The University of Leeds is one of the largest higher education institutions in the UK. Renowned for the quality of its teaching and research, and the breadth of disciplines covered, the university provides a wealth of opportunities and has real cultural, economic and societal impact on the world. It strives for academic excellence within an ethical framework informed by values of integrity, equality and inclusion, community and professionalism.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


In or close to the centre of a town

UCAS Code: L23

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Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 73%
  • Postgraduate 27%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 92%
  • Part Time 8%

Where students come from

  • UK 77%
  • EU 4%
  • Other 18%

Student gender

  • Male 38%
  • Female 62%

Student Services and Facilities


  • Four libraries are on campus, open at various times, seven days a week (during term time). There are different working environments, including group study areas and silent individual study spaces, plus cafés for study breaks. IT zones and study facilities have the latest technology, and include bookable rooms for group work and interactive presentation equipment.
  • There is easy access to more than three million print items and thousands of online library resources, along with dedicated library collections for specific subject areas. These include outstanding collections of rare books and manuscripts, which students can use for individual and group research as part of their course.
  • Students can get support for academic skills, including report and essay writing, delivering effective presentations and planning projects, with expert library staff on hand to help.

Student jobs

  • If students need to top up their income during their studies, they can find part-time work with a student-friendly and trusted employer through Leeds University Union's Joblink.

Careers advice

  • The award-winning Careers Centre team are on hand for help and advice even after students graduate. Its staff help students and graduates find work experience, improve their CV, and offer advice on job applications, preparing for interviews and other options after graduation, including further study. There's also a daily drop-in service, one-to-one appointments and a job website featuring hundreds of vacancies targeted at University of Leeds students.
  • More than 650 graduate recruiters, including Allen & Overy, Civil Service Fast Stream, HSBC, Jaguar Land Rover, Marks & Spencer, PwC and Teach First, target the university's students and visit campus year after year.
  • Dedicated local employability teams can also give support and advice specific to certain sectors.
  • Leeds for Life is a university-wide initiative bringing together opportunities for academic and personal development, including work experience. It includes the Leeds Network, giving students the chance to make contact with alumni who can provide real-life insights into particular professions or industries.

Health services

  • Leeds Student Medical Practice is an NHS practice close to campus, specialising in all aspects of student health. It has all the usual GP services, along with a wide range of specialist services, including sports medicine, travel advice and immunisation, contraception and sexual health services, plus asthma and diabetes management.

Counselling services

  • At Leeds, students can access free professional and confidential counselling, well-being and mental health support through groups, workshops, single-session consultations, brief counselling and web-based self-help resources. If students need longer-term support or treatment, the university will help identify the most appropriate local NHS or voluntary sector services.
  • Students can also access free online peer and professional support, 24/7, with trained counsellors through Big White Wall, which is completely anonymous.

Disability support

  • If students have a disability, health problem or learning difficulty, they can access a range of specialist support services. 
  • For students with an existing moderate to severe and enduring mental health diagnosis, mental health advisors provide one-to-one support and work with them to develop an appropriate support plan. They’ll also act as an advocate between the student and the university and liaise with external referral agencies.
  • Please refer to the university website for further information and to contact the Disability Services team at the University of Leeds.

Other services and facilities

  • IT facilities include computer clusters with over 1,800 networked PCs and free high-speed Wi-Fi in most areas. Students get a free Microsoft Office 365 email account (with up to five copies of Office Pro Plus). A Desktop Anywhere service gives secure access to student resources, files and software from anywhere in the world. Students can also access personal timetables and library records on their phone through the UniLeeds app.
  • A Virtual Learning Environment gives access video and audio recordings of most lectures and other learning activities, so students can revisit course content at any point in the year. Some lecture theatres have technology allowing students to access the Virtual Learning Environment, share group work, and contribute to discussions using desk microphones.
  • If students want to learn a different language, the Language Zone has excellent language learning facilities, as well as free access to the online learning resource, Rosetta Stone.
  • Course facilities include performing arts and cultural spaces such as Stage@leeds, Clothworkers' Centenary Concert hall, Workshop theatre, the Stanley and Audrey Burton Art Gallery and the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery. There are also new laboratories with first-class facilities.

Students' Union

  • Leeds University Union building is at the heart of campus and has recently undergone a £20 million transformation. The union's three venues – Stylus, Pyramid and Function – have hosted hundreds of top bands and headline artists.
  • The union has over 300 student clubs and societies to choose from. Give it a Go sessions are a great way to try a club or society, with no pressure to join for the year. If students want to take part in an activity where there isn’t a group, the union will help them set one up.
  • Its media societies, like The Gryphon (the university's student newspaper), Leeds Student Radio and Leeds Student TV, have all won national awards and acted as the springboard for many careers in the media. Polly Curtis (Huffington Post UK), Jay Rayner (Observer) and Nicholas Witchell (BBC) all started out by getting involved in student media at Leeds.


  • The University of Leeds traces its roots as far back as 1831.
  • Awarded a charter by Edward VII in 1904, Leeds is now one of the largest universities in the UK.
  • It is a member of the Russell Group of research intensive universities.

Fascinating Fact

  • Hollywood's Chris Pine – of Star Trek fame – was an exchange student at the University of Leeds in 1991.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Nicola Mendelsohn, CBE – Vice-President of Facebook Europe, Middle East and Africa.
  • Craig Jordan, OBE – chief developer of breast cancer drug, tamoxifen.
  • Alistair Brownlee, MBE – Olympic gold medallist, triathlon.
  • Elizabeth Price – Turner Prize-winning artist.
  • The RT Hon Baroness Usha Prashar, CBE – Deputy Chair of the British Council.
  • Jacqui Oatley, MBE – sports presenter and journalist.
  • Wole Soyinka – Nobel prize-winning playwright.
  • Claire Cashmore, MBE – Paralympic gold, silver and bronze medallist, swimming.
  • Kenton Cool – mountaineer, one of Britain's leading alpine climbers.
  • Hage Geingob – President of Namibia.


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