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Living & Working In The North West

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Living in North West

The North West has two of the UK’s major cities, Manchester and Liverpool, as well as a strong industrial heritage. It is renowned for its popular sports teams and lively music scenes, but the region also has many quieter, more relaxing areas in the countryside. The Lake District is a stunning national park within the region that is a protected area of outstanding natural beauty and a perfect country retreat away from the cities. The North West is the third most populated region in the UK and its perfect mixture of cities and countryside means it attracts a large number of tourists every year.

Cost of living in North West

The average house price in the North West is £150,000, making it the second cheapest region in the UK. In the city centres of Manchester and Liverpool the cost of living can be slightly more expensive than the suburban towns, but it is still significantly cheaper than London. The average salary in the large cities also tends to be slightly higher – the average wage in Manchester city, for example, is £27,063 whereas Preston (a smaller city in the North West) is £22,683.

Renting Prices in North West

The average rental in the North West is £688 pcm. This could be slightly higher in the city centres, but usually within each town there is a range of accommodation prices and you’ll be able to find something to fit your budget.

Nightlife in North West

The major cities offer a diverse and lively nightlife with popular clubs, music and theatre venues. Preston is also within the North West region and has been voted the best student city in the past. The smaller towns may not have quite as much variety although there are numerous pubs, clubs and bars dotted around the North West. It’s also cheap compared to the South.

Notable Attractions in North West

Blackpool Pleasure Beach: An amusement park in Blackpool Pleasure Beach that has a collection of roller coasters and carnival games. It’s just across the road from the beach and Blackpool pier, so is perfect for a day out.

People’s History Museum, Manchester: A grade II listed building that is dedicated to showcasing the history of the working class. This museum is free entry and situated in Manchester city centre.

Liverpool Cathedral: Liverpool Cathedral is the seat of the Bishop of Liverpool and a Grade I listed building. You can also undertake the Cathedral tower experience, that offers breath-taking views across the city of Liverpool.

The Beatles Story Liverpool: This immersive museum brings the Beatles to life as it follows the story of how four young boys from Liverpool came to become one of the most famous bands in the world.

Albert dock, Liverpool – Liverpool was originally built on the shipping trade through its canal system, but now Albert Dock has been rejuvenated to create a pleasant area of restaurants bars, shops and museums.

Old Trafford – Old Trafford is most famously known as the football ground of Manchester United. It’s the 2nd largest football stadium in the UK.

Peak District – The Peak District is Britain’s first national park and has breathtaking views of lakes, countryside and even historic castles. It’s a popular holiday destination.

The Lowry – Located in Salford, The Lowry is a popular theatre that has the 2nd largest stage in England. The building’s structure is modern and hosts a selection of theatre, classes and experiences.

Chester Zoo – Most popular zoo in the North West and often considered the best zoo in the UK. It’s home to over 20,000 animals and has replicas of environments from all over the world, allowing you to fit a global trip into one day.

Lake District- The Lake District is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK and is an area of outstanding natural beauty. It includes Lake Windermere, which is the largest natural lake in England. With an excellent selection of activities and restaurants there is always something to do in the Lake District.

Education institutions in North West

University of Bolton
University of Chester
University of Cumbria
Lancaster University
University of Liverpool
Liverpool Hope University
The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts
University of Manchester
Manchester Metropolitan University
Royal Northern College of Music
University of Salford