Onwards! Five Relocation Ideas For Young Professionals
If you’re saving up and looking at your first move away from home, you’d be forgiven for panicking and simply investing in a shed for your parents’ garden
However, despite the gloom surrounding the property market, there are plenty of places around the UK that are incredibly welcoming (and reasonably priced) if you’re looking to relocate.
House-sharing is another way to cut down costs and can make many cities surprisingly affordable, including the capital itself. Here’s a selection of five places that rate highly for young professionals looking to fly the nest.
Pick your area well and there are still some parts of London that are affordable, but it’ll involve a house-share and nerves of steel, as you wait for something that is both convenient and within your price range. It’s pointless trying to provide statistics on housing, as it fluctuates so much within different areas, so it’ll require a bit of homework. The good news is that while some companies are moving away from the city due to costs, there are still a plethora of opportunities in all sorts of different sectors. It’s a particularly good spot if you want to build a career in sales or consultancy; there are a number of recruitment consultant jobs in London with Frank Recruitment Group.
As for culture, it’d be easier to list what isn’t available. The Book of Mormon musical will be going on tour later in 2019, so it may be worth catching that before it leaves the city, if you fancy a bit of theatre that will leave you in stitches. Otherwise, there’s not a street in the entire city that doesn’t have something going on within a two-minute walk of it.
High graduate wages aren’t the only reason to be considering Scotland’s second city. Monthly rental is also attractive (£331), with property prices also more than reasonable as well, as the average price of a two bedroom house comes in at £114,000. Car retailer Arnold Clark is Scotland’s largest private company, employing over 10,000 people; a great starting point for a wide range of jobs from finance to mechanical.
Any art aficionados will find themselves at home in Glasgow, with a number of galleries catering for all tastes, from classical to contemporary. The Barrowland Ballroom is one of the country’s most iconic music venues, with some of the world’s top music talent including it on tour schedules. Essentially, whether you want a raucous weekend or a quiet one, this is the perfect city for you.
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Cheap public transport opens up a lot of surrounding areas if you’re happy to commute and save some money. If you’re willing to pay for an annual Metro ticket up front, it’ll work out at £12 a week for unlimited travel throughout the entire system. Even if you decide to stay in the city centre, then it’s certainly not unaffordable (£290p/m). Newcastle has become far more gentrified than its industrial heritage would have you believe, meaning a great number of start-ups appearing, with employment opportunities in a number of industries. Bigger employers such as Sky are always keen to have a base in the North East too, due to the friendly local accent being perfect for customer service and sales roles.
There’s plenty to see and do in Newcastle, too. The Quayside has moved away from its reputation as a party capital and instead is now host to contemporary art centres such as Baltic, and the Live Theatre. Not to worry though, its famous nightlife hasn’t disappeared, it’s simply moved back into the city centre itself, so you’re still guaranteed a great night out.
There’s a reason that Sheffield often tops surveys of graduate-friendly cities. Low property prices are coupled with high graduate starting salaries, making it an incredibly attractive option for many. Sharing a two bedroom flat should be easily doable (£330p/m) but buying a house will also be feasible if you want to lay down roots. Arm Holdings are a big local employer if you’re looking at engineering, but Aviva are also based in the city and offer a variety of positions too.
Sheffield has long been something of a social hub, with facilities that cater for every taste. Whether that’s nights out on Ecclesall Road or watching one of the city’s two football clubs, you’ll be well served for things to do. If you want something beyond drinking or football, the Last Laugh Comedy Club is home to some of the finest jokers in the land, bringing TV names as well as circuit talent to its stages.
With big local employers such as GE committing to remaining in Wales regardless of any Brexit fallout, Cardiff could certainly be looked at as a safe option to relocate to. Average rental prices (£371) aren’t too bad, especially considering you’ll be in the capital. If you’re hoping to spend less, Newport is a feasible commute and will reduce your outgoings considerably.
Cardiff will certainly appeal to you if you’re not too keen on being bogged down with concrete. You can be out in the middle of the Brecon Beacons National Park, which has to be one of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful places in the United Kingdom, within an hour. That’s not to say that it won’t appeal to party-lovers too, with a fine selection of nightspots available to cater to those who play as hard as they work.