Moving to Leeds

Are you considering moving to Leeds?

What are the factors influencing the price?

The cost of moving goods to Leeds depends on several factors: the nature, volume and the weight of course, the distance between pickup and delivery, the level of service you require and sometimes your flexibility with the timing of the operation.

How do I choose my contractor?

When you post your transport request on App A Van, it will display to all the traders who said they operated within your chosen area and were qualified to transport your type of goods. You can choose between the quotes you receive, based on price and on the reputation they gained from previous customers like you.

Can I receive additional services?

Yes. Some of our Man & Van operators will only load and drive, but others can offer additional services like storage or packing/unpacking. Make sure your transport request is precise as to what you expect exactly from your chosen trader. If you receive no answer, you can always split your request so 2 independent contractors fulfil your demand.

Moving to Leeds made easy

We have built up a network of experienced and carefully selected Man and Van contractors across the United Kingdom that can help you move to Leeds. The only thing you need to do is to register on our platform, fill in the details of your request in our online form, and all interested contractors will quote you for your custom. Whether you are moving to Leeds or within the city itself, or you have any transport need in the area, App A Van wants to be your one-stop solution.

Furthermore, by getting in touch with small Man and Van operations, it gives you a chance to use local tradesmen rather than big corporate companies. We strive to be environmentally friendly within your area – creating more jobs for the local people.

Essential links
when you’re moving to Leeds

City council

Leeds City Council is the place where you can find a lot of essential information regarding your new area, such as when the bins are collected /recycled, how to apply for parking permits, details of your school catchment area and how to register and pay for council tax. You can also find details of forthcoming events, such as festivals and road works or other temporary closures. You will also be offered to subscribe to their newsletter, which will keep you up to date with what’s happening in your new home town.

Public transport

The city centre is served by a number of free and fare-paying bus services. The maximum price is £1 per journey without a concession. Visit the Metro website for more information and time tables. You can also consult this page for details of trains from the surrounding towns into the city centre.

For cyclists, there is an interactive cycle lane map which details the council’s new “City Connect Cycle Superhighway”.


For students, websites of the institutions should be helpful for anything related to your student life. They often liaise with other institutions (such as the council) and may save you some time in making unnecessary applications. Major campuses are:
The University of Leeds
Leeds Beckett University
The University of Law
Leeds Trinity University
Leeds Art University

Moving to Leeds at a glance

  • Leeds is England’s second most populous borough with approximately 800,000 residents. It is in the county of West Yorkshire, in the North East of England.
  • The name Leeds derives from the Old Brythonic word Ladenses, which means “People Of The Fast Flowing River”, this was in reference to the River Aire which still flows through the city. However, the name originally referred to the forested area covering the Brythonic Kingdom of Elmet, which existed during the 5th century into the early 7th century.
  • Leeds is one of the greenest cities in the United Kingdom. The 62-mile Leeds Country Way takes walkers through the rural outskirts of the city, without ever being more than 7 miles from the city centre.
  • The oldest surviving film footage was recorded here in 1888 by the Frenchman Louis Le Prince. Two seconds of the Roundhay Garden Scene survive, showing Prince’s friends walking around a garden.
  • Leeds is home to the Temple Works. It was originally a flax mill and its appearance is based on the Temple of Horus in Egypt. When it was first built it was said to contain the biggest single room in the world. To maintain humidity, they grew grass on the roof. To keep the grass under control, they used sheep to graze the roof.
  • Leeds is home to the UK’s last gas lit cinema: the Hyde Park Picture House opened in 1914, just before World War One broke out. It retains many of its original features, like the external ticket booth, barrel-vaulted ceiling and ornate balcony, which makes it quite the setting to watch the latest films.
  • The Times newspaper labelled Leeds the number one cultural place to live in the United Kingdom. The city was due to be a European Capital of Culture candidate for 2023 but has been disqualified from applying due to the U.K.’s decision to leave the E.U.
  • Cluedo is from Leeds. Birmingham musician Anthony E. Pratt used his love of detective novels to make the first version of the game, originally called Murder! in 1944. He was soon introduced to master board game makers Waddington’s, who was then based in Leeds. They saw it was a winner right away and agreed to produce it under the new name of Cluedo – but they had to wait until 1949 to release the first board due to material shortages in post-war Britain
  • The Kaiser Chiefs are named after a South African football team: Leeds’ most famous sons took their name from the former club of former Leeds United captain Lucas Radebe.

Leeds is a major shopping destination for the North East of England, containing a number of shopping centres.

Leeds Kirkgate Market is a large, indoor market covering a wide range of worldwide cuisines, clothing, flowers, and pretty much anything you can think of! It offers a diverse range of street food, from the exotic to the traditional Yorkshire pudding. A farmer’s market is held on the first and third Sunday of every month and an Asian Bazaar is held every Wednesday morning. The market has been open since 1857 and has over 800 independent stalls, an Aladdin’s cave of options.

Artsmix is an outdoor market specialising in arts, crafts and artisan products that takes place every other Saturday (every week in October, November, December), outside the entrance to the Trinity Shopping Centre. Here you can pick up unique pieces of art, jewellery and homeware whilst taking the opportunity to chat with the artists who created them. Your taste buds can also be tempted with honey, artisan bread, chutney, porridge and sweets. Pop up, one-off stalls mean it’s always worth your while to head down.

Trinity Leeds is a giant shopping complex named after the adjacent Holy Trinity Church. The complex was made up of newly created stores and already existing ones. It houses a four-screen art-house cinema and a large food floor providing a haven for many pop-art outlets. The complex also houses flagship M&S and Topman stores, amongst many others.

The Corn Exchange is a Grade 1 Listed building completed in 1862, it was refurbished in 1985, and again in 2007. The Exchange is home to a large dining area and dozens of independent alternative retailers, creating unique products. It is a centre for small business entrepreneurs.

Old Norse for ‘bridge street’, Briggate is the main thoroughfare through the heart of Leeds City Centre. It has retained many of its original Victorian and pre-Victorian features. The street is pedestrianised and is flanked by several arcades both historical, and modern. 

Opened in 2016 combining the restored (in 1990) Victorian shopping arcades of the Victorian Quarter with a new shopping centre. Victoria Leeds houses many major stores who previously only had stores in London, as well as a casino. It also contains the largest stained-glass roof work in Britain.

Leeds has one of the largest student populations in the country and is recognised for diverse, vibrant and safe nightlife.

Traditional pubs

Leeds is a centre of traditional real ale, with a proud history of brewing. There are many real ale venues around the train station that combine traditional ales with modern craft beers. You’ll be spoilt for choice – just don’t try them all in one day.

Whitelock’s Ale House: The oldest pub in Leeds established in 1715. It is hidden down a tiny, hidden blind alley-way in the city centre and is well worth seeking out. Timeless Edwardian mahogany, ceramic tiles, a fireplace and stained glass are all features of this capsule of traditional pub life. Once frequented by actor Peter O’Toole and poet John Betjeman, this is a great place to relax and enjoy a good local pint and spot of lunch.

Five minutes from the train station the Head of Steam is a modern pub with a gigantic range of local and worldwide, beers – and no pesky food (well, there’s crisps). From classic Belgian’s such as Chimay to Californian IPAs and limited draught ales this unique, alternative water hole, is a great place to make your home.

Bars and Cocktails

Millennium Square was created in (you guessed it) the year 2000, and hosts a variety of modern bars and restaurants, with a large outdoor square, typically used for festivals such as the Christmas Market. Several bands have played in the square including Meat Loaf and Simple Minds. Nelson Mandela also famously visited (who thought he was in Liverpool).

Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen is a former 1930’s nursery school converted into three floors of bars, canteens, and a music venue. As well as live gigs, the venue also offers daytime yoga and classes. Pop along for a cocktail – you may learn something too.

The Maven: A small door on Call Lane leads to a hidden jewel of a cocktail bar. As well as classic and modern cocktails, the resident mixologists offer masterclasses in cocktails and spirits. A real treat.

After Hours

Leeds has a number of super-clubs that are regularly awarded honours by DJ Magazine. There is also a long established LGBT+ Freedom Quarter housing the New Penny, Leeds’s oldest gay bar. The independent Mint Club is regularly voted as one of the best nightclubs in the world.

HiFi isn’t your usual nightclub. Tucked out of the way, just behind Briggate, this buzzing underground hub is where you’ll find the best jazz, soul, funk and hip-hop tunes anywhere in the city

Call Lane Social is infamous in Leeds. It has two levels; downstairs draws you in with loud music and cool décor, and you won’t have to pay extortionate prices for your drinks. Upstairs you ascend to a Tiki-style bar, a 1950s styled tropical paradise, with fun fruity and creative cocktails on offer. It exudes a laid-back atmosphere, and with the décor featuring motifs of palm trees, dazzling prints and Fifties pin-ups, it’s perfect for some escapism in the city.

Useful information for
Moving to Leeds

Leeds has a number of varied places to live from Victorian-era houses to modern build city-centre flats and out of town suburban properties surrounded by green spaces.

Headingley has long been considered the area for the city’s student accommodation, with a number of Victorian houses converted into student rooms. However, there are still many houses that can be rented in their entirety. It has good transport links to the city centre, as well as two train stations to connect to surrounding cities. As long as you don’t mind the liveliness associated with student populations this could be an economical choice.

For those who wish to be located near good local schools; Horsforth and Alwoodley offer excellent accommodation for young families with some of Leeds’ best suburban amenities.
Alwoodley is one of the most prosperous parts of Leeds with two golf courses and a stunning reservoir park. Some of Leeds’ most salubrious and largest properties can be found here. For younger families, Horsforth is a smaller suburb with a close community feel, making it a growing attraction for young professionals wanting to settle down.

As with a great many British cities, the city centre has received a large number of new build, modern apartments over the last 10 to 15 years. Leeds Waterfront has been extensively redeveloped with a range of wharf-based apartments and studio flats. The more recently redeveloped Northern Quarter has experienced similar regeneration; being slightly removed from the city centre it offers more opportunities for growth.

Several areas close to Leeds city centre have only recently begun to be rejuvenated. They offer low rents and potential development opportunities for buyers. Armley has a reputation as the least developed of the inner-city towns with a number of social issues. However, it has an established community with strong leaders that are creating a long-term resurgence. Holbeck is similarly situated with a number of large parks and a strong, varied community.