Moving cities within UK

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1. Posted by rucithings (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hi all,

Me and my boyfriend want to relocate to a new city in the UK. He is adamant on Exeter and I need proof that that is the city to be.

I haven't found so many pros on Exeter and I am not convinced that is where I want to permanently move, FOREVER.

I want sunny and less wind, I don't care if it's humid or rains a lot as long as I have more sunshine than cloudy weather, and I think the most important factor is less wind in terms of weather.

I work in the aviation industry and I really want to find a place where I get paid similar in this industry. Currently I live in the North (Leeds) and my salary is above £25 000 so moving to Exeter restricts my options (or maybe I am wrong).

I still want the scenery and outdoors of the Yorkshire Dales but also an interesting city that offers decent coffee shops.

Is anyone from Exeter or that knows Exeter that wants to offer an educated opinion with pros and cons? Or maybe suggest a different city.

Please help!

2. Posted by king_golo (Respected Member 129 posts) 1y 1 Star this if you like it!

I can neither recommend nor advise against Exeter as I have never lived there myself. However, the city is nice enough for a visit and has as far as I know some nightlife and a good bunch of coffee shops to spend a few days there, too. Considering the climate, you can go worse. The southwesternmost tip of England (ok, the Scilly Islands) sees the most sunshine, and Exeter still gets some of it. Here's an overview: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climate_of_south-west_England With regard to the landscape, the spectacular Dartmoor, Exmoor and Cornish coast are very close while Wales is also not too far away. It's not the Yorkshire Dales, but I doubt that you'd find it boring! I love southwest England. I hope this helps!

3. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 1037 posts) 1y 1 Star this if you like it!

I'd suggest you have a few long weekends away on holiday around different parts of the country, to help you decide where you'd like.
Personally I like the South West very much but I'm not sure I'd want to live there...

4. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1766 posts) 1y 1 Star this if you like it!

The climate isn't going to be vastly different from Leeds to Exeter, and that's the case wherever you go in the UK - if you want sunny and little wind I'd move to Auckland!

You say your job is in the aviation industry, does that mean aircrew? In which case you're cutting down your options nearby from LBA, MAN and DSA to just Exeter and maybe Bristol and Bournemouth within commuting distance. I'd think you'd be better placed than us to know the employment opportunities.

In Devon and Dorset you've some landscapes to compare with Yorkshire but you may find the culture more reserved and lacking in so much Northern warmth.

I wonder if Bristol is worth a look? It's got a friendly vibe and lots going on, maybe brings other bases into range for your work (perhaps Cardiff, BHX or LHR are commutable for you? ) but you're further from the outdoors scenery.

5. Posted by rucithings (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hi AndyF,

Not an aircrew I am afraid, that would have been easier..I work in safety therefore office based and kind of niche.

Thank you all so far for your comments! :)

6. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2337 posts) 1y 1 Star this if you like it!

I am not personally familiar with these cities but in another life when I worked for a living I had to move a few times.

For me, easy commute to work is high on my list of things. You may find an ideal place to live with your outdoors and nature nearby but if you have a long commute to work everyday you might get sick of the drive.

Affordability is important to me. Unless you inherited a lot of money or won a huge lottery most people live within a budget. If you live above your means to be near the "perfect place" with the "perfect weather" you could easily run up your debt.

Not sure about where you live but where I am from (for some companies) the longer you stay with the same company the more seniority you gain for promotions and other perks. Not to mention most good companies have some sort of retirement benefits.

If you leave a good job because you are bored or just want something different will you be starting completely over or will you be with the same employer but in a different city?

Yeah, visit a few places first before burning your bridges behind you. Maybe walk the new city, check out shopping, check out restaurants and nightlife. Spend a few days there and talk to some of the locals. (Read the local newspapers if they have one.)

Good luck.

7. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 1037 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Quoting karazyal

Not sure about where you live but where I am from (for some companies) the longer you stay with the same company the more seniority you gain for promotions and other perks. Not to mention most good companies have some sort of retirement benefits.
If you leave a good job because you are bored or just want something different will you be starting completely over or will you be with the same employer but in a different city?

Unfortunately modern business management mean that often the only way to improve your salary/position is to move companies now.
That's not true everywhere, but it is in many places, and above the age of 40 it can become very dangerous to move around as it makes you an experienced staff member who can relatively easily and cheaply be made redundant in times of business hardship...

But I agree that the OP should base their thought process around their job.
If there aren't any jobs available in their speciality field then getting a non-skilled job in that part of the country can be very difficult.

8. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1263 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Nothing is FOREVER. When you stop thinking "forever," it is much easier to make a decision. I love the advice above to vacation in a few places and see how you feel about them. If you don't like them, don't move there. It seems silly to move somewhere you know nothing about. How can you make an educated decision if you've never seen the place?

We've moved a lot and enjoyed each place we've lived but have always liked the next place better. Each time we were fortunate enough to have gotten better jobs. You might also look for the jobs and follow those rather than pick a city and hope for a job. That's what we have done and it's worked well for us. If you have a job you enjoy, almost anyplace is a good place to live.

Whatever you choose to do, good luck and I hope it works out for you.

9. Posted by AndyLADC (Budding Member 20 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I really enjoy the BBC show "Escape to the Country". My wife and I binge watch it in the USA. It profiles people who want to move from their current UK city to another locale, usually a village in the country. (The OP's question reminded me exactly of this show.) The BBC host shows them three possible houses, but he or she also delves into the way of life and customs in county they are considering. The description may or may not match what they had imagined. Cute show!

10. Posted by anniesweetiepie (Full Member 23 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hi there!

Exeter is not that bad... First of all it has low levels of serious crime. Very important... lots of police on foot and in cars on patrol, that surely makes you feel very safe. If you get bored... no problem! It has easy access to the M5 and the rest of the country ;) The night life is alright since it is a student city.. Compared to Plymouth, Exeter is a nicer city. Let's say it is a little more upmarket. The traffic though is an issue... Plymouth has far better natural surroundings - it is one of the countries most beautiful natural harbours. One of its biggest cons is that it is further away from civilisation.
A friend of mine moved from Bristol to Exeter and he practically loves making that decision. It's a beautiful city with very few (if any) "bad places". Tiny cute city, the people are a lot friendlier... As mentioned above, nothing is forever. I've changed houses about 6-7 times and I'm 35... You can try - since your boyfriend is adamant as you said and if you don't like it you can move again. Bristol could be another option as well...