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19 Things You'll Remember If You Went To Leeds Uni In The '00s

For all those people who remember Creation, but wish they didn't.

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3. Before heading off to Halo, where it never stopped being weird that there were actual tombs and graves littered around the room.

4. Then on Tuesday nights you could do the whole pound a pint thing all over again. This time in the Dry Dock.


A bar in a boat. Beer that costs a pound. If it wasn't so close to Leeds Met it would have been the perfect bar. (ONLY JOKING MET ALUMNI WE LOVE YOU REALLY.)


5. Spending too much time in The Cockpit.

Whether you were seeing huge names (pretty much every band in the country has played The Cockpit at one time or another) or local acts, or just dancing like a lunatic at Panic! every Wednesday, if you were in Leeds in the '00s you almost certainly spent an evening or two under these iconic arches.

It closed its doors for the final time last September, but you'll always have the memories of sweaty nights spent drinking £1.60 whiskey and cokes. Or not, as the case may be. ❤️

Can't believe how sad I am that I'll never have to queue under that disgusting leaky bridge for a gig again </3 #CockpitMemories

Panic! On a Wednesday night...they sold poppers behind the bar #cockpitmemories

I have no memories of the Cockpit. That's how ace it was #cockpitmemories


6. At a time when Leeds (or at least Yorkshire) was the focal point of the indie scene.

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The Cribs, the Kaiser Chiefs, ¡Forward, Russia!, The Pigeon Detectives, The Sunshine Underground, Hadouken!, and many, many more bands came out of the city (or surrounding areas) during the '00s. Then, of course, there were the little-known Arctic Monkeys from just down the road in Sheffield.

7. Although there were fewer places for bands to play, because what's now the O2 Academy was Creation. *shudders*

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So. Many. Terrible. Memories. These kids today don't know how good they have it!

9. But what the city doesn't have any more is Bondi's infamous revolving dancefloor!

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For just £10 you could drink as much as your body could handle (or more) and jump on board a rotating dancefloor. Sounds like a bad idea, right? Yep. It really was.


Bring back bondi leeds city council! That rotating dance floor shit hole was a right of passage.

10. Getting lost in Oceana.

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One minute you were in a giant ballroom, the next an Alpine ski chalet. And the less said about the room with all the four-poster beds the better. Oceana is another in the long line of '00s venues that no longer exist.

11. And, for some unknown reason, being excited when Gatecrasher opened.

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Both Gatecrasher and Oceana opened at the start of the 2005 academic year, giving students a different (by which I mean depressingly similar) experience to the Tiger Tigers and Bar Risas they were previously used to.

12. Making the terrible decision to go to Evo on a Saturday night.


Any club that put on its own shuttle bus to get there because it was so far out of the way was never going to be a good idea. As horrific as it may have looked at night, there was no more depressing sight than Evolution during daylight hours...


13. Making the surprisingly long trek out to Bodington Hall.

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Leeds Uni's largest halls of residence closed its doors in 2013, but for its tens of thousands of former residents Bodington will always bring back fond memories. Not least because of...

14. The Bod Bar!

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Being home to around 1,200 students, Bodington of course needed its own bar. And what a bar. Just look at the textured wallpaper and stylish blue sofas. Snakebite and black has never tasted so good. RIP Bodington.

Bod bar is the place to be #lovinlife !!!


15. And of course you couldn't have got there without everyone's favourite bus...the 95!


Going from the town centre to Bodington Hall, everyone who lived in Headingley or beyond became very familiar with the number 95. So many songs. So much vomit. They really were the days of our lives. Or something.

Sure there were pretenders. The 96. The 1. Even the 28. But there was only one 95. With the closure of Bodington the 95 also ceased to exist. Is nothing sacred?!

17. But of course when it came to campus, there was only one place to be.

Oh, Fruity. What fun we had. Drinking pints of Woodpecker out of luminous plastic pint glasses while people inexplicably queued up to dance on the stage. Fridays have never quite been the same since.

18. And finally, no Leeds Uni experience was complete without stumbling along the Otley Run at least once every couple of weeks.

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Eighteen pubs. Eighteen drinks. No memories. Plenty of regrets. Whether it was to get to know your flatmates in first-year Freshers' Week or showing it off to your friends from home when they came to visit, if you went to uni in Leeds there's a good chance that some of your happiest times happened on this small stretch of Otley Road.

Even today you can't sit in The Oak on a Saturday afternoon without seeing huge groups of bafflingly young people trying (and probably failing) to conquer the nation's finest pub crawl.


3 Showers later, the pen is still visible #otleyrunproblems