University of Leeds
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Welcome to University of Leeds
Characterised by the looming clock tower of its main Parkinson Building, the University of Leeds has a real smorgasbord of building styles which make up the huge campus. From the brutalist style of the Roger Stevens Building to the Gothic revival Great Hall, if you're studying architecture you'll never be short of inspiration here!
The university has a huge presence in Leeds, and if you're looking to attend a university that has character as well as a buzzing student scene then this may be the place for you. With a wide range of subject areas on offer, you will be spoilt for choice.
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Courses and fees
A wide variety of courses are on offer covering traditional and vocational qualifications, as well as a selection of joint honours courses. Alongside full-time degrees a huge selection of part-time and foundation courses are on offer to suit all study needs and styles.
As part of the Russell Group of universities, Leeds is devoted to offering a high quality of courses. The entry policy is pretty open, with a focus on those who have the potential to do well on their chosen course.
There are nine faculties in all: Arts; Biological Sciences; Business; Education; Social Sciences and Law; Engineering; Environment; Mathematics and Physical Sciences; Medicine and Health; and Performance, Visual Arts and Communications.
The Art faculty is amongst the most popular in the UK, receiving more than 8,000 applicants each year. It offers the widest range of joint degrees in the country. Courses covered include English, history, modern languages, medieval studies and classics.
The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law has seen an improvement with the addition of the £12 million Liberty Building which is the base for all the law courses. It has a fully working courtroom and law centre.
A newsroom, television and radio suite, plus a cinema is also on offer for students at the Performance, Visual Arts and Communications Faculty, while students on dentistry courses have access to a new x-ray department and surgeries for specialist treatment.
Over two dozen of the courses at Leeds are in the top 10, according to the Complete University Guide, including courses in German, Italian, nursing, accounting, sociology and medical technology. It ranked second for food science.
Most courses include the option to study abroad for a year. International students are also welcomed to the university, with a number of short courses and long-term admissions available.
Full time undergraduate courses are £9,000 per year for UK/EU students. International students will pay between £15,000 and £31,500 per year depending on the subject studied.
Postgraduate students should check on the University of Leeds' website for more information on tuition fees.
An ever-changing campus awaits you at the University of Leeds, with an £157 million investment in new buildings and refurbishments providing you with a dynamic place to study. Recent additions to the campus include the Liberty Building, a new law school complete with court room, The Edge, a state-of-the-art fitness centre and Bright Beginnings, a new childcare facility.
Leeds offers more than good bars, restaurants and clubs - it's one of the most important cities of the north. Its vibrant community is characterised by the university and the people that attend. You'll find pockets of students all over the place here, and you'll never be too far away from one student night or another at the nightlife spots.
Library and study facilities
The library at the University of Leeds is one of the largest in the UK and has more than 4,000 study places, meaning it shouldn't be too hard to find a quiet place to nestle away in! There are three other libraries alongside the main library, that specialise in department subjects. Special collections in the library also include one of Shakespeare's first folios and locks of Beethoven and Mozart's hair.
There are more than 1,700 computers on campus, plus free Wi-Fi which covers most of the campus. There's even a free TV network in halls of residence which you can use on your computer! And if you're not on campus, there is a remote access service which allows you to log on to your university desktop from anywhere in the world.
The careers centre at the University of Leeds offers an award-winning service to help you plan what to do after university, find a work placement, improve your CV and help with interview techniques. It also runs the Leeds for Life programme which runs alongside your course to help make sure you have the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills to improve your employability.
The Refectory is at the heart of the campus. Alongside hosting live music gigs from big acts, it also serves as the main catering facility for the university. Other art-focused amenities include a public licences theatre complex, a concert hall and an art gallery.
One of the biggest student unions in the UK, the Leeds University Union has around 300 clubs and activities on offer. The union also runs a TV and radio station and organises events throughout the year. Back in 2009 it won the NUS's Student Union of the Year award.
There are three sports centres on campus, with the most modern The Edge, which is home to indoor sports halls, a climbing wall, squash courts, and an eight lane swimming pool with moveable floor. Further afield, there are the Weetwood Playing Fields for outdoor activities, and outdoor centres in the Dales and Lake District for more strenuous activities.
Medical and welfare services
There is a student medical practise for students to book appointments with a doctor or nurse. As well as this service, there is a chaplaincy, counselling team and advice service on offer. The Student Union also runs Nightline, a listening service run by students for students.
The University of Leeds provides a range of financial support options through scholarships and bursaries, to find out more visit our website.
The University of Leeds has 16 halls of residence on offer, the majority of which are within the city centre, with the furthest hall located in Weetwood, near the sports centre, approximately 10 minutes' drive from the main campus.
A security team looks after all of the halls of residences and you have the choice of catered, self-catering, single sex and family accommodation to suit your needs. The university is also registered with the National Code of Standards so you can be assured that the accommodation you'll be staying in is of a high standard.
If you don't want to worry about where you'll get your meals from, the university has four catered halls to choose from. Devonshire Hall serves meals in its traditional dining hall, while the other three provide you with a meal plan card which you can use to obtain meals from the refectory, which is based next door to the Student Union.
Devonshire Hall is perfect for musical students, with its own choir and orchestra. Located half a mile away from the main campus, it's a wonderful setting for your studies. It costs between £141 and £175 per week to stay here.
The newest of the residences is Charles Morris Hall, which consists of 460 en-suite rooms and around 165 single rooms. Based right on campus, you won't have far to go to make it to class. It costs between £154 and £187 per week to stay here.
Ellersie Hall is the most multicultural residence, with a 50/50 population of home and international students. It's great if you want to get to know someone from a different country. The accommodation mostly consists of Victorian buildings with original features, with some offering en-suite facilities. It costs between £141 and £180 per week to stay here.
The final catered accommodation is Lyddon Hall, which is located in the heart of the campus. It has lots of facilities including an air hockey table, pool table and even a grand piano! Both standard and en-suite rooms are on offer, costing between £138 and £181 per week.
The ultimate freedom, self-catered accommodation allows you to come and go as you please. You'll share a kitchen and if you follow a particular diet then the university will arrange for you to be grouped with other students who follow similar diets.
There are 18 self-catered residences to chose from, ranging from Victorian style buildings, to modern high rise flats, both on-campus and a little further out.
Visiting the University of Leeds is the best way to decide whether it's the right place for you. By attending an open day, you can get a feel for the place and meet current students who will be happy to answer your questions.
Open Day dates
- Saturday 18 June 2016
- Saturday 18 June 2016
- Thursday 23 June 2016
- Friday 24 June 2016
- Saturday 10 September 2016
- Saturday 8 October 2016
For what to expect at an open day, read our guide which explains things in a little more detail.
Courses are either divided into two semesters or three terms, depending on the course you're studying. The term dates for 2015/16 are as follows for semester courses:
- Semester 1: 28 September 2015 - 22 January 2016 (with exams from 11 January to 22 January)
- Semester 2: 25 January - 17 June 2016 (with exams from 16 May to 3 June)
The dates for term-based courses are:
- Term 1: 28 September - 11 December 2015
- Term 2: 11 January - 18 March 2016
- Term 3: 18 April - 17 June 2016
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