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North of England Relocation

At Cornerstone we pride ourselves on our team of relocation agents that provide services combining innovative technology and unsurpassed local knowledge. Whether you’re considering a relocation to Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds or one of UK’s other gorgeous and friendly cities, we can help you!

Coordinating a move to another country with all the different aspects that you will need to consider, and then the timing of each is a fairly complicated thing to get right, especially if it is not just you moving! From home rental search, schooling finding, buying a property, shipping, Visas & Immigration processes to perhaps just lifestyle management once you land… we are here to help and guide you with all the logistics and make your relocation to the north of England seamless!   

If you don’t even know where to begin, how about starting with the focused guides we have featured below! They detail those all-important areas of life that will play a big part in your lifestyle and also be those potential deciding factors to help you decide if a city in the North of England is for you. We really believe that relocating can be an amazing life experience, and that, that first stumbling block of getting there and organising your life does not need to be a chore. We can make the transition simple, efficient and enjoyable!  

Relocation to Newcastle

Social Scene & Culture

Newcastle is without-a-doubt a well-known city, both across the UK and the world! Offering all kinds of amenities and a welcoming environment, it is a perfect place to call home. This energetic city is a lively sort of space, with lots of things to see and do!  

Newcastle is the largest city and metropolitan borough of Tyne and Wear, with its population reaching over 800,000 residents. With a history dating back almost 2,000 years, the city’s current name was adopted from 1080 onwards. Newcastle is situated on the north bank of the River Tyne. 

Newcastle upon Tyne combines iconic sights, impressive architecture, and striking museums, such as the Discovery Museum, Newcastle Castle, The Biscuit Factory, the Great North Museum, and the Life Science Centre. Art exhibitions at the Laing Art Gallery and the Biscuit Factory attract many locals and tourists! Major attractions include Grey’s Monument, the central Arcade, and Grainger Market.  

Newcastle Upon Tyne is the most populated city in the North East of England, emerging as one of the fastest growing cities in the UK. The City Centre, as the name would suggest is the district at the heart of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, which serves as the main cultural and commercial centre of the North East England region.  

In and around Newcastle, you’ll be amazed by the seven bridges spanning the River Tyne, including the High-Level Bridge, which is the oldest one, a two-level steel structure almost 165 feet high. The second oldest is Swing Bridge, which stands at the same site as the “Pons Aelius” fort built by the Roman. Tyne Bridge is the city’s identity, which is the tenth tallest structure in the city, being 56 feet tall.  

Newcastle Castle is a must-visit attraction in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, which explores the rich history of the city and offers incredible views from its rooftop. It was built in 1177 by Henry II, and it was built for defensive purposes guarding a bridge over the River Tyne. Newcastle Cathedral, formally called Cathedral Church of St Nicholas, is also worth visiting, as it is a Grade II listed building. You could also walk at least part of the 84-mile-long, iconic Hadrian’s Wall Path, which passes through the city centre and has flexible start and end points.  

Eating & Drinking 

When it comes to eating and drinking, there is an abundance of cafes, bars, and pubs in the City Centre of Newcastle to choose from. You can enjoy several great restaurants and shopping opportunities to the East of Tyne Bridge, which is one of the oldest parts of Newcastle, called Chares. Newcastle appears on the top 10 list of the UK’s best nightspots.  

You can choose to try some of Newcastle’s traditional delicacies such as Panackelty and Stotties. Panackelty is a beef or lamb casserole traditional in Newcastle and the northeast of England. You can enjoy this dish easily prepared at home or served in restaurants! A stottie cake or just stotty, is a type of bread which tends to be eaten split and filled. Some common fillings include bacon, egg, and sausage, but also jam.  

The city’s most popular drink is quite obviously, beer, with the top of the list being Lager, IPA, and Ale. Champagne is also a common choice based on what people post on social media!  

 

Public Transportation 

Newcastle is served by a good and improving transport infrastructure. There are four Tyne and Wear Metro underground stations in Newcastle City Centre running north to south. They are Haymarket, Monument, Central Station, and St James. Newcastle Central Station is one of the busiest stations in Britain! 

The predominant operator for bus services within the city is Stagecoach. QuayLink also offers two routes: Q1 from Haymarket to Quayside and Q2 from Central Station to Gateshead. National Express provides long-distance coach services from and to Newcastle Coach Station on St James Boulevard. There’s also ‘Newcastle’ – the city’s mainline railway station and a principal stop on the East Coast Main Line. The nearest airport to Newcastle City Centre is Newcastle (NCL) Airport, which is just 5.9 miles away.  

Career & Business Opportunities 

The city’s economy is based on its major economic output in science, finance, retail, and education as well as its tourism and nightlife. Newcastle is home many companies’ British or regional headquarters including, but not limited to, Akzonobel, Bellway, Fenwick, Go-Ahead Group, Newcastle Building Society, Reid & Sons, and Virgin Money UK. Companies with multi-billion-pound turnovers in Newcastle include Nissan, Arriva plc, Go-Ahead Group, Vertu Motors, Bellway and Sage Group, and there is also a huge list of companies with multi-million-pound turnover too! 

Sports 

Whether you are a football, rugby or horse racing fan, the city of Newcastle has held a strong sporting tradition and has excellent sports facilities with 62 sports clubs – some of which would even let you play for fun!  

Newcastle United, founded in 1892, is Newcastle’s premiership football club, which has won numerous titles including: four League titles, six FA Cups, a FA Charity Shield, the 1968-69 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and the 2006 UEFA Intertoto Cup! If you fancy catching a Newcastle match, you should always book your tickets in advance, as it has a large number of loyal supporters!  

The Newcastle Falcons, dating back from 1877, is Newcastle’s leading union team in Rugby. Rugby is an increasingly popular spectator sport in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The team has won 5 major titles so far, including the Premiership in 1998, and four domestic cups in 1976, 1977, 2001 and 2004. The team usually attracts large crowds, playing regular matches at Newcastle’s impressive Kingston Park Stadium! 

Relocation to Liverpool

Social Scene & Culture

Liverpool is a city and metropolitan borough in the Northwest of England, situated on the bay of the river Mersey that opens out onto the Irish Sea. The city’s metropolitan area is the fifth largest in the United Kingdom with a population of 2.25 million residents. The city of Liverpool is well known for its culture, architecture, and transportation links.  

One of Liverpool’s greatest claims to fame is being the birthplace of all four of the Beatles. The band brought the first global attention to the city! Why not take an immersive walk-through journey into the Beatles Story, an award-winning exhibition devoted to sharing more than you’ll ever know about the Fab Four and their band, alongside a deep dive into life in the swinging ‘60s too, with exclusive memorabilia and interactive areas.  

If you are after culture and the arts, Tate Liverpool is a gallery with a distinct identity, home to the nation’s collection of modern and contemporary art! The entry is free, and it takes almost two hours to go around Tate Liverpool gallery. Merseyside Maritime Museum brings Liverpool’s nautical history to life and its location would allow you to explore the development of the world-famous port! Just within five minutes’ walk from the Maritime Museum, you could head to the Museum of Liverpool, a magnificent waterfront museum, where you can enjoy more than 6,000 objects representing thousands of years of the city’s achievements!  

You can’t miss out on the Royal Liver Building, enjoying a fully guided tour of the historic clock tower with views over the city while viewing a digital projection show! Finally, if that isn’t enough to give you an idea of the city’s heritage, why not join the RIBA North offering a walking tour around Hope Street, one of the most important streets in the city, to discover Liverpool’s fine examples of classic architecture and sculpture – an UNESCO World Heritage Site!

Eating & Drinking

From stunning high-rise date spots to street food gems, Liverpool has something for anyone when it comes to eating! The city has a diverse and fast-expanding food scene, providing cuisines from across the world, whether you’d like to try food similar to Europe’s tastes, Asia or America! 

If you’re into trying a Liverpool tradition, a dish called Scouse, the most popular, is a type of stew, usually prepared with mutton or beef paired with thick-cut vegetables. The dish is actually so popular in the region, that the word ‘scouse’ is nowadays also used as a nickname for the people from the area, and the name of the local dialect. If you enjoy traditional Yorkshire puddings, another dish that you should try is Toad in The Hole. This dish is a giant yorkie stuffed with British sausages and topped with gravy. As for dessert, Wet Nelly is just as popular and just as tasty! 

Liverpool has plenty of bars to sit back and relax in to enjoy your favourite drink! A good old Gin and Tonic is the nation’s and Liverpool locals’ favourite drink. Others may prefer Berry and Rye, Rum – Smugglers Cove, and of course, beer! Whatever your taste is, there are numerous coffee shops and pubs to quench your thirst! 

Public Transportation 

Liverpool is a major city with significant transport links. It has rail, road, and ferry networks, serving its visitors and residents. The easiest way to get around is by the comprehensive system of Merseyrail linking most suburban areas to the city centre. There are 4 underground stations located in the main shopping and business areas, including the Mersey Railway, which was the second underground line ever in the world, that opened in 1886. The city’s hybrid suburban-urban rail network consists of three lines: the Northern Line, Ormskirk, and Kirkby. Northern Line is the main operator for mainline services out of London, including links to Blackpool, Manchester, Preston, Warrington, and Wigan.  

National Express provides long-distance coach services, while tour bus services are City Sights and City Explorer by Maghull. There are also local buses serving the whole city and its surroundings.  The city has numerous major roads such as the A580 which links it with Salford. The M62 motorway connects the city with Hull and the M6 provides links to further afield areas including Birmingham, Staffordshire, the Lake District and Scotland! 

Liverpool is home to the John Lennon Airport, which is served by many transportation links to the city centre.  

Career & Business Opportunities  

Liverpool is one of the largest cities in the United Kingdom and its economy is dominated by service sector industries, both private and public. The city’s major sectors of employment are public administration, education, health, banking, finance and insurance. Some big companies based in the city include the Jacob’s Crackers, Unilever, B&M, Typhoo, Princes Food, Nichols and the list goes on! All things considered, the city has an optimistic outlook when it comes to career and business opportunities.  

Sports 

Liverpool is best known for its football clubs Everton and Liverpool, which are two of the Premiership’s finest! Liverpool Football Club (FC) competes in the Premier League which is the top tier of English football. The club has won a total of nineteen League titles, seven FA Cups, eight League Cups and fifteen FA Community Shields! Everton FC also competes in the Premier League and has a record of 118 seasons of competitions – being the second-longest continuous serving club in English top flight football! 

The Grand National steeplechase is held annually at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool. The National Hunt horse race has an official distance of about 4 miles 514 yards (6.907 km), with horses jumping 30 fences over two laps! It is labelled the world’s most famous steeplechase and regarded as the most watched horse race on the planet!  

Last but not least, the region also boasts England’s Golf Coast which is the finest of championship golf in the world! The fabulous Royal Liverpool at Hoylake in the Wirral is the second oldest seaside links course in England and is home to one of the best collections of golf memorabilia!  

Relocation to Manchester

Social Scene & Culture

Manchester is one of the most exciting places to visit and live in the UK! The city is youthful, diverse and energetic; whether it’s a Premiership football match, or a high-profile music concert, there’s always something going on in Manchester! Manchester is the most populous city and metropolitan borough in North West England and Greater Manchester, with a population of 2.7 million people.  

 

Manchester boasts striking museums such as the Science and Industry Museum, and the Manchester Museum where you can explore the city’s rich legacy of scientific discoveries, or find out how Manchester’s heritage is interlaced with the cotton industry, enjoy interactive galleries and much more! Manchester Museum is the UK’s leading university museum displaying works of archaeology, anthropology, and natural history. Although this museum is closed for construction until February 2023, it will be a must-visit as it will be bigger, more inclusive, and more wondrous than it previously was! Other spectacular museums include Clayton Hall Museum, People History Museum, and the Imperial War Museum North.  

Manchester Art gallery has a collection of more than 25,000 objects and it is visited by more than half a million people every year! The objects include oil paintings, watercolours, drawings, sculptures, miniatures, and prints. The gallery is home to an Egyptian canopic jar from circa 1100 BC.  

The region is home to the Manchester Central Library which is a Grade II Listed building. The striking form of the library was inspired by the Pantheon in Rome. Manchester Cathedral is also an iconic building and one of the city’s Grade I Listed buildings! 

Albert Square is a historic site located in the heart of Manchester. Its architecture is Gothic style, and its huge space makes it ideal for seasonal events, including the famous Manchester Christmas Markets! Just a short walk from there, why not visit ‘The city of Manchester Distillery’ to enjoy award winning experiences. Take a tour of the distillery, taste and see first-hand what goes into making one of the most award-winning gins in the country – the Manchester Three Rivers Gin!  

Finally, if you want something a little out of the hustle and bustle of town, Fletcher Moss Park & Botanical Gardens is well known for its botanical beauty, and its many antiquated and unusual plants and flowers! 

Eating & Drinking 

One of the favourite beverages of a ‘Mancunian’ is often beer, affirming the fact that although bars and pubs are expanding their drinks menu, Brits are always happy with a perfectly poured pint! For a traditional alcoholic drink, why not try Manchester Three Rivers Gin, which is made at the city’s first ever Gin Distillery and is a well-balanced Super Premium Gin! 

Another popular traditional delicacy in Manchester is Pasty Barm, which is buttered barm cake with a pastry – often the standard meat and potato – as the filling. It is one of the city’s favourite snacks, and it could be one of yours too! 

Manchester city centre is packed with excellent restaurants and pubs to choose from, when it comes to eating and drinking. The city’s food and drink culture is thriving! If you’re after traditional food, there are plenty of delicacies you could try, including Black Pudding, Eccles Cake, Manchester Tart, and Pasty Barm.  

Manchester tart is a traditional English custard pie, consisting of a shortcrust pastry shell, spread with raspberry jam, topped with coconut flakes and a Maraschino cherry. It often contains a thin layer of sliced bananas under the custard. You could easily make your own Manchester Tart, but you could also enjoy it in coffee shops, paired with a cup of tea or coffee!  

Sports

Manchester is well known and world-famous for its football teams, including Manchester City and Manchester United. Besides football, the city has had a huge impact on some of the UK’s best-known Olympians and Paralympians. Just to name a few: Swimming and cycling world-champion Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey, Taekwondo stars Jade Jones and Lutalo Muhammed, cycling gold medallists Jason Kenny and Laura Trott, amongst others, all live or train in Manchester. The city also boasts its ice hockey team called Manchester Storm which is one of Europe’s best supported teams.  

Manchester United is one of the most famous professional football clubs, based in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester and is home to the largest football stadium in the UK, Old Trafford. The team competes in the Premier League – the top flight of English football – and has been associated with one of the most attacking teams in world football. United have won numerous trophies including a record 20 League titles, 12 FA Cups, 5 League Cups and a record 21 FA Community Shields! 

Manchester City also competes in the Premier League and occupies the expanded football stadium, Etihad Stadium. City have won 28 major honours throughout their history which are: 7 league titles, 6 FA Cups, 8 League Cups, 6 FA Charity/Community Shields, and 1 European Cup Winners’ Cup!  

Career & Business Opportunities  

Typical industry areas in Manchester include digital and creative, financial, legal and business services, biotechnology, advanced manufacturing, environmental technologies, tourism, global sports brands, media and real estate. Manchester is home to many of the world’s biggest companies’ offices. Unilever, Kellogg’s, Siemens, Iceland, Klarna, Amazon, and Microsoft, just to name a few, are included on the list. All things considered, the job market in Manchester is strong and it is considered to be the fastest growing city in the UK! 

Public Transportation 

Although Manchester has a city centre that you can easily explore on foot, it also has a vast and reliable public transportation system. Transport for Greater Manchester, as it is called, connects the city with its outskirts via tram, bus, and train. You can get around the city centre for free, as Manchester offers three free of charge bus routes!   

Manchester is served by the Metrolink tram network, one of the most successful light railway systems in the UK, providing many useful tram routes including line 6 to the airport. There are also 91 stations on Manchester’s suburban train system, alongside rail networks that connect you to the neighbouring towns including Ashton-under-Lyne, Bolton, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, and Wigan. 

The city has many dedicated marked cycle lanes and dedicated routes throughout the city centre and beyond! 

Manchester’s city centre and Greater Manchester is served by Manchester International Airport (MAN). The airport is located just 8 miles from the city centre and it’s the 3rd busiest airport in the UK, with many international connections.  

 

Relocation to Sheffield

Social Scene & Culture 

Weston Park Museum, located within Weston Park in Sheffield, is a fantastic, hands on, interactive museum. A few of the museum’s permanent displays are the Arctic World, Sheffield Through The Ages, Sheffield Life & Times, and Picturing Sheffield. It’s a must-visit inclusive museum! Additionally, if you’re after the arts, the Graves Gallery is the home of Sheffield’s visual art collection.  

 Kelham Island Museum, part of the Sheffield industrial Museums Trust, houses the objects, pictures and archive material representing Sheffield’s industrial story, from the past 300 years. You’ll also be able to see an impressive collection of tools, along with historic vehicles. A short walk from Kelham Island Museum, why not visit the astonishing Grade I listed building of Sheffield Town Hall which has a publicly displayed collection of silverware. The building is also used as a venue for special occasions such as weddings and larger celebrations. Sheffield Manor Lodge is also a famous heritage venue for weddings, events, and workshops. 

As aforementioned, Sheffield has many well-tended parks and a stunning greenbelt area you could visit for a day close to nature! Sheffield Botanical Gardens, situated close to the city centre, are listed by English Heritage as a Grade II site of special historic and architectural interest. The site has notable glass pavilions and over 5,000 species of plants in 19 acres of land! Graves Park Animal Farm is the city’s largest public green space where you can see several rare farm animals including goats, llamas, and donkeys. Sheffield Winter Garden, one of the UK’s largest temperate glasshouses, is also a very popular garden which boasts over 2,500 plants. The nearby Peace Gardens are also worth the visit! Finally, you can’t miss out visiting the Rivelin Valley Nature Trail, to enjoy the spectacular scenery of loads of waterfalls and other natural beauty!

Public Transportation 

Sheffield city centre is ideal for exploring it on foot, as you can easily walk around the city as well as to vibrant suburbs, such as Kelham Island and Ecclesall Road. The city has also good transportation links, with a system consisting of bus, train and tram services. Supertram, operated by Stagecoach, offers four routes covering the main transport links in the city. Bus routes cover an even more extensive area; ‘Stagecoach’ and ‘First’ are the two main operators and they reach nearly every corner of the city.  

Sheffield is connected with major cities such as Edinburgh, Newcastle, Plymouth and reading via CrossCountry trains. TransPennine Express offers routes from Manchester to Sheffield, and from Cleethorpes to Sheffield. The city is linked to the national motorway network via the M1 and M18 motorways.  

The closest airports to Sheffield are Doncaster/Sheffield (DSA) Airport, Manchester, Leeds Bradford and East Midlands, with Manchester being the best option as it has easy train transfers. Doncaster Airport is linked with the city via the M1 motorway.  

 

Eating & Drinking

When it comes to drinks, Sheffield is home to many popular and talented brewers such as the Abbeydale Brewery, Kelham Island Brewery and the Sheffield Brewery Company. All of them are a must-try for all ale fans!  

Sheffield has a fascinating assortment of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants which are more than enough for all tastes. The city is blessed with a huge array of delicious unconventional foods and flavours coming straight from the kitchens of creative cooks and producers! Just to name a few of the city’s best productions: Our Cow Molly – delightful ice cream, Sheffield Honey Company – honey straight from combes, Khoo’s hot sauce – spicy sauce in varying degrees, and Yorkshire Crisps – crunchy crisps packed with serious flavours. 

Sheffield has a few unique dishes for you to taste! In the North, people are fond of a pie, and a dish with meat and tattie (potato) served with mushy peas, gravy and Henderson’s Relish, it’s a favourite for dinner! The dish, often referred to as a Yorkshire fish cake, is a creation of two pieces of potato with white fish sandwiched in the middle and then fried with butter. The dish is often a winner for lunch or dinner! 

Career & Business opportunities

Reports have shown that Sheffield businesses have been named in the top ten fastest growing in the region, with some of them having increased their revenues by almost 25 per cent! 

While iron and steel have always been the main industries of Sheffield, it also has a good mix of major sectors, including manufacturing, construction, retail and technology. One of the biggest employers in Sheffield is construction giant SIG UK, generating revenues of £2.6bn. Other big companies based in the city include ARM Holdings, Aviva, BT Group, Cap Gemini, Capita, DXC Technology, and the list goes on!  

Sports

Sheffield is home to two league clubs, Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United, the basketball team Sheffield Sharks, the top flight ice hockey team Sheffield Steelers, and a premier League speedway team called Sheffield Tigers. The city’s main rugby league club is Sheffield Eagles.  

Sheffield United Football Club competes in the Championship, the second tier of English football. The club have won the First Division once, the FA Cup 4 times, and the FA Cup final twice!  

Sheffield Football Club although now based in nearby Dronfield, does originally come from Sheffield. The Club is originally recognised by FIFA as the oldest club in the world existing and still playing, founded in 1857! They currently compete in the Northern Premier League and in the Rules derby. (Rules derby is a football derby played in Sheffield between Sheffield F.C. and Hallam F.C.) 

Relocation to Leeds

Social Scene & Culture 

Leeds is a city and metropolitan borough in the county of West Yorkshire. The city lies along the river Aire and is the largest city in the county of West Yorkshire. Leeds is well-known for its historical moments and its economic vibrancy. A few outstanding areas that the region excels in, include music, sports, arts, and politics.  

Leeds boasts 94 museums and galleries to pick from. One of the most popular is the Royal Armouries Museum which houses the UK’s national collection of arms and armour. The museum includes five galleries with over 4,500 objects on display, and live combat demonstrations on how historic armour and weapons were used. Why not learn the history of medicine as you wander through the streets of Victorian Leeds; Thackray Museum of Medicine offers a 19th century operating theatre where you can watch gruesome operations. By visiting this museum, you could also explore a 70s-style sexual health clinic, the medical innovations that changed the world, and many more!  

Leeds City Museum is very inclusive; not only can you discover the city’s story, but you could visit the Ancient Worlds gallery, to find out how the Egyptians, Romans and Greeks contributed to a life in the world as we know it today. Other things to see and do at this museum, include varied collections – The Collectors Cabinet, natural world – Life on Earth, World View: Voices of Asia, and more.  

Situated on the outskirts of Leeds, Thwaite Watermill is an industrial museum which is a fully restored working water-powered mill! The mill is on an island in the river Aire, alongside other four associated buildings which are all grade II listed buildings. Last but not least, is the Stanley & Audrey Burton gallery, which offers innovative art exhibitions and displays treasures from the University Art Collection and Library Special Collections! Rare Chippendale furniture and interior designs will leave you speechless!  

Harewood House is one of the Treasure Houses of England, an astonishing building that will capture your imagination and feed your curiosity! The house also has art collections to rival the finest in Britain! 

 

Public Transport 

Leeds has good transportation links consisting of a big network of buses and trains. The city is linked by rail and road with the rest of the country, and its railway station is one of the busiest in Britain. The station lies on the Cross Country Route between Scotland, the Midlands and South West England, offering routes to major cities including Birmingham, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Derby, Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth, and Penzance. Leeds train station is located just a few minutes’ walk away from the city centre and is well organised offering good amenities. Just to name a few popular routes and their average travel time from and to Leeds: London – 2h 12 mins, Newcastle – 1h 21mins, Manchester – 44 mins, Edinburgh – 2h 54 mins, and Liverpool – 1h 24 mins.  

The bus system in Leeds is simple and comprehensive to get you in and out of the city centre. There are frequent buses (every 6-7 minutes) running throughout the city between useful locations, such as the railway station, Leeds University and the shopping centre. There are also longer distance routes including services to and from Harrogate, York, and the Yorkshire Dales.  

The city is well connected by the A1(M), M1 and M26 motorways to areas further afield, but also locally by regional primary road networks including the A58, A61, A62, A63, A64, and A65 roads. 

Leeds is served by Leeds Bradford (LBA) Airport which is 6.8 miles away. It is a busy airport operating to many domestic and European destinations.

Career & Business Opportunities 

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Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership is the UK’s largest regional economy. The region maintains a strong and successful economy where everyone can build businesses, careers and lives!  

One of Britain’s leading retailers, Asda, has its headquarters in Leeds. Other major companies based in Leeds and employ over a thousand people, include First Direct, Centrica, Ventura, Direct Line Group and Yorkshire Bank. The city houses three internationally recognised universities, one of UK’s biggest further education colleges, and the largest teaching hospital trust in the whole of Europe! 

Eating & Drinking

From cafes and tearooms to fine restaurants, pubs and more, there are plenty of delicious culinary delights to discover when you are in Leeds. The city offers an abundance of dining experiences, with many of them serving traditional Yorkshire dishes!

If you are after tasting different traditional dishes of the area, Yorkshire curd tart is a must-try desert prepared with sugar, lemon zest, butter, eggs and curd cheese! You could also find a surprisingly big number of Yorkshire pudding forms! Yorkshire pudding tastes most like a savoury pancake, however with a unique taste because it is cooked in a different way! They are commonly topped with meats or with gravy.

From rooftop bars, to dive bars, cocktail bars, gin bars, and more, there are many places to choose from, to relax and drink in Leeds. The city also celebrates a number of local breweries! It was once said that it boasted 365 bars – one for every day of the year and New Year’s Day of the following one!

Sports 

Yorkshire County Cricket Club is the most successful side in County Championship, having won 31 titles! The city’s rugby league team, Leeds Rhinos plays at Headingly Stadium and has won 11 League titles, 13 Challenge Cups and 3 World Club Challenge titles! Leeds is also home to a number of field hockey clubs including Leads Hockey Club, Leeds Adel, the University of Leeds, and Leeds Beckett University Hockey Club. The clubs compete in the North Hockey League and Yorkshire Hockey Association League!

Whether you are a football, rugby, cricket or hockey fan, Leeds has a strong sporting heritage! Leeds has just one football league team, the Leeds United F.C., which was formed following the disbanding of Leeds City and took over their Elland Road stadium. The club has won three English league titles, one FA Cup, one League Cup, two Charity/Community Shields, and two Inter-Cities Fairs! 

Calculate your move when moving to the North… 

These are just a few factors to consider for your initial budget, but most probably, there will be more, determined by you and your preferences. We are always here to consult you on everything you need regarding your relocation, so please don’t hesitate to ask for our help! The main points to consider initially when moving to the North might include…  

 

  • Shipping costs of your furnishings and personal belongings from your home country to your new home are generally calculated by quantity. Having your own belongings really does make somewhere feel like home, so please do get in touch as we can source a quote for you! 
  • The cost of any new furniture. There are properties in the UK being offered furnished, but if you choose to have an unfurnished home, you’ll need an additional budget for this (especially if you decide not to ship all of your own furniture). Note that most properties rented unfurnished in the UK, are provided with all white goods, such as washing machine, dishwasher, fridge and cooker. You can have them removed if you wish. 
  • The travel expenses. It’s hard to determine beforehand how much this cost would be, as it depends on where you’re coming from, time of year and availability. However, it would be wise to book your tickets in advance to avoid highly priced tickets. 
  • Temporary Accommodation. It is most possible not to have found a home before you arrive to the city you’re planning to live, so you’ll need to book a temporary accommodation for quite a while. A temporary please to live while looking for a permanent home will allow you to take your time when looking for properties. Depending on the city, the length of the stay and many more aspects, an indicative price for a temporary accommodation is £40-£50 per night. 
  • Two month’s rent. You will need an initial budget of double the price of your potential rent, as securing a home in the UK, requires you to pay the first month’s rent upfront and a security deposit, which is usually 5 weeks rent. For example, if the monthly rent of your new home is £2,000, the security deposit will be £2,308, so you will need a total of £4,308 just to start living in your new home.