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151. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 4y

Quoting mxmlln

Finally finished reading this entire thread, so had to post something.
One of my main criteria for a place to live is that the total population within about 60 miles should be lower than 4 million. Some of these cities seem to go on forever, like Los Angeles where I'm from.

That being said, isn't Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, and Sheffield really just one big city? Don't people commute from Liverpool to Manchester for work everyday?

Also, there are a set of cities that meet my living criteria that no ones ever mentioned. What does everyone think of the following:

  1. Southampton (Somebody did mention Bournemouth)
  2. Plymouth
  3. Exeter
  4. Peterborough
  5. Ipswich
  6. Grimsby

Would appreciate if you kept this thread alive, forever...

Ipswich and Grimsby hahahaha please tell me your joking
I wouldnt live in either if it was rent and food free for life

152. Posted by FUNJONO (Budding Member 64 posts) 4y

Pick anywhere but England > everything is overpriced > horrible place in my opinion > TBH > this is no joke > it would be better to move to northern france and commute in to the UK using the channel ferries > it would be cheaper :D

But if you are dead set on the UK, I would recommend Norfolk.

153. Posted by mxmlln (Budding Member 11 posts) 4y

Funjono: I simply must move to England or Wales as it's the only language I speak (and just barely). If I could get an English speaking job as a User Experience Designer in Belgium or anywhere for that matter, I'd take it.

-reece-: Appreciate the response. Give me some details on why Ipswich and Grimsby are worthless. Are the people undateable (Too many sexually transmitted diseases per capita)? Does the city smell? Are there only sewage management jobs?

Here is the new list of cities I'm looking at to live in, though there has to be a demand for my field there:

  1. Norwich
  2. Brighton
  3. Bournemouth
  4. Exeter
  5. Bristol
  6. Cardiff
  7. Swansea
  8. Birmingham

Will be getting up that way in late February / March, but the travels start in the Vatican January 1st.

154. Posted by FUNJONO (Budding Member 64 posts) 4y

.Birmingham
.Swansea
.Cardiff
.Bristol

^^ Do not move to these < They are industrial cities < a lot of poverty < no real character.

.Brighton > Gay capital of Britain > Green party has its only UK seat at Brighton> Fun Place.
.Bournemouth > Lots of old people > Safe > although quite boring > some Character.
.Exeter > Nice city in a good county > quite a normal city > nothing wrong with it.
.Norwich > never been there so I have no idea > their football team is the worst ive ever seen.

Hope this helped :D

155. Posted by mxmlln (Budding Member 11 posts) 4y

Funjono: That was the most helpful reply I've ever received! Thank you!
Bristol and Wales were my first choice, so this sort of ruins everything, but in a good way. Maybe I'll have to check out Manchester / Liverpool just like everyone else.

Anybody else have thoughts on the list?

156. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 4y

Quoting FUNJONO

Pick anywhere but England > everything is overpriced > horrible place in my opinion > TBH > this is no joke > it would be better to move to northern france and commute in to the UK using the channel ferries > it would be cheaper :D

But if you are dead set on the UK, I would recommend Norfolk.

So you recommend Norfolk but then in another post you say you have never been to Norwich.

I lived in Norfolk for 34 years (And if you think they are the worst football team then you obviously have not watched many team.They play free flowing positive football,yes they got beat yesterday but look at what Man City did to Man Utd)
I like Norwich as a city.Alot of money has been spent lately renovating the centre and its where we used to go for a night out but Norfolk as a whole is the arse end of of nowhere. Its a dreadful place for driving around.Yes its only 2-2.5 hrs from London on the train (which costs a fortune) but everywhere else within a 30-40 mile radius is horrible.

My mum lives between Norwich and Ipswich and i got bored of living in such a flat dull boring area so i moved to the Manchester area. Great for walking,cycling (things i enjoy) and im only 5 miles from a big city. But to get back to my mums takes forever.The last 20 miles takes an hour to drive. As soon as i arrive i want to head back.

England is a country that is seriously in decline.Another recession is on the way,petrol is sky high,gas and electric prices are going through the roof and immigration is beyond a joke.

As for Ipswich and Grimsby. Where do i start. Grimsby is seaport and just a filthy dirty hell hole.Unemployment is terrible and theres nothing going for it.Its the type of place that would be better off being blown up and starting again. And it just stinks of fish.

Ipswich is very similar just a slightly better version. The nightlife sucks and just walking around the town is depressing.
What sights are there to see in either Grimsby and Ipswich NOTHING!!!!!

I guess you just have to think of why you want to live somewhere.

Is it just for work purposes,do you prefer big cities or small towns,countryside,activities,hobbies etc etc

157. Posted by mxmlln (Budding Member 11 posts) 4y

-reece-: Really appreciate the detailed response.

England is a country that is seriously in decline.Another recession is on the way,petrol is sky high,gas and electric prices are going through the roof and immigration is beyond a joke.

It's funny that you said all that negative stuff about England, because I feel precisely the same way about the United States. I've moved around a lot and what I've noticed is that each place is significantly better than the last. Even right now from Minneapolis, my favorite US city by far, I know that my next destination has a lot more to offer.

158. Posted by gii (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4y

hello there,
so excited i finally found this thread. I'm from Indonesia, 25, muslim and planning to pursue my postgraduate study (MA Human Resource manager) in the UK for September 2012 intake.

I want to have friendly people and environment, good weather and good nightlife too although i'm not that into clubbing/ club but i appreciate live music/ independent gigs so much. which city is the best for me to live in the UK (beside Birmingham, Bournemouth and Brighton) ?

In need of good advice from you all. thank you so much :)

[ Edit: Edited on 10-Dec-2011, at 23:38 by gii ]

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160. Posted by elizabeth93 ( 0 posts) 4y

Hi :) I'm from america and I've always been fascinated with england. I would love to live in a very down to earth country area with friendly people and quaint little shops. Somewhere I can have an old stone home and a large amount of land.
Any suggestions would be amazing!
Thank you!