A guide to living abroad in Leeds

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“Tesco Supermarkets

Tesco is the largest supermarket chain in the UK, also known as Tesco in China. The shops are located in the streets of Leeds and there are supermarkets of all sizes and sizes. Their prices are very affordable and geared towards the general public, making them the most used supermarket.


Located in the city centre, Sainsbury’s is a long-established British supermarket chain, established in 1869, with orange as their representative colour.


Located near The Merrion Centre shopping centre, Morrisons offers good value for money and a wide selection of meat, especially fish and meat, which you can’t find in other supermarkets, such as pig’s trotters, heart, pork loin, pork skin and lamb loin. There is also a good range of vegetables, but the fruit range is not particularly extensive and the quality of the fruit and vegetables is not particularly fresh, apart from a wide range of ice creams and desserts. According to a friend who used to work there, every day before the supermarket closes, many people come to grab all the half-priced food that has expired and been removed from the shelves in a matter of minutes.

Main restaurants

A great value for money Chinese restaurant near the University of Leeds, priced at £12 per person, ideal for Leeds student accommodation. Many Chinese students choose this restaurant and it is often full, so it is best to book in advance or you will have a long wait. The aunties and uncles are very friendly and the service is superb, highly recommended to students!


RED CHILLI is located in Millennium square, next to Leeds Town Hall and Museum. Affectionately known as ‘Little Chilli’ by local students, the restaurant offers a wide range of dishes, mainly Beijing and Sichuan cuisine, and is popular with both Chinese and locals in Leeds. We highly recommend their five spice beef, which tastes like home cooked food and is very tasty!

Hu Nan Chinese Restaurant (湘味王)

The owner is a native of Changsha, Hunan province, and has been at the helm for over a decade in China as a chef in Hunan restaurants, so there is no doubt about the quality of the food. In addition to Hunan stir-fries and steamed dishes, there are also grilled fish, buffet hot pot and spicy hot pot, with a variety of dishes that are sure to give you a taste of home in a foreign country!


Internal Transportation

Public transport

Leeds buses run in a circular pattern around the city centre area and run every 6-7 minutes, some are slow and it can take anywhere from half an hour to an hour to miss them. Many routes run to Parkinson and the Business School and between the centres, so you can basically get a bus from the university to all the halls of residence and the city centre, the train station and all the places you regularly visit. You can also buy a day pass on the bus, which allows you to get on and off as you go. If it’s just school to halls of residence or the city centre, walking is sufficient, as Leeds city centre is small and you can walk everywhere you can see.


In the UK, you need to call ahead to book a taxi, so it’s convenient to book one in advance for trips to Ikea or grocery shopping. There are many taxi companies in Leeds, such as AMBER, ACE and APOLLO, all of which are often used by student accommodation in Leeds and are very affordable.


Uber is very easy to use in the UK, and you can use it with your bank card. As long as you enter the address you want to go to, even if you don’t speak a word of English, you don’t have to worry about it. The prices are not too high either.

External transport

By plane

Leeds Bradford International Airport is just about 10 miles northwest of the city centre. There are direct flights to domestic and European destinations, with international flights available via Manchester (about an hour’s train or bus ride out of Leeds). For students from China, the three main routes are: Beijing to London to Leeds, Beijing to Amsterdam to Leeds and Hong Kong to London to Leeds. There is a regular bus service from the airport to the city (757), which takes about 35 minutes to travel. Taxis are also plentiful at the airport.

Train stations

Leeds City Railway Station is located in the heart of the city and is one of the largest railway stations in the UK, with the third highest number of passengers in the UK, and has direct trains to all major cities, taking approximately 2.5 hours to London. The exact number of trains can be found on National Rail. In addition, all international students in the UK have a young person card, so it is cheap to book tickets in advance.

3. Entertainment

Leeds’ major department stores and world-famous discount shops are mainly located in the city centre.

Victoria Gate – the world’s best shopping centre

This high-end shopping centre, designed by Hammerson Plc and the architectural firm Acme London, houses many of the biggest brands, including JOHN LEWIS, MAJE, CALVIN KLEIN, ANTHROPOLOGIE, HACKETT, TOMMY HILFIGER and many more. branded shops will be the only shops in the UK outside of London. The shopping centre won the 2017 MIPIM Award for Best Shopping Centre. Shopping at the Mall of the World instantly makes you feel high!

Victoria Quarter – Fashion in a classic

Situated in the city centre, the Victoria Quarter sells high-end brands, basically international brands and local British brands. The Victoria Quarter is a classic Victorian building, but inside it’s a magnificent place, with a transparent printed glass roof and old-fashioned shop fronts that look understated and gorgeous. charm.

Trinity Leeds – Popular Choice

This is an imposing shopping centre with an all-steel structure and clear glass top, a ‘panoramic skylight’ that provides great light. It’s home to some of the UK’s most popular brands and is great for students!”

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