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Oakwood Area Guide for Professionals

Good shopping area with select boutiques, cafes and restaurants

Professional accommodation to rent in the Oakwood LS8 area of Leeds includes 1, 2 and 3 bedroom flats, houses and apartments. To determine whether Oakwood is the ideal location for your professional rented accommodation, read on...

Living in Oakwood

Just to the south of Roundhay and Roundhay Park, Oakwood is a large suburb of Leeds which is home to many a famous local landmark, as well as a growing number of nice places to live and work. It’s one of the most affluent areas of the city, owing to its nice houses, great road connections and collection of upscale cafes and bars.

Why professionals choose Oakwood

Oakwood is popular with professionals because it’s along one of the main routes into Leeds - the A58. It’s also close to areas where there are plenty of job opportunities such as Roundhay, Harehills and Chapel Allerton, with many employers based in Oakwood itself, making for short commutes for many locals.

Where is Oakwood?

Oakwood is close to three miles north-east of Leeds City Centre. Roundhay is to the north, Harehills is to the south and Gledhow is to the west. York is 20 miles north-east of central Oakwood, Manchester is 38 miles south-east and Bradford is over 10 miles west.

Restaurants and cafes near Oakwood

Oakwood’s most famous restaurant is Rico’s, a cozy little Italian that has been a fixture in the area for many years. Here, fresh pasta, crispy pizza and delectable antipasti are the order of the day. Further up the road, you’ll find Tasty, a cafe/deli that serves a latte and a panini with a smile.

For a longer, lazier lunch, The Stew and Oyster is a modern gastropub that provides a warm welcome, a hearty meal and a refreshing pint. For a pre-drink bite to eat, the historic Oakwood Fisheries is easy to spot because of its iconic art deco-era shop frontage.

Best industries for professionals in Oakwood

Oakwood has many jobs going in the retail, financial, education and hospitality sectors, while healthcare is another industry which has several employers in the area. Most of the jobs are along Roundhay Road, leading from Harehills in the south right up to the Oakwood Clock near Roundhay Park.

Major employers in Oakwood include Tesco, who run a large supermarket here, Leeds City Council and Bathstore, who have a shop on Roundhay Road. There are a number of independent finance and legal firms with premises on Oakwood, as well as a few schools hiring teachers and clerical staff.

Amenities in Oakwood

Most of the shops here are along Roundhay Road. There is a large branch of Tesco here, as well as a couple of smaller convenience stores further up. Lloyds Bank have a branch in Oakwood, while the local post office does offer some banking services. Notable shops are, City Stationers and Bang & Olufsen, who sell high-end audio equipment.

The nearest surgery is Oakwood Surgery on Gledhow Rise, while Chapel Allerton Hospital is just under a mile west of Oakwood itself. The nearest police station is Stainbeck Police Station in Chapel Allerton.

Professional housing in Oakwood

Oakwood is home to some lovely period properties dating back to the 18th century. There are also a few new-build flats towards Harehills, while further north and east, housing here largely comprises of spacious semis with front and back gardens. There are a few detached properties out east as well.

Transport in Oakwood

Oakwood lies on Roundhay Road, which is one of the major routes into and out of Leeds. As such, it’s served by the 12/12A and 13/13A, both of which run every 10 minutes at peak times towards Leeds and Gledhow/Roundhay. The 99 and X99 go to and from Wetherby every half an hour.

Leeds is the nearest train station, which is over three miles south-west of Oakwood. As for car parking, there is space available in a small car park just to the side of Roundhay Road, opposite the row of shops where the branch of Subway is.

Popular areas near Oakwood


Right next to Oakwood, this unassuming part of Leeds is a good place to rest after a long day’s work. It has plenty of green space to explore, while there is also a small number of places to shop and eat if you need to get out of the house.


Home to so much more than a splendid public park, Roundhay is also one of the best places to both live and work in Leeds. If you have a love of wining and dining, short walks to the office and want to get away from the buzz of other parts of the city, Roundhay is for you!


A village that has proved popular with local high-flyers, Shadwell is the place to be if you want to be out in the countryside but don’t want to leave behind the convenience of living in a big city. Here, you’ll have a great view from your window, wherever you choose to live!

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