Why study English in Leeds?

Apart from being one of the biggest cities in England, without being as expensive as the others, like Manchester and London, there are many other aspects to Leeds that make it ideal for studying English abroad!

Transport and Locations

Many people who come to England want to see the famous sights for themselves, such as the Cavern Club in Liverpool, the city centre of Manchester of the iconic landmarks of London. Leeds is ideally situated for excursions to all of these places; it takes just 1 hour to get to Manchester, 1.5 to reach Liverpool and 2.5 hours for the train to London. Don’t forget the rest of the beautiful countryside in England – from Leeds you can easily visit the gorgeous peak district and Yorkshire moors, the setting for the famous Wuthering Heights. 

Interesting History

Although it started as a small town, Leeds grew in economic power thanks to being a centre for wool and textile trade in the 18th and 19th centuries. Throughout its history, a few well-known people and things have come out Leeds:

  • Anne Lister, the inspiration for the BBC’s programme Gentleman Jack, lived just up the road in Halifax, and it still remembered for being a character ahead of her time. 
  • The famous furniture designer, Thomas Chippendale, was born in Leeds
  • Ever heard of Marks and Spencer? Their first ever shop was in the famous Kirkgate Market, the largest covered market in Europe. 


Finding places to stay is not nearly as difficult as other cities, and rent prices are fairly manageable, so that makes life easier if you’re planning to stay here for a long time. If you study at The Leeds School of English, we can help you to find accommodation with local families, so you can feel what it’s like to live a typical English life and improve your English by communicating with them, using every day English, or we can find you specialist student accommodation and meet new friends from all over the world.