A closer look at Leeds' coworking hotspots
As Leeds’ key sectors grow, so too do the flexible workspaces available for the city’s remote workers and small business.
The buzz around Leeds seems to be at an all-time high and there’s just cause for it. The Channel 4 Head Office move, the ever-expanding South Bank development, and Leeds City Council looking to bring the Engine House back into use for the region’s TV and film sector, are all signs of growth.
As the city grows, so does the workforce. With the changing nature of modern working, freelancers, remote workers and business team members can practically work from anywhere with a good wifi connection. The demand for flexible workspace continues to grow year on year so we’ve put together a list of coworking spaces in Leeds.
Here's a concise list of some of the city’s coworking spaces that could be useful if you're a freelancer, sole trader or small business in Leeds:
With a company motto of people first, business second, Duke is a seriously cool place to get your head down and do some work. The coworking space provides a range of workspaces, creative services and facilities, and was recently won the IPSE Coworking Space of the Year 2019.
Address: 3 Sheaf St, Leeds LS10 1HD
Conveniently and centrally located, the Open Data Institute coworking space offers views across Leeds from its collaborative workspace on the top floor of Munro House. Flooded with natural light, ODI Leeds offers a relaxed industrial vibe for those looking for somewhere independent and a little bit different. Unlimited Yorkshire Tea is also free to members.
Address: 3rd Floor, Munro House, Duke St, Leeds LS9 8AG
With two workspaces in Leeds, Wizu provides coworkers with everything you would expect, plus showers, event areas, a stocked kitchen and cycle storage. As far as exteriors go, their space in the Leeming Building is nothing short of grand and their Number 32 space is modern and welcoming.
Address: The Leeming Building, Ludgate Hill, LS2 7HZ and 32 Park Cross St, LS1 2QH
Located in Leeds on East Parade, Avenue offers monthly member socials, a great event space and rooftop desks for when the suns out. There are 200 coworking desks, 35 private offices, 10 meeting rooms and a fully-licenced bar.
Address: 10-12 East Parade, LS1 2AJ
With options at Northgate and St Andrew’s house, Workspace Hub offers a variety of desk space for hot-desking, coworking or longer term accomodation. You can even rent a meeting room with a flat screen TV and whiteboard wall.
Address: 118 North St, LS2 7PN and St Andrews House, St Andrew's St, LS3 1LF
Home to photographers, illustrators, copywriters, tattoo artists, web designers, event producers, wedding planners and a couple of dogs, Lightspace Collective is a coworking community only 10 minutes from the city centre.
Address: Lightspace Collective, Authorpe Road, LS6 4JB
A Grade II listed original flax mill, Castleton Mill has been repurposed as a collection of creative work spaces and studios that are high quality and affordable. The space is a collection of creative office spaces and also includes Beam Works, a facility that helps develop creative entrepreneurs.
Address: Castleton Mill, Castleton Close, LS12 2DS
The benefits of Leeds’ coworking spaces
Coworking is a great opportunity for workers to meet others, build up their network, collaborate and get some work done, and where better to do all of those things than in a city like Leeds.
As the city’s reputation grows as a digital stronghold, more opportunities arise for people to engage with the freelance talent and coworking spaces like Duke Studios, Wizu and ODI Leeds all host events that bring together the sector.
With three universities in the city, there’s a big focus on retaining young talent. With a variety of great food spots, nightlife, and the beautiful Yorkshire Dales on the doorstep, freelancers and remote workers can build themselves an enviable lifestyle.
Why choose a coworking space here
Leeds is well connected to other Northern cities and only two and a half hours on the train from London. It’s affordable and with national agencies opening up Leeds offices, especially since the announcement of the Channel 4 move, many recognise its potential for business.
If you’re a freelance web developer, coder, photographer, graphic designer or any other form of digital nomad, you’re likely to find work in a city which is home to six out of the top 10 digital agencies in Prolific North’s Top 50 Digital list.
Prices for desk space at the coworking spaces mentioned ranges between £100 - £350 per month but with many of them promising high-speed internet as standard, as well as free Yorkshire Tea, there’s certainly scope for people to find a workspace that works for them in Leeds.