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Making a weekend out of the Leeds Universities Open Days

Leeds Town Hall at night
Leeds University is known for a number of things, including its club football team with a rich history as well as its well-established university. For this reason, it has a vibrant cultural scene with parks to visit, historical landmarks, and, of course, a vibrant nightlife. When coming to visit Leeds for the various university open days, why not try and make a weekend of it and see what the city has to offer?

The University open days for 2016 are as follows:

University of Leeds Open Day – Saturday 18 th , Thursday 23 rd Friday 24 th June and Saturday 10 th September and Saturday 8 th October

Leeds Beckett University Open Day – Wednesday 22 nd June

Leeds Trinity University Open Day – Wednesday 29 th June, Saturday 10 th September, Saturday 8 th October and Saturday 22 nd October.

As a current student, I would always recommend you go to as many of the open days as possible and check out all areas of the university, including the accommodation. The university will always give you information on potential accommodation (including student halls) but that isn’t always the cheapest option so it’s worth checking out a number of specialist private student accommodation providers.

In one of the most vibrant student areas, Headingley, reputable agents like Parklane Properties have been operating for over 40 years and they offer a range of all-inclusive dwellings that may suit your needs so it’s worth booking to view apartments and houses in their portfolio before you travel. Elsewhere you can find a full breakdown of accredited estate agents in Leeds by visiting the Leeds Accreditation scheme website.

As most of the open days are at the weekend I will always recommend trying to stay over the weekend and get a feel for the city and what it has to offer. After all, you will be living in it for 3-4 years.

I’ve put together a list of some of the best areas of Leeds you can visit during a weekend and that are family friendly.


For a peaceful afternoon on a nice day, take the family and/or the family dog to the park. Roundhay Park boasts an elongated pool with a fountain, along with a well-maintained woods and plants to ogle. There are river walks to be had where ducks and geese play nearby, and trails that go off in different directions. In the summer, when you are likely to be visiting there is even a mini-train to get on for the kids. When you are done frolicking about, there is a café to enjoy as well that is rated as top-notch.

Golden Acre Park is another alternative. It is appreciated for its natural beauty, which includes a variety of birds, as well as a river which runs through it. This park is also wheelchair friendly and handicap accessible, perfect for a handicap for all types.


The City


Cultural Highlights

For those interested in more culturally-oriented things to do, Leeds boasts the Grand Theatre, there are always productions on so make sure you check the website to see what productions are on during your visit to Leeds. If you do not want to go for productions of ballets like Swan Lake, or operas like The Marriage of Figaro, at least, check out the interior, decked out in beautiful gold with classic Victorian architectural themes.

History Check

Speaking of architecture, history buffs will want to check out the remains of Kirkstall Abbey, the ruins from an old monastery. Entry is free, it is not too far from the city centre, and the structure is still in a well-preserved condition. If you are lucky, you might even be able to catch a day where some Shakespeare is being performed.

Sports Fans

For football fans, Leeds United, while not seeing their best days roughing it out in the middle of the pack in the English Championship League, are still an exciting event to see in the confines of Elland Road. Finally, there are any number of clubs to hit up on for those intrigued by the nightlife, so be sure not to miss out on that.

If football is not you thing then make sure you check out the cricket or rugby grounds that Leeds has to offer. England cricket often play at Headingley Cricket Ground and it is a spectacle of a stadium.

So whenever you are in town for an open day make sure get around the city and never waste a minute, there is always something to be doing!