OK, here goes again... Somehow I just managed to erase everything I had typed in, but such is life.
I qualify for a UK ancestry visa I found out recently, as such I have two questions. I have noticed a lot of folks on this board are from the UK so I hope you guys can help.
My first question is, has anyone here ever applied for this type of visa before? or have any sort of knowledge of them?
Secondly I am wanting to know. If you could live anywhere in the UK where would it be? Not just for tourist type stuff since I plan to stay for the full 4 years allowed by the visa, so where are some really good places to live?
A little background on me. I was born in Canada, but grew up in the USA in the state of Alaska. I currently live in NYC's suburbs where I really really like being. As you can see I am familiar with both city and rural life though, so I am open to either one, I do want to be within an hour or so of a city though. Right now I am looking to Glasgow/Edinburgh Scottland as that is where my family hails from, but I am really searching for info about anywhere in the UK.
Thanks a bunch guys, I can't wait to hear from you.
I wouldn't recommend Glasgow as a place to move for anyone. Whilst the centre of town is elatively OK for bars, clubs theatres etc. the rest of the place is a bit grim and deprived. The city is surounded by huge council housing schemes and is therefore afected by the associated crime, vandalism etc. Edinburgh's still got some rough bits but in my opinion it's a lot safer and nicer and just as good, if not better, culturally.
Edinburgh Edinburgh Edinburgh!!!
I spent 4 years as a student there and had the most wonderful time - it's got culture, nightlife, a cosmopolitan mix if people, generally nice clear weather for much of the year (altho it does get v. cold) and just has a wonderful atmosphere to it, it is one of my favourite places in the world and I have travelled quite alot.
There are some rough areas, as there probably are anywhere but if you stick close to the centre you can't go far wrong.
hmmm where to live?? I grew up in the south east and went to uni in the north for 4 years and in my opinion living in the north would be the best choice...Sheffield is a great city...it's not too big but has great bars and is a great up and coming cultural place also your really close to the countryside, a bus ride out of the city and you are in the middle of rolling hills, so a great combination
another great place to live is Leeds..this has a brilliant night life, fantastic shopping and is also great for the cultural side of things again your really close to the counrtyside and can be in the middle of nowhere in under and hour..
the benefit of living in the north is the cost of living is so much lower than the south also you are surrounded by great cities to visit..nottingham, liverpool, manchester
everyone seems to flock to london but i wouldnt bother... its good for a weekend but i couldnt live there
hope this helps
I am currently at Uni in Preston - The North West is fantastic as there are several cities and easy access to the countryside. Two cities I would suggest could be Liverpool or Manchester! If you are considering either of these two or anywhere else in the North West of England then give me a shout
thanks Shauman, actually my gf and I are coming over to look at several different places... including Manchester and Liverpool. (she went to uni in Ormskirk)
We are arriving the 3rd of December and will be around the UK and Ireland until xmas. Let me know if you want to get together for a pint or two.
Besides that though, thanks much for mentioning Manchester as it was actually up there on my list of places to sniff around. Right now it is really the "Midlands" or Edinburgh that I am interested in.
Edinburgh's great! I am into my second year of studying in Edinburgh and having a wicked time living here-you have the street party on Prince's street for Edinburgh's hogmanay which is amazing......people from all parts of the world are here, all celebrating new year together, watching a magnificent fireworks display over Edinburgh Castle. Then you have the festival period at the end of August where there is so much to see-art, theatre, stand-up comedians...it's great. Even to just be about around these times, you get such a buzz from the place. And I'm sure you'll have heard, the MTV awards were held here a few weeks ago-that's a good enough reason to move here! Generally, I'd recommend it as a relaxed yet exciting place to live-ok, the weather's not great but everything else makes up for it!
Well all very nice lots of big cities being suggested here, and I cant fault any of them - liverpool, manchester, glasgow, etc etc. However my friend, if you can ignore the fact that its a little more expensive than most places in the UK then move to sunny bournemouth! I hear some people laughing - probably the ones that havent been there in the last few years! One of the only places in England with a real summer beach culture (if you want it), fantastic scenery and surroundings 20 mins away in all directions, its a cosmopolitan and young town.
Well - you have to stick up for your home town dont you?
PS: Much better than Brighton, and as for Southampton.....ha!
Edinburgh ! Its a Cool city....and quite unique. Its the only place of note in Scotland that I found ! I, Like you, hail from there.......I found Scotland too be a terrible "kip" but Edinburgh is just wonderfull....Best Wishes.....PS...Visit Camera Obscura. Its up by the Castle !
Glasgow has a lot to offer in the way of culture and nightlife, and it is also relatively cheap for buying or renting houses in comparison to Edinburgh.The west end of Glasgow is student land - with lots of specialist cafes, bars and restaurants.It also has museums and galleries and one of the oldest universities in Scotland.In the city centre there is an array of centres,art galleries and of course bars and clubs to suit anyones taste.Glasgow is also an excellent base for travelling around scotland as it is pretty central in transport link terms.The historic town of St.andrews is only 1h 40min away and loch lomond and other scenic places are a short drive too.Glasgow and Edinburgh are very close anyway (only 40 mins on train) and you couldn't go wrong living in either one!