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The Ultimate Guide to Leeds

Written by Reviewed by Dave Sayce

2nd May 2017 (Last updated on 19th Jun 2020) 5 minute read

Here at Compare My Move, we want all movers to be fully informed. So long before arranging Leeds house removals, let's get into the basics of why you should move to Leeds in the first place.

With one of the most diverse employment sectors in the UK, a huge nightlife and social scene, and a thriving arts and creatives network, Leeds is a thriving city that offers everything you could possibly want. Leeds is the UK's third largest city, and has one of the largest economies outside of London. Shops, museums, music venues, markets and carnivals are what await you in the city, with a mixture of medieval and modern within the city centre. 

There is plenty of green space too, with parks and open countryside just a short car ride away. Just outside the city, you will find rolling hills and historical sites like Kirkstall and Fountain Abbey.

If you’re looking for work, enterprise and start-ups are incredibly popular in Leeds – it is the birth place of Cleudo and M&S after all! The city is and employment industry is experiencing a lot of development and growth, so there’s a whole host of opportunities for you.

Read on for our ultimate guide to moving to Leeds.

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This article will cover the following:
  1. Facts and Figures
  2. Property in Leeds
  3. Where to Work in Leeds
  4. Where Should You Live in Leeds?
  5. Schools and Education in Leeds
  6. Transport Around Leeds
  7. Entertainment in Leeds
  8. Compare My Move in Leeds

Facts and Figures

  • Average house price: £176,703 - £300,000
  • Average house rent: £950 per month
  • Average flat rent: £575 per month
  • Average cost of meal: £10
  • Average wage: £23,500 per year
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Property in Leeds

Compared to other cities in northern England, Leeds is comparatively expensive.

The average property costs £167,703, with semi-detached houses being the most common properties. Detached properties cost £300,000 or more. If you’re looking to move to a city centre, flats usually start at £600,000.

Generally, rent in Leeds is lower than other major cities. If you’re looking to rent, the average city centre flat costs £575 per month, while properties outside the city centre drop to £425.

The average house located in the city centre will cost £950 per month to rent while outside the city prices drop to just £690 per month.

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Where to Work in Leeds

With average wages of £23,500 a year Leeds is a very affordable place to live, with several sectors of employment to work in.

Leeds is a major centre for employment, with many large scale companies being based within the city. Haircare product manufacturers GHD and ASDA are headquartered in the city, as is First Direct, Leeds Building Society, Yorkshire Bank, and clothing company Republic.

According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, weekly pay for full time workers in Leeds is £536, which boils down to an hourly pay of £13.66. Leeds has a higher density of jobs than the British average, with the latest figures highlighting 485,000 jobs in the city.

The top 5 industries for employment in Leeds according to the ONS is:

  • Retail and vehicle repair (13.1% of jobs)
  • Health and Social work (12.9% of jobs)
  • Support services (12.6% of jobs)
  • Professional and Scientific (10.6% of jobs)
  • Education (9.2% of jobs)

Where Should You Live in Leeds?

If you want to get in the thick of it by living in Leeds city centre, a strong choice is Leeds Waterfront. Converted flats and interesting residential buildings make Leeds Waterfront very attractive to young professionals.

Holbeck is an area to look out for as an inner-city area to live. Intensive (and on-going) regeneration has transformed the area, which has become a sort of hub for creatives in the city.

 In terms of suburbs, Horsforth comes out on top as a popular and well-connected place to live outside of the city centre. Pubs, shops and a thriving atmosphere make this an attractive place to live, with a good choice of schools and amenities.

For those seeking a bit of greenery, Roundhay is another popular Leeds suburb, with access to the green open space of Roundhay Park. A great selection of bars, pubs, shops and restaurants mean you won’t need to leave the suburb. 

*Current Average House Price for December Zoopla
**Current Average monthly asking rent December Zoopla
AreaAsking Price*Rent (PCM)**
Leeds Waterfront£210,552£1,329 pcm
Holbeck£114,040 £558 pcm
Horsforth£283,341£527 pcm
Roundhay£362,010£826 pcm
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Schools and Education in Leeds

If you’re moving to Leeds with your family, you might be looking for a school to enrol your child in. Fortunately, Leeds has a diverse range of independent and state schools to choose from.

Independent schools tend to top the league tables, and are generally found on the outskirts of the city, perfect for commuters. Independent schools that need a mention are Woodhouse Grove School and The Grammar School at Leeds.

For state schools, St Mary's Catholic Comprehensive School, Garforth Academy and Wetherby High School come out on top in terms of pupil achievement at GCSE level.

Transport Around Leeds

You'll be happy to know that local transport links in Leeds are good, with a monthly bus ticket costing just £55. For those cyclists moving to Leeds the city is also bicycle-friendly, so if you enjoy cycling be sure to bring your bike! However, be mindful of your safety as there is more work needed on some of the major roads.

Entertainment in Leeds

Leeds is a major city, so there is always something to do. The large student population and Call Lane club scene means entertainment is plentiful.

If you're moving to Leeds and you enjoy art and culture, there are several theatres, museums and music venues to enjoy. Average food and drink bills are similar to the rest of the UK - you can enjoy a cheap meal at just £10 per person.

Leeds has everything you could possibly want from a city, including entertainment, culture, and even nearby countryside for you to enjoy when you need to escape. Properties are more affordable than other major cities in the UK, and if you’re moving for work, there are several sectors of employment offering many opportunities for you.

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Here at Compare My Move, we this article has informed your about your move to Leeds. Remember to use Compare My Move to get connected with removal companies in your area to make your move to Leeds easy and relaxed. Verified by us and reviewed by you, all Compare My Move removal partners are fully insured as standard, so you can rest assured you'll be in safe hands.

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Zenyx Griffiths

Before Compare My Move, Zenyx once wrote lifestyle and entertainment articles for the online magazine, Society19 as well as news articles for Ffotogallery.

Dave Sayce

Reviewed by Dave Sayce

Co-Founder and Director, Compare My Move

Dave Sayce is the co-founder and director of Compare My Move and has over 10 years of experience in the house removals industry.