What's Leeds like?

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I'm seriously thinking of moving back to the UK from Italy but have been racking my brains as to where to move to. I thought about my home county Cornwall, then Cambridge, then Croydon, then Bristol, then Bath, then Norwich-then someone mentioned Leeds. I've been doing some research and it seems a good place to return to. House prices are reasonable, 2 Universities, great colleges, airport, great nightlife and good access to other areas such as Manchester and Liverpool. Can someone give me their honest opinions and suggestions on Leeds. I'm truly grateful!
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I don't live in Leeds, bu spend a lot of my time there as I have a lot of friends there and it's usually my shopping destination of choice. The city centre is great - they're spending a lot of money rejuvenating it and there are a lot of nice new flats, hotels, bars and restaurants now. My missus works at Leeds Uni and it's a great place - always lots of gigs and stuff going on.

Transport links are good, plenty of buses in the city and also buses and trains to the outlying suburbs, and it's right on the M62/M1/A1/A64 axis so it's easy to drive (within an hour or so) to Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, York etc, as well as anywhere further north or south.

As with any big northern city, it's not without its problems. There are a lot of rough areas, and still quite a lot (it seems) of people living on the breadline. Personally, I'd live in Leeds just cos it seems to have everything but doesn't really seem like a big city - it's not as bustling or packed as London.

I'd do some research on areas and living costs, see what you can afford, maybe talk to some estate agents and see if there are any other forums etc??
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I don't live in Leeds, bu spend a lot of my time there as I have a lot of friends there and it's usually my shopping destination of choice. The city centre is great - they're spending a lot of money rejuvenating it and there are a lot of nice new flats, hotels, bars and restaurants now. My missus works at Leeds Uni and it's a great place - always lots of gigs and stuff going on.

Transport links are good, plenty of buses in the city and also buses and trains to the outlying suburbs, and it's right on the M62/M1/A1/A64 axis so it's easy to drive (within an hour or so) to Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, York etc, as well as anywhere further north or south.

As with any big northern city, it's not without its problems. There are a lot of rough areas, and still quite a lot (it seems) of people living on the breadline. Personally, I'd live in Leeds just cos it seems to have everything but doesn't really seem like a big city - it's not as bustling or packed as London.

I'd do some research on areas and living costs, see what you can afford, maybe talk to some estate agents and see if there are any other forums etc??
Thanks ever so much for answering my query. I must admit, the more I look at what is available in Leeds, the more interested I am about moving there. I agree, the fact that it's not as so packed as London is appealing as is the fact that the possibility of buying a home at a good price (which would be out of the question in London). I've noticed that it has Ikea, Habitat and even Dog's Trust! My husband is thrilled as he's found 'the hifi club' which specializes in boogaloo, northern soul, rare grooves!
I did a research on where to live and someone mentioned Armley. I looked at the houses on rightmove and they seemed really nice. What areas would you avoid?
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it's also got the only other UK Harvey Nichols outside London!

having never lived there, I can't really say which are the good/bad areas personally - but I would avoid Hyde Park and Headingley (student land), Meanwood, Chapel Allerton, Moortown - a lot of the inner north and north-east areas are rough. Armley, Bramley and Pudsey are (I think) OK - close enough to get into the city easily, but not too "inner city". Further afield you'll find more affluent and leafy areas, but of course you'll pay more.

I'd suggest emailing/ringing a few local agents and getting some tips
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it's also got the only other UK Harvey Nichols outside London!



I'd suggest emailing/ringing a few local agents and getting some tips
Will do! Thanks for the help!
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I'd avoid most of Armley, to be honest!

There was a thread on here a while back that started about Seacroft, an area of East Leeds, and moved to a more general chat IIRC. You might want to look it up. There are good and bad areas all over but generally I'd say stick north or west.

I lived in NW Leeds for 20 years until 2002. I did love it, and I still visit every year to shop but one of the reasons we moved was how rough it was becoming. Got sick of hearing about drive by shootings, carjackings, and so on. Shops are great, restaurants and nightlife are fab though - yes, I'm sure there are still Soulies and the odd all-nighter around.

I'm led to believe it's not a cheap place to buy these days. I don't know your circumstances but you could always live a little way out of town; there's some beautiful countryside.
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I beg to differ, Kev - I noticed a lot of the "inner city" has been gentrified and old office blocks are being turned into damned expensive apartments. Quite a few years ago a lot of the riverside warehouses were done up too.

I've lived in Chapel Allerton - it's close to some depressed areas but AFAIK it's still des res. Moortown too; very affluent Jewish. Roundhay is nice.

In my student days I lived in Bramley (council flats so bad that they rented them cheap to students) and most of it's rough as a bear's backside. Parts of Pudsey are nice.

(I think Manchester has a Harvey Nicks now, dahlings.)
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well like I said, I've not lived there so I'll bow to your assessment. I've got mates from the Garforth area and also that live in Brighouse, and they say north and east leeds are the worst areas. There is an awful lot of new waterfront development in the city now around the Calls and Brewery Wharf, more and more seems to pop up every month. I don't think house prices are that bad TBH, but the prices of said new flats (for the young professional crowd) are ridiculous.
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After living in a flat for the past 19 odd years, I'm looking forward to moving in to a house. Makes life so much easier with 2 dogs and a cat-want to go out for a pee? Open door!
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What's Leeds like?
Check out the website called UpMyStreet.com it's not a porn site I promise but has some stats on almost every UK city. Crime, house prices, Schools etc.

http://www.upmystreet.com/local/poli...eeds-4292.html
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Originally Posted by cornishvellan
Hi,
I'm seriously thinking of moving back to the UK from Italy but have been racking my brains as to where to move to. I thought about my home county Cornwall, then Cambridge, then Croydon, then Bristol, then Bath, then Norwich-then someone mentioned Leeds. I've been doing some research and it seems a good place to return to. House prices are reasonable, 2 Universities, great colleges, airport, great nightlife and good access to other areas such as Manchester and Liverpool. Can someone give me their honest opinions and suggestions on Leeds. I'm truly grateful!
Being a Yorkshire Lass born and bred...Leeds would be a good choice...however Sheffield would be better.

Originally Posted by KevC
it's also got the only other UK Harvey Nichols outside London!
Wrong...there is a Harvey Nics in Manchester.

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Originally Posted by Jerseygirl
Being a Yorkshire Lass born and bred Leeds would be a good choice...however Sheffield would be better.



Wrong...there is a Harvey Nics in Manchester.

....and in Edinburgh.
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Gosh, so common these days, what's the world coming to?

I couldn't and wouldn't wear most of the stuff in Harvey Nicks, never mind afford it - who the hell shops there anyway?
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Gosh, so common these days, what's the world coming to?

I couldn't and wouldn't wear most of the stuff in Harvey Nicks, never mind afford it - who the hell shops there anyway?

Me neither!
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I think it's all those dreadful New Money people - and money doesn't buy style.

Seriously, Leeds is great for shopping. We stay there for 3 days every year in between visiting my family and the in-laws, on the pretence of visiting friends but really I go to shop. It's really sad because I get carried away in Debenhams and Boots, and all the high street chains (although we're getting more of them here now) but House of Fraser is also good and there are also lots of smaller, independent shops in the Victorian Arcades.

As previously said, the nightlife is good too. It's not too big a city and, as you say, has access to Manchester - in the 90s I often used to go there for a change of club scene. You can also get out of the city to the countryside very easily, and can even live in villagey areas within Leeds itself. I've lived near Roundhay Park and also by the canal in Rodley.

I don't know the OP's circumstances but it's a great place to live for a young(ish) couple. Just take care and don't get in the middle of any drugs wars. I could tell you some tales...

(Jerseygirl, I'm a Yorkshire girl by birth too - just North Yorkshire. )
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