5 Things to Know Before Moving to Leeds

If you’re thinking about moving to Leeds for University or for other reasons, then you’ll want to have a think about it first. If you’re from the south, then you might not be used to how.. FRIENDLY Leeds is! As someone who’s from London, the first thing that I noticed when I moved to Leeds was just how friendly everyone was – it was like nothing I’d experienced before being from the South, and the same pretty much goes for everyone up North. But aside from this, what else should you be aware of when moving to Leeds?

The people like a drink

When you’re moving to Leeds, it’s worth being aware that drinking is pretty much part of the culture. A lot of people in the area like to spending their evenings down the pub, so if this is the kind of thing that you like too, then Leeds is definitely a good choice for you.

The Location

Leeds is pretty awesome, not only because of Leeds itself, but also it’s proximity to a ton of other cities which are within a short distance from Leeds itself. You’re close to Sheffield and Manchester if you want to go for a big night out, but you’re also not far from a ton of nice small villages either. So, it’s definitely worth checking out the surrounding villages too whilst you’re in Leeds.

The Football and Rugby

Like I said about the drinking culture, Leeds also has a massive passion for sports. Of course you have the local football team which every man and his dog seem to be obsessed with, but you also have the rugby teams too, so if you’re a sports fanatic, then Leeds might be the city for you.

The Prices

Another thing that I simply love about Leeds is the low prices of pretty much everything. Coming from London, everything was immediately cheaper than where I was before – especially the rent, which is less than half what I was paying in London. So, this gives you the opportunity to save some cash whilst you’re in Leeds.

Conclusion

Overall these are just a few of the things that I really love about Leeds. Hit me up in the comments and let me know if you agree with what I’ve said or if you think differently!

Telescope Shops in London

I recently took the long journey down to London from up North to try and find myself a new telescope. Whilst you can buy telescopes online, sometimes it’s much better to go and see them in person to try and decide on which telescope is best for you.

So, I packed my bags and got on the 4 hour train from Leeds to London to have a look around some of the astronomy shops in London. Unfortunately up in Leeds, we’re a bit short on astronomy and science shops, so it was nice to take the day out and have a look around the shops. I didn’t really intend on buying anything specific, but I was sure that I’d have a good look around and make sure I didn’t leave any stone unturned.

I also wanted to scout the place out for Astrofest, which takes place at the start of Feb each year. As of now, I’m not sure if I’m going to venture down, but I am considering it.

Telescope Shops in London.

Unfortunately, the Widescreen Centre (which is where I previously went for my last telescope) is no longer in the same location. It’s moved out to near Cambridgeshire. I’ve seen a lot of companies doing this recenty. I think it’s mainly because of the expensive retail costs in London, so you can’t really blame them for moving so far outside of the city.

Anyway, here’s a couple of the telescope shops that I managed to visit.

Microglobe

Microglobe was the first place that I visited when I got to London. This is mainly because it was the easiest to get to – it’s right by Marylebone station. So, you don’t need to worry about travelling a long distance to get there. You can walk it in about 15 minutes.

Microglobe is generally a camera shop, but they do have a small selection of scopes and binoculars too. I did ask about which telescope I should go for in my situation, but they didn’t really have any ideas. I decided to head out of the city centre a little bit and go to a bigger store.

Telescope House

To get to Telescope house, you have to venture quite a bit outside of London. But once you get there, it’s totally worth it. It probably has one of the best selections of telescopes in the UK, so if you’re in London or the area, it’s definitely worth your time heading down there and seeing what they’ve got.

In the end, I didn’t buy anything from Telescope House. But, it was definitely worth the visit as the owner couldn’t have been more helpful

Conclusion

Overall, I’ve got to be honest and say that whilst telescope house was great, I much prefer to buy my stuff online. This way, you can be sure that you know every little detail about a telescope before you buy it. If you’re going to the shop, you’re relying on the knowledge of the people there (telescope house great, microglobe not so much!). But all in all, it was a great day out!

It can be difficult to find somewhere to go stargazing nowadays. And it was only recently after I returned from stargazing in Scotland that I realised I’d like to find somewhere a little closer to home (even up North, Scotland is a few hours drive). So, I’ve done some research and found some of the best places for stargazing in Leeds.

Of course, there are a ton of other places that you might want to consider going too, but here are some of my favorites if you’re in the Leeds area and don’t want to venture more than an hour or so.

Almscliff Crag

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Undoubtedly one of the best spots to go stargazing if you’re looking for somewhere to go relatively close to Leeds is to go to Almscliff Crag. It isn’t too far, and is between Leeds and Harrogate, so it shouldn’t take you too long to get there.

One of the best things about Almscliff Crag is that it’s not particularly busy. It’s actually on reserved private land, so if you do decide to visit then it’s imperative that you take care of the crag and leave it in the same way it was when you arrived.

Eccup Reservoir

Another place that you might want to consider visiting is Eccup Resevoir. It’s one of the places that the Leeds Astronomy Society recommend visiting, so it’s undoubtedly worth your time going over there and seeing if it’s suitable for you. In terms of Leeds, it’s one of the best places to visit without heading too far out of the city centre.

Eccup Reservoir is one of the best places to go if you like walking as well, as their Reservoir Walk is one of the best in the area. If you want to combine the two activities, then it’s definitely worth checking it out for a few hours.

Appletreewick

If you’re considering going camping as well, then Appletreewick is undoubtedly somewhere that you’re going to want to consider. It’s one of the best areas to go camping, and you can undoubtedly get some awesome stargazing in whilst you’re there too.

appletreewick

Conclusion

Overall, these are just three of the areas that you can visit if you’re at university in Leeds and are looking for somewhere local to go stargazing. Or, you may be a local looking for a new area to frequent. Whichever you are, these are three of the better areas that you might want to consider visiting if you’re in the Leeds area.

If you want to go stargazing, then you’ll undoubtedly want to get out of the city centre, which is the worst place to go stargazing due to a high amount of light pollution. This can be extremely annoying, so you’ll want to look at other places to go stargazing – there are a ton of good places in the North to get your stargazing fix.

Whilst Leeds University is great in itself, you need to take advantage of the city itself. Leeds is a working class city with a ton of different activities and places that you can visit that you can take advantage of while you’re in the city itself.

A vibrant city with a friendly atmosphere, Leeds is somewhere you can always find something to do (which isn’t the case for some other Northern cities!). So, lets take a look at some of the things that you can do whilst you’re at the University of Leeds.

Roundhay Park

roundhay

In the summer, you’ll want to take advantage of Roundhay Park. It’s the biggest park in the city by some distance, and in the summer months you’ll find it filled with students and residents of the city who go there to take a break. There’s a playground there if you have kids or young relatives, and if you want to invite the grandparents up then there’s a great landscaped garden that you can walk through. Whilst not technically a walk, Roundhay Park is a must visit when you’re at university.

Temple Newsham

Aside from Roundhay, Temple Newsham is another of the most popular parks that people love to visit whilst they’re in Leeds. The grounds and gardens are absolutely awesome, but the house is worth a visit too and it’s an awesome place to visit with the parents. So, walking around Temple Newsham is a good thing to do when you need some peace of mind.

Various Nature Reserves

There’s a ton of different nature reserves to visit in Leeds, and you should consider visiting them for a day out. Breary Marsh is one of my favorites to visit as it’s an awesome place to visit with your dog too. Whilst it’s not an extensive walk, it’s a really good place to go if you want to get away for a bit. Bear in mind there’s not a ton to do here, so don’t go expecting there’s a ton of different activities to partake in.

Conclusion

Overall, these are just a few of the parks that you can visit whilst you’re at University in Leeds. To make the most out of your time at university, it’s important to enjoy what the city itself has to offer. Walking through the park can be a great way to clear the brain between studying and working, so make sure that you get enough exercise whilst you’re at university.

5 Reasons to Study Astronomy at Leeds University

If you’re looking to study astronomy, then there are a few universities around the UK that you’re going to want to consider. Of course, Oxford and Cambridge are two of the best, but you don’t want to discount other universities automatically. Of course, I’m going to be a little bit biased (as I study here!), but Leeds University is another University that you should consider if you’re living in the UK and you want to study astronomy.

It’s ranked well

Not only does Leeds University have some of the best satisfation scores when it comes down to universities that offer maths and physics programmes, but they rank as one of the top 10 universities for Physics, Maths and Astronomy. So, you can be totally sure that you’re in good hands if you’re attending the university there.

Extra curricular activities

There’s a ton of extra curricular activies that you can do if you’re attending the university and you’re interested in astronomy. You don’t even necessarily need to be interested in astronomy, as a lot of the courses and classes there are targeted at beginners and novices. So, it’s something that you may want to co

The Staff

One of the main reasons that I decided to choose Leeds to study astronomy was my meeting with the course programme leader. He convinced me that it would be a good idea to join the universities, as the teachers there were really passionate about the subject. Boy; was he right!

Many of the staff here are some of the most knowledgeable people that I’ve met, and they definitely know a lot about astronomy. There’s not been a time where I’ve felt like I’ve not been able to ask a question, which is pretty ideal as I’m the type of person that always has a ton of questions!

The students

Maybe I’ve just been lucky in my year, but the vast majority of people that I’ve ended up studying with have been extremely interested in astronomy too. Fortunately, the majority of people that pick astronomy as a subject are majorly interested in it. This means that all of my fellow classmates are passionate about astronomy too, which definitely helps when you’re trying to learn astronomy properly.

The Equipment

Leeds University has a lot of state of the art equipment, which as a student you’ll get access too. Not just within the Science department, but within pretty much every are of the university too (they recently got a new fitness centre that you can use; sweet!).

One of the complusory modules at the university is Stars and Galaxies, which was probably one of my favorite modules. Although I’m kind of a nerd and know all that stuff already, it was really cool to get the chance to go over it – especially with the cool, expensive telescopes they use at the university.

Conclusion

Overall, I’m still extremely happy with my decision to study at the university. It’s been one of the best choices that I’ve made, and I wouldn’t change a thing about it! You can head over and check the course prospectus at their website, which can give you a good idea of the modules that you’ld be studying. But overall, it’s undoubtedly one of the best choice that I’ve made!