University Guide

University of Leeds

The University of Leeds  was established in 1874 as the Yorkshire College of Sciences. Not long later in 1884, it merged with the Leeds School of Medicine and was renamed Yorkshire College. Since then, it became part of the Russell Group of leading UK universities and is among the top 100 in the QS World University Rankings. There are currently over 36,250 students at the University, including over 9,000 international students.

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University of Leeds

The overview

The main things you need to know about studying at the University of Leeds.

  • Rankings

    The University is consistently ranked among the best universities in the country, with The Times Higher Education ranking it an impressive 15th in the UK and 129th in the World. The Leeds Business School is also highly regarded after being ranked 6th in the country for Accounting and Finance, 5th for Marketing and 7th for Aeronautical Engineering by the Complete University Guide League Tables 2021.

  • Employability

    In the latest High Fliers report, The Graduate Market in 2020, the University of Leeds was ranked in the top ten of the most targeted universities in the UK by graduate employers.

  • Fees

    For UK and EU full-time students, the fee is £9,250 per year. For international students, the fees vary depending on the course. More information can be found here.

  • Bursaries

    Students with disabilities, dependent children, adult dependents or are in financial hardship may be eligible for further support. For those studying a science or engineering degree, the maximum scholarship available is £2,000 per year.


The University of Leeds offers an impressive range of accommodation options both on and off campus to tailor to students’ preferences. First year students are guaranteed accommodation if they have applied by the deadline. Alternatively, AFS has a selection of private accommodation options you can check out here.

Students' Union

With over 300 clubs and societies to choose from, Leeds Student’s Union has something to suit every taste. LLU is a not-for-profit charity run by members to support students during their studies and ensure they get the best out of their time at university. The University Refectory has also hosted a large number of show-stopping musicians such as The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Kaiser Chiefs, Artic Monkeys and Led Zeppelin.

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Famous for

A large number of famous musicians studied at the University of Leeds, including Alt-J, Bailey Rae, Bastille and the Kaiser Chiefs.


Three leading academic researchers from the University of Leeds were recently mentioned in the Queen’s Birthday honours for their advancing knowledge which benefits the public and wider community.

AFS says

"The rumours are true; you’ll be stunned by its vibrant nightlife, cultural gems, and enough bars and restaurants to finish off your student loan".

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