Living in Leeds

Leeds is one of the largest cities in the UK with a population of more than 750,000. The University is one of the city’s largest employers and therefore plays an important role in economic and cultural diversity of the local area. 


House prices vary across the UK but you should be able to get great value for your money in Leeds if you are looking to buy a property. As with any major city rental and purchase prices vary considerably depending on where you choose to live.

Our Relocate website provides further details and useful contacts if you a looking for a property in the Leeds area.


The University is just a 15 minute walk or a short bus ride from the city centre.

If you’re looking to travel further afield Leeds is well connected to the rest of the country, with rail services from the main train station taking you to London in around 2 hours and 15 minutes, Edinburgh in around 3 hours and Manchester in just under an hour.

The city is also home to Leeds Bradford International Airport, which offers flights to destinations across Europe.  And if you can’t find a suitable flight from Leeds, Manchester Airport is about an hour’s drive away.

For further travel information the transport section of our relocate website has information about how to get to and from Leeds and the surrounding area. 

Culture and entertainment

From the city’s Grand Theatre and Opera House to its numerous art galleries and museums, Leeds really does offer a thriving cultural scene to suit almost any taste.

The Royal Armouries is Britain’s national museum of arms and armour, and one of the most important museums of its type in the world. The Henry Moore Institute is great for those looking for sculpture and culture, the Leeds City Museum can provide you with a wealth of information about the city you are about to call home and the Leeds Art Gallery holds a vast collection of twentieth century British art to peruse through.

The Tetley, a new contemporary art gallery opened in the city by University of Leeds alumnae Pippa Hale and Kerry Harker, houses numerous exhibitions and hosts events and activities for the public throughout the year.

To find something that grabs your interest take a look at Leeds Museums and Galleries.

Head out of the city centre and you will find an abundance of picturesque places to visit, from the beauty of Roundhay Park in the north of the city to the gardens of Temple Newsam and Harewood House, there are plenty of beauty spots to visit.