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University of Leeds

University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, LS2 9JT Leeds, United Kingdom
3.93 / 5 based on 234 reviews.
Description:
The University of Leeds received its Charter as an independent institution from Edward VII in 1904. From its inception and throughout the century of its expansion, the University of Leeds has responded to the changing needs of the region and the nation.


Programmes
Accreditations
88% of students recommend
234 reviews
Housing
3.6/5
All experiences (234)
Student life
4.4/5
5 stars (72)
Academic
3.8/5
4 stars (108)
Languages
4.5/5
3 stars (36)
Expenses
3.4/5
2 stars (18)
Overall
4.4/5
1 star (0)
Don't loose any occassion you can have. Join in the University Societies. Travel and meet all people you can...and improve your English with all the friends you can have. Don't loose a minute at home ....you can't get bored in that place. Read Review
flx76, Spain

234 reviews of University of Leeds

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HOUSING    
by Anja Kristina, Universitetet i Oslo, Oslo, Norway
Literature, Erasmus
Personal assessment
Cost
KEY:
Couldn't have asked for more.
Pretty good.
Could've been better, but didn't lessen the overall experience.
Disappointing.
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Type of housing: Student Flats
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why? I would prefer to rent a student house on the private rental market if I was to go back to Leeds because it might be a bit cheaper.
Personal comments:
I was very lucky to live with only English students as this is the best way to learn the language properly. My flatmates became close friends and they were also a great help in the beginning as they would assist me with getting to know my way around Leeds. The rent was twice the amount of what I would have paid for the same standard of housing in Norway, but housing is quite expensive in the U.K. We had cleaners coming by every week, but I would have prefered to do it myself. My overall experience with the accomodation was very good.
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STUDENT LIFE    
by Félix, Universidad de Cantabria, Santander, Spain
Geography, Erasmus
Personal social experience
Activities
KEY:
Amazing! Hardly had time to study.
Plenty to do when I had the time.
So-so.
Did not get involved.
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Describe host city: Student life dominates the city
Activities, Nightlife, Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
At night you have many places to go out with your friends. A meeting point for ERASMUS students was a pub called "The Eldon" close to the campus. Inside tha campus the meeting point is "The Old Bar" and in general that place. My favourity pub was "The Social" and old house in the way to Headingley, with vheap beer and nice atmosphere.... it was like to be in your own house. In general Leeds has hundred of places to go out....and enjoy yourself in the night. If you want to dance...heaven & hell is a good place, althought you can find many new ones now. Dont miss the different activities that the Leeds Film Festival runs during some days in October. And "the Cube" an open air Icerink during January and February in the Millenium Square. And the Open air Music Festival ...music in the streets that the BBC runs in Leeds and York during some days....in general..dont loose your time at home... enjoy about all Leeds is offering to you.
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ACADEMIC    
by Charlotte, Universiteit Gent, Ghent, Belgium
International Relations, Erasmus
My academic experiences
Quality of courses
KEY:
Fantastic.
Pretty good.
Could've been a bit better.
Disappointing.
Variety of courses
Availability/access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with other international students
Interaction with local students
Course recommendations:
I really liked the system of seminars, at home I only have lectures. The only comment for me is that all my courses stayed within my departement and I would have liked to had more courses, to broaden my education like I have at home.



My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
KEY:
Liked it.
It was alright.
A bit annoying.
Didn't like it.
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course.
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
Personal comments:
I am not reallly fond of just essays as evaluation, I think an exam is good because it makes you study the entire course and not just concentrate on your essay topics. If you just have to essays, it's easy to skip the lectures that are not about your topic! Though one essay or a few during courses are good because you get to focus and you learn a lot about a specific subject that interests you!

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by Anja Kristina, Universitetet i Oslo, Oslo, Norway
Literature, Erasmus
Language difficulties
Social
KEY:
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Language of instruction: English
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Personal comments:
My skills in English were very good before I came to Leeds, but the fact that I lived with other English students and heard English every day helped me improve my skills considerably. I also had to write a lot of essays, and this helped me improve my written English. I never had any major problems in this area.
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EXPENSES    
by Anja Kristina, Universitetet i Oslo, Oslo, Norway
Literature, Erasmus
The accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
KEY:
Very easy.
Minimal effort.
Accessible but required effort.
Almost impossible.
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Main source of funding:
Government assistance
Other sources of funding:
An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits:
I spent less on food and nightlife since these things were cheaper in Leeds. Housing was a major expense whereas travelling could be done in an affordable way, I spent more on this because I travelled a lot more than I would at home.
Travel, Overall, Housing: was more expensive than at home.
Telephone: was the same price as at home.
Nightlife, Food: was less expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
I thought my money would last longer in the U.K. than in Norway as things are generally less expencive. The living costs turned out to be a little much, and I did not try to save money to begin with, which is always a mistake. A good advice is to find a part-time job as soon as possible as it will help your money last longer and it can also be a great experience.
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OVERALL    
by Ryan, University of California, San Diego, San Diego, United States
Communication and Information Sciences, University Agreement
Important to choosing this university...
Academic reasons
KEY:
Very Important.
Important.
Not really important.
Unimportant.
Culture
Costs
Activities
Campus life
Party / people
Weather / Location
I wish I had known...
Comprehensive understanding of the train system
In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!



During my experience abroad, I ...
Became familiar with another culture
KEY:
Happened all the time.
Happened quite a lot.
Happened a bit.
Didn't happen.
Traveled
Improved language skills
Met people from other countries
Became more independent
Partied a lot
Experienced a change in life
Advanced my studies/career
Personal recommendation:
Dont expect the best educational experience and strong test of knowledge. Most students in my department were more focused and sometimes overly focused on drinking and going out, rather than the topics at hand. The students are fun and friendly, but education takes the back burner to having fun.



FINAL COMMENTS

It was the best experience I've had and I learned a lot both about the UK and United States. Sometimes the best way to learn about your home is to leave it for awhile. For Americans, I think it is especially important to see how others view the US and its citizens. Americans must be prepared for HEAVY criticism on multiple topics and characteristics/stereotypes of Americans. It can be difficult and one needs a lot of confidence and self-esteem to endure some of the ridicule that certain foreign citizens have of the States.
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