Tuesday, June 30

Letting Go Of Leeds

You're going to have to bear with me on this post. 
It's going to be an emotional one.

The past couple of weeks have been a blur of socialising, yolo-ing and going out whilst exploring every nook and cranny of the city that I possibly can before leaving.
The past three years at Leeds have, without a doubt, been the best of my life and the idea of it all being over is pretty scary. I knew I just had to go to university here the second I arrived on the open day and it's been my home ever since. *Sorry Mum*!

Whilst I'm going to miss this city and the people more than I ever thought I would, you've got to move on and take on the challenges ahead with a smile. The future's an open book and all rather exciting after all. Leeds will always be one of my favourite places and hold most of my fondest memories, so I thought I'd note down some of the things that I'll cherish the most so I never forget:

- The walk into university under the colourful bunting every day.

- The endless cups of coffee and brownies in Hidden Cafe in the union.

- Terrace, the student union bar: Spending hungover Thursdays here. Their root veg chips. The atmosphere. The buzz on Friday nights.

- All of campus.

- Playing sardines as a revision break in the library stacks during exam season.

- Getting lost in the maze of lecture theatres in Roger Stevens. 

- Sandwiches from Bakery 164 (BLT with avocado & brie, toasted together. *Drool*)

- Fruity Fridays. The best, cheesiest nights known to man. 

- Hyde Park, the student area. Everyone is right on your doorstep, garden/house parties are a big thing & you can't go to the local Sainsburys without seeing at least ten people you know. 

- Woodhouse Moor. Three years of walking through it and still getting out of breath walking up the misleadingly big hill every day.

- The shopping. With Trinity, the Victoria Quarter and the best range of shops ever, there's nothing you can't find in Leeds.

- On that note, raiding Primark and market stalls for fancy dress outfits in first year for hockey socials to dress like horses, spliffs, and even house elves will always be a fond memory. Innovation at its best!

- Otley Runs. The best pub crawls known to man. 

- The infinite range of cool bars and set ups in Leeds. It's ridiculously hip and with the likes of Call Lane & Belgrave Music Hall, you'll never get bored in this city.

- The city itself. Millennium Square, City Hall, the Corn Exchange... I can give you multiple great memories for each and every spot.

- The Nightlife. It's second to none. I swear that if you know where to go on the right night in Leeds, it will be the best night of your life. 

- Tequila club as a Fresher. Every time I hear 'JayZ & Kayne West 'Ni**as in Paris' I'll remember those 'cray' Thursday nights. 

- The two ski trips to Val Thorens. Some of my best memories of student life where I met so many new friends, literally on top of the world, doing one of my favourite things.

- The food scene in Leeds. Boss Burgers. Ecco Pizza. Trinity Street Kitchen. Leeds has it all and I couldn't have really done this blog without it.
(I'm definitely going to have to do a post on my favourite spots/recommendations in the city at some point)

- And, of course, the one society that's been my family for the past three years... Hockey.

- I'll miss the nights out with these girls, the matches in the pouring rain vs Yorkshire 'ladies' clubs, the endless amounts of incredible charity fundraisers that go on, the socials, the people.... It's been an honour and a privilege to be a member and on their committee. 

- And without doubt, the thing I'll miss most about Leeds is of course the people, and having them all right on my doorstep.

Ahh Leeds...
You were the best three years ever.
Hear's to the future.


  1. Aw end of an era! Leeds looks so much fun, I haven't been even though I spend so much time in Manchester, really need to take a trip up. Here's to your next adventures :) x

    Jasmin Charlotte

  2. I relate to so much of this with Bristol, Emily, especially how it's impossible to go to Sainsbury's without bumping into a million people you know. Love it. Also, think I need to visit Leeds! x


  3. I'm glad it's not just me that's going to miss the small things! Definitely, it's such a great city. Happy to show you around at any point :) xx

  4. Thanks Jasmin, end of an era indeed... Hasn't really registered yet and don't think it will until everyone goes back in September! Definitely make it over to Leeds if you can, even for a day x

  5. Looks like you had a wonderful time in Leeds.

    It is so sad leaving somewhere, but as my Mum always says 'it isn't goodbye, it's see you soon'




  6. Leeds looks like so much fun! I'm jealous of all the amazing memories you've made :) I never quite felt at home at uni in Exeter but for some reason I've chosen to stay on for another 4 years haha so it can't be all bad. Will be weird going back without my friends being there though xxx

    Lucy @ La Lingua Italy

  7. Gorgeous post lovely. So glad you had such a fabulous experience at Leeds. Seems like it was so much fun! Here's to the future!

    Katie <3


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