What's Leeds like?

Old Jan 5th 2008, 2:45 pm
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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!
I'm from Pudsey Leeds. Loved it that much i'm going back in August. Can't wait. Back to real life
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Old Jan 5th 2008, 2:55 pm
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Originally Posted by Seasider

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

Of course all Yorkshire is God's country...but South Yorks is his favourite.
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Old Jan 6th 2008, 2:55 am
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Thanks to all for answering. I'm really excited about the possibility of starting a new life back in the UK and Leeds seems to be the perfect place to return to. I've heard nothing but praise for the city. My brother lived there for 3 years when studying at Leeds College of Music and he loved it there.

I looked up 'the best and worst places to live in the UK' (channel 4) and found that although it wasn't in the 'top' list many comments were extremely positive about it. Someone commented on how bias the top list was by focusing more on the southern and the richer areas whilst placing northern towns and cities at the bottom. From what I gather (and the people I have met over the years) the friendliest and 'richest' people come from the north. On a personal level, I want to move to an area where I can make new friends and become a richer person through these contacts and make up for the friendships I've missed out on over the many years of living abroad-I fear that this would not be possible in the list of areas I had previously considered.
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I know I'm biased but I agree the friendliest people are Northerners. What may come as a shock to you is how direct we are. People think the Chinese guy on here asking about salaries was rude? They haven't met an 80 year old Yorkshirewoman.
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Originally Posted by Seasider
I know I'm biased but I agree the friendliest people are Northerners. What may come as a shock to you is how direct we are. People think the Chinese guy on here asking about salaries was rude? They haven't met an 80 year old Yorkshirewoman.
Have to agree with you there Northerners...particularly Yorkshire folk...are very friendly. Although we pull no punches...say it as it is...you'll always know exactly where you stand with us.
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Originally Posted by KevC
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
Manchester has a Harvey Nichols too. FYI.
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Shall I say it again in case nobody read it the first 3 times it was said?

Manchester has a Harvey Nicks.

I know you'll be basing your move around this fact, OP.
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Leeds is a great city. I grew up in Roundhay, Wetherby's a great area as well. Also have friends in Brighouse as someone mentioned earlier.
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Originally Posted by LeedsGirl
Leeds is a great city. I grew up in Roundhay, Wetherby's a great area as well. Also have friends in Brighouse as someone mentioned earlier.
I agree with you about Leeds...but it comes in 2nd place to Sheffield.
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By the way, Manchester has a Harvey Nicks. Make it an even 4.
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That's 5 now, and if I always preferred Selfridges meself. :P
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The winters will be colder than you're used to down south.
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The winters will be colder than you're used to down south.
I am a bit concerned about that. How cold can it get? The weather can get cold where I am at the moment (just before Xmas we had snow!) but you do get days with 'scirocco' warm winds from Africa (like yesterday). Winter lasts for about 4 months or so. Warm and hot months for the rest of the time. I'm finding the summer months hard to deal with though. It's just TOO hot and getting hotter. Last summer it hit 47°C. Nightmare!
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...but can we really base happiness on good weather?
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No, happiness is more than weather. The weather helps. Hot, sunny days are great and make me feel happy. However, there is so much more to life than the weather. Ask people who are leaving Perth, Australia or those who don't like Florida. They both have, on the whole, good weather, but they will tell you negative stories about their lives in those places.
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