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Student Days - Leeds

- Andrew Smith - Sunday, May 6th, 2007 : goo

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is a city in the North of England (West Yorkshire) which, like many Northern cities, such as Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle, has undergone regeneration and, possibly even more than the three mentioned, has become 'sexy'- with trendy bars, city-centre apartments, posh shops, etc.

The glossy new centres are still only part of the story of these cities, though, and all still have large areas of traditional terraced housing.

I was at Leeds University in the mid-90's and recently went back for a purely nostalgic visit to which, along with Headingley, is the main area tend to live in their second and third years and is also one of the areas of traditional housing.

It is probably more run down than it should be, with student houses not being a high priority for maintainance by landlords, but it was a great place to live for a few years. I don't know what locals think of the area. I know that there can sometimes be resentment about student areas with a feeling that they don't look after it as they are only there for a few years, but landlords should take responsibility too.

There was, and still is, a strong Asian community and, as I remember, everyone seemed to get along just fine.

It was pretty much as I remember it - very vibrant, being just 10-15 mins walk to Uni(though somehow everyone looked 10 years younger!).

Anyway, here's a few pics for the non-UK people to see an area of traditional terraced housing (+ one of the Uni for good luck). Notice also the one of the Hyde Park cinema - a great survivor of traditional picture houses and where I first saw Reservoir Dogs!

Brudenell Grove

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Back Brudenell Grove

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Brudenell Mount

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Hyde Park cinema

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Brudenell Road

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Leeds Uni coming from city centre (Woodhouse Lane)

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Jamie: 6th May 2007 - 11:31 GMT

Nice photos from an under-represented city. I was in Leeds earlier this year, without my camera and I was very surprised by all the regeneration going on. Not being a fan of NCP cark park charges i parked in an empty lot (i don't care about my car being stolen it's a bag of crap) close to where they're building this:

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. Certainly not what i'd expected to find in Leeds. Being a southerner I guess I have a very Coronation Street tinted view of "oop norf"

Andrew Smith: 6th May 2007 - 13:48 GMT

That looks a pretty amazing building - I noticed following the link that they intend to have apartments for the over 55's, a health centre and a dentist; in addition to the usual bars & shops.

Joe Bro: 19th May 2007 - 02:43 GMT

I'm from Ireland and I brought one on the 44th floor last november - hope i don't get verigo :)

ps i'm well under 55 even when they are up :)

albert: 19th Nov 2007 - 22:45 GMT

Read this whilst in Wrapid 21 Albion Place, do you know who owns them, great concept, supports 3rd World Kids??

I dropped stephen@wrapid.com a note and recieved a free wrap...how does that work man?

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