What to expect when moving to Leeds

Leeds is one of the largest cities in the north of England. And it’s one of the most popular places to live in the UK. Below we explore what to expect when you’re moving to Leeds.

Overview

Leeds is in the county of Yorkshire in the north of England. It’s the second largest city by size in the UK and houses the fourth largest population. Leeds has a creative heart with a booming art scene, while also offering plenty of business and industrial opportunities. With a thriving university it has a significant young population. And as a buzzing food enthused city, there are all sorts of niche places to eat and drink. Overall, Leeds offers the full package and a wonderful place to live.

House costs

House prices differ between cities and when you move to Leeds you might notice that this figure is higher or lower than your previous location. The average property in Leeds costs £231,904 and the majority of the properties are semi-detached. On the flipside, the average property value in England is £288,130. And this becomes even more pronounced when you realise that the average in London is £507,000. While being the second biggest city in the UK, Leeds’s properties cost far less than you’d expect. As the city develops further, you could expect your home value to rise though.

Cost of living

Beyond the cost of a home, it’s important to know what day-to-day costs will be like before you move. For a family of four, you’d expect to pay around £2200 per month in living costs, compared to £661 for the cost of one. London, again, is much more expensive: it costs a single person £864 before factoring in rent.

Moving costs

You’ll also need to factor in the practical costs of moving too. The hire of removal services is one part of it. But you’ll also need to find self-storage facilities in Leeds where you can keep items during your move. On top of this, there are other costs such as redirecting your mail and cleaning your new home.

Public transport

When you move to a new city, you want to know that the public transport can suit your needs. Fortunately, Leeds boasts an extensive network of buses and inner-city trains to help you swiftly move about your day. Plus, with a central train station with nationwide access you can easily make long-distance trips too.

Leeds is one of the most vibrant and exciting cities to live in the UK. With an affordable living cost and homes, this city can make for an excellent choice if you’re looking for a fresh start this year.

Written by Julie Hanson

Julie is passionate about property – development, investment and portfolio planning. Along with husband Alec, Julie is actively building a property portfolio while helping others to do the same.

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