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Living in Leeds

Living in Leeds

Leeds is a vibrant city with a population of more than 750,000, offering a superb place to live, work and study.

In 2024, The Sunday Times named Leeds as one of the best places to live in the UK.

Job opportunities in Leeds are plentiful, with financial and professional services employing over 124,000, the greatest concentration of these industries outside London. Leeds has also been instrumental in Yorkshire being recently named as the fastest-growing tech region in the UK. The creative sector is also thriving and provides work for almost 53,000 people across Leeds, so it’s no surprise that the city is now home to the national headquarters of Channel 4. Leeds is also home to the UK’s biggest financial and legal centre outside London, with firms such as Deloitte, KPMG, Capita and HSBC.

Excellent transport links make it easy to do business around the country and internationally. Leeds is a central hub for the motorway network and London is just over two hours away by train. Direct flights to over 75 destinations from Leeds Bradford International Airport connect you to the world.


Widely seen as the shopping capital of the north, Leeds offers a retail experience to suit all tastes with a range of designer, high street and quirky independent shops, in the city and suburban centres. You can sample cuisines from around the world with restaurants, cafés, pubs and street food appealing to every budget and palate.

In relation to the arts, you can enjoy drama, dance, music and art thanks to Opera North, the Northern Ballet, the Leeds Playhouse and the Henry Moore Institute to name just a few, together with a thriving grassroots arts scene.

The city has plenty to offer sports fans, being home to Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Leeds Rhinos rugby league team and Leeds United FC, with several racecourses within easy reach. Leeds hosted the Grand Départ for the Tour de France in 2014, which has left a legacy of cycling routes, clubs and events in the region.

Leeds is a superb base for lovers of the great outdoors too. There are many parks and green spaces within the city and open countryside on your doorstep. The Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors are a short drive away.

In case you still need convincing, a  study from Safestore identifies Leeds as the happiest major city in the UK too, thanks to our great sense of community.

Visit Welcome to Yorkshire to see all that our region has to offer and find out more about Leeds in The Rough Guide’s best travel destinations.



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