Living in Leeds

Living in Leeds

Leeds is a vibrant city with a population of more than 750,000, offering a superb place to live, work and study. One of the fastest growing urban centres in the UK, it was recently identified by One Family’s Liveability Index as one of the UK’s top two cities for young adults to make their home.

Job opportunities in Leeds are plentiful, with financial and professional services employing over 124,000, the greatest concentration of these industries outside London. The creative sector provides work for almost 53,000 people across the Leeds City Region, so it’s no surprise that in 2018 Channel 4 named Leeds as the home of its new national headquarters. Initial forecasts suggest this move could lead to the creation of over 1,200 jobs and an economic impact of more than £1bn over the next decade across the city region.

Excellent transport links make it easy to do business around the country and internationally. Leeds is a central hub for the motorway network and London is just over two hours away by train. Direct flights to over 75 destinations from Leeds Bradford International Airport connect you to the world.

Widely seen as the shopping capital of the north, Leeds offers a retail experience to suit all tastes with a range of designer, high street and quirky independent shops, in the city and suburban centres. You can sample cuisines from around the world with restaurants, cafés, pubs and street food appealing to every budget and palate.

In 2017, The Times named Leeds as the UK’s best cultural place to live, with many arts organisations based in the city. You can enjoy drama, dance, music and art thanks to Opera North, the Northern Ballet, the Leeds Playhouse and the Henry Moore Institute to name just a few, together with a thriving grassroots arts scene.

The city has plenty to offer sports fans, being home to Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Leeds Rhinos rugby league team and Leeds United FC, with several racecourses within easy reach. Leeds hosted the Grand Départ for the Tour de France in 2014, which has left a legacy of cycling routes, clubs and events in the region.

Leeds is a superb base for lovers of the great outdoors too. There are many parks and green spaces within the city and open countryside on your doorstep. The Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors are a short drive away.

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