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About Leeds

Vibrant, compact and cosmopolitan - the city of the future. 

Whether you are a working professional or a student, Leeds is an amazing place to be and has a lot to offer! This guide will give you a good overview of the fun and excitement you can expect in Leeds.

Leeds can be described as a vibrant, compact and cosmopolitan city with a large economy and an amazing night life. A stone’s throw away from the stunning Yorkshire countryside, Leeds can offer big city amenities without the concrete jungle effect.

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Leeds Corn Exchange


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 over 800,000, making it the 4th largest city in the UK.

First Direct Arena


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.

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Professional living

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.


Student living

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.

Leeds City Centre


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. 

Leeds Utd


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.