After spending almost a year in Leeds at University, I have had the oportunity to sample the vibrant,swinging nightlife of the city and a few of the less fabulous places to be. Here's my guide to the place to be... CLUBS: Space: Acclaimed club, and home to the more discerning clubber, a small underground haven of innovative funky beats. Recommended. I paid £4 in the week for entry. Heaven&Hell: What a hole. Do not even think about going there, not for one second, please! Creation: A cheesetastic night, guaranteed to be brimming full of students on the pull. A Leeds superclub and with 3 rooms enough variation to cater for most musical tastes. Cheap in the week but be careful you dont end there every week like me.Typical entry £3/4. Stylus: The University nightclub; stylish venue but too small. Watch out for Brighton Beach nights (£6 in) though - top class! Majestics - HUGE place near the Train station, but too big and too tacky for my liking. Made up of smaller downstairs playing old-time favourites(Jumpin jaks, preferable to upstairs) and large domed auditorium-like room upstairs playing mainly dance. Roughly £4 entry plus regular drinks offers. Evolution - Located in Kirkstall (out of town centre) a similar night to Majestics but does have saving graces (good themed nights that attract many students). Requires a Taxi usually to reach but plenty of availiable ones back. BARS: Townhouse - Large building near Bus station, cafe by day, the place to be by night! Have only been twice but had a cracking night both times, free entry, attractive decor, brilliant music although pricey drinks. Note a large selection of drinks but more spirit based - only a small selection of bottles. Worth the trip. Vodka Revolution - Chain bar selling every type of flavoured vodka in the world. Nice leather sofas and futons give a laid back atmosphere to the place. Regular live Dj's and agai
n a cool place to go. Walkabout - A place to watch sports and dance to cheese before heading to nearby Creation, but overall a dingy, lamentable place to be. As a rule of thumb, Leeds is very expensive at weekends, for instance Creation, Saturday night, £8 entry, £7.50 Double vodka&redbull (!), but cheaper, friendlier and student-orientated in the week (Mo-Thu)
Leeds University Union is a fantastic place and has just undergone a massive face lift which has taken some time and cost almost £5m but worth every penny. The Union is open for all students and guests can be signed in very easily at night (they can just sneak in during the day). The Union has many facilities including: Book shop This is a large bookshop deep inside the union and is mainly visited by students in the first couple of weeks of each semester when they go out to buy those large doorstops (oops I mean textbooks). The bookshop is very competitively priced compared to the commercial bookshops in town such as Waterstones. This shop has every book you could ever want off your course as they liase with lecturers and they offer an account feature where you can charge your textbooks to your parents (a good idea if you can get away with it as textbooks are very expensive) Clothes shop Blue Rinse is a new clothes shop opened in 2001 following the refurbishment. I have not bought anything from there to date but after having a gander round a few times it seems to sell typical student clothes at reduced prices as many of them are second hand Off license Could you have a Union without one? This is a new addition and is not designed (primarily!) for students drinking in lectures but has rather found a whole in the marker for those lazy students who live on campus and cannot be bothered to make the ten minute walk into town. From what I can remember the drink is fairly cheap although the choice is not massive Old bar The old bar is in the basement of the Union and whether you go down there at 11am or 11pm the place feels the same. This bar boasts the longest bar in Britain (it may be Europe I can?t remember). It is busy all day with students catching a quick pint between lectures and it also offers simple food such as baked potatoes and chips. Drinks are cheap as you would expect in the Union with a pint of lager aro
und £1.50 Terrace bar This is a new bar and is designed to be slightly classier than the Old Bar. It does serve alcohol but also serves a large variety of soft drinks and coffees (great on a morning to try and forget the night before). As the name suggests, it does have a large terrace but because of the wonderful Yorkshire weather I have only had a chance to sit outside once, but in the summer, I can imagine this being very busy. The Terrace bar also has a fast food joint but when I went (which in its favour was in the first week it opened but still no excuse) they told be that it would take them half an hour to cook my burger. I soon took the ten minute walk down to McDonalds!! Club stylus This is the club within the Union and whilst not massive compared to some of the clubs in Leeds is still fairly large with a capacity of one thousand. The club is popular on most nights as drinks and entry are so cheap. The actual club is well designed on a number of levels, with the dance floor and the only bar (large though it is) is on the floor, there is a carpeted (yes, carpeted!!) seating area on the top level. The number of girls you see taking of the heels and walking around normally is incredible. Card shop CATS is a great card and gift shop and they are always kind and put reminders out telling you when it is Mothers Day and Valentines Day and so on. They have a large range of cards available, but their main strength is in their unique range of gifts which make great presents for people Hair dressers Never used it, but it looks alright and is always fairly busy Opticians Don't wear glasses! Laundrette Live too far from the Uni to be bothered to lug all my washing in when I have laundrettes nearer to where I live Theatre This hall does not show plays all the time, but when they do you will certainly know about it due to the amount of publicity that they do. I went to Bugsy Maloneh
ere a few weeks ago and that was excellent and very reasonably priced, only about £4 regardless of whether you were a student or not. Refectory This is a massive dining room which is absolutely heaving at dinner time with students needing refuelling. The food here is all produced on the premises and can be expensive or cheap depending on how fussy you are. The normal food is quite dear although the choice is large but there are a few special offers on every day allowing you a two course meal for around £3 which no one can complain about. Supermarket This is the shop that sells virtually everything. You name it ? they sell it. It offers a catalogue service (like Argos) so you can order thousands of items on 24 delivery, as well as doing film processing as well as being a normal supermarket. This is always busy, but especially at dinner time when the world seems to descend on it wanting a sandwich and a can of coke. The best thing about the shop is that it accepts plastic on all transactions whether it is 20p or a few pounds. Union offices These are situated on the second and third floors of the union and the typical student rarely visits them if at all. The contain the welfare offices, the finance offices, and the little people who help to keep the union running smoothly live up here. The advice service Nightline and the Leeds Student Radio (LSR) are run from here. LSR does not run all the year, but it runs in short bursts of a few weeks and has won many national rewards. Pool hall This is a room for the grown up child. Not only does it contain about a dozen pool tables, but it has lots of arcade games for the ?kids? to play on between lectures. Always tends to be very popular especially around lunchtime. Past exam paper and copy room This is the shop for the extremely conscientious first year or the third year who suddenly realises that a few weeks before their exams that they have maybe spent slightly
too long in the Union bar. It is a useful resource to have and they also have lots of photocopiers both black and white and colour Odds and ends Regularly there are other shops that set up just for a day or two. The most popular of these are the second hand book shop, the CD shop and the poster store. The latter is very popular when everyone moves into their new bedroom at the start of the year and is immediately bored with the magnolia walls wherever you look. The book shop and CD shop do have bargains but just be careful as I know a couple of friends who have bought CDs with scratches on meaning they are annoying to listen to The union is very popular with students and is the heart of the University. There are students there from when it opens at 8.45am until the club shuts at 2am. The only problem with it is that in order to make the front door, one must first run the gauntlet of people handing out flyers for various club nights or events. If you are thinking of coming to Leeds Uni and come on an open day, spare 20 minutes to walk around the union and see if it helps make up your mind? it certainly did for
Leeds student union has just had a £4.8 million refurbishment and extension completed, all be it a little late, this now makes it one of the largest SU's in the country and brings it's facilities bang up to date. The union is located slap bang in the middle of campus so no-one has to walk too far from their buildings for the obligatory post/pre lecture pint, not that I'm saying that all students do is drink, but the old bar does have the longest bar in Britain. The building is difficult to miss and entrance is through one of three doors, all very close to each other for some reason, if you're not a student of Leeds then entrance will set you back a hefty 50p at the weekend, but it's free during the week, though you do have to be signed in by an existing student. That is unless you're Jack Straw, who has been banned from the union due to his rather negative (to say the least) actions towards students, so Jack, if you?re reading, you've been warned. There is a plaque by the entrance just to remind the bouncers of this fact, and no, I'm not joking. Anyway, once you've gained entrance to this magnificent structure then you'll have a wealth of things to do, because, facilities include: book shop, printers, clothes shop (when they finish it), off license, old bar, terrace bar, bar coda, club stylus, travel agents, card shop, hair dressers, opticians, theatre, various food outlets, most notably the refectory, newsagents, supermarket, union offices and pool hall. All in all a very good selection I'm sure you'll agree. These services are set out over three levels with the top level being devoted to union offices and LSR, the award winning student radio station. I don't usually venture up there but if I did I would find the welfare office, societies office and housing office. They are generally there to look after students and make sure they are having a good time and can be very useful should yo
u find yourself in trouble, not that I ever would or anything, oh no. On the ground floor there is all sorts of goodness, you'll discover the travel agents, where you can pick up pre booked tickets or plan a holiday to anywhere in the world, very useful considering the number of students travelling these days, I do wonder where they get all their money from, answers on a postcard please. You'll also come across the pool hall, with loads of tables for just 50p a game, and also loads of video games as well, enough to keep anyone amused me thinks. Next to the pool hall is the newsagents, well, I say newsagents but it's more of a general store, selling a large selection of newspapers/magazines (obviously), stationery, Leeds University merchandise, such as sweatshirts etc.. for that authentic American college feel, food such as sandwiches and fresh fruit and they even have a photo developing service. The only bad thing that I could say about the shop is that it gets very busy at peak times, you'd of though they would of put in enough tills when they re did it, but no. Crazy. On the other side of the pool hall you'll find the union's new bar the terrace. It's got quite an upmarket feel about it, and yes, you've guessed it, it also has a terrace for whiling away many a summer afternoon, mmm, sunbathing. It has a large selection of alcoholic drinks at very reasonable prices, as you might expect from a SU, my favourite is Fosters at £1.45 a pint, though it does taste like watered down piss, but for £1.45 you can't complain, can you? They also serve coffee and tea for those not quite as hardcore as me and they've got a fast food outlet as well, what more could you want? In the evening the place has a laid back soundtrack, but at the weekend the pace is increased by some quality funky house DJ's. The place is decked out with plenty of comfy sofas to lounge about on and a large area of this bar is non smoking, which is always
good for your lungs. Nice. Anyway, the last two things on the ground floor are the information booth and the theatre. The theatre is where a number of student productions are put on throughout the year, I?m not too sure of any info on any of them, what with me having no interest in culture what so ever, but I'm sure some people with more intelligence than a monkey would love these dramatical masterpieces. Entrance to such wonderment is usually a very reasonable couple of quid, a very cheap way to expand your mind, I'm sure. The information booth is populated by a small tribe of old men, I'm sure they have all kinds of knowledge about the university, if you dare to ask, but don't say I didn't warn you. Down the stairs and you're thrust into the dark pit that is the old bar. A more traditional style pub it's got the longest bar in the UK, you know. Drinks are the same price as in the terrace and it's generally not as busy as the new bar. It's got more seating though and they serve the best chips cheese and gravy in the world, a treat at any time of the day. As it's completely subterranean it can be a bit gloomy, but at least time just slides together, night or day, it's all the same. Also included in this bar is a no smoking room, for those who like their pints without the smoke, it generally seems to be lacking in atmosphere though. Major sporting events are shown on the big screen, which also doubles as a visual juke box during the day, pretty pictures and music? Can't go wrong. Both the bars are open from 11-11 for all day sessions and they often have quiz nights and other promotions in the evening. Something for everyone I think you'll agree. Also downstairs is the new club, 'Stylus', don't you know. It has a capacity of 1000 and is split into three different levels with plenty of seating all around. It houses a large sunken dancefloor, overlooked by the DJ booth. It only has one b
ar, but it's rather large so you should have no trouble getting served and the drinks are at the very reasonable prices of the rest of the SU, guaranteeing a cheap night out. The lighting and sound rigs are both up to scratch and go towards making this a very good club indeed, especially as it's a student one! It has three regular nights, on a Thursday you'll find Loaded in the building, this is a student night playing all kinds of music from the 90's, not for me ta. On Friday's it's Fruity, playing all kinds of commercial dance and stuff like that, just like a ritzy really, yet again, not for me. But, on Saturday it's Love to Be.. recently moved from the Mint club the funky house phenomena has set itself up in Stylus, making a cheap night with good music. They even had Judge Jules on there the other week. Well, the music's good most of the time, anyway. Overall it's a nice club and I have to say they've done well, if they can attract the crowds then it could go on to rival many of Leeds' established clubs. The last union facility is the refectory. Here you can get a hot meal all day long, a lot easier than cooking yourself anyway. I've found it to be a little expensive and a bit too much like school dinners, but don't let that put you off, loads of people love it so it can't be all bad. In the evenings the place can be transformed to play host to many a touring band, if that's your type of thing. Because of it's size it doubles in this function rather well and many of the countries top bands stop by here on their tours. Overall I would say that Leeds' SU has a great range of facilities, something for everyone, the bars are a great place to chill and the club is certainly a bonus. This is shown by how busy it is at all times of the day, sometimes a little too busy though, but nevermind. It's nearly worth coming to uni just for here!
When it comes to nightlife, Leeds rocks big time!! I have just finished my first year at Leeds Uni and loved every minute. You name it and Leeds has it. 10% of Leeds income is from the night economy and that?s a lot. There are hundreds of pubs, bars and clubs that cater for all tastes and with a student population of over 40,000 its no wonder. In terms of pubs, the best ones have got be those on "the Otley run". This is ?the? student pub crawl and stretches from "Woodies" through Headingley (the main student area) past the Uni and down into the city centre ending in the bars and clubs. All the pubs (about 15) are reasonably priced with great atmospheres. Make sure you have a good alcohol tolerance and best part of £30 to complete the run/crawl without ending in the gutter. Fancy dress is also highly recommended. The main bars in Leeds are found in the centre. There is everything from cheesy themed bars like "Walkabout" to vodka bars like "Revolution". Prices vary but most bars have a couple of student nights in which there are 2 for 1 offers or bottles for a quid. My favourite bars have to be "Walkabout" for its offers and cheesy music (all the sports teams go there) and ? The Courtyard? which has an outside heated area. I also love the cocktails in Bar Censa and Squares (expensive unless on Student nights). Leeds also has many more expensive bars that are for business people, some gay bars, quiet bars for couples, large bars for birthday?s etc and also a few very tacky places to be avoided. The ultimate after lecture bar has to be ?The Old Bar? in the Uni. union. Its really cheap and as expected very studenty. Like pubs and bars, clubs also thrive in the centre. They also cater for all tastes, many larger clubs like "Majestyk" have different types of music on different nights. The newest to hit the streets is "Creation". Its wicked and with 4 rooms of r'n&
#39;b, cheese, dance and hip hop its got to be one of the best nights out. Plus it has no dress code so is a great way to end the "Otley Run". ?Space? is the big dance club in Leeds and ?The Cockpit? rocks if you?re into stuff like Limp Bizkit. Like the bars there are student nights in the clubs. Prices vary from 80p entry at ?Heaven and Hell? to £3/£4 quid in ?Majestyk?. Drinks prices range from 50p for a shot of vodka in ?Evolution? to about £3 a bottle in "Majestyk". The Uni Union is also getting a new club probably opening after the summer so that will be worth checking out. They all stay open till at least 2am will some open till 3 or later. Leeds also gets all the big acts. Radio 1 regularly do stints in the clubs and we get everyone from Chesney Hawks to Jason Donavon. The ?Cockpit? got an exclusive Offspring gig played on radio 1 a couple of months back. Most of the big clubs have special events at Christmas, Valentines Day and post exams. They also have foam parties, pyjama parties and loads of other silly events. If you are a student then it?s worth finding what?s cheap and when. In fresher?s week you get bombarded with flyers from all the bars and clubs informing you of their offers. Its standard that students avoid the centre on Friday and Saturday nights cos this is when the locals go out. The prices double and I find it a bit scary cos hardly anyone is a student. Dress codes apply in some places but a lot of the time mid week, trainers and jeans are cool. I have never been ID?d but be warned NUS?s aren?t always accepted. Oh yeah and be prepared to go to battle with the other Uni. Leeds Uni. vs. Leeds Met in singing, cheering, dancing and drinking competitions!!! Whatever you taste and financial situation Leeds has something for you. It?s fast overtaking Sheffield and Glasgow as the coolest place to be. Who needs Gatecrasher, Cream or The Ministry when we?ve got everything and its cheaper!!!!!
I am a second year studying Zoology at Leeds University. I moved over from Manchester last year, so Leeds had a lot to live up for, for me. I'd say that if your thinking of coming to Leeds Uni you should ask yourself a question : Do I want the widest choice of clubs catering for every taste; loads of ace bars and clubs, most with cheap student nights, not to mention a very good range of shops if you happen to have any money left. Now I can't imagine many people saying no to all that, and I suppose I should mention something about the other side of university life - the uni itself is one of the best, loads of different people, good accomodation, top union. If you're into clubbing and nights out, Leeds has to be THE place for you. If thats not your scene, you're bound to get a good degree here! COME TO LEEDS, ITS ACE!!
Leeds is a brilliant night out for a student. In the Universtiy we have the Old bar, its apparantly the longest bar in the country and it serves beer from a pond a pint (stones and carling) and everything else is dead cheep. The bouncers are well worth keeping away from as they have been known to beat ppl up for no reason - be careful. At Leeds Metropolitan university the bar is a bit more expensive but it opens after hours as a club, a really good cheesy night out. The music there ranges from gothic/indy on friday night to complete cheese on a wednesday/saturday. At Leeds Uni there is a very smally crappy club - the highlight being on a Thursday night "smile" indy music + vodka for £1 a double (becareful or you'll get completly wankered). Going out in town is a bit more expensive but there is LOADS of clubs and pleanty of pubs to keep even the seasoned clubber/alcoholic happy for years. If you have any questions feel free to email me. Cheers Alex