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Leeds Arts University


Founded in 1846, the Leeds Arts University has provided art and design courses for over 173 years. The Leeds Mechanics Institute, which offered drawing classes, merged with the city's Literary Institute to form Leeds School of Art. Leeds warmly welcomes international students and is also named as the UK's Best Student City by The Independent (2016). Leeds Arts University has been known by other names in the past including Jacob Kramer College from 1968–1993, Leeds College of Art and Design and Leeds College of Art until August 2017. In the year 2016, University gained its own taught Degree Awarding authority, and in 2017, it became the only specialist arts university in the North of England. The University offers some high-end facilities which include an audio/visual resource, film & photography studios, music studios, and 3D support, and a range of studios and social areas. The University was awarded Silver in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017, and in 2019 it was ranked 6th in the University of the Year category at the Whatuni Student Choice Awards – voted by students in the UK. Leeds Arts University is the highest-ranked arts institution in the Guardian University League Tables 2018 for Design and Crafts and the courses provided by the Leeds Arts University provides students with opportunities to engage with the broader art world community and the chance to work with creative people and faculties around them. Some of the well-known alumni of the University include Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Marcus Harvey, Damien Hirst, Danny Sangra and Omar Kashoura. 

Student accommodation Leeds Arts University

Students who are planning to study at Leeds Arts University need not worry about where to live in Leeds as there are is a wide variety of Student Accommodation in Leeds. Leeds Arts University offers accommodation at Carlton Hill and Liberty Park. The University neither manages Carlton Hill or Liberty Park, but they have relationships with accommodation suppliers, and several rooms are allocated for Leeds Art University students. These options can be very convenient for the students, but these are rapidly occupied since these accommodation are located within close proximity of the campus.  

Students can also choose from the private halls of residences available since these accommodation are built in almost all the major parts of the city, including the areas which are close to the Leeds Arts University. The Private Halls of Residences in Leeds include a wide variety of comfortable yet cheap non-en-suites, en-suites, studios, and shared flats that are inclusive of all the utility bills.

The Plaza, Vita Student St Albans, Sky Plaza, The Edge, Sycamore House, Concept Place, CitySide are among some of the famous private student housing in Leeds that the city has to offer, which makes them the most preferred type of student accommodation option in Leeds.


The University has two sites, out of which one is located in the City Centre building at Vernon Street, close to the Leeds City Art Gallery and between the Merrion Shopping Centre and Millennium Square. While, the second is the Blenheim Walk building, located opposite the University of Leeds. The Blenheim Walk building is situated on Blenheim Walk, opposite the Parkinson Tower of the University of Leeds. Students won't find any car parking on the Blenheim walk building, but there is a  public car park in Woodhouse Lane. Some on-street parking is available on the Vernon Street building, but it is expensive and limited to two hours. The Vernon Street building is a ten-minute walk away from Leeds railway station, and the Blenheim Walk building is a further ten-minute walk from there. Taxis are also available outside the station, or you can also board the buses 6, 28 or 97 available just outside the campus to travel from one part of the city to another.

Student life

Leeds is one of the most exciting cities in the UK, and there is a vast range of bars, delightful restaurants, green spaces, Victorian arcades, malls, markets, old cinemas and delicious food options available in the city. The city also has a fantastic culture of creativity from contemporary arts to decorative arts. Leeds also has a buzzing nightlife, and there is a massive range of live music in hundreds of venues around the city. There is always something or the other going on for everyone! Whether you’re into house, dub-step, indie, rock, hip hop, techno, funk, soul, folk, jazz or classical, it’s all waiting for you here.
After a long day at the University, you can also head to the O2 Academy or Brudenell Social Club with your friends to have a great time. In Leeds, you will have fun enjoying festivals like Leeds West Indian Carnival, Leeds International Film Festival, Leeds Pride, Hyde Park Unity Day, Leeds Print Festival, Recon and the Beacons Metro festival, and many more. Along with quality education, the city of Leeds also ensures quality student life.

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