Living and working in Leeds

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Leeds is often called ‘the London of the North’. The city is the cultural, financial and commercial heart of West Yorkshire and is the UKs largest centre for business, legal, and financial services outside London. Leeds has a vibrant population of different ethnicities and cultures – the transient student population also makes it a lively place to be.

Work in Leeds

Leeds used to be one of the industrial powerhouses of the north, with mining and manufacturing at its heart. After the 80’s, however, the economy in Leeds took a downward turn. It is now doing well again, with the service sector taking the lead. Striving since the 90’s to be the ‘capital of the north’ and to achieve a ’24 hour European city’ economy, Leeds is now well out of the doldrums and thriving. Retail jobs in Leeds are often available thanks to a healthy shopping habit that the city and its tourists maintain. Recruitment for legal jobs in Leeds is also big business thanks to its large legal sector. Leeds jobs have high competition – with an above average number of people seeking work in relation to vacancies compared to the national average.


By car

The M62 and M1 are the main motorways into Leeds. The inner ring road (A58) is part A road and part motorway and forms a semicircle around the city centre and was designed to alleviate heavy congestion around the centre of Leeds. Parking in the centre is divided between public and private car parks. You can find parking in Leeds using the NCP car park finder.

Public transport

Leeds bus station is located to the rear of Kirkgate market. The main operators are First Leeds and Arriva Yorkshire West, providing regular services throughout the city centre, suburbs and further afield. There is also a free city centre bus that runs between the shopping, finance and cultural districts. Leeds City Station is the main train station and is a major transport hub of the city, due for inclusion in future high speed rail links.

Places to live

City Centre

The shopping mecca of the north is well pedestrian-ised , making it easy to get around between the many shops, bars, restaurants and attractions. A good place to live if you like being in the thick of things.


Popular with students and young professionals, Headingly is a thriving place in its own right, with a great range of pubs, bars, shops, cafes and even its own cinema.

Hyde Park

Situated between the two universities, this is a student heartland. Hyde Park offers a good balance between the green spaces and big properties, combined with late night take-aways and student entertainment.


Burley is great for those on a budget. With a relatively low cost of living, modest properties, cheap local facilities and discount shops – Burley is a bargain!

Chapel Allerton

An area on the up, Chapel Allerton has become a trendy urban village, popular with students, young professionals and families. You won’t be stuck for something to eat here, boasting countless excellent restaurants.


With affordable house prices and excellent public transport links, Kirkstall is an increasingly sought after area.


Meanwood Valley Nature Reserve is a large area greenbelt parkland that proves to be a key selling point for those moving to Meanwood. More affordable than neighbouring Headingly, but still buzzing.


Affluent, pricey – but certainly worth the cost according to residents! Famous for its park and many grand residences.


Excellent up and coming area with great transport links to the city centre, universities, M1 and M62 plus the A65 corridor. Reasonable rents and rates.


Home to Leeds University, it’s hard to beat Woodhouse as an area for students and young professionals. Leafy and green but buzzing and full of places to go and things to do.


Art Galleries and Museums

Leeds Art Gallery, houses a world class collection of 20th century British art as well as exciting temporary exhibitions. You can experience the sights and sounds of life in Victorian Leeds in the year 1880 at Abbey House Museum. Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills is one of the largest textile museums in the world. Set in Parkland along the banks of the River Aire, Kirkstall Abbey is one of the most complete examples of a medieval Cistercian abbey in Britain. Leeds City Museum offers a world of discovery with four floors of interactive galleries and exhibitions.

Cinema and theatre

Leeds Grand Theatre and the Carriageworks Theatre both offer the best touring productions and top name acts. For the best in children’s theatre, visit Carriageworks Theatre offers a dedicated programme of productions for children, run by a group of volunteers. West Yorkshire playhouse is a great venue for contemporary, classical and innovative theatre.

Vue, Showcase and Empire all offer the latest blockbusters and Hollywood romances. Leeds is lucky to be home to many independent cinemas, such as The Cottage Road Cinema in Headingly and The Hyde Park Picture House.

Top 5 Restaurants in Leeds

  • Livebait 0113 244 4144

    A fresh, innovative approach to seafood located in The Calls.

  • Chino Latino 0113 380 4080

    Excellent Asian fusion food with a hip latino cocktail bar – what more could you ask for?

  • Brasserie Forty 4 0113 234 3232

    Chic yet informal Mediterranean restaurant located on the waterfront in The Calls.

  • Art’s Cafe Bar 0113 243 8243

    Foodie, arty, laid back and friendly. Located near the Corn Exchange, book early to avoid disappointment!

  • Tiger Tiger 0113 236 6999

    Serving food from around the globe, this venue takes entertainment seriously – a huge venue with several bars and lounge areas with a lively late night club in the basement.


Leeds has a strong sporting heritage, with football, rugby and cricket at its heart. Leeds United FC play at Elland Road. Leeds Rhinos are the successful local Rugby League team, while Leeds Carnegie play in the Rugby Union at Headingly Stadium. The headquarters of the Rugby Football League are based in Leeds. Yorkshire County Cricket club enjoys a fierce local following and plays at Headingly Stadium. Golf is also popular in Leeds, with over 20 golf courses within a 30 minute drive of the city centre.

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