With cheap drinks, confetti canons and booming music until the early hours, these parties are truly a rite of passage.
There’s never a boring night in Leeds, with student nights spanning the whole week, one thing’s certain – you’ll more than get your fill. A tropical-themed 80s wonderland, a noughties singalong and a bingo night that’s also a UV rave – when it comes to student nights, Leeds knows how to throw a party. Whether you’re a fresher on the hunt for the best club in the city or a third-year looking for a new place to cut some shapes with your mates, cheap-as-chips drinks and good times are guaranteed at these unmissabthele events.
Hashtag Parties at Cargo
The Cargo calendar will be decked out for the entire academic year with nightly Hashtag Parties, from #Mondays through #Sundays. The music policy is strictly hip-hop, afro-beats, house and club bangers, so get on your best going out-out fit and get warmed up. Tickets go from £5 up to £10, so be sure to get yours in good time. With £2 sours shots, £4 alcopops and £3.50 CBD-infused lager, you’re in for a wallet-friendly treat.
Hashtag Parties, Cargo, The Light, 117 Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8DY.
Quids In at Pryzm
If you’ve blown your student loan but still want a quality night out, head to Quids In Mondays at Pryzm. You’ll only need £1 to get in before 12pm and drinks are just as cheap – VKs, vodka and Jung-bombs (faux Jäger) all start from £1.50. Pryzm is a huge club, so you have plenty of space to cut some shapes to their playlist of guilty pleasure anthems, R&B beats and indie throwbacks spun by some of Leeds’ finest DJ talent.
Quids In, Pryzm, 16-18 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8LX.
Space Tuesdays at The Space
On a tight budget? Space Tuesdays is the night for you. With entry prices starting at £5, drinks from just £1 all night long and the freshest mix of urban beats to keep you going until 5am, it’s all you need for an insane night out, without splashing the cash. This is a hands-in-the-air rave with CO2 blasters to add to the already insane atmosphere. So, if you’re a fan of house and hip-hop, you’ll be in for one hell of a night.
Space Tuesdays, The Space, 11A Hirst’s Yard, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 96J.
Lollipop Wednesdays at Leeds University Union
Don’t wait for the weekend. Join in the hottest hump day celebration in Leeds – Lollipop Wednesdays. The lights are turned low and the speakers up at Leeds University Union every Wednesday, for a night of legendary mash-ups featuring all your pop faves. A ticket will run you £6, but the drinks are cheap and the memories everlasting. This a night for lots of dancing and singalongs, so warm up your feet and your vocals and let out your inner Swiftie.
Lollipop Wednesdays, Leeds University Union, Lifton Place, Woodhouse, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 9JZ.
Indie Thursdays at the O2 Academy
Indie Thursdays? It’s only one of Leeds’ biggest student nights out that doesn’t involve EDM. You can trip the light fantastic to all the indie rock icons, from the Arctic Monkeys to Blossoms and Gorillaz, in one of the city’s most iconic gig venues – the O2 Academy. Think multicoloured lights and a laidback vibe with plenty of singalong ops. Tickets come in at just £6 but sell out quick, so act fast to grab yours.
Indie Thursdays, O2 Academy, 55 Cookridge Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AW.
Nocturnal at Mint
So it’s not quite the weekend yet, but that doesn’t mean you should stay at home – and you don’t have to. Nocturnal is Mint’s Thursday night student special and your new go-to for a mid-week boogie. Blasting endless house, techno, and DNB tunes, it’s the perfect night for any student raver. Tickets are student budget-friendly, starting from £4.50, and the drinks are cheap too. Forget Friday plans, they’re done for.
Nocturnal, Mint Warehouse, Aquatite House, Water Lane, Holbeck, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 9UD.
Skint Thursdays at The Space
Well and truly skint? The Space have got just the thing. Skint Thursdays is one of the most in-demand Thursday nights in Leeds, mainly because of its unrivalled value for money, penny-pinching drink offers and two rooms of non-stop slammers. The Main Room provides the ultimate party mash-up, while Room 2 will bring you all things R&B and hip-hop. So, lace up your dancing shoes (trainers are highly recommended) and head out into Space.
Skint Thursdays, The Space, 11A Hirst’s Yard, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 96J.
Fuel at The Key Club
Calling all rock fans – this is the student night in Leeds for you. On Fridays, the DJs at Fuel blast out all your favourite alt tunes. In Room 1, you can get down to the likes of Fall Out Boy, Paramore and My Chemical Romance. But if you like it heavier, metal titans Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Metallica can be heard in Room 2. It’s £4 on the door and 3 for £7 Jager shots all night, with other drinks from £2.80.
Fuel, The Key Club, 66 Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8LW.
Paradiso Fridays at The Space
Nothing beats that Friday feeling, especially after a week of never-ending lectures, so grab your mates, a drink and let it all go for the weekend. Catch a flight (or a bus) to Paradiso every Friday at The Space. With entry starting at £6, drinks from just £1 and all things pink and tropical, they’ve got everything you need for an insane night out. You can dance the night away under the club’s famous ceiling lights to non-stop house, dance, R&B and Motown.
Paradiso Fridays, The Space, 11A Hirst’s Yard, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 96J.
Fruity at Leeds University Union
Fruity is the place to be on a Friday. It’s one of Leeds’ longest running and most iconic student nights out. Every weekend, the Leeds University Union is transformed into one of the hottest party venues in town. We’re talking three rooms of music, so there’s something for everyone, whether you’re an R&B fan or you love a good singalong. Weekly drink deals mean it’s too cheap to pass up – shots and vodka mixers are just £2. Cheers to that!
Fruity, Leeds University Union, University Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 9JZ.
Sunday Shutdown at Cargo
While the rest of Leeds sleeps, the weekend shows no signs of slowing down at Cargo. Cocktails, ice-cold beers and some of the best chart-topping music are on the roaster for the weekly Sunday Shutdown. Quality music and a proper passion for parties bring the students of Leeds together, with space for over 2,500, a location that’s ideal for bus-takers and multiple themed rooms. Plus, student entry will take a mere £3 out of your back pocket.
Sunday Shutdown, Cargo, The Light, 117 Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8DY.
Sunday Joint at The HiFi Club
Love a bit of soul? The legendary Sunday Joint has played host to some of the greatest soul, Latin, hip-hop, funk and salsa parties for over 20 years. Each and every Sunday there’s live music and DJs playing until 4am, so you can finish your weekend off in style. Past guests include Nyah Grace, Gentleman’s Dub Club, Haggis Horns and Submotion Orchestra. Entry is free after 8pm, so you can get into it, even on a student budget.
Sunday Joint, The HiFi Club, 2 Central Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DE.
It’s not officially a Leeds student night, but Bongo’s Bingo couldn’t be left off this list. Clubbing and bingo rolled into one, this is an utterly bonkers night of fun every month at the O2 Academy. You’ll belt out High School Musical classics, wave glow sticks and even take part in epic dance battles as you try to get a full house. There are some equally crazy prizes up for grabs, so you could be going home with a gigantic toy unicorn or even £500 in cash.
Bongo’s Bingo, O2 Academy Leeds, 55 Cookridge Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AW. General release tickets cost £7 plus a £3 booking fee.