Leeds City Centre
Leeds has a strong reputation as a diverse, vibrant and electrifying city, it is well known for the constant development of business and cultural existence. With over 100,000 people commuting into Leeds every day for work and business, the city has grown to have a substantial amount of bars, restaurants, cafes, shops and clubs! This lively city is equipped with all your amenities, there is lots to explore, fantastic shopping and unique restaurant dining throughout the area.
Transport in Leeds
There is a Metrobus service that runs throughout Leeds and the whole of West Yorkshire. The City bus station, for both local and countrywide services is located on New York Street. A coach terminal can be found next door for inter-city travel to and from different cities such as London, Newcastle and Manchester.
Leeds train station is one of the largest stations in the country, there are trains servicing areas all over West Yorkshire- the west Yorkshire rail network aids 67 local stations. Other train links are available to get to and from different cities such as Manchester, Liverpool and London Kings Cross.
Leeds City has brilliant road connections- the M1 motorway runs from London to Leeds via Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield. The M621, A64, A65, A61, A58 are also simply accessed.
When living in Leeds all of your requirements are always going to be within a small proximity. Leeds is known for its wide range of shopping malls, food stores, independent boutiques and quirky cafes. This area has a number of different shopping centres listed below:-
- Trinity Centre
- Queens Arcade
- Victoria Quarter
- The Corn Exchange
- The Core
- St. Johns Centre
- Kirkgate Market
- The Light
- Merrion Centre
Throughout Leeds there are numerous supermarkets such as Morrisons, Sainsburys, Waitrose and Tesco that constantly promote deals and offers that will be beneficial to your shopping list. Another favourite would be Home Bargains which as you can see the name says it all, located in the Merrion Centre alongside Morrisons. Leeds is perfect for students and young professionals, it is a large city that can satisfy anyone's needs.
Leeds City Centre is the nightlife capital of the north!
There are so many bars, restaurants and clubs to choose from that sometimes you struggle to decide where the night will take you. Again, perfect for students and young professionals who seek to have a great night out. Leeds holds a number of bars/clubs that are spread out from the top to the bottom of town.
A few of these are known as Tiger Tiger and Players starting at the top end of town, these are the nights you can enjoy on a budget with great prices or 241 drinks - they are known to host some of the best student nights. Further down town you have Call Lane, a strip of bars where you can drink and dance, perfect for young professionals and students, this strip has a mixture of RNB, house and dance music but is a little pricier. A selection of clubs which are a must go such as Mission, o2 Academy and Mint - here you can see live acts and listen to some cutting edge sounds. A new strip has become very popular recently on Merrion Street, here you can enjoy a nice chat and cocktail with your friends whilst listening to some of the best old school music.
Luckily for you living in the centre you have a large array of independent bars, pubs and nightclubs to choose from.
Over the growing years, Leeds has introduced many new restaurants that provides the city with an extensive choice of places to eat and relax. Leeds has award winning restaurants, Victorian pubs, quirky wine bars and different venues offering every type of cuisine.
Depending on what you’re looking for you can find a bargain almost anywhere, most eating venues have special offers on certain days, you’ll find a lot of these on promotional websites such as Groupon and Wowcher etc. So go and grab yourself a deal!
If you can be certain of anything, it’s that you have plenty of entertainment in Leeds City Centre. This thriving city allows you to have fun with your friends, you can visit the cinema located at The Light which screens all of the latest films released. Grab yourself a box of popcorn and Tango Ice blast for a chilled evening with your friends.
If you don’t fancy the cinema you’ve got First Direct Leeds Arena situated only minutes away where you can go see your best acts live on stage! This entertainment venue has played host to some incredible artists such as Michael Buble, Miley Cyrus, Lee Evans, Lionel Richie, Sir Elton John and plenty more.
Closer to Christmas, Millennium Square will transform into a scenic winter village also known as the German Market. It has over 40 wooden chalet stalls decorated with twinkling lights and festive greenery. The stalls sell a range of products from handcraft toys, crystal ornaments to beautiful jewellery. Not only that but they offer some amazing food, German sausages and chocolatey crepes.
Leeds United Stadium is based just outside of Leeds at Elland Road. For all you footy fans this is only a short distance away from the city centre. Whether you’re travelling by bus or car, this journey would last a matter of minutes. Keep checking your sporting calendar for updates on the latest matches and upcoming games. You wouldn’t want to miss out.
Thankfully, the City centre is home to most of the Universities which is useful for students attending university.
Leeds Beckett University and The University of Leeds are both within the centre of Leeds. Living in Leeds allows you to walk to and from the universities as it would be quicker than catching a bus.
You will also find that the Rose Bowl and Broadcasting Place are all within a small proximity of one another in the city.
Leeds Beckett University - Headingley Campus is located in Headingley following the road through Hyde Park and into Headingley.