Leeds – oh what a beautiful Yorkshire city. You might already know that we’re nuts about the North, and following the positive response from our appreciation of Manchester, we thought we’d better speak about the benefits of living in a tech-forward city like Leeds. From a rich history and culture to a very fair price of living, we’ve rounded up just 5 of the advantages to living in Leeds.
1. Plenty of companies are hiring tech talent currently, don’t miss out
If you love tech, currently work in the sector or are looking for your dream role, then Leeds is the place for you. With a newly booming tech atmosphere, plenty or meet-ups and community coming out of your ears, it just makes sense to consider living here. Also recently featured as a key to rebooting the local economy, we're in no doubt your tech skills will be of use here! And there are plenty of organisations currently* hiring via hackajob, like DAZN, AND Digital and the Department of Work and Pensions.
2. Rich history and culture
A Leeds native told us that the area is a "perfect mix of a small town and London." And we can see why: with all the buzz of a city but the history and culture of a quaint town, it's got something for everyone. For all the history buffs, visit the Royal Armouries Museum, just outside the centre of Leeds. Fun for adults and children alike, they sometimes host events and exhibitions. If you'd like to know more about the city, and how it's been over the past few centuries, then Leeds City Museum is for you. And if you're more into artisanal markets and architecture, visit Kirkstall Abbey.
3. You’ll never struggle to find something to do
We're not kidding, there are so many things to do in Leeds that you'll be spoilt for choice! Whether you're into dance, theatre, gaming and more, you won't find somewhere as diverse as Leeds. Try:
- Tech meet-ups
- Laser tag at Laser Quest Leeds
- Leeds Playhouse
- Northern Ballet (the only ballet company based in the North of England)
- Victoria Leeds (shop til you drop!)
- Leeds Corn Exchange (for indie shops)
- Leeds Carnival (The UK's longest running West Indian carnival)
- Leeds International Film Festival
4. Rent As Cheap as chips – almost!
If you love spacious rooms, great community and a short distance to your new workplace, then look no further than Leeds. And with 3 bed properties going for a low rent of £600 (and less!) or £170,000 on RightMove, we'll say no more.
5. Great local eateries
From a 300 year old pub to the taste of Brazil, right on your doorstep, Leeds is leading the way in culinary exploits in the UK. Whether you want to sample local cuisine, eat something from further afield or just something new, you'll love living here.
As you can see, there's a lot to see and do in Leeds, and if you ever want to venture out of the city (why ever would you?), it also has great transport links to the rest of the country. You could be in London from £16. And with more and more tech roles opening up for companies you love like AND Digital and DWP, it's never been a better time to relocate. So what are you waiting for? Sign up to hackajob today, and get your new life in Leeds started.
*Currently = at the time of writing, June 2021