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Living in Leeds

The perfect city for lovers of the great outdoors

About Leeds

The city of Leeds lies in the heart of West Yorkshire, on the River Aire. The city is surrounded by three beautiful, sprawling national parks: the Yorkshire Dales, the North Yorks Moors & Peak District National Park. Despite it’s close connections to the countryside, Leeds is the largest city in Yorkshire. This makes it the perfect place for professionals and young families who love to explore the great outdoors. Leeds is a commercial and creative hub. Not only is it home to three prestigious universities, it’s also the only city outside of London to have it’s own repertory theatre, ballet, and opera companies. On top of this, Rough Guides voted Leeds the best location in the UK for shoppers. Architecturally, Leeds blends classic 19th Century buildings with modern developments. You’ll find old Victorian arcades, and state of the art shopping destinations, old, red-brick homes, and modern high rises.
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Avg. monthly wage
£1,867
Avg. rent
£726
Pollution
Low
Avg. house price
£162,667
Avg. council tax
£1,771
Internet speed
100 mbps

Crime rate

Every city has its share of crime, and Leeds is no different. Rates of violent & sexual crime are particularly high in Leeds. However, most of this is concentrated in the very centre of the city. Much of the surrounding area has a significantly lower level of reported crime.
Crime rating
Very high crime
Crimes last 12m
4162
Crimes per thousand
1071

The local area

You can explore the main attractions in Leeds by following the ‘Owl Trail’: a self-guided walk signposted by intricately carved owls leading you to a number of the city’s main attractions. Or, if you’re after a break from the bustling city centre, head to one of Leeds' 200 green spaces. 700-acre Roundhay Park is a particular favourite with locals.
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Things to do
17 restaurants in Leeds
Holy Ramen
Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
Tavernaki Bistro
Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
Stage Espresso Bar
Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
Red Chilli Restaurant
Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
Be At One
Hotel/bed & breakfast/guest house
Bread And Butter BBQ
Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
Slap And Pickle
Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
Jah Jyot
Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
Almost Famous
Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
Cuthbert Broderick
Pub/bar/nightclub
Leeds Academy
Pub/bar/nightclub
Revolution
Pub/bar/nightclub
Nation Of Shopkeepers
Pub/bar/nightclub
Thai Edge
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Leeds City Museum Cafe
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The Tiled Hall Cafe
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Civic Hall - Members Kitchen
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Cost of living

Item name
Avg. price
Price range
Milk
£0.82
£0.60 - £1.10
Bread
£0.86
£0.34 - £1.20
Eggs
£1.98
£1.20 - £3.60
Wine
£7.00
£5.00 - £9.00
Beer
£2.03
£1.50 - £3.30
Utilities
£117.83
£157.00 - £491.50
Preschool cost
£767
£500 - £1,000

Housing

Item name
Avg. price
Price range
Buy: 2 Bed house
£197K
£65K - £335K
Rent: 2 Bed house
£780 PCM
£140 - £1340
Rent HMO
£472 PCM
£304 - £984

Public Transport

Leeds has an extensive bus network that serves both the city and the surrounding area. If you’re looking to head further afield you can travel to most major cities from Leeds train station. York is just 20 minutes by train, and London just over 2 hours. Leeds Bradford Airport provides a direct airline service to over 70 destinations worldwide. It’s an 8-mile drive from Leeds City Centre, or there is a regular shuttle bus: the ‘Flying Tiger 757’.
Item name
Avg. price
Price range
One-way ticket
£3
£2.00 - £3.50
Monthly pass
£61
£58.00 - £152.17
Taxi starting tariff
£2
£2.20 - £3.00

Leisure

Leeds residents are spoilt for choice when it comes to leisure. Weekends are well-spent exploring one of the city’s famous museums, such as: The Royal Armouries (which has the UK’s largest collection of armour and artillery), or the Henry Moore Institute. Or, take advantage of Leeds' thriving food scene with a bite at one of the many independent cafes in the centre. If sport is more your thing, Headingley Stadium complex should be your first port of call. It’s home to an internationally famous cricket ground & rugby stadium. Or head to Elland Road, to see Leeds United Football Club in action.
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Item name
Avg. price
Price range
Fitness Club
£29 pm
£15.00 - £50.00
Cinema
£9 pp
£5.00 - £10.00
Inexpensive restaurant
£12 pp
£9.00 - £25.00

Moving to Leeds

Despite its importance for employment in the North, the cost of living in Leeds is slightly lower than average for the UK. Expect to pay around £200,000 for the average 2-bed house, or £780 a month in rent. However, you’ll find prices vary across the city. For example, you’re more likely to find cheaper, student-friendly accommodation about 1.5 miles from the centre in Headingley and larger, more expensive homes in Alwoodey. To make moving house less stressful, remember to book your removals company or van hire far in advance. It can be cheaper to move on a weekday, and to do as much of the packing as you can yourself.

Help and information

Settling into a new neighbourhood can be tricky, but there’s lots of support out there.
Find a GP
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Leeds council
Costs Summary
Cost of living
£333.00
Housing
£1,045.41
Transportation
£61.00
Sport and leisure
£49.97
Total
£1,489.38
A good banana daiquiri is hard to come by. I've only ever found one place in this country that makes a proper one, and that's in Leeds.
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