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31. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 10y

Quoting ozman

No one has mentioned Canterbury yet. Absolutely beautiful city and right in between London and Paris.

I agree.

And Hong Kong's not bad either. It's right between London and Sydney

32. Posted by tallbird (Respected Member 269 posts) 10y

Bristol is quite up and coming now. Its got a load of good clubs and bars and shops! And best of all its very close to Cornwall and Wales for weekends of rock climbing and surfing!!!

When I move back to the UK I think I might choose Bristol or Brighton!

33. Posted by Mad4it (Budding Member 26 posts) 10y

Manchester- Everything you could want but a beach.

Leeds - Just voted No.1 UK city people would like to live in.

Newcastle - Strong contender in stealing Manchesters 'Mad4It' crown. They DO drink a LOT!

Liverpool - Great crack (as in laugh ha ha) but 'Richard & Judy' have now moved to London...boo rubbish.

London - Everything AND the crown jewels

Brighton - Never been however have heard nothing but good reports (even if a certain ridiculous looking page 3 model resides there)

Edinburgh - Stunning scenery but close to arctic temperatures

Glasgow - Very good gaff but still too cold brrrrr....

  • Word of warning* Dont not bother with Hull, Leicester or Sheffield I know that much. (Apologies to all residents but I speak the truth)

Good luck and thanks for listening

34. Posted by MortNox (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

What a cool and positive thread! Although not exactly 18 anymore, I'm late 20s and busy with my Master's degree while working. I'v always lived close to a university - students make for interesting areas!

I'm moving to England from South Africa to further my studies and work a bit. Any suggestions for an older student like myself? I also have to keep job prospects (in IT) in mind?

Have spent some time in Cambridge and London, and I'd like to stay close to the City, say within 2 or 3 hours. But not IN London. Any ideas? Good quality of living, cheaper, hopefully close to rock climbing :) and perhaps good places to start raising a family (will bring along my own girl, no worries )

35. Posted by tallbird (Respected Member 269 posts) 10y

Quoting MortNox

What a cool and positive thread! Although not exactly 18 anymore, I'm late 20s and busy with my Master's degree while working. I'v always lived close to a university - students make for interesting areas!

I'm moving to England from South Africa to further my studies and work a bit. Any suggestions for an older student like myself? I also have to keep job prospects (in IT) in mind?

Have spent some time in Cambridge and London, and I'd like to stay close to the City, say within 2 or 3 hours. But not IN London. Any ideas? Good quality of living, cheaper, hopefully close to rock climbing :) and perhaps good places to start raising a family (will bring along my own girl, no worries )

Hi Tom,

Check out what I said about Bristol. Its about 3 hrs away from London, but close to Cornwall and Wales for good rock climbing. Its got a big university and the job situation down there should be quite good. Plus is cheaper to live than in London!

36. Posted by BlankFrack (Respected Member 280 posts) 10y

It's not that cold in Glasgow and Edinburgh, for most of the year Staffordshire is a lot colder than central Scotland for instance, it's not just about how far North a place is and it's hardly arctic temperatures up here, I wander around in a t-shirt from about May till September. Anyway, Glasgow is a good place to live if you live in the right area, lots of pubs, music scene is in my opinion one of the best in the UK if not Europe and it's not far from the countryside. It does rain all the time though, I can't argue against that.

Newquay - I guess all the positives for Glasgow go for Newquay as well except that it's warmer, it has a beach, but it's a lot smaller and it doesn't have as good music to my tastes. I wouldn't really want to live there because I think the constant partying/noise would get a bit tiring and it attracts some undesirables, it's more a place I'd like to go to for a weekend.

37. Posted by MortNox (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

Let me also add some value...

Cambridge is very nice, mostly because of all the students. Out of term can be relatively dead though. I'm not a big fan of the Fens, as I am more into mountains, so the scenery didn't quite excite me. However, it's awesome for long walks and cycling all over the place.

tallbird, I loved what you said about Bristol, and that's what got me to thinking about prioritising rock climbing. Haven't been there, but I loved Bath. Only visited Bath a couple of times, but it seemed a nice place to live (once again close to the uni is a nice area).

Perhaps someone can explain some of the North/South cultural differences? And is Brighton as common as people make it? As in lower class? All apologies if I offend anyone, yes I'm ignorant :-)

38. Posted by tallbird (Respected Member 269 posts) 10y

Quoting MortNox

Perhaps someone can explain some of the North/South cultural differences? And is Brighton as common as people make it? As in lower class? All apologies if I offend anyone, yes I'm ignorant :-)

Right, let me point out the main cultural differences between the Northerners and Southerners. ;) And obviously I'm very objective in this seeing as I am a Southern lass

Northerners: Talk funny!
Eat pie, chips with gravy, mushy peas and fried mars bars (although that is a bit more of a Scottish thing, I think!)
Walk around in Footie shirts, tracksuit bottoms and trainers all day!
Favourite phrase is : "Wat u lookin at?" or " I'll nut ya!"
Favourite tv programmes are Corrie and Hollyoaks

Southerners: Speak eloquently
All round very nice people;)

Clarey gets ready for the battle of the North/South divide
And before she gets hurt wants to remind everyone that she really is just taking the mikey

[ Edit: fixed quote ]

39. Posted by MortNox (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

tallbird, I don't see why you are preparing for a battle? If you are right, then the only thing northeners will have understood in that email was "Wot u lookin at?" ;)

(Now we can be attacked together!)

Seriously, I think the (perceived) culture of a city/area plays a big role in how easily one adapts to it. A lot of people on this thread seem to like Sheffield, others say it sux. This is prob due to different perceptions of culture? Even if two cities like to party all night long (e.g. Newquay and Leeds) I'm sure the type of partying is different?

Personally I prefer good theatre productions and musicals and poetry readings to all night clubbing. Does this mean I'll fit better in the South

Sounds cheesy, but I'm also thinking long term: I want to know a city has good growth potential and strong local councils, and good schools are a must.

40. Posted by Windmill (Full Member 125 posts) 10y

Like BlankFrack says, if you want nightlife, Glasgow has the most diverse music scene.

In my opinion, the fact that the Subby has the best sound system in the country wins it.

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