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1. Posted by china_cat (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

hey everyone.

i am moving to england, probably in december.
i have no clue where i want to live.
i've read good things about Brighton.

i am 18 and going with my boyfriend who is 19.
i want to live somewhere cheap, where i will be able to get a job easily, somewhere relatively safe, with a good nightlife and a good music scene is really important.
also, i kinda don't like the cold to much but i can live with it.

i know i read a thread like this earlier, but i just thought i would ask the same question, with my specifics. thanks.

2. Posted by jbridget (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

Differently go to the North of England!!!!

3. Posted by carosterns (Respected Member 159 posts) 10y

I agreed, stay north of London. Birmingham is not pretty but very central and affordable with a good chance of work. Manchester is a nicer city but the weather isn't as good, but again, reasonable chance of work. Or maybe Newcastle but ditto on the weather.
But, if you don't like the cold - try Spain. England in December is cold. The warmer areas (if you can call them warm)are the more expensive.

Have you thought about Cardiff. It is certainly an up and coming place.

When I was deciding where to base myself I made sure it had an international airport and a train line to other majors centres without too many changes. That way, if you can't cope with the weather, you can get out.

4. Posted by china_cat (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

Birmingham is not pretty but very central and affordable with a good chance of work.

Thanks for the reply caro_stern.
Does anyone know how big Birmingham is?

I don't think England in winter will be colder than where i live in winter. haha.

I haven't heard much about Cardiff at all. What's it like there?

Everyone really seems to be saying that the people are nice in the north! Is there really that big of a difference?

Anyone here recommend Brighton? I know it is in the South but I was starting to seriously consider it.

Thanks again.

5. Posted by sheepie10 (Budding Member 16 posts) 10y

Birmingham is the second city in Britain so it's quite big. I lived there for quite a while and liked it. I went back this summer and was delighted to see the changes in the center. It's really nice now. You would have to select your area as some of them are not really safe.
It's central (big heart of England). One of the drawbacks is that it is pretty windy there.
Brighton is really nice but not cheap. As it is by the sea side, it's not so cold in winter.

6. Posted by liam_g (Budding Member 18 posts) 10y

yeah i would say brighton and im from there!! its a great place with the beach, and plenty of things to do and also with london being only just under an hour by train away its a great place to start off with

7. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 10y

Yes, Brighton, I live here and have done for the past 8 years (with a few travelling breaks, obviously). It's very lively, cosmopolitain and friendly dontcha know, all the benefits of London but not too big and by the sea!

It is easy to get a job, but it is a little bit expensive compared with say Liverpool/Cardiff/Newcastle. However, the quality of life makes up for it I reckon. Plus it's small enough not to have to pay for transport most places which is a bonus

[ Edit: Edited at Sep 13, 2006 9:35 AM by magykal1 ]

8. Posted by china_cat (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

I guess I don't mind if it is expensive... as long as it is easy to get a job and i will be able to eat.. and stuff haha.

It sounds good... Even if it is just a starting point... I may end up moving around, who knows...

It is so hard to decide where to live without ever seeing the place!!

9. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

Hello China cat.
Yes, Brighton is lovely. However, i do not know how easy it would be to get a job there. I think most of the Jobs are in London.

10. Posted by Beckiboo (Respected Member 134 posts) 10y

I'd recommend staying nearer London peronally. It's where everything is happening, the latest music, clubs, fashions, people etc are!!
The only downside is that it is expensive for living.

Brighton is also a brilliant place to live. Lively, near the sea, good shops and a good nightlife. Plus it's only an hour's train journey from London so you can always spend the day up here.