Manchester is a city of contrasts. Situated in the northwest of England and in the centre of a beautiful green belt region, the city itself is a thriving urban centre of industry and innovation. Home to world-renowned educational institutions and multinational businesses, Manchester offers a wealth of opportunities to expats from far and wide.
It's not just Manchester's buzzing economy that makes it a worthwhile expat destination – much of the city’s charisma is based around its rich musical and sporting history. Home to iconic football teams, sports stars and musicians, expats will soon learn that locals are passionate about their sports and music, with the city hosting festivals and sporting events throughout the year. Add to this the city's vibrant culinary scene and its pulsing nightlife, and it becomes clear why the lifestyle offered by Manchester is a major drawcard for expats moving there.
From a housing perspective, property is considerably cheaper in Manchester than in London and the range of available properties will meet most expat requirements. 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 are sure find the perfect place to live in one of the city's neighbourhoods.
Expats, even those without their own vehicle, will have easy access to the city centre and surrounds no matter where they live, as the city's excellent public transport system offers commuters plenty of options for getting around.
Manchester residents are 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 aren't any schools teaching a foreign curriculum in Manchester, there are a few private schools that offer the globally respected International Baccalaureate. There are also plenty of good local options for expat parents to choose from, depending on their children's ages and whether they want them to receive a private education.
Expats in Manchester report a good quality of life, and those with wanderlust are sure to enjoy the city's close proximity to Europe, just a short hop away by flight. Still, even those who rarely leave Manchester will never run out of things to do in this exciting city, from exploring its many cultural and historical attractions to attending the city's ever-changing mix of entertainment and sporting events. It's this high quality of life that entices many expats in Manchester to stay longer than initially intended.
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"People in Manchester are extremely friendly and you’ll find strangers will often strike up a conversation with you. People in this city are also extremely helpful and will go out of their way to help you get settled and feel at home." Check out Allison's experiences of living in Manchester as an expat in this interview.
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