As one of the fastest growing cities in the UK, Leeds is a diverse and dynamic destination for students and young professionals alike. With the fourth largest student population and the fourth largest urban economy in the UK, it truly is the beating heart of West Yorkshire.
And with a nice mix of rural towns and cosmopolitan suburbs, Leeds and its surrounding areas offer plenty in the way of affordable housing options, nightlife, sport, and culture.
Location, Location, Location
There’s so much to enjoy when renting in Leeds. From its bustling shopping areas, to its magnificent museums, music venues, and theatres, there is no shortage of entertainment in this city. The quiet, quaint hamlets on the outskirts are ideal for raising young families, while the attractive suburbs provide professionals with easy access to the city centre and other major neighbouring cities such as Sheffield and Bradford.
The Picture Perfect Town
Located to the north west of Leeds, the town of Horsforth is a short ten minute drive from the city centre. Perfect for young professionals and those with young families, this quiet town also boasts some affordable housing options for students attending the nearby Leeds Trinity University.
It’s a dream option for commuters, connecting with both the city centre of Leeds and surrounding major cities thanks to the Horsforth railway station, while it’s also in close proximity to the Leeds Bradford International Airport for those who require to travel further afield.
With some of the best state primary schools in West Yorkshire, Horsforth is incredibly popular with young families. And with large open spaces, including Horsforth Hall Park with its beautiful Japanese Garden, low crime rates, and a bunch of local independent shops, pubs and restaurants, the properties in this town are understandably sought after.
The Historical Suburb
Finding a place on a Sunday Times list of best areas to live is no mean feat, and Chapel Allerton did just that in 2014. This vibrant cosmopolitan suburb is located to the north east of the city centre, a mere ten minute drive away and served by a number of regular bus routes.
It’s another great option for young families, with a primary school and several secondary schools in the area, while the low crime rates and affordable house prices ensure Chapel Allerton stands apart from other nearby suburbs.
Its thriving town centre enjoys a number of bars, restaurants, and shops, contributing to an overwhelmingly positive community feeling. There’s also a popular tennis and squash club, first founded back in 1880, and an Arts Festival held the week following August Bank Holiday each year. Attracting thousands of people, the festival is buzzing with arts events and a music stage that features local bands on the Friday and Saturday and jazz, salsa and blues on the Sunday.
Whether you’re moving to Leeds to study, work, or raise a family, you’ll find terrific options in both Horsforth and Chapel Allerton.
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