Moving to Manchester
Expats moving to Manchester will find that the UK’s second largest city is a thriving and ethnically diverse place. A cocktail of world-renowned educational institutions and multinational businesses are based in Manchester, making it a popular place for expats to study and work.
Manchester’s working world is predominantly made up of business professionals, seasoned academics and researchers. Nearby Trafford has a large media complex where creative professionals work for top media institutions such as the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the Independent Television Network (ITV) and many others.
New arrivals in the city will notice that much of Manchester’s charisma is based around its musical and sporting history. Home to iconic football teams, sports stars and musicians, expats will soon learn that Mancunians are passionate about their sports and music, and the city hosts festivals and sporting events throughout the year. The city’s eclectic selection of restaurants and vibrant nightlife is also a draw card for expats.
This mix of sport, music and ongoing events makes for great entertainment and many of the expats who move to Manchester stay longer than initially intended. The city is also home to large Chinese, Indian and Polish communities.
From a housing perspective, property is considerably cheaper in Manchester than London and the range of available properties will meet most expat requirements. From city centre apartments to executive housing with large gardens, less than a 20-minute drive from central Manchester, expats will be a short commute from the workplace.
While some parts of Manchester should be avoided, most of the city is welcoming and safe. Expats generally choose to live in the city centre or in the popular suburbs of South Manchester, each of which has a distinct character. From upmarket Didsbury to chic Chorlton, expats should find the perfect place to live in one of the city's neighbourhoods.
Expats living in Manchester will be covered under the UK’s respected NHS healthcare system, and the city has a number of reputable hospitals, including the Manchester Royal Infirmary and the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.
While there are no international schools in Manchester, there are plenty of good options for expat parents to choose from, depending on their children's ages and whether they want them to receive a private education.
Perhaps the only downside to living in Manchester, which many expats notice, is the weather. With long winter nights from October through to April, and Manchester's notorious rain, be sure to pack some cold weather clothing to keep warm.