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Overall ranking: 114th out of 126 in the Complete University Guide for 2016.

History: First appeared in 1824 as the Leeds Mechanics Institute, becoming Leeds Institute of Science, Art and Literature in 1897, and afterwards the Leeds College of Technology. Another early component was the Leeds College of Art (founded in 1846) which was to become one of the leading schools of art in the country, nurturing the talents of internationally renowned artists including Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. A year earlier in 1845, Leeds College of Commerce was founded. The Yorkshire Training School of Cookery was founded in 1874. These four colleges were brought together in the late 1960s and became known as the Central Colleges of Art, Commerce, Housecraft and Technology: they were to form Leeds Polytechnic in 1970. This joined forces with Carnegie College and the City of Leeds Training College to form Leeds Met in 1992. Leeds Metropolitan University will be re-named as Leeds Becket University in September 2014.

Address: The university has campuses in the Civic Quarter of Leeds and in Headingley. A number of milestone buildings have been developed in the city centre, including the Rose Bowl, home of Leeds Business School, behind Leeds Civic Hall. Nearby Headingley Carnegie Stadium acts as a mini campus and acts as a base for teaching rooms and sports coaching educational facilities within the university's Carnegie Stand, and is also home to a new development, The Carnegie Pavilion, which combines media and hospitality facilities for Yorkshire County Cricket Club and teaching space for the university.

Ambience: Students have fun in this hectic, party city. Headingley Campus nestles in 100 acres of woodland and is home to the famed Carnegie sports centre. The Civic Quarter campus has been given a new lease of life with The Rose Bowl and Broadcasting Place, the new flagship buildings to replace concrete tower blocks, and is also home to the state-of-the-art Leslie Silver library, containing 2,300 study spaces.

Who's the boss? Vice-chancellor Professor Susan Price, a linguistics expert who speaks six European languages. She is the first female vice-chancellor in the university's history.

Prospectus: 0113 812 3113 or order one online here.

UCAS code: L27

What you need to know

Easy to get into? Courses ask for between 240 and 320 UCAS tariff points, with the university taking applicant's passion for the subject and potential to succeed into consideration too.

Vital statistics: Over 28,200 students from almost 100 countries, with more than 13,500 full-time undergraduates. 6,500 part-time students.

Added value: The university is known for its broad range of pioneering partnerships, which encompass the worlds of sport, business, education and the arts. Its Carnegie sports facilities are among the best in the country and the university is home to the UK Centre for Coaching Excellence.

All undergraduate courses have been redeveloped to include at least two weeks' work-based learning and have three graduate attributes embedded – so graduates are digitally literate, enterprising and global outlook. Employers are involved in the development of many of the courses, to ensure students learn the skills that future employers look for. An annual Employability Conference launched in 2013 offering opportunities for additional qualifications, networking, attending guest lectures and jobs and careers fairs.

The university’s City Campus has seen a £100 million transformation over the past five years, with the opening of the award winning Rose Bowl and Broadcasting Place. The futuristic lecture theatre complex next to Leeds Civic Hall now houses the business school, while Broadcasting Place is home to the Faculty of Arts and Society. The former BBC building next door reopened as Old Broadcasting House and hosts the Enterprise Office. The university has also redeveloped its Campus Central area at Headingley Campus in the past 12 months with updated Student Hub areas and refreshment facilities.

Teaching: 113th out of 126 for student satisfaction with teaching quality in the Complete University Guide.

Graduate prospects: 108th out of 126 with 55.2 per cent finding graduate level employment on completing their degree.

Any accommodation? A guaranteed place in one of the 4,000 beds available for all first year undergraduate students who have accepted a place. Prices range from £85 to £165, depending on how much you want to spend. Prices include utilities.

Cheap to live there? Not bad, with private rentals available from around £69 per week that the university can assist in arranging.

Transport links: Leeds is at the crossroads of the M1 and M62. The train to London takes two hours. Budget flights with Ryanair, Jet 2 and BMI leave from nearby Leeds Bradford Airport.

Fees: £9,000 for full-time home and EU undergraduates starting in 2014.

Bursaries: Leeds Metropolitan offers scholarships through the National Scholarship Programme of £6,000 (spread over three years) to new students with household incomes of less than £25,000. See here and find out if you're eligible.

The fun stuff

Nightlife: The city centre alone has more than 90 restaurants and cafés, 21 major hotels, four renowned theatres, and over 180 pubs and bars. The university also has a vibrant reputation as a live music venue. The 400+ capacity Met Bar is the hub of student life on the City Centre campus and well worth many a visit.

Price of a pint: £2.40 is the average price across the city but head to the renowned students' union for pints from just £1.50.

Sporting reputation: Very sporty, at 10th place in the current BUCS league of 145 universities and colleges.

Notable societies: Audio Active is a fantastic place to learn and exhibit your DJ skills before unleashing them on one of Leeds' numerous clubs.

Glittering alumni: Sculptors Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth; artist Charlotte Harris (winner of the 2003 National Portrait Gallery BP Portrait Award); Jeremy Dyson, creator of The League of Gentlemen; Marc Almond, musician with Soft Cell; Ricky Wilson (Kaiser Chiefs); author Jack Higgins; Peter Cattaneo, director of The Full Monty. Sporting stars include Brendan Foster, Austin Healy, and Dee Caffari, the first woman to sail around the world in both directions.

Alternative prospectus: Check out how current Leeds Metropolitan students rate aspects of their university experience on What Uni?, from facilities and lecturers to city life and eye candy.