Where To Live In Leeds
Whether you’re a student or a professional, Leeds has a lot to offer. Three highly-acclaimed universities, a wide array of jobs in the financial, digital, retail and manufacturing spheres and good transport links to other northern economic hubs like Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle, all add up to attractive reasons to begin your career in Leeds.
As with any city, where you decide to live will make a big difference to your experience of the city, and this guide is intended to help you make the right decision. If you need more advice, contact a local Leeds letting firm, who will be able to help you choose a place that matches your requirements and individual circumstances.
Leeds has a thriving student population, and since two of the major universities (Leeds Metropolitan and the University of Leeds) are situated almost right next to one another, many students live in the surrounding areas of Woodhouse, Hyde Park, Headingley and Burley. All of these areas are well-served by bus routes, shopping centres and pubs, while affordability varies depending on the area.
Probably the most expensive region is Headingley, but the extra expense comes with a few benefits – Headingley is a bohemian little town in itself, with plenty of student amenities and night spots. Hyde Park and Woodhouse have fewer shops, but tend to be cheaper and closer to the universities. They have some great facilities of their own, like the Hyde Park Picture House and Brudenell Social Club.
Most professionals in Leeds want to live near the city centre, putting them in easy reach of the train station and the main office complexes – not to mention the many vibrant nightclubs, pubs and bars. The city centre is also home to dozens of designer outlets and independent boutiques, making it ideal for the shopaholic in all of us.
City centre residences are usually centred around the waterfront – the Clarence Dock, Granary Wharf and Brewery Wharf developments offer hundreds of stylish, modern apartments to choose from, and are close by trendy nightspots like Oracle and The Hop. If you are looking to live further afield, Moor Allerton, Horsforth and Guiseley are all popular with young professionals.