Living and working in Leeds

Located in the heart of the UK, Leeds is more than just the UK’s third-biggest city.

This bustling city is host to world-class events, a thriving live music and nightlife scene, glorious Victorian shopping arcades, pioneering theatre, breathtaking ballet and leading 20th century art.

With a population of over 784,000 people, Leeds is now the 2nd largest Metropolitan district in England. The city was also rated as the second best city in the country for people aged under 30 to live and work in the 2018 Liveability Index, based on the cost of living and working, satisfaction with work and commuting, and general happiness levels.

Leeds has become a hub of public-sector health bodies. The Department of Health, NHS England, the Care Quality Commission, NHS Digital, and Public Health England all have offices in Leeds. Europe’s largest teaching hospital is also based in Leeds, and is home to the Yorkshire Cancer Centre, the largest of its kind in Europe.

The average price for property in Leeds stood at £215,049 in February 2019. In terms of property types, flats in Leeds sold for an average of £162,698 and terraced houses for £149,075. The most popular areas in Leeds are the suburbs of Horsforth, which is popular with young professionals. Chapel Allerton has something for singles and families and Roundhay with its parks is also popular with both families and singles. The newly developed Waterfront has lovely apartments for singles and couples with everything right on the doorstep.

The city’s rich culture and enchanting streets and parks fired the imagination of JRR Tolkien, The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings author. Museums include the Royal Armouries Museum, the Industrial Museum and the Leeds City Museum. There are also the stately homes of Harewood House and Kirkstall Abbey which are open to visitors, meaning there is always something to see in the city.

The city centre is host to high street brands, designer stores, independent boutiques and market stalls all within walking distance of each other. For a bigger shopping experience the spectacular Trinity Leeds shopping centre is the size of 13 football pitches, covers one million square feet and is home to over 120 shops, cafes, restaurants, bars and the largest Everyman cinema in Britain.

If you’re a sports fan, why not catch a match at Elland Road and watch Leeds United play football, or if rugby’s your game, the Leeds Rhinos are one the UK’s most popular Rugby Union teams. For music lovers, there’s the O2 Academy, and each year also sees one half the infamous Leeds festival taking place, drawing in music fans from across the country.

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