The city traces its roots to the 5th century, but really started to flourish from the 16th century onwards as a busy market town in the Aire Valley. The city's subsequent industrial history can be seen in many names and historical buildings. Leeds is the largest centre for business, legal and financial industries outside of London. Leeds’ population today is approximately 780,000, making it the 3rd largest urban sub-division in the UK.
Companies with regional or national offices in Leeds, include KPMG, Norwich Union, First Direct, Lloyds Banking Group, HBOS, Royal Bank of Scotland, HSBC, Alliance and Leicester, Zurich Financial Services and Direct Line. The Bank of England has its second office (after Threadneedle St) on King Street in the business quarter. In addition to finance, 6 of the UK’s largest 25 law firms have a major presence in Leeds - including DLA Piper, Eversheds and Pinsent Masons.
For professionals, the best areas to live in Leeds are definitely North Leeds and City Centre. In North Leeds you have the leafy suburbs of Meanwood, Chapel Allerton, Roundhay and Shadwell, while in the city centre there is no shortage of modern apartments and studio flats for that excitement of city living. From luxury apartments to large 4 bedroom suburban houses, Parklane has a wide portfolio of properties that caters for all needs.
Leeds is home to 3 universities - Leeds University, Leeds Metropolitan and Leeds Trinity. Approximately 61,000 out of Leeds’ estimated 100,000+ student population study at one of these 3 universities alone.
The most popular areas of the city for student accommodation are City Centre, Woodhouse, Hyde Park, Burley, Headingley and Kirkstall. These locations are highly convenient if you are a university student with good transport links, plenty of food outlets, convenience stores and a variety of local entertainment.
The city’s bustling shopping quarter nestles between the Headrow and Boar Lane and boasts upmarket shopping in the form of Harvey Nichols, Louis Vuitton, the Victoria Arcade and John Lewis. All major high street brands have outlets in Leeds, including Next, M&S, Zara, New Look, River Island and Monsoon.
South of Leeds you have the White Rose shopping centre, with over 100 stores. The Leeds Trinity Shopping centre was opened in March 2013 at a cost of £350million and the new Victoria Gate shopping centre opened in 2016 at a cost of £650million.
For entertainment there is the new 13,000 seater Leeds Arena, launched in 2013. This complements the existing venues such as West Yorkshire Playhouse, the Grand Theatre and Headingley Carnegie Stadium, home to Yorkshire County Cricket Club and the Leeds Rhinos Rugby League Club.
Leeds really is an amazing place to live and work. Let Parklane help you find your new home. To get started, decide where to live by clicking on the map below for a more detailed area guide.