Originally Posted by .Kurtz.
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.
Originally Posted by chobochobo
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.
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.