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Life in Yorkshire

West Yorkshire

West Yorkshire is home to the cities of Leeds and Bradford and the large towns of Huddersfield, Halifax and Wakefield. With four universities and the biggest source of employment opportunities to be found in the region, it’s a popular choice with graduates.

Leeds is the largest city in Yorkshire, the third largest in the UK and has one of the fastest growing economies of anywhere outside of London. It's a lively and passionate city with a busy city centre and a vibrant mix of the region's best shopping, nightlife and entertainment. Leeds is a big city and you'll find that areas of the city can be diverse, whether you're looking to live in a relaxed trendy suburb, a modern city centre apartment or out where the streets are cleaner and greener, you're bound to be welcomed into a friendly community.

Leeds really is a city of the night with a huge selection of restaurants, bars and clubs as well as live music venues. Leeds has always been a popular place for live music, and recent local successes include the Kaiser Chiefs, Corinne Bailey Rae, Embrace, The Music and The Pigeon Detectives. When you need to escape the buzz and the bright lights, the outstanding scenery of the Yorkshire Dales are within easy reach offering a wide range of outdoor activities and picturesque villages. Leeds is also rich in culture and heritage with historic buildings, theatres and opera on offer for the more discerning residents.

Sports is huge in Leeds with residents enjoying action from the hugely successful Leeds Rhinos Rugby League side and the not so successful Leeds United Football Club, as well as cricket at Headingley, home of the famous Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

Bradford is the sixth largest city in the UK and is a great city with lots to offer though it can often be wrongly overlooked in favour of neighbouring Leeds. Employment in Bradford is healthy, and with house prices in the area much lower than Leeds it's also ideally placed as an option for the short commute into the bigger city.

The city offers great nightlife with a huge range of pubs and bars, as well as clubs for dancing the night away. Bradford is also famed for its Asian cuisine and it's one of the best places in the UK to sample an authentic curry. Bradford offers many cultural attractions such as the National Media Museum, the unique mill village of Saltaire and, just a few miles away, you can visit the Brontë sisters' home in the quaint village of Haworth. The Victorian spa town of Ilkley is also just a short journey away and offers fine dining, boutique shops and some the best surrounding countryside in Yorkshire.

Huddersfield and Halifax both offer opportunities for graduate jobs. Halifax, home to the bank of the same name (a big graduate employer in the region), offers some of Yorkshire's best architecture and historic buildings set amongst the spectacular Pennine countryside. Historically a textile town, Huddersfield is another area that's benefited from widespread regeneration in recent years. Currently experiencing a tourist boom, it's also popular with people looking to make Yorkshire their home thanks to its thriving social scene, cultural heritage and great shopping.