Universities in Leeds, England UK
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Leeds
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  • Universities in Leeds
  • Ranked in at least one ranking
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  • Different Rankings list
  • Universities in Leeds
  • (15 institution and 9 subject rankings)
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  • Global Rankings rank
  • Universities in Leeds
  • Among TOP 200

Leeds is one of the UK’s most populous urban areas in the UK, and it’s the cultural, financial, and commercial heart of the West Yorkshire region. When it comes to education, Leeds provides numerous reputable options, which are also varied and cover different areas of interest. Leeds is perhaps most famous among students for its annual music festivals and thriving nightlife scene. Hyde Park and Headingley are two of the most popular student areas in terms of places to spend your free time, and are also where the majority of enrolled students live. Popular meet-up points include Hyde Park itself, together with the City Centre’s busy highstreets. For a day out, many residents visit the historical city of York on a warm day to enjoy the sights of the Roman city walls and the city’s numerous riverside beer gardens.

PROS

  • Leeds nightlife is very popular among students, with many bars and clubs around the area covering different music genres that suit everyone’s taste.
  • The student living areas are all near each other and quite close to the two main universities too, which is something students often appreciate, together with affordable rent rates.
  • The city’s atmosphere is also loved by students, who often say that the large international student population allows you to meet many different kinds of people.

CONS

  • Leeds is full of hills, creating a challenge for walkers. This is something that students often mention as a curiosity, as it’s not what’s expected from a city.
  • The city records relatively high statistics of violent and sexual assaults, and because of this universities always recommend which places to avoid, usually the suburban areas surrounding the city centre and the student housing areas.

Latest ranking updates related to universities in Leeds
  • 18 Mar, 2021: Publication of Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities. University of Leeds with highest ranking among universities in Leeds ranked #145.
  • 04 Mar, 2021: Publication of QS World University Rankings By Subject (Library & Information Management). University of Leeds with highest ranking among universities in Leeds ranked #15.
  • 30 Jan, 2021: UniRank 4icu - World Ranking updated with University of Leeds in position 156.
  • 30 Jan, 2021: UniRank 4icu - Top English-Speaking Universities updated with University of Leeds in position 122.

Highest subject rankings of universities in Leeds

Agriculture, Forestry & Food
#1 
University of Leeds
Engineering Civil
#3 
University of Leeds
Criminology
#3 
University of Leeds
Art & Design
#5 
University of Leeds
Earth & Marine Sciences
#6 
University of Leeds
Sociology
#6 
University of Leeds
Town & Country Planning and Landscape
#9 
University of Leeds
Dentistry
#10 
University of Leeds
Librarian & Information Management
#17 
Leeds Beckett University
Modern Languages & Linguistics
#18 
University of Leeds

Rankings of universities in Leeds, England UK 2021

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (935 reviews)
  • #13 
  • #15 
The Times Good University Guide
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #14 
  • #18 
University league tables
[Published 05 September, 2020]
  • #18 
  • #160 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]


  • #91 
  • #107 
The Times Good University Guide
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #90 
  • #106 
University league tables
[Published 05 September, 2020]
  • #67 
  • #801 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]


  • #94 
  • #110 
The Times Good University Guide
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #99 
  • #115 
University league tables
[Published 05 September, 2020]
  • #95 
  • #112 
CUG The Complete University Guide
[Published 11 October, 2019]



Student Opinions About Studying in Leeds

“The City Centre is a typical meet-up spot when you want to spend some time with a friend, because there’s a huge range of cafes and shopping experiences to be had there. I appreciate how many reputable universities there are to choose from here, as that gave me a sense of freedom when I was making my choices.”

“I studied at Leeds Beckett, and being practically in the middle of the City Centre was convenient for a lot of reasons, including quick access to buses and trains. The hills are a characteristic of Leeds that’s annoying at times, especially if you’re in a hurry!”

“Leeds has a student vibe in general, not just the areas immediately surrounding the campuses here. There are plenty of young and international people living here, and many of them have moved away from home for the first time and are looking for friends. As an international student, I feel that Leeds is authentically diverse rather than just formally diverse as a marketing term.”

Leeds Key Facts for International Students

Population: 456000

Time: GMT +0

District/province: England, City and Borough of Leeds

Living costs for students in Leeds:

* 100 = prices in London

  • Living costs without accommodation 89* (11% cheaper than London)
  • All costs including accommodation 67* (33% cheaper than London)
  • Meals (grocery & lower cost restaurants) 67* (33% cheaper than London)
  • Average Big Mac price 3.09 £
  • Plug Type G
    • Residential voltage: 230 V
    • Frequency: 50 Hz

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FAQ

University of Leeds ranks #1 in Leeds in our meta ranking composed of 96 university rankings.

Among all universities in Leeds University of Leeds is listed in the largest number of rankings. See all 30 rankings where University of Leeds is listed.

University of Leeds is ranked best in Leeds for Agriculture (Agriculture, Forestry & Food). See all rankings for the University of Leeds.

University of Leeds is ranked best in Leeds for Engineering (Engineering Civil). See all rankings for the University of Leeds.

University of Leeds is ranked best in Leeds for Law (Criminology). See all rankings for the University of Leeds.

University of Leeds is ranked best in Leeds for Arts Visual & Performing (Art & Design). See all rankings for the University of Leeds.

University of Leeds is ranked best in Leeds for Natural Sciences (Earth & Marine Sciences). See all rankings for the University of Leeds.

University of Leeds is ranked best in Leeds for Social Studies & Humanities (Sociology). See all rankings for the University of Leeds.

University of Leeds is ranked best in Leeds for Architecture, Building & Planning (Town & Country Planning and Landscape). See all rankings for the University of Leeds.

University of Leeds is ranked best in Leeds for Medicine & Health (Dentistry). See all rankings for the University of Leeds.

Leeds Beckett University is ranked best in Leeds for Computer Science (Librarian & Information Management). See all rankings for the Leeds Beckett University.

University of Leeds is ranked best in Leeds for Languages & Literature (Modern Languages & Linguistics). See all rankings for the University of Leeds.

University of Leeds is ranked best in Leeds for Journalism & Media Studies (Communication & Media Studies). See all rankings for the University of Leeds.

University of Leeds is ranked best in Leeds for Design (Fashion & Textiles). See all rankings for the University of Leeds.

Ranking publishers

4icu

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British Quacquarelli Symonds, UK

Criteria used in ranking -QS World University Rankings:
Academic Reputation 40%
Employer Reputation 10%
Faculty/Student Ratio 20%
Citations per faculty 20%
International Faculty Ratio 5%
International Student Ratio 5%

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Criteria used in ranking -QS Employability Rankings:
Employer reputation 30%
Alumni outcomes 25%
Partnerships with Employers per Faculty 25%
Employer/Student Connections 10%
Graduate employment rate 10%

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CWUR Center for World University Rankings

Criteria used in ranking -CWUR Center for World University Rankings:
Research Performance 40%
Quality of Education 25%
Alumni Employment 25%
Quality of Faculty 10%

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Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University, Netherlands

Criteria used in ranking -CWTS Leiden Ranking:
Academic research publication

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NTU ranking

Criteria used in ranking -NTU Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers:
Research excellence 40%
Research impact 35%
Research productivity 25%

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Criteria used in ranking -NTU Europe:
Scientific Efficiency 23%
Scientific Potential 15%
Graduates on the labour market 15%
Internationalisation 15%
Prestige 14%
Learning Conditions 10%

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Nature Index

Criteria used in ranking -Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions:
Article count (AC)
Fractional count (FC)
Weighted fractional count (WFC)

RUR Ranking Agency (Moscow, Russia)

Criteria used in ranking -RUR World University Rankings:
Teaching 40%
Research 40%
International Diversity 10%
Financial Sustainability 10%

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Criteria used in ranking -RUR Reputation Ranking:
Teaching Reputation 50%
Research Reputation 50%

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Criteria used in ranking -RUR Research Performance Ranking:
Normalized citation impact (Citations of research publications from all university authors compared with world averages) 20%
Citation per papers 20%
Papers per academic and research staff 20%
International research reputation 20%
Share of research publications written in international co-authorship 20%

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Scimago Institutions

Criteria used in ranking -Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities:
Research 50%
Innovation 30%
Societal 20%

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ShanghaiRanking Consultancy

Criteria used in ranking -ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking:
Alumni winning research prizes 10%
Staff winning research prizes 20%
Research paper publications 20%
Papers published in Nature and Science 20%
Papers indexed in Science Citation Index-Expanded and Social Science Citation Index 20%
Per capita academic performance 10%

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StuDocu

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THE Times Higher Education, UK

Criteria used in ranking -THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education:
Teaching 30%
Research (volume, income and reputation) 30%
Citations 30%
International outlook (staff, students, research) 7.5%
Industry income (knowledge transfer) 2.5%

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Criteria used in ranking -THE World Reputation Rankings - Times Higher Education:
Research Reputation 66,6%
Teaching Reputation 33,3%

Criteria used in ranking -Young University Rankings:
Teaching 30%
Research (volume, income and reputation) 30%
Citations 30%
International outlook (staff, students, research) 7.5%
Industry income (knowledge transfer) 2.5%

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The Guardian News and Media Limited

Criteria used in ranking -University league tables:
Student to Staff Ratio 15%
Value added 15%
Entry Scores 15%
Career Prospects 15%
NSS - Teaching 10%
NSS - Assessment & Feedback 10%

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The Times and The Sunday Times

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The University League Tables

Criteria used in ranking -CUG The Complete University Guide:
Entry standards
Student satisfaction
Research quality
Research intensity
Graduate prospects
Student-staff ratio
Academic services spend
Facilities spend
Good honours
Degree completion

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Urap

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Us News

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Webometrics

Criteria used in ranking -Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities:
Visibility 50%
Excellence 35%
Transparency 10%
Presence 5%

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