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Moving to Manchester

Manchester has been named as the most livable UK city on numerous occasions, so there’s little wonder it’s within the UK’s second most populous urban area. The city itself has changed tenfold over the last decade, with increased investment and business flocking to the area. As a result, it now has a very similar feel to London thanks to large companies seeing the benefits of moving further north.

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Cost of Living

Rent for a one bedroom flat in the city centre comes in at around £697.20 per month on average, compared with £517.92 per month outside of the city

For the average city centre house £1195.80 should cover it per month, while outside the city, expect to budget a fraction under £797.20.

For those looking to buy a house, Manchester offers reasonable property prices, especially in comparison to London. The average flat will put you back approximately £150,500 and a semi-detached house will cost around £190,244.

Living costs are more expensive than surrounding towns, but again are much cheaper than London. A meal for two at an average restaurant will cost around £47.83, while a beer generally comes in at £3.59 – on average.

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Job Market

Thanks to Manchester’s draw for business, the jobs market is fairly healthy . The BBC’s decision to move from London to Salford and Trafford grabbed the attention of the world and added a new dimension to this already expansive city. Now there are a growing number of headquarters in Manchester, including Etihad Airways, UAE, Adidas and Kellogg’s.

Key Sectors for Employment

Once a heavily industrial area, Manchester is now a vibrant, professional place, with a number of jobs popping up in manual and professional sectors.

Logistics – Logistics is big business in Manchester – and for good reason. The city is the favored distribution location for a number of global companies, such as L’Oreal and Procter and Gamble, as it is centrally located and boasts more motorways than any other UK city. Every major city, including Edinburgh and London can be reached within four hours by road, while 60% of UK companies are within a two-hour drive. Likewise, Manchester Airport is home to the World Freight Terminal, where cargo Airlines such as China Airlines Cargo, Cathay Pacific Cargo, Lufthansa Cargo and FedEx Express serve destinations around the world from Manchester.

Finance – The Manchester City region accounts for 7% of all financial services output, and an incredible 10% of all employment in the UK. This is due to over 60 banks boasting operations in Manchester, 40 of which are overseas-owned. This makes it the largest regional corporate finance and stockbroking centre in England. Out of all the 10 largest financial centres in the UK, Manchester and Cardiff are the only cities to  have sustained financial sector employment levels, while other cities have seen heavy job losses in recent years.

Media – The BBC’s decision to move from London to MediaCity caused some controversy in the south, but the northern city embraced the development. Now the media giant employs more people outside of the capital than it does inside it. Researchers, journalists, technicians and producers all work in the Manchester HQ, meaning there’s plenty of jobs popping up for the right talent.

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Schools and Education

The independent Manchester Grammar School is one of the leading boys’ schools in the country, while Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, Sale Grammar School and Altrincham Grammar School for Boys are also excellent.

Wilbraham Primary School and St Anne’s RC Primary School are both outstanding schools for the younger children.

The two universities, the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan both have excellent reputations and are ranked amongst the best in the country for a number of subjects.

Manchester Nightlife

Thanks to its two universities, Manchester has a lively nightlife, with student bars aplenty.  Its nightlife mirrors the capital, with a number of upmarket bars and restaurants and quirky hidden gems mixed in there too.

For students and those who are young at heart, 5th Avenue and 42nd Street will be right up your alley with rock and indie to keep you dancing ‘til dawn. Club NQ is the biggest club in the Northern Quarter and has something for everyone, with bands, DJs and a cocktail lounge. Australasia, Brew Dog and the unique Taps, which allows customers to pour their own drink, are great for those who want to enjoy their drink in a slightly quieter environment.

Those with children will want to head to Jackson’s Boat which has a large kid’s play area, complete with climbing ropes, a playhouse and a boat. The traditional pub goes all out al fresco in the summer with BBQs at the weekends.

History and culture

Artistic and musical, Manchester is a hub of artistic talent. The city boasts a number of art galleries and theatres which attract attention from all over Europe. Notable spots include the Manchester Museum, which boasts one of the world’s largest collection of Ancient Egyptian artifacts.

The city also has a proud equality history, with canal street one of the most famous streets in the LGBT movement. Canal street is home to such famous bars such as Alter Ego and G-A-Y Manchester.