event amongst others which was a great chance to socialise and meet people.
Close to a small park; great during summer– we had BBQ’s, sports games etc. Small shops really close by (3 minute walk) In winter there is a free shuttle bus for individuals who are alone or two girls travelling from the union to Leodis and some other nearby halls Close to Montague Burton- great opportunity to make new friends (not many other halls have another halls so close) Common room: a TV and a pool table, great for socialising (especially during fresher’s week) No need for a bus pass: close to the city - 15-20 minute walk
Rooms Typical medium sized single room. My room, as most of the rooms in Clarence Dock, was en-suite with a shared kitchen between five. Roommates There were five of us in our flat. I had never met any of my flatmates before arriving in Leeds. The idea of living with someone you have never met before can be daunting at first, but trust me – it’s a great experience which will give you lots of stories to tell. Distance The campus is a bit far to walk to, but there is a bus stop right in front of the main entrance of the accommodation. On your way to the city centre (which is about 10 minutes away) you get to walk along the river and see the swans! Kitchen Ours was a large first floor kitchen which was also convenient when we had picnics on the grass outside. I enjoyed living in self-catered accommodation, mainly because I had more freedom to pick when and what to eat. I found it fun to cook with my flatmates (Pancake Day was the best!) and have meals together. Noise In general, the area is quiet. Whilst I occasionally had friends around in the evening, I always tried not to disturb the others and I would tell them in advance if people were coming round. Closeness to Shops There is a Tesco nearby (which is open until 11 p.m.) and Crown Point Retail Park with numerous supermarkets and shops. In addition, the city centre is a short walk away. Activities and Events I particularly enjoyed the introduction event at the halls bar with free pizza and drinks. It was a great opportunity to meet people from my accommodation. When we decided to have just a casual night, my friends and I usually played pool or darts in the bar.
Best Bits Near to the city centre Free gym facilities The variety of events Located in a new and safe area
Rooms There are three different types; premium, classic or basic. The rooms are clean, modern and come equipped with a desk, chair, bed, mattress and wardrobe. All rooms have en-suites which is a big bonus. Roommates Depending on room type you may share a kitchen and common room area with others. There is the option to book flats with friends though don't worry if you don't know anyone when you arrive in Leeds, Concept Place offers a great opportunity to meet new people. I made some great friends in first year and we all moved into a house together in second year. Distance University is around a 10 minute walk to the business school, or 15 minutes to the student union.
Kitchens It is often a good idea to plan who buys what, so you do not end up with 5 kettles and no toaster. The kitchens are a good size and there is also a dining area with sofas and space for more furniture if you desire.
They are quite strict on noise levels here which can be good when you don’t want to hear your neighbours. You are meant to fill out a “party request form” where you specify the amount of people attending and that you will keep the noise down after a certain time.
Closeness to shops
There are a few little shops for some food items and a liquor store close by. However the closest large food shops are in town which is quite a walk away with many shopping bags so you may need to get a taxi, which isn’t too bad if you shop with housemates.
There is a common room with a snooker table Laundry machines on the bottom floor Events throughout the year e.g. the Otley Run fancy dress bar crawl, Christmas Ball Clean, modern place to live
Room size: Good size rooms with plenty of storage space
Five students in each flat; students are allocated to flats based on their preferences.
The bathroom (two sinks, and both the shower and toilet are separated by doors) and kitchen are both shared between five. There is a storage cupboard in each flat with a hoover, mop and bucket, iron and ironing board for you to use. Kitchens come equipped with a microwave and a kettle.
Lupton is right in the heart of Headingley; a big student area out of town with lots of bars, cafes, shops and even a cinema within close walking distance of Lupton residences.
Distance from campus:
1.5 miles. This will usually be a 25 minute walk to campus, or there are many bus services that go from the Headingley Arndale Centre to the University campus. The 95 bus service runs between Headingley and University for £1.
Distance from shops:
There are lots of shops within close proximity. Lupton is right behind a Sainsbury’s, which will be a 2-3 minute walk from your flat. The main shopping street is a five minute walk away; with cafés, bars, the post office, a pharmacy and banks. I really enjoyed being in Headingley as everything you need is right on your doorstep, and there is lots going on.
Each block has around 45 students, making them large enough to meet a lot of people, but small enough to be friendly and know everybody well. Wardens are relatively relaxed in Lupton, but will ask residents to be considerate of other students at exam times.
Activities and events:
The Lupton residence committee organises some fantastic socials and there are sports teams to get involved with.
If you’re looking for… Closeness to university: Henry Price, Lyddon Hall and Charles Morris are all on campus, giving you no excuse to be late for those 9am lectures. Montague Burton and Leodis are just a little further away.
Closeness to town: Central Village is a brand new development close to the city centre or Liberty Dock offers city centre living overlooking the River Aire.
Closeness to Headingley: Lupton Residences and James Baillie Park are both near the bars, shops, cafes and restaurants of Headingley.
The most expensive: Charles Morris wins this one as it is on campus with meals included, large beds and flat screen TVs.
The not-so expensive: Oxley and Lupton Residences are a little easier on the pocket but are still fantastic hubs of social activity.
A real community feel: Halls such as Oxley Residences and Liberty Dock offer their own amenities including shops and even on-site gyms.
Traditional grounds: Ellerslie and Lyddon Halls are traditional in beautiful Victorian houses and Devonshire Halls are in an impressive historical building in beautiful grounds. The accommodation options that are mentioned in this booklet are just the halls that we each lived at in our first year; we thought it would be helpful to give you a student’s account of each place. However, there are more university residences, as well as independent student living halls we haven't discussed.
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Published on Feb 6, 2013