Everything you need to know about living in Huddersfield

Everything you need to know about living in Huddersfield

Competing with West Yorkshire powerhouses Leeds and Bradford is not what Huddersfield is about.

The UK's 11th largest town in its own right, Huddersfield is something of a West Yorkshire gem.

Not only that, in many quarters it remains undiscovered, so whisper it quietly...

Living in Huddersfield

Just 14 miles south west of Leeds and a mere 24 miles north east of Manchester, Huddersfield is popular with buyers and renters for its links across the Pennines.

It's transport links back up those desires, too, while the town's mix of Victorian architecture and new development mean Huddersfield's appeal to all kinds of buyer or renter is unlikely to wane.

And if you want outdoor space, you're spoiled for choice in Huddersfield.

Sitting on the edge of the Peak District, the town boasts some of the UK's best countryside.

Houses for sale in Huddersfield

Huddersfield's traditional, rugged, stone-built period homes continue to appeal to buyers looking for period features and plenty of character.

But first-timers, second-steppers and those looking for large family homes will find something to please them in the town thanks to Huddersfield's mix of new development, it's Victorian stock and quaint local villages.

Huddersfield's terraced homes continue to dominate sales, averaging £125,024.

Bigger semi-detached houses averaged £173,026 over the past 12 months, with large detached family homes just under £295,000.

Proving there is value to be found in the town, it's overall average property price sits well below the UK national average of £247,886.

Average property price: £173,026*

Renting in Huddersfield

Popular with young professionals commuting to Manchester and Leeds thanks to its lower rental prices, Huddersfield's superb university also attracts thousands of student renters to the town each year.

But in true Huddersfield form, there is also a healthy number of larger family rentals available, many on the fringes of town in some picturesque spots.

One-bedroom flats in the town average a very affordable £484 per month, while a three-bedroom flat will cost you £731.

Larger houses, meanwhile, are available for a little over £1,000 per month

Average rent: £664**

Huddersfield transport links

When it comes to transport links in and out of town, there are few better places than Huddersfield for ease of commute.

The town sits just off the M62 between Manchester and Leeds, meaning both cities are easily accessible by road.

But it's the railways where Huddersfield really shines.

Direct trains from Huddersfield to Manchester Victoria take just 29 minutes, while Leeds is just 20 minutes away by train.

Schools in Huddersfield

Huddersfield's schools are among the best in West Yorkshire - and the Ofsted reports prove it.

'Good'-rated primary / junior schools include:

  *  St Patrick's Catholic
  *  Moldgreen Community
  *  Golcar
  *  St John's CofE
  *  Fixby
  *  Moorlands
  *  Nields
  *  Paddock
  *  Scapegoat Hill
  *  Crosland CofE
  *  Linthwaite Clough
  *  Rowley Lane

The town's 'Outstanding' primary / junior schools include Lindley and Spring Grove.

Shopping in Huddersfield

Shoppers in Huddersfield head to the Kingsgate Centre, which is home to huge branches of House of Fraser, TK Maxx and Sports Direct, as well as the likes of Topshop, River Island, JD Sports, Pandora and Next.

For independent fashion and vintage homewares, head to the Byram Arcade - a Victorian shopping arcade over three floors.

Eating out in Huddersfield

As a cosmopolitan West Yorkshire town, Huddersfield is home to pretty much any cuisine you can think of.

For Thai food, try Thai Sakon on St John's Road which serves classic Thai dishes in a contemporary setting.

Lovers of Indian spice should head to Shama on Bradford Road - if proof of greatness is in an award then Shama's Yorkshire Restaurant of the Year gong at the 2018 English Curry Awards speaks volumes.

Things to do in Huddersfield

If you like your walks across miles and miles of stunning English countryside then Huddersfield is certainly for you.

On the fringes of the Peak District, the town is only a short hop from rolling hills and stunning views.

Closer to town, Greenhead Park and Beaumont Park are also popular for fresh air.

Sport lovers, meanwhile, couldn't be better catered for with the Huddersfield Giants rugby league team and Championship football side Huddersfield Town FC both plying their trade at the John Smith's Stadium.

Things to do with the kids

As well as all that fresh air to wear out the little ones, the Kirklees Light Railway is also great fun for the children as they 'choo choo' their way along the South Pennine foothills.

If the weather is not playing ball, try the Huddersfield Leisure Centre splashpark which has a host of slides and rides to keep them entertained.

Estate agents in Huddersfield

Whitegates has been selling and managing great properties in Huddersfield for more than 35 years and we're renowned for our first-class service and skilled, knowledgeable property experts.

If you're looking at Huddersfield as the next stop on your property journey, contact the team today who will be happy to discuss your needs.

* Statistics from Rightmove, correct at June 2019
** Statistics from Zoopla, correct at June 2019