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Manchester, England

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 05, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Manchester, UK: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know about living in Manchester?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Manchester, they said:

"Before retiring in Manchester, expats should know that the city has a high cost of living compared to other parts of the UK, but it is still cheaper than London. They should also be aware that Manchester has a temperate maritime climate, with mild summers and cool winters. Expats should understand that the healthcare system in the UK is publicly funded, and they will have access to the National Health Service (NHS), but they may also want to consider private health insurance for more immediate access to specialists and procedures. They should also know that Manchester is a vibrant city with a rich history and a thriving arts and culture scene. It is home to several world-class museums, art galleries, and theaters, as well as a diverse culinary scene. Expats should be aware that Manchester is a very diverse city, with a large international community. This means that they are likely to find communities of people from their home country, as well as a wide variety of international foods and cultural events. They should also know that Manchester has excellent public transportation, including buses, trams, and trains, making it easy to get around the city and explore the surrounding areas. Expats should understand that they will need to apply for a visa to live in the UK, and the type of visa they need will depend on their circumstances. They should also be aware that the UK has a high tax rate, and they may be required to pay taxes in both the UK and their home country. Finally, expats should know that Manchester is known for its friendly and welcoming residents, and they are likely to feel at home quickly in this vibrant and diverse city," wrote one member in Manchester.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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