West Yorkshire

West Yorkshire is a county in the north of England. It borders Greater Manchester to the south, Lancashire to the west and the East Riding of Yorkshire to the east. Made up of seven districts, Kirklees, Calderdale, Bradford, Wakefield, Leeds, Sheffield Hallam and York, it is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes and towns in the entire country. The administrative centre for West Yorkshire is Leeds,  one of Britain’s leading business centres outside London, but there are other important towns such as Wakefield, Huddersfield and Bradford which all have their own strong economic bases. 

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Best places to live in West Yorkshire

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Where is West Yorkshire? 

West Yorkshire is located in the North of England and is bordered by the counties of Derbyshire andGreater Manchester to the south, Lancashire and North Yorkshire to the north, and South Yorkshire to the south-east.

Areas in West Yorkshire 

The metropolitan and ceremonial county of West Yorkshire is made up of five boroughs: City of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield.

The city of Leeds functions as the main commercial centre of the county, whereas Bradford is the largest borough both geographically and second largest in terms of population.

West Yorkshire universities

West Yorkshire has some of the best universities in the UK located in its larger cities, with the University of Leeds, University of Bradford, and the University of Huddersfield being standout examples.

The University of Leeds

The University of Leeds was established more than 100 years ago with over 33,000 students enrolled for courses each year. The university offers a wide range of degrees across many subject areas including medicine, law and engineering.

The University of Bradford

The University of Bradford is a research-led institution that offers courses in the arts, humanities and social sciences as well as science and technology disciplines such as computer programming, mathematics, physics, chemistry.

The University of Huddersfield

A public university that was founded in 1825, The University of Huddersfield has over 12,000 students enrolled each year. It provides courses for aspiring managers, IT professionals, engineers and language specialists among others.

Caldercot Lock in West Yorkshire

Top schools in West Yorkshire

West Yorkshire plays host to some excellent schools that are recognised for their academic excellence. Here are some of the top schools in West Yorkshire that prospective home buyers should consider if they have school-aged children who will be moving with them to a new property purchase:

The Grammar School at Leeds

Founded in the early 16th century, The Grammar School at Leeds is a selective school that educates both boys and girls between 11 and 18 years of age at their senior school. The senior school has a constantly excellent pass rate for both GCSE and A-Level exams.

York High School

A mixed secondary school and  academy, York High School  is one of the largest secondary education facilities in West Yorkshire, but still consistently archives excellent Ofsted reports and GCSE and A-Level results

South Hunsley Secondary Academy

A co-educational secondary school, South Hunsley Secondary Academy teaches students aged 11 to 16 years. This academy is located in Melton and was established back in 1956.

Now a specialised technology college, South Hunsley Secondary Academy is recognised as one of the best state schools in West Yorkshire.

The River Calder

Population of West Yorkshire

The population of West Yorkshire has grown by 18% since 2001 according to the latest census data available online from 2011. The county has a total population of approximately two million, with the vast majority living in Leeds and Bradford.

Reviews in West Yorkshire

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Love living here

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Review Date Jul 2024

Great area close to city centre and headingley centre, on the main road but surprisingly quiet in the complex

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Lovely property, modern design, well kept and friendly building management.

Appliances come built in which is super convenient for moving and made it so much easier to settle in. The external property is well kept and the grounds are always cleaned.

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The price increases each year were a shock, the rent prices increased a lot

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Really fast and friendly responses to any issues that I’ve had

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Parking expensive

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Review Date Jul 2024

In city centre
Noise minimal
Reception staff friendly
Parking expensive at the headline, which is not good

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Expensive parking is the only negative but it is large enough to not continue living here

Facilities and management nice

Negative is also removing all doormats, especially without notice. Do not think this is a fire hazard at all and is a very harsh rule

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Parking has a wait list and also increase in price every year, major deterrent to living in the headline

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Yes
Although not many problems raised due to new build

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Perfect place

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Review Date Jul 2024

Good local shops. Transport links very close, several buses, train station 20 minute walk away. Very quiet and nice views.

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Very nice neutral designs throughout. Facilities such as shared areas and gym is very convenient. Games room with pool table and darts! 24/7 security and parcel collection service. Management very friendly and approachable. Nice garden area that is always well kept.

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That the hobs switch off after 15 minutes to know for when you are cooking

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Always on hand to help and resolve any issues arised.

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Love love love ❤️

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Review Date Jul 2024

The development is excellent, staff are attentive & friendly. Location is great – 10 minutes to the train station & 5 minutes the heart of the city.
Common spaces are lovely – gym, cinema, roof terraces, work spaces

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You can tell a lot of thought has gone in to the design in the apartments & shared spaces.

The staff are super helpful but if you don’t want to talk to them you can do everything you need to do on the app which also has loads of discounts in the city

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Good – how friendly everyone is & all the great offers & exclusives available on the app.

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No issues but I’m sure they would respond quickly.

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