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

I live in Brighton and the job market at the moment here is OK, unless you're after megabucks, in which case you'll need to go to London.

The majority of people in Brighton doing a 'working holiday' kind of thing do either:
- Call centre work and general admin work (American Express european headquarters is in Brighton, as well as major offices for Lloyds TSB bank, Legal and General financial services, NTL and EDF energy as well as many other offices and centres.
or - Nightclub, bar, hotel and restaurant work (there is loads of it).

If you're a native english speaker there is also a lot of EFL work.

You could also be a charity mugger, but please don't! You'll only encourage them and we have to live here.....

If you want to ask any specific questions about Brighton (or indeed London or Edinburgh where I have also lived) please feel free to message me.


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

Cardiff is undergoing a lot of development at the moment. The city centre isn't huge but has all of the usual shops. The bay area is getting very trendy, lots of good bars etc and the Welsh enjoy a good party. It isn't too expensive and there seems to be plenty of work around. There is an international airport but it is a bit of a hike from town.

Birmingham is quite big, they are doing a lot of work to clean it up and the city centre has improved a lot in the last 5 or so years. The main train station is very central and it is in the centre of the country with trains going in every direction. The international airport is a short train ride from the centre of town.

As for being safe, all cities have there good and bad areas. I wouldn't suggest any city is so bad you wouldn't live there although rumour has it the locals get a bit "punchy" as a result of over indulgence in Nottingham.

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

thanks for your replies everyone.

so excited to move!!

14. Posted by bagpuss34 (Budding Member 52 posts) 10y

Ok.... i live in England...still do...and personally id not go north england... bit odd...good guys...specially the jordeys and liverpudlians... but other places ...hmmmm

Places NOT to go
Birmingham - it has good night life...but stink and is really urban
Manchester - Rough!
Gloucester - not much going on

Places to go
North London
St Albans
Brighton - expensive but nice, buzzing, ok beach..

Bedford/Milton keynes are cheapish, lots of jobs... 1 hour from london... so best of both worlds... plus you can get to london for a £10 return off peak!

Btw.. my canadian friend stayed in uk for 3 years....she says UK is colder than canada in winter....we have a wet freezing winter... she always had like 5 layers on!! shes from kamloops area...

15. Posted by triggerj (Budding Member 15 posts) 10y

[quote=bagpuss34]Ok.... i live in England...still do...and personally id not go north england... bit odd...good guys...specially the jordeys and liverpudlians... but other places ...hmmmm

Places NOT to go
Birmingham - it has good night life...but stink and is really urban
Manchester - Rough!

Pardon me sir, but since when did Manchester become rough?? You've got to head pretty far out of town to encounter any areas remotely associated with danger. Safe as anything mate, fact.

There are only pros with old Manchester. The music capital of Britian, anything goes, soundest people in the country and not overpriced, not compared to the south anyway.

This does however stink ever so slightly of the inevitable North-South issue.

Completely agree with the Birmingham verdict though...!

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

Anyone who'd rather live in MK or Bedford than Manchester or Brighton must be mad ;)

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18. Posted by nigel2304 (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

I'd like to give Bournemouth another vote. It's on the south coast, so it has really mild winters, has a real beach, and a variety of opportunities and activities.
It also has quite good connections to London.
I left the area some years ago, but a friend from Slovakia came over this summer, so I visited quite regularly.
There are a lot more foreigners there now, and my friend found a job and several places to stay. She wanted to stay, but has been persuaded to go back to finish her uni. course. She's hoping to be back early next year.
check out the official website:

19. Posted by bagpuss34 (Budding Member 52 posts) 10y

No im not saying id rather live in MK or bedford than id love to be in brighton.... but manchester?? No way!! I have cousins that live up there... there are gangs that kick poop out of ya ...even girl gangs that are i know its not just as well..and any big city for that matter ... but my cousins who live in mnchester told me to stear well clear!!

Sorry..maybe i have been given a bad picture... but stuff i have seen on news doesnt make it look that great guys...

20. Posted by philo (Full Member 107 posts) 10y

Why do you just want to stay in one place????

If I were you, I'd spend the summer months working in Cornwall- hopefully Newquay- the UK's surfing capital. A truly amazing place! In autumn orspring, get up to the lake district or wales for a few weeks. Or work in Manchester/Liverpool/Leeds and you can visit these places on your days/weekends off. In winter, move down to the South- London, Kent, Portsmouth. Somewhere with some life, and milder weather.

The North in winter is rough. Strong winds, plenty of horizontal rain, ice on the floor, grey skies. But December in the Lakes or Scotland is least for a few days, with the snow covered peaks.

Spread yourself around, and see more than just one place.