Local area guide

Living in Leeds (LS)

Leeds fizzes with authenticity and excitement, from the extraordinary live music scene to its markets, museums and top-rated theatres.

Your guide to moving to Leeds

Why Leeds is a good place to live

Living in Leeds is a dynamic urban experience with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Music resonates through the very streets: live music, festivals and the vibrant arts scene take centre stage, while cosy pubs and trendy bars will keep you out 'til late.

The way of life in Leeds caters to young professionals drawn to job opportunities and families seeking a supportive community. Leeds has low crime rates compared to other major UK cities and there's a wide range of good schools, both state and private options.

Living in Leeds is perfect for those who thrive in a city that celebrates its music and cultural scene while offering a diverse and inclusive way of life.

What is Leeds famous for?

Leeds is most famous for its fantastic music scene. Festivals, thriving independent venues and the city's contributions to the UK music industry draw all kinds of people to visit or live in Leeds.

Things to do in Leeds

Explore the city's rich history through cultural attractions including the City Museum, Industrial Museum, Royal Armouries Museum and many more.

In the city centre, take in the vibrant atmosphere as you shop in the Victorian Quarter, explore Kirkgate Market and enjoy a leisurely walk along the scenic Leeds-Liverpool Canal.

Top off your day with live music at the famous Brudenell Social Club or a show at the Leeds Grand Theatre or West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Average asking prices in Leeds today

We update our average asking prices every day using data from millions of properties for sale.

Terraced

Avg. asking price

£220,000

551 properties for sale

Detached

Avg. asking price

£440,000

743 properties for sale

Semi-detached

Avg. asking price

£275,000

875 properties for sale

Flats

Avg. asking price

£155,000

700 properties for sale

Properties currently for sale in Leeds

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Local pubs in Leeds

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  • Be At One

    Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2

    Our original Leeds cocktail bar

  • Revolution

    Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2

    Revolution is situated in the Electric Press building in the heart of Leeds Civic Quarter, a unique destination in itself. From here, we bring you incredible handcrafted cocktails, incredible food and unrivalled party vibes, seven days a week.

  • Veritas

    Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1

    Famous for its fine wines and imaginative menu, Varitas sees a vibrant mix of customers, all adding to the welcoming atmosphere.

  • Browns

    Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1

Transport in Leeds

Trains

Leeds has a well-connected railway station with frequent services to major cities. You can reach Manchester in just over an hour while London is around two hours away.

Buses

The city offers an extensive bus network, making it easy to navigate. Various routes serve Leeds and surrounding residential areas.

Park and Ride

Leeds has several Park and Ride facilities, including Elland Road and Temple Green, which are a convenient way to access the city centre.

Car

The M1 runs to the east, providing easy access to Sheffield and London to the south. The M62 connects Leeds with Manchester and Liverpool. The road network is generally efficient for commuting but the M621 - which encircles the city centre - can get congested during rush hour.

Airports

Leeds Bradford Airport is the primary airport for the city, about 30 minutes from the city centre. Manchester Airport is just over an hour away and offers a huge range of flights as one of the UK's largest airports.

Transport connections

Leeds
National Rail
0.4 miles / 0.6 km
Burley Park
National Rail
1.4 miles / 2.3 km
Headingley
National Rail
2.2 miles / 3.5 km
Cottingley
National Rail
2.8 miles / 4.5 km
Kirkstall Forge
National Rail
3.3 miles / 5.3 km
Bramley (West Yorkshire)
National Rail
3.7 miles / 6.0 km

Schools in Leeds

Leeds offers a mix of state-funded primary and secondary schools, including grammar schools, academies, and faith-based institutions. There are also several independent schools available.

The city is a vibrant centre for higher education in the region. It's home to a number of colleges and universities, including the ‎University of Leeds, ‎Leeds Beckett University, Leeds Trinity University and ‎Leeds Arts University.

Schools in Leeds

Leeds Mathematics School
Ages: 16 - 19 years old
Luminate Education Group
Ages: 14 - 99 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2022)
Blenheim Primary School
Ages: 3 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Outstanding (2022)
Leeds College of Building
Ages: 16 - 99 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2019)
Little London Academy
Ages: 4 - 11 years old
Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College
Ages: 16 - 19 years old
Ofsted Rating: Outstanding (2022)