Which UK city is suitable for you and your family?
Whether you’re relocating from within the UK or arriving from foreign shores, choosing a new city or town to live in calls for careful consideration. If you have children, it’s especially important to take your time in finding a UK city that’s just right for you and your family. So, to help you out, we’ve put together a list of the most important factors when deciding on a new place to live.
According to research by CV-Library, some of the current best cities for jobs in the UK are Liverpool, Edinburgh and London, taking into account the number of vacancies and top employers in the local area. Whether you want to develop your career or take on a new challenge, it’s worth researching which businesses are headquartered in your favourite cities, along with any growing industries that could offer exciting opportunities in the months and years ahead.
For commuters, transport links will have a big impact on your work-life balance. If your journey to work is relatively quick and hassle-free, whether that’s by bus, train, bike or car, you’ll have more time at home with the family, whether you’re taking the kids to sports clubs, cooking the dinner or simply enjoying a cup of tea and a catch up.
If you have children, schooling is a major factor in choosing a new place to live. Start by checking out the latest school league tables, before reading specific Ofsted reports. But remember, the league tables are not the full picture, so it’s always worth chatting to parents, reading local newspapers and finding out more about extracurricular activities when making a decision. If you have older children, it’s also good to know which universities and colleges are nearby.
From leisure centres to libraries, supermarkets and coffee shops, it’s always worth finding out what local amenities will be on your doorstep when you move to a new city. Make a list of your priorities, whether that’s local shops or supermarkets, parks or green spaces, sports facilities for the kids or cafes for the grown-ups, and do your research before you move.
Proximity to family and friends
If your children are toddlers or teenagers, it’s always nice to down parental tools from time to time with extra help from family and friends. If you want to be near to your close family, make sure you take transport routes into account when choosing a new city to live in.
If you already know people living in cities across the UK, make sure you ask for their honest opinion about life in their particular area. By gathering as much information as you can from trusted sources, whether that’s real-world friends or online contacts, you’ll be able to make an eyes-wide-open choice about your next move.