Moving to Manchester
Expats moving to Manchester will find that the 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.
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 locals are passionate about their sports and music, and the city hosts festivals and sporting events throughout the year. The city’s exciting lifestyle and its eclectic selection of restaurants and vibrant nightlife is also a drawcard 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 just a short drive from central Manchester, expats won't have to worry about a lengthy 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. Boarding schools in nearby London are also an option.