City Guide: Learn English in Leeds

June 7, 2016

Leeds is of the fastest developing cities in the UK and with over a decade of redevelopment under its belt, Leeds has transformed from a deserted mill town to a concrete jungle consisting of skyscraper offices, glass waterfront apartments and refurbished Victorian shopping arcades.

A few miles away from the bustling city centre and thriving business sector is greenery as far as the eye can see. Leeds is one of the greenest places in England with the surrounding countryside and Yorkshire Dales covering half the city as designated green belt land. You really do get the best of both worlds if you choose to learn English in Leeds.

Travelling in and out of Leeds

Due to its location in the heart of England, Leeds is often referred to as one of the most accessible cities in the UK. Leeds has great transport links to the rest of the UK and has one of the largest train stations outside of London. Leeds City Station is busier than most with around 50,000 passengers and commuters passing through every day. There are frequent trains to and from the capital and direct routes are also available to major cities such as Birmingham and Manchester.

Leeds has a deep-rooted past with rail transport and is home to the oldest running railway in the entire world. The Middleton Colliery Railway was built way back in 1755, starting life as wooden tracks which were used for coal wagons and driven by horses. As the oldest continually operated railway, its existence is still a big part of Leeds today and continues to operate by the help of volunteers and members of the public so you can still experience a ride on a restored steam locomotive.

Aside from great rail links, you can travel further afield as Leeds Bradford Airport just 8 miles away from the centre. There are frequent flights every day to a huge range of exotic locations around the world so seeing the world couldn’t be easier!

 

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Shop ‘til you drop in the ‘Knightsbridge of the North’

Leeds has fast earned a reputation as a shopping mecca for visitors all over England. Named the best shopping destination in the UK, the city centre has over 1000 shops perfectly situated in a compact city centre.

Leeds has recently been referred to as the ‘Knightsbridge of the North’ due to the development of the Victoria Quarter, home to a plethora of designer boutiques and luxury stores such as Harvey Nichols, ideal for the up-market shopper. However, Leeds has a diverse retail landscape which combines high-end luxury with quirky boutiques and leading high street brands to ensure there is something for everyone.

Another recent retail development is the new Trinity Leeds shopping centre located in the heart of the city. The iconic glass roof frames the centre with over 120 shops, bars and cafes all housed in one easy-to-reach place.

And your shopping trip in Leeds isn’t complete until you have had a look around the stalls in the historic Kirkgate Market. The market sits inside a Grade I listed building which dates back to 1875 and the history and traditions of the traditional market experience still flow through its doors.

 

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Learn English in Leeds and Study in the Heart of Yorkshire

Leeds is an incredibly diverse city which attracts an international student community from all over the world. If Leeds is your city of choice there are five universities to choose from alongside a host of colleges and learning institutions, all offering a wide range of English language courses to help you learn the language whilst you explore everything Leeds has to offer.

There are a range of ESOL courses available in Leeds at one of the accredited UK English language schools situated in the city centre. All of the accredited schools are regularly inspected to ensure high standards of teaching, accommodation, welfare support and facilities for international students. ESOL courses can suit the requirements of any student skillset and every ESOL course can be tailored to individual student needs. An ESOL teacher will examine your foundational knowledge of English and provide you with the right material so you can learn the language in a way that works for you.

Learn English in Leeds and discover the opportunity to make new friends from around the world, immerse yourself in the rich culture and history of Leeds and explore its beautiful surrounding landscape.