Lydia Manser

BA English and Sociology

Summary: Find out why Lydia feels the University has a 'community campus' and her favourite place to eat in the Union.


Why did you decide to study here?

I chose to study at Leeds University mainly because it was one of the few universities in the UK that combined English with Sociology in a Joint Honours Degree. The English department was also very highly recommended and despite the large number of students, looking around the university I liked the personal feel of the department. I had also heard great things about the city itself from friends currently studying here.

What are your top-tips for new students?

My top-tip would be to immerse yourself in your degree subject as much as possible. Join your departmental societies and really take advantage of all the extra things on offer, from discussion groups to sporting events to trips off-campus.

What's the best thing about Leeds University?  

I would say that the best thing about Leeds University is its layout and facilities. Although it is one of the biggest universities in the UK, it has a lovely community campus feel to it as it is all on a single campus and the buildings are close together. I really like the fact that everything you need is in Leeds: the city, student pubs and accommodation are never more than a 15-20 minute walk away from the university campus. As an English student I also personally find the two main libraries to be fantastic resources, there is always somewhere quiet to sit and study as well as numerous computer clusters. 

What's the best thing about your course?

The best thing about my course is its versatility; I have great flexibility in the balance of English and Sociology modules. Within my two subjects, the English modules are varied and there is even the option of taking English Language modules. I also find that the weekly English seminars create a personal, friendly environment that focuses on discussion and encourages individual thought – good preparation for essay writing! Similarly, there is a great range of modules available for Sociology that can be chosen according to your interests.

What university clubs and societies are you a member of?

I am a member of the English Society and Joint Honours Society.

And finally, could you give us an example of one of your favourite things to do in Leeds?

One of the obvious attractions of Leeds is the nightlife, and going out to the various clubs and pubs is probably my most enjoyable pastime! The Leeds University Union has a great terrace bar on the roof, which is a good place to meet up with people and unwind after or even in-between lectures. Hyde Park is definitely my favourite spot in Leeds; the second the sun comes out there is a really great atmosphere as loads of students go down there for food, football games and sunbathing!