Sophie Foxman

Academically, my modules at the University of Leeds were both engaging and challenging. My favourite module at the University of Leeds was SLSP2060: Sociology of Health and Illness. It was a class where I was challenged with a different type of assignment than I had ever done, but at the same felt incredibly supported along the way. It also allowed me to study an issue I am passionate about from the local perspective, and was the class I met many of my friends in as well.

One of the best aspects of life in Leeds is that the campus has such a great atmosphere, and there are so many great spots to do everything from study to socialise. I could often be found in the union grabbing coffee or lunch with friends between classes!

My favourite spot to meet up on campus is the really cool bench sculpture around a tree trunk beside Beech Grove Terrace. Built by an Art and Design student, it is a great place to catch up with friends and enjoy the hustle and bustle of campus on a nice day.

Beyond campus, I enjoyed experiencing the many fantastic restaurants and pubs in Leeds. As well, I joined my flatmates and friends in enjoying the many fun nights out that Leeds has on offer – from Fruity Fridays in the Union to Bongo’s Bingo at Canal Mills.

A little further out, hiking around Ilkley Moor was such a fun close by activity to do with friends. Only 25 minutes away by train, it was a perfect break from the business of life in the city and a beautiful place to relax with friends after a long week of classes.

Leeds is in a fantastic location to visit other UK cities, and throughout my semester abroad, I did quite a bit of travel around the UK – including York, the Lake District and London. As well, I enjoyed visiting Scotland so much that I had to go back! I took two trips to Edinburgh, and found that Christmas time is a perfect time to visit as they have an excellent market! I also went up to northern Scotland and climbed Ben Nevis: the tallest mountain on the British Isles! 

Both the University and the city of Leeds were the perfect home base for personal growth, as well as adventures near and far with new friends. Looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing!

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