An Expat Talks about Living in
The Leeds Waterfront in Yorkshire
With two large universities in Leeds, education is a major industry. People's lives tend to revolve around work. To meet people, join The Leeds Library, hang out in cafes and pubs and consider taking college classes.
What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?
How long have you lived there?
What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
Join The Leeds Library (private) because the public libraries are not so hot. Hang out in local cafes and you soon meet the regulars. Same goes for pubs. Take classes at Swarthmore or any number of colleges.
In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.
Religious and racial differences are freely accepted. The dividing lines might run along educational/economic lines more.
What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?
Education is a major industry with two large universities and several colleges. Technology is an up and coming area.
In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?
More and more life revolves around work, I would say. And as more people are out at work all day there is less interaction with neighbours.
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If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.
Think carefully of what part of the city you would want to live in. Public transport is good but most people drive their own vehicles. Parking is scarce however.