May 2017

Leeds – The UK’s city of choice for graduates…

Author: White Rose Office Park

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For the UK’s thousands of students, the next couple of months will be focused on exams and making sure that those all important dissertations are completed. However, it won’t be long until they have to make a decision on where they want to work and which city they want to move to pursue their career of choice.

Leeds was recently voted ‘the best city to be a graduate in the United Kingdom’, so it safe to say not all graduates will leave the city following their qualification, and Leeds can expect an influx of new graduate talent looking to relocate to the region.

According to, Leeds has the highest average graduate wage, a very positive average graduate wage of £25,000, and career opportunities compared to all cities across the UK, which is helping to attract and secure a highly skilled talent pool for Leeds businesses.

Leeds also boasts the lowest rent costs and housing rates of any other city in the United Kingdom, again helping to encourage graduates to stay in the city after their graduation. From this study, it is clear that graduates shouldn’t be enticed by the shining lights of London and should consider focussing their interest towards other cities when looking for their perfect career opportunity.

To further enhance the city’s desirability for graduates it is home to class leading retail and leisure developments across the city. Leeds has seen investment of almost £1 billion in the development of a number of retail schemes over the last four years. Most recently, the award winning £600 million Victoria Gate development which opened to the public in late 2016 and previously the £350 million Trinity Leeds, that was unveiled in 2013.

The First Direct Arena opened its doors in 2013; the first arena built in the city has already attracted live TV events such as the MOBO Awards, Sports Personality of the Year and the Premier League Darts Championships. For sports fans Headingley Stadium plays host to national and international cricket as well as open air concerts and events.

Add to the mix the Northern Powerhouse directive, helping Leeds gain more exposure worldwide, and the city has more and more reasons to be positive for the future.

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