API study abroad “Leeds” the way in England

Hello Leeds!

By: Heddi Cundle, MyTab.co

Hey all – yes, the title is not a typo and I do not need to go back to University! Leeds is in Yorkshire, which is in England. It’s about half way between London and Glasgow. There’s a saying (maybe I made it up, maybe it’s an ole myth) that the weekend in London starts on a Friday, in Leeds it starts on a Thursday and north of Newcastle right to the tip of Scotland – it starts on a Wednesday.

If that’s the case, why do all study abroad students clamber to London? At least once a week I try a Tweet campaign for a 3 day weekend in my home city, San Francisco, yet Leeds – the place where I lived from birth right up to 18 years old, landed this wish on my lap from the get go. My family and childhood friends are from Leeds and still live there. It’s an incredible city and needs bigging up. So here goes:

  • Leeds is around 20 mins drive away from Sheffield, the mecca of the hit movie ‘The Full Monty.’ Yes, Leeds is very close to middle aged overweight male strippers….hypothetically speaking.
  • Leeds was a coal mining city and the hub of the real working man. Yorkshire, the county (similar to a ‘State’ but tinier) is the soul of rugby league. Not rugby union where they prance around trying to not hit each other….but rugby league where solid men get absolutely filthy walloping each other trying to win the game. Rugby league is very similar to American Football – minus the commercials & shoulder pads!
  • Leeds was the center of trading wool (which, oddly enough, I was sure came from a tree, whilst I was adamant cotton came from sheep). You can still find wool mills in Leeds – they’re just gorgeous.
  • Leeds has a really diverse cultural history – with Bradford’s huge Indian community not far away (which means incredible Indian food!) and a really large Jewish community (of which my father organizes the Jewish Theater Festival, now a major UK attraction. Go Stan Cundle!).
  • Five minutes walking in the Yorkshire Dales aka the farms, countryside etc – you will be rejuvenated and exhausted. The altitude of Leeds isn’t high but there’s something in the fresh air that knocks you out and really makes you want to step into the nearest pub for a typical Yorkshire Pudding (Google it).
  • Leeds has a bunch of traditional songs that make absolutely no sense including: There’s a Hole in my Bucket, She’ll Be Coming around the Mountain, On Ilkley Moor. These songs will be heard at any given hour. Give it 3 months and you’ll be blasting it out with the rest of the Leodesians (Leeds peeps).
  • Both Victoria Quarter & Millennium Square have the best designer clothing and I know these are on par with London. Many major designers have rights to sell their clothing in Leeds, so the Leeds/Manchester competitive traits are great. If you can’t find it in Leeds, just head over to Manchester!
  • The club and music scene in Leeds…rocks! Leeds is a major music hub – whether it’s club, dance, indie or mainstream. Some of the UK’s best clubs are in Leeds including every major global DJ.
  • Elland Road (soccer) and Yorkshire Cricket Club are the two biggest sports destinations. Some of the best national games have taken place at these locations. Lots of history & cucumber sandwiches!
  • Roundhay Park is one of Europe’s largest parks with 700+ acres. I think it actually spans 3 zip codes. I’ve seen some incredible live concerts here. The Park can accommodate 120k people (yes, 120,000).

So just in case you weren’t sure whether to study in Leeds – I’m telling you to do it. You’re 2.5 hours away by train to London, 1 hour to Manchester (or as I call it ‘Madchester’), 1.5 hours away from Newcastle and can always hop on a cheap flight to Ireland or most places in Europe. If you don’t, you’re missing out on one of the UK’s top 3 student scenes, wooly sweaters, pub lunches & holes in buckets.

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  1. Hi Jeramy……well I do live in Leeds and although you said you were here for 18 years, I donno where you heard those songs around the city – apart from the last one (although usually only in Ilkley) which makes sense……but needs a lot of translation !
    I applaud any blog raising the awareness of Leeds so good on y’lad.

    • Jeramy Johnson says

      Hi Silverback! I’ll have to plead ignorance on the origins of the songs (a colleague from Leeds wrote thus piece), but I agree – the mire we can highlight your great city, the better!

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