The university was established by Royal Charter in 1904. Its history is linked to the development of Leeds as an international centre for the textile industry and clothing manufacture in the United Kingdom during the Victorian era.
In 1831, the Leeds School of Medicine was established with the aim of serving the needs of the five medical institutions which had been established in the city. In 1874, the Yorkshire College of Science was created to provide education for the children of middle-class industrialists and merchants. The University continues to recognise these elements of its history; for example, there still remains a Clothworkers' Court on campus.
The University is based on a single, city centre based campus with three on-campus accommodation options. It is a ten minute walk to Leeds’ city centre following major road routes. Public transport is frequent and the Student Union also provides a student-only night bus.
University of Leeds is ranked =127th in the Times Higher Education rankings. Leeds is ranked between 101-150th in the Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings and Leeds is a member of the Russell Group of universities.
University of Leeds is ranked 59th in the National Student Survey Satisfaction survey.
There are over 12,000 international students at Leeds University, from more than 130 countries, representing about 32% of all students.
Pathway entry for international students - NCUK offers foundation courses leading to degree course entry at Leeds.
For more information, please visit Pathway & Foundation page.
There are more than 38,000 students at Leeds university, made up of around 28,000 undergraduates, and around 10,000 postgraduates.
96.7% of Leed’s graduates enter directly into work, further study or training within 6 months of graduation (source:HESA). A breakdown of post graduation employment by course, showing the split into professional/managerial positions, rather than general employment figures, is available from Unistats an independent source of university data. For more information, please visit the REF Information page.
The University of Leeds campus is a 20 minute walk from Leeds city train station and is close to the heart of the city’s shops and entertainment venues. The city centre has excellent public transport connections to outlying areas.
The University of Leeds has a state-of-the-art fitness, sport and well-being facility called The Edge which includes a 25m eight lane swimming pool and a large fitness suite. The students' union has more than 250 clubs and societies. The academic research library is one of the largest in the UK.
The University of Leeds has three on-campus halls of residence and one off-campus hall - Devonshire Hall which is half a mile from the campus, offering a range of accommodation types. A standard academic session lasts 39 weeks for rental purposes. The university also has a wide range of off-campus self-catering accommodation available to graduate and postgraduate students.
The lowest price for a single room with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities is £99..00 per week.
An example price for catered accommodation is £165.00 per week at Lyddon Hall.
International undergraduate tuition fees:
Fees for full time undergraduate courses start at £20,750 for Arts & Humanities subjects, rising to £25,250 for Engineering and Science courses. Medicine - £36,500
REF (Research Excellence Framework) was an independent government review conducted into the quality of research at UK universities and published in December 2014. This information highlights subjects of specialism within each university. We have listed all subject areas where at least 60% of the research conducted in these specific fields has been graded 3 or 4 stars. (4 stars being the highest ranking REF award). For more information, please visit the REF Information page.
The University of Leeds offers distance learning across Certificate, Masters and PgDip levels. Example courses: MSc Artificial Intelligence, PGDip Clinical Embryology, MSc Engineering Management. They also offer online Masters taster courses, and a range of Continuing Professional Development Courses.