Morley is a lovely Victorian market town that lies around five miles south-west of Leeds city centre in West Yorkshire.
The town is a highly popular choice with young professionals looking for somewhere to live while commuting to offices in the centre of Leeds.
We decided to put this blog post together to outline some of the reasons that Morley makes an excellent home for Leeds’s young professionals.
Could your next private rental or house share be in Morley? Learn more about the town and all it offers, and you’ll come to your own conclusion.
A quick commute
Due to its close proximity to the city centre, a commute to and from Morley is fast, easy and carefree.
If you have a car parking space near or at work, then you might prefer to drive in — in which case you should be able to get into Leeds within just 20 – 25 minutes each morning, depending on the traffic.
If you don’t want to pay for parking or prefer to take an eco-friendlier journey to work, then you have plenty of public transport options when you are renting a property in Morley.
If you’d like to jump on a bus, several services are running the route between Morley and Leeds city centre — including the 51/52 route — which takes around half an hour, on average, in standard rush hour traffic.
With an average journey time of just 11 minutes between Morley and Leeds city centre, the train is undoubtedly your fastest option.
There’s no need to worry about missing a train either as around 55 direct trains are running from Morley to Leeds per day, with 70 covering the Leeds to Morley return.
The best news is that your last train from Leeds to Morley leaves at around midnight, meaning you’re free to enjoy everything the city centre has to offer before you head home — whether that means a meal out with your boyfriend, catching up with mates over cocktails, or a few rounds of crazy golf or beer pong with your work colleagues.
Trains from Morley to Leeds start running at around quarter to six each morning, offering you the opportunity to get into the office early and enjoy some peace and quiet before your colleagues arrive!
Likewise, if you’ve got a GP or dentist appointment first thing in the morning, you can enjoy a quick and quiet commute after rush hour with a choice of regular trains and very little waiting around. You’ll hardly be missed at the office!
Easy access to the rest of the country
Additionally, Morley is nestled between the M621 and the M62, meaning you can easily access other big cities by car — such as Liverpool, Manchester, Hull, Bradford, and beyond.
Need to head to a local town for a meeting? You’ll find that’s a piece of cake from Morley, too.
There’s lots to see and do
It would be understandable for Morley not to spring to mind when you are thinking of destinations for a day out, yet the town has a lot to offer for those who live there and those who are passing through.
In autumn, the town plays host to the annual Morley Arts Festival which features live music, poetry, dance, arts, and talks. It’s not to be missed.
If you’re into keeping fit, then Morley won’t let you down on that front either. Morley Leisure Centre features a 25m swimming pool, a 132-station gym, court and pitch hire, and all manner of fitness classes for you to choose from. There are a skate park and bowling green outside the leisure centre, too!
There a few independent gyms in the area as well, alongside lovely green parks dotted around for runs, jogs and dog-walking. Or hoverboarding, if you are so inclined!
When it comes to getting your food shop done, Morley is an area that all the major supermarkets will deliver to. Otherwise, residents have both a large Morrison’s and an ASDA Superstore to choose from.
Other local attractions
Just a stone’s throw from Morley is Birstall Shopping Park — a large out-of-town retail park that is ideal for those times when you need to go shopping but don’t want the hassle of the city centre.
You’ll find everything you need in Birstall — from a large IKEA store to multiple fashion stores, a Showcase Cinema de Lux, and a wide choice of restaurants to grab a bite to eat before the film starts.
If the weather’s not great, those renting a property in Morley live close by to the White Rose Shopping Centre too. This is a large shopping mall, set over two floors — with a wide choice of popular shops downstairs and a food court upstairs with an excellent selection of cafes and restaurants.
There’s also a Cineworld IMAX and ScreenX at the White Rose Centre for those of you with a passion for the big screen.
If you’d like to find your own professional property in Morley, then you can browse our selection here. If you have any questions regarding renting in Morley, reach out to our friendly team — they’re always happy to help young professionals to find their perfect home.