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Living in Leeds

The perfect city for lovers of the great outdoors

Costs Summary

  • Cost of living £340.71
  • Housing £1,064.66
  • Transportation £61.00
  • Sport and leisure £47.54
Total £1,513.92
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. - Terry Pratchett

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 L

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.

Interior of Thorntons Arcade Leeds

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.

Most Expensive Streets

  1. Linton Lane, Wetherby LS22
  2. Manor House Lane, Leeds LS17
  3. Roundhay Park Lane, Leeds LS17
  4. Ling Lane, Leeds LS14
  5. Hebers Ghyll Drive, Ilkley LS29

Quality of life

  • Salaries are slightly higher than average
  • Rent is slightly higher than average
  • House prices are lower than average
  • Living costs are slightly higher than average
  • Life expectancy is slightly lower than average for men and women
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  • Avg. monthly salary £1,910
  • Avg. rent £738
  • Pollution Low
  • Avg. house price £325,333
  • Avg. council tax £1,771
  • Internet speed 100 mbps

Demographics

Politics

  • Labour 62%
  • Conservative 23%
  • Brexit Party 6%
  • Liberal Democrat 5%
  • Green 4%

Crime rate in Leeds

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 yo

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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Local Cafes and Restaurants

17 restaurants in Leeds
  1. Holy Ramen Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  2. Tavernaki Bistro Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  3. Stage Espresso Bar Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  4. Red Chilli Restaurant Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  5. Be At One Hotel/bed & breakfast/guest house
  6. Bread And Butter BBQ Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  7. Slap And Pickle Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  8. Jah Jyot Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  9. Almost Famous Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  10. Cuthbert Broderick Pub/bar/nightclub
  11. Leeds Academy Pub/bar/nightclub
  12. Revolution Pub/bar/nightclub
  13. Nation Of Shopkeepers Pub/bar/nightclub
  14. Thai Edge Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  15. Leeds City Museum Cafe Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  16. The Tiled Hall Cafe Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  17. Civic Hall - Members Kitchen Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen

Cost of living in Leeds

Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
Milk£0.81£0.55 - £1.10
Bread£0.86£0.34 - £1.10
Eggs£2.11£1.20 - £2.76
Wine£7.00£5.00 - £9.00
Beer£2.16£1.50 - £3.50
Utilities£137.08£157.00 - £491.50
Preschool cost£758£500 - £1,000

Housing costs

Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
Buy: 2 Bed house£197K£65K - £335K
Rent: 2 Bed house£780 PCM£140 - £1340
Rent HMO£472 PCM£304 - £984

Public Transport costs

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 nameAvg. pricePrice range
One-way ticket£3£2.00 - £3.40
Monthly pass£61£60.00 - £152.17
Taxi starting tariff£2£2.20 - £4.00

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

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.

Top 5 things do in Leeds

Our top 5 things to do in Leeds are:

  1. Visit the Leeds Art Gallery
  2. RHS Garden Harlow Carr
  3. Visit the the Rodley Nature Reserve
  4. Shop at the Kirkgate Quarter
  5. Follow the Owl Trail

Top places to eat in Leeds

Our top places in eat in Leeds are:

  1. Little Bao Boy
  2. Swine That Dines
  3. House of Fu
  4. Matt Healy x The Foundry
  5. Northern Monk Refectory
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Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
Fitness Club£27 pm£19.99 - £50.00
Cinema£8 pp£6.00 - £10.00
Inexpensive restaurant£12 pp£9.00 - £30.00

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.

If you are relocating to Leeds because of work you should ask your employer to help you with the relocation, moving costs etc, and finding a place to stay.

We also recommend that you inform the local council of your move at least a month in advance so you can cancel your council tax.

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.

Moving Costs

The cost of moving to Leeds will vary depending on the day of the week, demand, and where you’re booking from, but on average you should expect to pay around £1 per mile on top of a loading and unloading fee of £800, and around £125 for dismantling and reassembling.

The following moving costs are based on a 3 bedroom family house and include loading and packing.

  • From London to Leeds - £1120
  • From Manchester to Leeds - £969
  • From Liverpool to Leeds - £960
  • From Birmingham to Leeds - £1024
  • From Sheffield to Leeds - £1000
  • From Edinburgh to Leeds - £1147
  • From Glasgow to Leeds - £1146
  • From Cardiff to Leeds - £1126
  • From Swansea to Leeds - £1092
  • From Bath to Leeds - £1118
  • From Bristol to Leeds - £1105

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