What I like about Leeds is that its quite compact and everything is just a few minutes away. I really appreciate being able to walk everywhere to the University, into the city centre, to my accommodation. At home in Saudi Arabia, I live in a bigger city, with busy streets and buildings all around. I like the parks and green spaces around Leeds. They help you relax.
People in Leeds are very friendly and welcoming too. Its a student-oriented city and it feels like home.
I love the yoga and Zumba classes at the Edge (the Universitys sports centre). There are classes at lots of different times, so I can easily fit them around my studies and work.
Theres so much to do around the city too. I wanted to learn guitar, so I found Leeds College of Music and started guitar classes; I wanted to take cooking classes, so I found a cookery school and now I can make steak at home! Ive taken a coffee-making workshop and tried a salsa class. Whatever it is youre interested in, just look online and youll find it. My friends are always amazed I know about so many things.
I have a translating job, which I found through the students unions Joblink website. Getting practical experience in the UK, alongside my studies, is great. My job is in Ilkley, a small town on the edge of Leeds, so it also means Ive seen a bit of green English countryside too!
I love the easy access to the rest of the UK because Leeds is more or less in the middle. Ive visited Manchester, Liverpool and London.
My course is great and its really important to me that I do well, but this year isnt only about studying. I really want to learn and explore, as this enriches the experience of being here. Its all these little things that make the whole experience amazing.+