Out of term time activities

Lots of students are in Leeds during the University holidays and there are a wide range of events and activities which you can get involved with to make the most of these times of year.

During Summer, Christmas and Easter the out of term time activities programme includes a wide range of events throughout the University holidays including the days when the University is closed. 

Summer 2019

From social events and wellbeing classes, to trips and volunteering opportunities, there are lots of things happening during the summer months. All students and postgraduate researchers are welcome to attend and many events are family friendly. Please click on the event title to find out more about the event (and booking details if it's necessary to reserve a place or buy a ticket in advance). For more updates and information, follow the Global Community Facebook and Twitter pages. 

Regular events on campus

These events take place regularly on campus during the summer months and are open to all students and postgraduate researchers. Please click on the event title to find out more.

Monday
Virtual Body Balance Exercise Class (The Edge Studio 1, 8am – 9am) Free, book a place.
Roof Garden Volunteer Session (Leeds University Union Roof Garden, 12pm - 2pm) Free, family friendly.
Wellbeing Bodyweight Workout (Leeds University Union Jade Studio, 1pm - 2pm) Free, book a place.
Global Cafe (Common Ground, Leeds University Union, 5.30pm - 7.30pm) Free, family friendly. 
Virtual Body Combat Exercise Class (The Edge Studio 1, 6.15pm – 7.15pm) Free, book a place.

Tuesday
Virtual Sh’Bam Exercise Class (The Edge Studio 1, 10.15am – 10.45am) Free, book a place.
Get Out, Get Active Lunchtime Run (Meet at Cromer Terrace Gym, 12.05pm – 12.40pm) Free.
Wellbeing Yoga (Leeds University Union Jade Studio, 12pm - 1pm) Free, book a place.
Virtual Body Balance Exercise Class delivered in Mandarin (The Edge Studio 1, 1.30pm – 2.30pm) Free, book a place.
Conversation Club (The Language Zone, Level 2, Parkinson Building, 4pm – 5pm) Free.

Wednesday
Virtual Body Combat Exercise Class (The Edge Studio 1, 10.15am – 11.15am) Free, book a place.
Roof Garden Volunteer Session (Sustainable Garden next to Roger Stevens Building, 12pm - 2pm) Free, family friendly.
Culture Chat (The Language Zone, Level 2, Parkinson Building 4pm – 5pm) Free.
Restaurant Trip (Meet at Parkinson Steps at 5.30pm) Pay for your meal. 
International Students’ Club (Emmanuel Centre, 6pm – 8pm) Free, family friendly. 
Virtual Sh’Bam Exercise Class delivered in Mandarin (The Edge Studio 1, 6.15pm – 7pm) Free, book a place.

Thursday
Virtual Body Pump Exercise Class (The Edge Studio 1, 9am – 10am) Free, book a place.
Get Out, Get Active Lunchtime Run (Meet at Cromer Terrace Gym, 12.05pm – 12.40pm) Free.
Meditation (Leeds University Union Room 6, 12pm – 1.30pm) Free.
Presenting with Confidence (The Language Zone, Level 2, Parkinson Building 4pm – 5pm) Free.
Virtual Body Balance Exercise Class (The Edge Studio 1, 5pm – 5.45pm) Free, book a place.

Friday
Virtual Body Combat Exercise Class delivered in Mandarin (The Edge Studio 1, 10.15am – 11.15am) Free, book a place.
Sketch Club (The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, 12.30pm - 3.30pm) Free.
Wellbeing Kung Fu (Leeds University Union Jade Studio, 12pm - 1pm) Free, book a place.
Get Out Get Active Yoga (Cromer Terrace Gym, 1pm – 2pm) £3, book a place.
Virtual Sh’Bam Exercise Class (The Edge Studio 1, 2pm – 3pm) Free, book a place.

Saturday
Virtual Body Balance Exercise Class (The Edge Studio 1, 6.15pm – 7.15pm) Free, book a place.

Sunday
Virtual Body Combat Exercise Class (The Edge Studio 1, 7.45am – 8.45am) Free, book a place.

One-off events on campus

These one-off events are open to all students and postgraduate researchers. Please click on the event title to find out more.

Monday 15 – Sunday 26 July
Graduation Ceremonies (The Great Hall, various times) 

Thursday 18 July
Karaoke Night (Leeds University Union Pyramid, 8pm – 10pm) Free. 

Monday 22 July
First Aid 101 for Postgraduate Students (Leeds University Union Room 3, 12pm – 1pm) Free.

Tuesday 23 July
Making Room Decorations (Leeds University Union Pyramid, 5pm – 6.30pm) Free, book a place, family friendly.

Wednesday 24 July
Christmas in July party (Leeds University Union Function, 5pm – 7pm) Free, book a place, family friendly.

Thursday 25 July
Coffee Connections (Level 12 Common Room, Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Building, 12pm – 2pm) Free, family friendly.

Saturday 27 July
Pizza Making (Leeds University Union Terrace, 4pm – 7pm) £10, book a place, more details soon.

Tuesday 30 July
Introduction to Chinese for Postgraduate Students (Leeds University Union Room 2, 12pm – 1pm) Free.
Film Night – Zootropolis (Leeds University Union Pyramid, 5.30pm – 8pm) Free, book a place, family friendly.

Wednesday 31 July
Garden Games (Grass outside Leeds University Union, 12pm – 1pm) Free, family friendly.
Origami for Postgraduate Students (Leeds University Union Room 2, 2pm – 3pm) Free.

Thursday 1 August
Yorkshire Day (Leeds University Union Room 6, 7.30pm – 10pm) Free, book a place, family friendly.

Monday 5 August
Garden Games (Grass outside Leeds University Union, 12pm – 1pm) Free, family friendly.
Introduction to Chinese for Postgraduate Students (Leeds University Union Room 5, 12pm – 1pm) Free.

Tuesday 6 August
Postcard Making (Leeds University Union Room 4, 2pm – 4pm) Free, book a place, family friendly.
Barista Training (Leeds University Union Common Ground, 6pm – 8pm) £6, book a place, more details soon.

Thursday 8 August
Film Night - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Leeds University Union Pyramid, 5.30pm – 8.45pm) Free, book a place, family friendly.

Friday 9 August
Painting (Leeds University Union Foyer, 1pm – 2pm) Free, family friendly.

Monday 12 August
Introduction to Chinese for Postgraduate Students (Leeds University Union Room 5, 12pm – 1pm) Free.

Tuesday 13 August
Pottery Painting (Leeds University Union Common Ground, 5.30pm – 8pm) £3, book a place, more details soon.

Thursday 15 August
Pet Therapy (Leeds University Union Foyer, 12.30pm – 1.30pm) Free, family friendly.

Friday 16 August
British Tea Party (Leeds University Union Room 6, 1pm – 3pm) Free, book a place, family friendly.

Monday 19 August
Make a Lavender Bag (Leeds University Union Room 4, 2pm – 3.30pm) Free, book a place, family friendly.

Tuesday 20 August
Barista Training (Leeds University Union Common Ground, 6pm – 8pm) £6, book a place, more details soon.

Wednesday 21 August 
Global Games Night (Leeds University Union Room 6, 5pm – 7pm) Free, book a place, family friendly.

Friday 23 August
Garden Games (Grass outside Leeds University Union, 12pm – 1pm) Free, family friendly.

The University and Leeds University Union will be closed on Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 August 2019.

Wednesday 28 August
Origami Afternoon (Leeds University Union Room 4, 2pm – 3.30pm) Free, family friendly.

Thursday 29 August 
Coffee Connections (Level 12 Common Room, Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Building, 12pm – 2pm) Free, family friendly.
Summer Celebration Party (Leeds University Union Riley Smith Theatre, 1pm – 4pm) Free, more details soon.

Friday 30 August
Tote Bag Decorating (Leeds University Union Foyer, 12pm – 1pm) Free, family friendly.

Tuesday 3 September
Motivational Postcard Making (Leeds University Union room 4, 2pm – 3.30pm) Free, family friendly.

Friday 6 September 
Painting (Leeds University Union Foyer, 1.30pm – 2.30pm) Free, family friendly.

Sunday 8 September
Women's Basketball Taster Session (Meet at Edge Reception, 12pm – 1pm) Free, book a place.

There are also a range of museums and archives on campus, you can find their opening hours and events details on their webpages: The Leeds University Library Galleries and the Marks and Spencer Company Archive

Volunteering and community activities

These sessions give you an opportunity to try different volunteering opportunities in Leeds. Staff in purple t-shirts will act as a meeting point and be on hand throughout to answer any questions. All students and postgraduate researchers are welcome and no prior experience is necessary. Places are limited to 20 people per session, so be sure to sign up early.

Saturday 20 July
Bedford Fields Volunteering Session (Meet in LUU main entrance, 11am – 4pm) Free, book a place.

Saturday 27 July
Park Run Volunteering Session (Meet at Woodhouse Moor, 8.15am – 10.15am) Free, book a place.

For more volunteering opportunities visit Leeds for Life Opportunities, Volunteering in Sport, Sustainability Volunteers and Doing Good Leeds

Trips off campus

These off campus trips are organised by Leeds University Union and the University and open to all students and postgraduate researchers. Staff will be on hand to introduce you to one another, so don’t be afraid to come alone to meet new people. Tickets for these events may sell out in advance, so please buy early to avoid disappointment. If you are unable to buy trip tickets online, you can visit Leeds University Union Square on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 July to 4 September at 4.30pm - 5.30pm to purchase a ticket in person.

Saturday 20 July
Newcastle and Angel of the North Trip (Meet at Parkinson Steps, 8.45am – 7pm) £16, book a place, family friendly.

Sunday 21 July
Lake District Trip (Meet at Parkinson Steps, 8.15am – 6.30pm) £15, book a place.
Rugby: Leeds Rhinos vs Hull FC (Meet at Arndale Centre in Headingley, 14.00 – 17.30) £5, book a place, family friendly.

Saturday 27 July
Cambridge Trip (Meet at Parkinson Steps, 7.15am – 8.30pm) £25, book a place, family friendly.

Sunday 28 July
Yorkshire Sculpture Park & Hepworth Gallery Trip (Meet at Parkinson Steps 9.45am – 4pm) £7, book a place, family friendly.

Friday 2 August
Cricket Match Trip: Yorkshire Vikings vs Worcestershire Rapids (Meet at Arndale Centre in Headingley, 5.30pm – 9pm) £5, book a place, family friendly.

Saturday 3 August
Liverpool Trip (Meet at Parkinson Steps, 8.45am – 7pm) £15, book a place, family friendly.

Sunday 4 August
York Trip (Meet at Parkinson Steps, 8.45am – 7pm) £10 or £18, book a place, family friendly.

Saturday 10 August
Stratford Upon Avon Trip (Meet at Parkinson Steps, 8.45am – 7pm) £16, book a place, family friendly.

Sunday 11 August
Haworth Trip (Meet at Parkinson Steps, 8.45am – 4pm) £14, book a place. 

Saturday 17 August
Scarborough Trip (Meet at Parkinson Steps, 8.45am – 7pm) £15, book a place, family friendly.

Sunday 18 August
Chatsworth House (Meet at Parkinson Steps, 9.45am – 5pm) £30, book a place, family friendly.

Saturday 24 August
Harry Potter Trip (Meet at Parkinson Steps, 9.45am – 11pm) £78, book a place, family friendly.

Sunday 25 August
Ilkley Trip (Meet at Parkinson Steps, 9.45am – 3pm) £12, book a place. 

Wednesday 28 August
Global Bring & Share - Coffee Tour of Leeds with CoffeeSoc (Meet at Parkinson Steps at 12pm) buy your own coffee, book a place.

Saturday 31 August
Manchester Trip (Meet at Parkinson Steps, 8.45am – 6.30pm) £12 or £16, book a place, family friendly.

Sunday 1 September
Yorkshire Wildlife Park Trip (Meet at Parkinson Steps, 9.45am – 4pm) £26, book a place, family friendly.

Wednesday 4 September
Global Bring & Share - Coffee Tour of Leeds with CoffeeSoc (Meet at Parkinson Steps at 12pm) buy your own coffee, book a place.

Saturday 7 September
Durham and Beamish Trip (Meet at Parkinson Steps, 7.15am – 7pm) £20, book a place, family friendly.

Events in the city 

There are many more activities and events taking place across the city. Why not book tickets for a theatre production or a musical? The Leeds Playhouse and Leeds Grand Theatre offer student discounts and Opera North have an Under 30s scheme open to all 19 – 29 year olds or anyone in full time education. 

Don’t miss the chance to explore the many festivals taking place across the city, spanning music, arts, food and family fun. There are also many local food and craft markets to discover in Leeds.

For more information about events happening in Leeds, visit the following websites: Leeds List, the Leeds City Council website, Leeds Inspired and Visit Leeds

Opening hours

University of Leeds 
The University will be closed on Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 August 2019 for the August bank holiday.

Leeds University Union
Your Students’ Union will be closed on Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 August 2019. Some bars, shops and cafes will have reduced opening hours during the summer months. Contact the Union Helpdesk on 0113 380 1400.

University of Leeds Libraries
University libraries will be closed on Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 August 2019. Visit the library webpages to download an overview of 2018/19 opening hours
Whilst the library is closed, you can access interactive online resources via the library webpages.

University of Leeds Computer Clusters
24 hour IT clusters can be accessed throughout the summer using a security keypad. 

University Sports Facilities
University sports facilities can be accessed over the summer. The Edge offers a flexible summer membership for up to 3 months. There are also regular free virtual exercise classes at The Edge sports centre throughout the summer, delivered in English or Mandarin. 

Cafes and Refectory 
Find out what the cafes on campus opening hours are over summer (out of term). 

Help and support

Skills@Library
Skills@Library offer one-to-one support to undergraduate and taught postgraduate students on a wide range of topics, as well as a summer workshop programme focusing on taught postgraduate research projects. Maths drop-in sessions continue throughout the summer months every Wednesday 1pm - 4pm in the Footsteps Room on Level 1 of the Laidlaw Library. 

LUU Help and Support 
If you need help or advice, visit the Help and Support team in the LUU foyer. LUU Advice offer a range of services, including drop-in sessions, appointments, phone calls, email communication and Skype meetings. 
0113 3801 400
advice@luu.leeds.ac.uk
https://www.luu.org.uk/student-help-support/

Universities’ Chaplaincy in Leeds, Emmanuel Centre.
The Chaplaincy run weekly social and prayer services and can offer help finding church services in the community. If you need to contact a chaplain for faith or pastoral support, you can email chaplaincy@leeds.ac.uk or call on 0113 3435071.
If you are in crisis and need Chaplaincy support out of hours, call 07780 613 862. 
www.leeds.ac.uk/chaplaincy

University Security Services
If you have any problems when the University is closed, you can contact the Security Office, which is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
175 Woodhouse Lane
security@leeds.ac.uk
General Enquiries 0113 343 5494
Emergencies Only 0113 343 2222
https://commercialcampussupport.leeds.ac.uk/security/

Feeling at Home in Leeds online guides
Whether you’ve recently arrived in Leeds, or been here for some time, these interactive guides can help you make the most of all aspects of University life. Take some time during summer to explore the student stories and activities in the guide, which will help you reflect on your experiences in Leeds so far and think about your future goals.  
To access the guide for your study level visit http://students.leeds.ac.uk/feelingathome

Big White Wall 
This supportive online community offers 24 hour support every day of the year. Trained counsellors are online at all times, as well as a range of helpful resources. You can go to www.bigwhitewall.com and sign up with your University email.

Samaritans
Located near the Business School, Samaritans offer 24-hour emotional support to anyone in need of someone to talk to. 
116 123 or 0113 245 6789
www.samaritans.org/branches/samaritans-leeds

Christmas in Leeds

Christmas in Leeds is an annual programme for all students staying in Leeds over the winter break, providing the chance to meet others, experience Christmas traditions and find out about help and support.

In December 2018 and January 2019, the programme included a range of events such as a trip to see a pantomime, a football and rugby match, and a meal on Christmas Day. Take a look at the Christmas in Leeds guide for 2018 (PDF download) for more information on the events and activities that took place last year. 

What students said about the programme: 

“I got a lot of information, recommendations and suggestions regarding the Christmas activities. I did not feel lonely when some friends went back to their hometown.” 

Christmas in Leeds students

"I stayed in Leeds almost every day. Thanks to the information in the Christmas in Leeds programme, I could make my holiday enjoyable."

"Attending the Rainbow Junk-tion Christmas Lunch was a great way to spend Christmas day. All of the other volunteers were very supportive and I had some great chats to people."