11th February 2016

Student Life in Wakefield

A huge part of choosing your University degree is the location. It’s important to feel comfortable with your surroundings, and satisfied by the facilities offered by the town or city. Remember, you’re away from friends and family for the next few years, so it’s nice to be able to call this place ‘home’ in the meantime. Backstage Academy is based between Sheffield and Leeds, in the city of Wakefield – here is some insight into the city, and what you can expect if you move here.

Wakefield boasts a very communal feel. The city is full of friendly faces and independent businesses, whilst only being a short journey away from bigger cities like Leeds and Sheffield. A complimenting hybrid of countryside and urban areas, Wakefield appeals to thousands of students already. Here are some of the cities main attractions:

Sports – If fitness is your thing, there are several gyms in Wakefield, and many more in Leeds. Wakefield of course is home of Super League rugby team, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats. If you’re a fan of all things water, (kayaking, sailing and windsurfing) you have to try out Pugneys Country Park. A few miles down the road is Elland Road and Leeds United, and not much further is Headingley Stadium (a.k.a Yorkshire County Cricket Club). You could also venture south towards Barnsley and Sheffield, both of which have football teams in the shape of Barnsley FC, Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday. There’s also the infamous Ponds Forge International Sports Centre – ex-training ground of Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill.

Music – Wakefield is the birthplace of indie rockers ‘The Cribs’, and they have set quite the scene throughout the city. Check out The Hop and Unity Works for the best in live music in the city. Further afield in Leeds there is something for everyone. Whether you want to watch a big name at Leeds Arena, check out the touring bands at the 02 Academy, or experience the Leeds Festival weekend, you’re only 15 minutes away by train from Wakefield Westgate. There are several different scenes around the city, Leeds attracts some of the biggest dance names around the world to play at Mint Club. In fact, the names got so big, they had to make an annual festival to compensate for all of the pundits. Whatever you listen to, whatever atmosphere you want to be in, we guarantee you’ll find something here.

Shopping – From Wakefield’s brand new Trinity Walk shopping centre to Sheffield’s Meadowhall complex, you won’t be short of places to shop if you live in Wakefield. Whether you’re looking for an expensive present, some quick home essentials or a food shop, you’re guaranteed to find what you need here.

Arts/CultureWakefield is the home to Hepworth Gallery and its own museum. Further afield is the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, National Coal Mining Museum, Yorkshire Wildlife Park and many, many more. Yorkshire also hosts some of the biggest cultural events in Europe, including Leeds Film Festival and Sheffield DocFest. You’ll honestly have to come and check it out for yourself, there are thousands of attractions, events and activities in and around Wakefield to choose from.

Travel – You can travel in just about any way you like. There are regular buses, coaches and trains in and out of Wakefield. Travel from Wakefield to London in just over 2 hours! If you fancy travelling further afield, Leeds Bradford International Airport is only a short distance away.

Wakefield is the perfect starting location for any student. We’ve only scratched the surface on what’s on offer here, there’s still so much more that we haven’t even mentioned. Most things are only a stone throw away and it doesn’t cost too much to live here! So why not come and have a look via an open day, or get yourself to Yorkshire and explore it for yourself!