Vince Compares Leeds with the University of Sydney

Vince LamWhat subjects did you study at Leeds?

Transport Studies & Media and Communications

What made you choose the University of Leeds as your study abroad destination?

I originally wanted to study in London but considering factors such as cost of living and transport made me rethink my preferences. Looking at the options I had for the UK, Leeds drew my attention for its student union, very positive student life, walkability and affordability. Overall is seemed like an ideal choice.

How would you compare the academic style at the University of Leeds with the University of Sydney?

The academic style at Leeds varied slightly across various aspects. Lectures and seminars (tutorials) are longer and have larger class sizes in Sydney as compared to Leeds. I was used to having a very segmented assessment structure (e.g. participation marks, mid-term exams, group assessments and final exams), however this wasn’t case for Leeds where assessments weighed a lot individually. The teaching style was also different in the sense that classes seemed more interactive in Leeds, but this is probably the case since class sizes were much smaller.

How would you compare the campuses?

The University of Sydney’s campuses have much more open green spaces and is quite spread out . Leeds is more compact and dense – meaning walking between classes wouldn’t take as long as it would back in Sydney.

Did you join any societies at Leeds? If so, which?

I joined the British Born Chinese (BBC) Society.

How would you compare the city of Leeds with the local area of the University of Sydney?

The local area surrounding the University of Sydney is similar but of a larger scale to the area surrounding the University of Leeds. The main USYD campus sits at the edge of the city centre neighbouring the hip suburb of Newtown – where a lot of students hang during breaks and after class (which can be compared to Headingley/Hyde Park).

Leeds is definitely more walkable than Sydney due to it’s size as a city. You can walk to the city centre of Sydney from the main campus but it wouldn’t be as short as a walk to the centre in Leeds. It would be a more ideal and preferable choice to take public transport (train/bus) to the centre in Sydney.

What was your favourite memory of studying at the University of Leeds?

My favourite memory of studying at the University of Leeds would have to be my move-in and freshers week experience. Having lived at home all my life and been very comfortable knowing that I had friends from high school go to the same university as me; moving into my accommodation was quite an enjoyable experience. Followed by the move in were the orientation events during freshers’ week which allowed me to meet so many people from across the UK and around the world.

Would you recommend Leeds to other students at the University of Sydney? If so, why?

Yes. I’d recommend it because it is a destination that is different and serves as an alternative to the big city of London. Exchanging at Leeds provides the ultimate full-campus experience whilst being only a few-minutes walk to the city centre and suburbs. It definitely exceeded my expectations.

by Vince Lam – University of Sydney – Australia



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