Here’s how students in Leeds can look after their wellbeing

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Playing host to world-leading universities and a full-on party scene, Leeds offers its students a work-hard, play-hard lifestyle. 

But what about when you need a break from all the madness? Luckily, this brilliant city caters to that too.

Here are seven suggestions for places to go and things to do when your wellbeing needs a top-up in Leeds.

 

1. Glide along the Aire on a water taxi

 

River Aire

 

A little trip on a Dutch water taxi along the River Aire is a great escape from the busy city streets.

It’s a fun way to see Leeds and being on the water has a relaxing effect. 

The yellow boats depart every 20 minutes and are completely free of charge to ride.

Hop on at Leeds Dock, just a two-minute walk from Liberty Dock, and float all the way to Granary Wharf.

 

2. Pet some pigs

 

Petting

 

If you really feel like getting out of the city (and petting some farm animals while you’re at it), the impressive Tudor-Jacobean mansion of Temple Newsam to the east of Leeds is well worth the trip.

The house itself is full of fascinating objects and fine art, and the lovely parkland is a great place for a walk or a picnic.

Perhaps the main draw though is the rare-breed conservation farm where you can hang out with pigs, chickens, goats and other animals.

If you live at Liberty Park, you can hop on the number 19 from Leeds City College, or save this trip for when your parents are visiting (and hope they’ll agree to drive you there for free).

 

3. Admire some art

 

Art

 

Art can challenge us intellectually and emotionally, and it can show us something we’ve never seen before in a quiet and calming setting.

Both Leeds Art Gallery and the Henry Moore Institute are home to multiple masterpieces, and are a 12-minute walk from Liberty Park.

 

4. Get out into nature

 

Yorkshire Dales

 

Being in nature, even if it’s just for a short time to get some fresh air, makes us happier.

It can put things in perspective and give much-needed respite from the modern world.

There are great walks around Leeds, and the city and surroundings are home to several local Nature Reserves. 

If you’re up for a bit of an adventure, you could take a trip to the Yorkshire Dales or Peak District National Parks.

Nature really is good for the soul.

 

5. Learn something outside your course

 

Learning

 

You can stop by Leeds City Museum to learn about local history, but the city’s must-see attraction has to be the brilliant Royal Armouries, which is free to enter and just a three-minute walk from Liberty Dock.

Here you’ll find an incredible display of ancient armours and weaponry.

There aren’t many places in the world where you can see a suit worn by an Indian elephant in the 1600s, but this is one of them.

 

6. Swap Netflix for the big screen

 

Big screen

 

Going to the cinema can offer a much-needed escape for a couple of hours.

Yeah, we know you’ve got Netflix, but there’s something special about going out to watch a film on the big screen.

The Hyde Park Picture House is an excellent independent cinema (it's over 100 years old) with a varied programme.

Head there on ‘Student Mondays’ and tickets are only a fiver!

 

7. Get active

 

Active

 

A great way of staying well in both body and mind is getting active.

Every Saturday morning at 9am there’s a free organised 5km run on Woodhouse Moor. That might sound painfully early, but think how good you'll feel afterwards.

Why not try to improve your time over the course of a term? The moor is just a 20-minute walk from Liberty Park, perfect for warming you up.

Alternatively, if the Yorkshire weather isn’t doing you any favours, try indoor climbing at City Bloc. They offer discounts for student and the centre is just a 12-minute walk from Liberty Dock. Bonus!

 

Looking for student accommodation in Leeds? Check out Liberty Living's two residences here