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post #1 of 83
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Im planning a move to the UK within the next 6 months with my future spouse. We're trying to get a good idea of which city we will settle into as we won't have a huge amount of funds to travel around before hand. I am a sound engineer and she is a graphic designer. So far we have basically narrowed it down to three possibilities: London, Manchester, and Edinburgh.

Some factors that are important to us are: Cost of living/housing, public transport (we don't want to need a car), job market, arts/music scene, quality of apartments/housing, quality of entertainment/nightlife.

Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
post #2 of 83
Strange. Don't you have jobs to go to?
post #3 of 83
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Originally Posted by chrispy179 View Post

Im planning a move to the UK within the next 6 months with my future spouse. We're trying to get a good idea of which city we will settle into as we won't have a huge amount of funds to travel around before hand. I am a sound engineer and she is a graphic designer. So far we have basically narrowed it down to three possibilities: London, Manchester, and Edinburgh.

Some factors that are important to us are: Cost of living/housing, public transport (we don't want to need a car), job market, arts/music scene, quality of apartments/housing, quality of entertainment/nightlife.

Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!

As a sound engineer and graphic designer should you not have a good grasp on the arts and music scene?
post #4 of 83
No matter the intention, you really need a car in all 3 of those cities.

Manchester is ok
Edinburgh is nice
London is great if you have the means to live there

What sort of income would you be expecting?
post #5 of 83
I'd look at Cardiff and Bristol too. There are a lot of tv / radio production companies in those two cities with the BBC having a presence. I personally prefer them both to Manchester for culture and nightlife. You will need a good income to live in decent accomodation in London. Edinburgh is a beautiful city with good culture and would be my personal choice of your three options. Manchester will be cheapest. I don't think the job market is great anywhere at the moment.

You won't need a car in any of the cities mentioned, a car would be a positive liability in London.

Remember the UK is a small country geographically, it is relatively easy to hire a van / removal company and relocate if your first choice doesn't work out.

A standard rental agreement (assured shorthold tenancy) will lock you into a property for 6 months which should be long enough to get a good feel of a place and allow you freedom to move if you think somewhere else would be better.
post #6 of 83
When you guys say London is way too expensive, I assume you mean London itself. How about surrounding towns such as Staines (for instance) and stuff? I think it's rather cheaper (rent) and suburban train network is pretty decent to get to the city.
I do believe London worth the effort.
post #7 of 83
Neither Manchester nor Edinburgh are cheap but London is bloody expensive, and the public transport system isn't that great...may it'll be better with the Olympics, but don't count on it.
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Originally Posted by .Kurtz. View Post

When you guys say London is way too expensive, I assume you mean London itself. How about surrounding towns such as Staines (for instance) and stuff? I think it's rather cheaper (rent) and suburban train network is pretty decent to get to the city.
I do believe London worth the effort.

I wouldn't reccomend that. If you need to travel into the city for work, the cost of the train is so much that you may as well pay the extra rent and live somewhere which has the culture and nightlife the OP is looking for. Also you save commuting time.
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Originally Posted by .Kurtz. View Post

When you guys say London is way too expensive, I assume you mean London itself. How about surrounding towns such as Staines (for instance) and stuff? I think it's rather cheaper (rent) and suburban train network is pretty decent to get to the city.
I do believe London worth the effort.
He could do that, or he could just go the whole hog and buy a time machine and move to Stalin's Moscow.
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Neither Manchester nor Edinburgh are cheap but London is bloody expensive, and the public transport system isn't that great...may it'll be better with the Olympics, but don't count on it.
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London is a shithole full of guns and knives, and very expensive with incredibly rude people. Manchester is a shithole full of smackheads and guns, but less expensive and with one of the worst accents you will ever hear (if you can even understand it). I'd recommend Edinburgh, its a lovely place with a refined but not snooty sounding accent.

If you have a job in Manchester I'd live away and commute by car or train, its not as bad as going into London. Maybe get a house in Harrogate (expensive but very nice) or in the western villages of West Yorkshire, or around southern Staffordshire or north Derbyshire - there are some great places around there as long as you go to a village and you'll be half an hour away from Birmingham or Leeds if you want a change from Manc, and an hour from Sheffield where they make good music. Just avoid London, its really not worth the money.

Have you thought of Glasgow? The city centre is really nice even if the accent is a little more proletarian than Edinburgh's and some of the people (we call them Celtic and Rangers fans) a little less friendly and if you go half an hour outside there is some splendid countryside, and its only an hour from Edinburgh.

Going to a city similar in size and character to where you live now might be a good bet since you'll be in a foreign country and having to adapt to life there.
post #10 of 83
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Originally Posted by chobochobo View Post

Neither Manchester nor Edinburgh are cheap but London is bloody expensive, and the public transport system isn't that great...may it'll be better with the Olympics, but don't count on it.

The tube is expensive, especially when compared with other European metro systems i.e. Paris and Madrid. However, London's public transport system is excellent, particularly when you factor in the buses and National Rail/London Overground trains as well.
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Originally Posted by bigt View Post

No matter the intention, you really need a car in all 3 of those cities.
Manchester is ok
Edinburgh is nice
London is great if you have the means to live there
What sort of income would you be expecting?

Yes..

Edinburgh is a beautiful and friendly city ..

Great festival but do not know about job opportunities...

Manchester is so so but so TV studios are there and it is a vibrant town..

London is great but it is very very expensive...

Bristol and the South West town like Bath and Gloucester are great...

Jobs?

Not sure.
post #12 of 83
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Bristol and the South West town like Bath and Gloucester are great...
Jobs?
Not sure.

Living in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

Amazing town with great cultural scene. Can be iffy though, has both the lowest 5% of income and the highest 5%. On my 20 minute walk to work I pass two Rolls Royces, a hand full of Ferraris and (from memory) three murder/stabbing sites. Having said that I live in a 4 bedroom house with garden and very modern furnishings for £1200 per month, which is great. in London I'd be paying upwards of 5 times that amount.
post #13 of 83
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Originally Posted by lasbar View Post

Yes..
Edinburgh is a beautiful and friendly city ..
Great festival but do not know about job opportunities...
Manchester is so so but so TV studios are there and it is a vibrant town..
London is great but it is very very expensive...
Bristol and the South West town like Bath and Gloucester are great...
Jobs?
Not sure
.

The BBC have some love affair with Wales at the moment (and Denmark). There are plenty of jobs in that area, the only problem is that the locals will either attack you with pitchforks and throw pastry at you or burn your house down, depending on which side of the Severn you are on. Also it rains a lot, as it does in Manchester.
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Living in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
Amazing town with great cultural scene. Can be iffy though, has both the lowest 5% of income and the highest 5%. On my 20 minute walk to work I pass two Rolls Royces, a hand full of Ferraris and (from memory) three murder/stabbing sites. Having said that I live in a 4 bedroom house with garden and very modern furnishings for £1200 per month, which is great. in London I'd be paying upwards of 5 times that amount.
Big buyer of microphones as well.
post #15 of 83
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Originally Posted by Blackhood View Post

Living in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
Amazing town with great cultural scene. Can be iffy though, has both the lowest 5% of income and the highest 5%. On my 20 minute walk to work I pass two Rolls Royces, a hand full of Ferraris and (from memory) three murder/stabbing sites. Having said that I live in a 4 bedroom house with garden and very modern furnishings for £1200 per month, which is great. in London I'd be paying upwards of 5 times that amount.

In London , you will pay that per week..biggrin.gif
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