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Where to move to in England?

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1. Posted by natalcia (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

I'm looking to move to England next summer. I'm not to sure where to move to since I'm unfamiliar with England.
I'm 26 yrs old and I'll be renting a flat with my boyfriend, but I've noticed that London will be too expensive for us. We definitely would like to live somewhere with some great places to eat, fun nightlife, good shopping and easy to get to public transportation (since we'll be selling our cars). Could anyone offer me any suggestions?



2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3742 posts) 9y

I am biased, but Manchester definitely has all the things you mentioned. nightlife, shopping and restaurants are great, and the public transport is really good and expanding. There are buses and trains, and the Metrolink, which is the light rail system, runs from North to South across the city.

It's also got a good arts scene if you are into theatres, concerts and cinemas etc.

From Manchester Airport you also have plenty of options, and lots of the budget airlines fly from Liverpool airport which is an hour away.

it's a great city without the expense or commuting that London has.

If you want to send me a personal message I can recommend some good areas and tell you which ones to avoid.

3. Posted by DaniAJ10 (Budding Member 37 posts) 9y

I always think Birmingham is a great city, it has reasonably priced housing in and out of the main city, it has a great night life, fantastic shopping, good bus, train, tram transport.

4. Posted by Walkaways (Full Member 106 posts) 9y

I live in greater London & i agree with the other posters - stay out of london. Visit it but if you want to save money & really have a good time don't live there. Ive never been to Manchester but nearby you have Lancaster which is smallish has a university so a youngish community. There was always nightlife when i went to Lancaster as well as a friendly attitude that we don't really get around london & its suburbs. So id say think about Manchester & you also have the Lake District nearby.

I was at uni at Canterbury which has the Cathedral & is a really great place - the night life does kinda suck though & in my opinion its a pretty cold part of the UK - but it is only a few hours train journey from Canterbury to london they are really frequent too. Canterbury also has two universities & has lots of young people ( but more around the early 20s age). Personally i loved Canterbury.

Other southern parts of the uk are great too - a friend of mine went to live in Devon and has only wanted to come back twice in 3 years (even though its a few hours drive). Check out Brighton too - people tend to like Brighton a lot.

Think about it though - the UK is not the same everywhere - you can have good night life but live in an unfriendly place. Or you could live in a more rural area where (in my experience) people are so so much more friendly.

Goodluck, im sure you'll have fun wherever you go.

Keep us posted as to where you choose.

5. Posted by natalcia (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

Thanks everyone for all your input! Definitely a big help! Anyone know how the crime is in the places mentioned? That is also something for me to consider.

6. Posted by natalcia (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

Thanks everyone for all your input! Definitely a big help! Anyone know how the crime is in the places mentioned? That is also something for me to consider.

7. Posted by rickdunn (Budding Member 18 posts) 9y

hey i'm from a place called Stoke-on-Trent! which is about 1 hours south from manchester, the crime is not all that bad here! but seen as it's England not every where is safe!! but small cities have less crime!

Stoke is an hour away from Wales, Chester, Brimingham etc its in the middle of England! with great night life! if not Stoke then Liverpool!!!! which is Captial of Cluture of Europe 2008! with hundreds for things going on in 08/09!

if you don't fancy England? - Wales is an amazing part of the United Kingdom e.g. Cardiff (Capital of Wales) with great city life and amazing country side!

8. Posted by bertles86 (Inactive 108 posts) 9y

Liverpool - you'll never look back!

Great buses, 4 train stations, international airport.

Cheap rental/buying prices.

Great shopping, massive makeover from the council.

European Capital of Culture 2008!

9. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 9y

I love Brighton, but cheap it ain't.

Look at Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and maybe Newcastle, all good Northern cities with nice places to live, a fair bit cheaper than London (with Manchester being priciest and Newcastle being cheapest). Stoke on Trent might be an acquired taste - I haven't acquired it, its one of my least favourite places in England.

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 16, 2008, at 3:20 AM by magykal1 ]

10. Posted by Wardsan (Travel Guru 14 posts) 9y

Depends on whether you want a big city. If you do, it's London, Manchester or Birmingham. Of course London is expensive, but salaries are higher too. Failing that, Manchester.

If a town (or smaller city), look into Bristol, Brighton, Liverpool, Oxford, York, Leeds, Newcastle. All university towns.

If by England you really mean "Britain", then consider Edinburgh. It's wonderful (and I say that as a Londoner). Glasgow is great too.

Crime is no basis on which to make a decision, since it's much the same everywhere (with a bit more in big cities, of course). It's not something to plan your life around. In comparison with the US we have far fewer homicides and far less gun crime, although I imagine other violent crimes and theft may be more comparable. The police don't usually carry guns.