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Why it’s worth staying in Leeds over the summer

Although many people tend to pop home during the summer months, there are a wealth of benefits to be had for renting and staying in Leeds when study time is over.

Take a look at a few reasons why below:

Jobs are in abundance after May

Although many cities encounter a noticeable decline in festivities during the summer months, Leeds is simply not one of them.

With stag and hen parties ripping up the city over the weekends, and businessmen and agency staff roaming it throughout the week, Leeds manages to maintain a constant party atmosphere all year round.

This means that there’s always an outcry for hospitality and retail staff throughout the summer, especially when you consider how many students will be giving up their positions at the end of term.

Otherwise there are a great many summer internships offered throughout the city and StudentBeans is one such site where you can narrow internships down to their city locations — including Leeds.

The festival season hits Leeds

While nothing much happens in places like Bath, York, and Warwick during the summer months, Leeds opens itself to a stream of festivals and music.

Getting the most obvious out of the way, Leeds Festival takes place during the August bank holiday weekend and this year features international artists such as Eminem, Bastille, Liam Gallagher, Kasabian, Charli XCX, and Muse.

You can also volunteer at the festival, helping out with onsite teams and assisting festival goers throughout the camps while getting to see your favourite artists.

In July Made in Leeds Festival hits the city, showcasing some of the city’s best music and brands throughout some very interesting outskirt locations.

With a range of musical genres catered to throughout the day, there’s something for everyone and this is one festival you don’t want to miss out on.

Leeds has some great free locations and activities

When you’re studying and partying, there literally is very little time to enjoy some of the free cultural activities that Leeds offers, so the summer is a great time to enjoy it.

Although you might not notice when you’re out and about, Leeds is actually full of free museums and each is well worth a visit.

Located on the very glamorous Leeds Docks (just opposite the very nice Dock 29 bar), is the Royal Armouries.

With over 8,500 artefacts from the National Collection of Arms and Armour, the six themed galleries are a must for history buffs.

Closer to the centre of Leeds, Leeds City Museum is also home to four floors of history including Egyptian mummies, Roman artefacts and Greek pottery, alongside a wealth of local history and art.

For something a little more modern, The Tetley is also a great location for contemporary pieces and thought-provoking works and will feature art by Jessie Flood-Paddock and Kenneth Armitage this July.

It also happens to features one of the best bars south of the canal.

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