All you need to know about Leeds City
Leeds is the cultural, financial and commercial heart of West Yorkshire and is one of the UK’s foremost regional cities. It is located approximately 70km (43.5 miles) north east of Manchester, 59km (36.8 miles) north of Sheffield and 316km (196 miles) north of London. Leeds achieved city status in 1893 and in 2020 was the fourth-largest urban area in the UK after London, Manchester and Birmingham in terms of population (Demographia). The city is well positioned in terms of transport links with good road and rail connections.
Leeds Railway Station is the third busiest in the UK outside of London, serving close to 30 million passengers a year from 17 platforms (Network Rail). The planned construction of HS2, a high speed rail connection to London, is expected to complete in 2035-40 and will reduce travel time from Leeds to under 90 minutes and to Birmingham to 45 minutes. The £500m redevelopment of the new station campus and pedestrianisation of New Station Street directly fronting the station was completed in 2019, transforming and modernising this major northern travel hub.
Leeds Bradford Airport is situated approximately 13km (8 miles) north west of the city centre, providing both national and international flights. Plans to replace the current terminal with a new, state-of-the-art building were submitted to the Council at the start of 2020. If approved, this would make the airport one of the UK’s most environmentally efficient airport buildings and net-zero by 2023 (LBA).
|Employment (NOMIS, Oct 2019-Sept 2020)|
|Leeds||Yorkshire & The Humber||Great Britain|
|Gross weekly pay (NOMIS, 2020)|
|Leeds||Yorkshire & The Humber||Great Britain|
|Earnings by place of residence|
|Earnings by place of work|
There is strong demand for detached properties, which has led to the largest increase in property prices for this house type at 32.6% growth between December 2015 and 2020. Flats have seen the smallest amount of growth in this period, although at a still healthy rate of 24.3%.
|UK House Price Index (LEEDS)|
|Date||Detached||Semi-detached||Terraced||Flat||All property types||% change all types|
|UK House Price Index (ENGLAND)|
|Date||All property types||% change|
Across the country, the number of applications for nursing degrees for the 2021/22 academic year increased by almost a third (LeedsLive). Leeds University is one of the foremost institutions for medical education, with students learning through Leeds General Infirmary, one of the country's leading teaching hospitals, and St James's University Hospital, a major centre for teaching and research (The Leeds Teaching Hospitals). The School of Dentistry is also one of the UK's prominent centres for study, with a worldwide reputation (University of Leeds).
|Full-time undergraduate students 2019/20 (HESA)|
|The University of Leeds||23,890||25,045||25,810||25,570|
|Leeds Beckett University||16,920||16,185||15,770||15,895|
|Leeds Trinity University||2,825||2,700||2,665||4,175|
|Leeds Arts University||1,390||1,570||1,800||2,075|
|Percentage change on previous year||N/A||+1.1%||+3.7%||+3.8%|
|Percentage international students (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021)|
|The University of Leeds||23.5%|
|Leeds Beckett University||5.9%|
|Leeds Trinity University||1.4%|
|Leeds Arts University||7.9%|
Where students live: most first year students opt to start in university owned or purpose built blocks, where they can make the most of meeting other new students and making groups of friends. The trend tends then to find groups of four to ten students grouping together for their second year and rent a shared house or HMO (house in multiple occupation) for their second year. This is more like living at home as houses can come with gardens, parking and are usually more spacious and less institutional than living in a hall. In their final year – when students really have to stop partying put their head down and work – many choose studio flats, smaller groupings or to go back into halls.
Postgraduates are more likely to have self-contained one bed flats and studios in the city and these could be rented in the private market or form part of the offering in some purpose built student blocks.
There are pros and cons of shared house living compared to halls of residence. Pretty much all students experience both during their three or four years at university.
|Purpose built student accommodation supply|
|Full time students||48,970|
|Purpose-built student accommodation costs per week (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021)|
|The University of Leeds||£91 - £159||£91 - £210|
|Leeds Beckett University||£96 - £200||N/A|
|Leeds Trinity University||£96 - £129||£123 - £139|
|Leeds Arts University||£127 - £145||N/A|
|Leeds Conservatoire||£139 - £205||N/A|
|Private accommodation||£93 - £449||N/A|