What makes Leeds one of the best places to live in the UK? What makes this area great for nature lovers and urbanites? We’ve put together a list of 15 reasons you should live in Leeds. So, what makes Leeds such a great place to live? Let’s check it out!
1). Leeds is in Yorkshire
What’s special about Yorkshire, you may ask? Yorkshire is a land filled with everything from natural beauty such as stunning, windswept landscapes, to the culture, charm and entertainment found in its cities, including Leeds. You can find everything you want or need in this beautiful region. Of course, this particular point isn’t only about Leeds, but you can see the city’s located in an area that has everything to offer. You can go for a hike in the morning and afternoon, and in the evening enjoy fine dining and theatre. What’s not to like?
2). The air’s nice and clean
When the air quality is so bad that Londoners are told to stay inside, you won’t have to worry. Leeds rarely has bad air quality days. You’ll enjoy breaths of fresh air, while the people down south have to wear gas masks just to run errands.
3). The city is green
Do you enjoy picnics and walking in the woods, but still enjoy urban life? Leeds has you covered. You’ll find beautiful parks with real grass, places such as Roundhay Park (we couldn’t help but mention this great place—be sure to visit!) and more. You’ll have the best of both worlds when living in Leeds.
4). Organic & fresh farm foods
Remember we mentioned that Leeds sits in the middle of a region filled with natural wonders? Did we forget to mention that the land arounds Leeds is home to farms, where you can find organic fruits and veggies, farm fresh meats and fresh eggs? You can buy directly from the farmers here or have organic, fresh food delivered right to your doorstep. What could be better?
5). The night life
What can we say—Leeds is a great place if you enjoy night life! You’ll find an almost unlimited number of bars and nightclubs in the city. In fact, the city has the honour of being voted the UK’s best nightlife spot for several years in a row. You’ll find everything on offer, including real ale! If you’re young or old—you’ll find a spot that suits you. Just be a little adventurous and look around for places you enjoy. Chances are you’ll enjoy the drinks, the music and dancing—all while making some fun new friends. Oh, and the drinks don’t cost an arm and a leg…or another arm!
6). The food
After mentioning the nightlife, now we have to mention that you’ll find wonderful food in Leeds. You can enjoy everything from fine cuisine to fast food, and more. Another secret—Leeds is known for its delectable street food. Check out the variety available, including the most recent iteration of street food, indoor street food. Check out the food scene and you’re bound to gain a few pounds. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!
7). The culture
You won’t be disappointed by what’s on offer in the city when it comes to culture. Here, you can visit various theaters, both modern and traditional. Visit and shop the beautiful historic arcades. Leeds also offers a wealth of historical sites and museums. And you’ll find one of the oldest cinemas in the UK, where you can still watch a film! Don’t forget to check out Kirkstall Abbey, with it’s haunting ruins and lovely park. Leeds offers culture on so many levels—you’ll have fun exploring them all!
8). The shopping
Did we mention you can shop till you drop in Leeds? This city is the retail hub for Yorkshire, and you’ll find it’s also one of the busiest shopping areas in the UK. You can literally shop till you drop, or at least until your wallet’s empty. The shops offer everything from fine designers and high-end retailers to the more everyday kinds of shopping places. You’ll be able to enjoy the Trinity Leeds Shopping Centre, historical shopping arcades and more.
9). The walking
If you enjoy a good walk, then you’ll find Leeds a great place to get around. It’s said you can walk almost anywhere in under a half an hour. Everything is centrally located and the city’s size makes it the perfect place to get around without a car, the metro, etc. In spite of its small size, it’s packed with places to visit and things to see. You won’t be bored in this beautiful city!
10). Friendly people
It’s said that the friendliest people are found in Yorkshire. This is a place where no one’s a stranger and everyone’s made welcome. Not only that, but everyone’s polite, greets one another and more.
11). Great for networking
When it comes to business, you’ll find excellent networking opportunities in Leeds. Multinational companies are setting up offices in the city, and don’t forget the tech companies. You’ll find this region is the fourth largest tech sector in the country.
12). Transportation hub
Leeds is one of the largest transport hubs in the country, where it’s easy to find train going almost anywhere you’d like to visit in the UK. Le.eds International airport also makes it easy to fly in and out of the region. It’s easy to get in and out of the city and find some form of transportation going your way.
13). It’s affordable
Leeds and the surrounding region is an affordable area to live in the UK. When you visit, you’ll find that the cost of living in this area is below the level of many other European cities. Remember when we said drinks aren’t too expensive? The rent, utilities, food and more are all cheaper here, too.
14). Creative minds & famous people
You’ll find a host of creative minds that have come from Leeds and the Yorkshire region. Some names you might recognise include the Bronte sisters, Ted Hughes, Alan Bennett, along with famous Olympians Lizzie Armistead, Jonathan and Alistair Brownlee and more.
15). High quality of life
After reading the preceding 14 facts, you’ll have to admit that Leeds offers a very high quality of life compared to other cities in the UK or even the world. It’s booming business and tech sectors ensure employment, while you can find all the leisure and entertainment activities your heart could desire. And don’t forget the healthy, beautiful environment of Yorkshire, where you’re almost guaranteed fresh air, farm-fresh food and more. Leeds all this and more, making it a highly recommended place to live!
We hope you’ve enjoyed this list of why you should live in Leeds. If you’re not ready to move here, at least come and pay us a visit! We’re looking forward to meeting you!
Liam is a website designer and digital marketer based in Leeds, West Yorkshire. He spent a decade working within the charity sector before moving into the marketing space a number of years ago. Liam always strives to do something slightly different with every project and always designs to deliver results, not just pretty websites.