campus tour

Three students walking together outside on campus on a sunny day

You can start at the Parkinson Building and follow the tour in order or choose your own route using our interactive campus map.

The building reference numbers correspond to a PDF version of the map which you can download from the interactive map.

Parkinson Building

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Looking up at the Parkinson Building clock tower in a blue sky with pink wispy clouds

The Parkinson Building is the main entrance to the University of Leeds and a historic grade II listed building. The Parkinson steps are a popular meeting spot for students.

Inside the building you will find Leeds University Library Galleries where you can see items from our art collection, and the Brotherton Library which houses our Special Collections of rare books, manuscripts and archives.

Other facilities based in the Parkinson building include the Language Centre, IT clusters, a café and our main information point.

It's a prominent landmark in the city and the Parkinson Tower can be seen from across Leeds.

Brotherton Library

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Aerial view of the inside the main reading room in the Brotherton Library

Studying at Leeds will give you access to one of the largest research libraries in the UK, with over 2.7 million printed items and millions more online resources for study and research.

We have four libraries on campus. The Brotherton Library houses our arts and languages collections. It's home to our Special Collections of rare and historic items.

The round reading room was modelled on the British Museum and features a magnificent domed roof. It's an impressive independent study space, but also offers group study areas and computer clusters. The West Building, beneath the round reading room, is a modern space with IT facilities.

Great Hall

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The outside of the Great Hall seen from the main entrance

The Great Hall is a beautiful building which is used mostly for formal occasions including graduation ceremonies, and events such as the Leeds International Piano Competition.

Next to the Great Hall is Baines Wing where you’ll find the School of Healthcare. Baines Wing and the Great Hall are part of the original Yorkshire College of Science and are the reason we’re referred to as a ‘red brick' university.

Behind you is the Michael Sadler Building which houses Languages, History and Philosophy in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures.

Sir William Henry Bragg Building

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Pathway leading to the front of the Bragg Building

Named after a former professor who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1915, this new engineering and physical sciences teaching and research facility opened in 2021.

It contains some of the most advanced electron microscope technology in the UK for fabricating and investigating new materials.

It has been designed so that vibration from passing traffic does not interfere with ultra-sensitive laboratory instruments.

Laidlaw Library

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The main entrance of the Laidlaw library as seen from across the road

The Laidlaw Library was designed for undergraduate study.

There are bookable group work rooms and individual and accessible study spaces, all equipped with the power and high-end connectivity needed for laptops and digital learning. It also contains the recommended texts central to subjects studied at Leeds.

Flexible group study spaces allow you to work with other students on joint assignments and presentations.

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Ziff Building

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Students moving around campus in front of the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Building

The Ziff building is home to all of our student services including the accommodation office, student registration and international student support.

The building is home to one of three Student Information Points on campus, open 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. Here, you can get help with welcome and induction,  registration, fees and funding, disability support and navigating campus.

The Lifelong Learning Centre, which supports mature, part-time and Foundation level students, and the Leeds Doctoral College, which supports postgraduate researchers, are also located in the Ziff building.

Students’ Union

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The main entrance of Leeds University Union decorated with multi-coloured bunting

At the heart of our campus is Leeds University Union  (LUU). It’s the go-to place for everything from support and advice, finding part-time jobs and meeting new people. With over 300 clubs and societies, it’s a hub for activity across campus.

LUU has a dedicated Help and Support team who offer free independent, confidential and expert advice to all students at Leeds. They can help with anything from budgeting advice to mental health support.

LUU is also home to the Refectory which serves a wide range of hot and cold food for 600 people, including students in our on-campus catered halls.

Esther Simpson Building

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Inside a modern lecture theatre with screens and seating

The Esther Simpson building is a new, flagship teaching facility, mainly used by Leeds University Business School and the School of Law but open to all faculties and their students. The learning spaces are designed for collaborative working and enable you to apply your knowledge to real-world issues.

Facilities such as trading rooms allow you to use real-time financial market information to practice trading in a safe environment. In the behaviour labs, you can observe and analyse human behaviour, using state-of-the-art observational equipment and specialist software.

Careers Centre

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The entrance to the Careers Centre

Research and plan your future using our Careers Centre so you have the best chance of success in a competitive global graduate job market.

If you want to find a job or organise work experience, get advice on writing applications or interview techniques, or attend an event with recruiters, the Careers Centre can help you.

So whether you want to start your own business or work abroad, this is the place to get support and advice.

Sustainable Garden

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A green path winds through the sustainable garden in front of the Garstang North Building (School of Geography)

At the University of Leeds, we are committed to embedding sustainability in everything we do.

Our Sustainable Garden is a space on campus for students, staff and visitors to enjoy quiet contemplation. You can also help cultivate an edible garden by taking part in our weekly gardening sessions.

From here you’ll see the Faculty of Biological Sciences which is located in the LC Miall Building and the Faculty of Medicine and Health in the Worsley Building. You’re also within reach of the Faculty of Environment in the Priestly Building.

Roger Stevens Building

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Pond outside the Roger Stevens Building which has a metal sculpture high up on the outside wall

The Roger Stevens building has 25 traditional and digital lecture theatres.

Love it or hate it, the building is a great example of Brutalist architecture and is grade II listed. The flying bronze figure is one of the most striking sculptures on campus; the 'Spirit of Enterprise/Hermes' by William Chattaway.

The Roger Stevens pond is a Living Lab examining how refuges in urban areas can benefit biodiversity, and how urban emissions can affect water quality. Along with many species of plants and wildlife, the pond is home to our well-loved campus ducks.

The Edge

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Student wearing sports clothes walks past the main entrance of the Edge Sports Centre

The Edge is a fitness, sport and wellbeing complex on campus. It has state-of-the-art equipment, as well as a 25-metre swimming pool, 8m climbing wall and cycle circuit.

There are a variety of membership options available or you can choose to pay per session for a range of activities including exercise classes, indoor climbing and the 250-station Technogym. If you live in University accommodation, you will get off-peak membership included in your rent.