Guide to living and working in Leeds

Moving to a new town or city can be an equally exciting and nerve-wracking decision for lots of people. It can be a particularly worrying time if it’s somewhere you have never been before. 

However, we’re here to let you know that moving to a new place can be a really fantastic opportunity. If your work sees you getting posted to all sorts of different places on short term contracts, then you will be used to the upheaval of moving all the time. 

You will also know that the fun begins once you have unpacked your stuff, as it means that you can start exploring your new home. If you end up in Leeds then you are in for a treat.  Leeds is the largest city in West Yorkshire and is a vibrant urban area with a population of 2.6 million. 


Over the centuries, Leeds has changed a lot. Leeds has a long rich history dating back to the 13th century when it was a small agricultural village. It came into its own during the Industrial Revolution when it became a hub for the wool industry. This brought prosperity to the town, which led to a huge expansion in the population and number of buildings. 

A lot of the buildings you still see today dotted around Leeds are examples of the affluence that Victorian Leeds experienced. Now, in the twenty-first century, Leeds is a multicultural city with five universities and boasts the country’s fourth-largest urban economy

Activities and excursions

Whilst you are working in Leeds, you will want things to see and do in your free time and Leeds has plenty to offer anyone. Even the hardest to impress people would be delighted with the wide array of activities and excursions that there are available in Leeds.

If you love eating out then you there are no shortages of fabulous eateries, bars and pubs in Leeds. There’s a great variety of independent food and drink places, coffee roasters, a vibrant market and pop-up food spaces too

Leeds is also great for shopping and for anyone who loves to soak up some culture. Leeds 2023 is set to be an incredible year. “Starting on 1st January, 2023 will be an extraordinary year-long programme of creative experiences. Co-created with local, national and international artists, Leeds 2023 will be for Leeds, with Leeds and inspired by Leeds.” 

There will be dance, art, poetry, architecture, sculpture, sport, theatre, in short something for everyone. In preparation for 2023, you can expect to see activities and events happening throughout the year in Leeds to showcase their cultural and creative abilities. 

Leeds is, of course, also famous for its festivals. Leeds is home to the UK’s third-largest West Indian Carnival, which attracts 100,000 over 2 days. It also has Leeds Festival, an incredible music festival featuring some of the biggest names in music. Then there’s the exceptional Leeds International Film Festival, which is the largest film festival outside London.

 And Leeds Pride to boot! Leeds’ annual LGBT+ festival has been held since 2006 and has seen crowds of more than 60,000!

Finally, Leeds also has a close connection with the sporting world. Leeds is home to Leeds United and is the hometown of many of the top performing athletes from the London 2012 Olympics.

If you have a move to Leeds to look forward to in your calendar then you can be sure that you have a lot to look forward to! 

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