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Moving to Manchester from overseas? ACL’s living costs & relocation tips

Moving to Manchester from overseas? ACL’s living costs & relocation tips

 Their huge global survey saw Manchester beat off stiff competition from the likes of London, New York and Tokyo. The magazine praised the city for its nightlife, community spirit and friendliness, as well as commending Manchester’s resilience, pride and creativity.

Time Out has also singled out the neighbourhood of Ancoats for specific praise in a separate survey. Ancoats is an area of central Manchester which is next to our latest luxury development, Oxygen. Time Out included the area in its list of the World’s Coolest Neighbourhoods, put together with the experiences and opinions of thousands of locals in hundreds of cities across the world. Ancoats was praised for its great vibes, culture, community spirit, food, drink and nightlife.

So, you know WHY you want to move to Manchester, but if you live abroad, HOW do you do it? In this handy guide, we’ll explain everything you need to consider when moving to Manchester from overseas.

1.) If you are intending to stay more than six months anywhere in the UK, you will need a visa. Depending on your skills and the type of work you are looking for, there are several options for visas. The most common work visa types include “innovator or start-up visa”, skilled-worker via and international sportsperson visas are also popular.

2.) Many people who move to Manchester from abroad are doing so for studying. If your course lasts longer than six months, you will need a Student Visa.  When you are applying for a visa, you will need some important documents including your “Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies number”, proof of finances as well as being able to show that you meet the minimum level of English language proficiency – usually by taking a Secure English Test.

3.) Part of your visa application will require you to demonstrate you have the financial means to complete these studies. As well as enough money to pay for a year of tuition, you’ll also need to demonstrate you have at least £1,023 per month for nine months to cover living expenses.  You’ll also need to pay a healthcare surcharge of £470 for 12 months.

4.) Culturally, Manchester is very diverse and welcoming of people from all over the world. Before moving to the UK, it would also be a good idea to start thinking about preparing for British life. Why not search for Facebook groups related to your university so you can discuss any questions you have and even start making friends before you arrive.  And if you aren’t already aware, Manchester is known for its cold and sometimes wet weather! So, make sure you pack lots of warm clothes and an umbrella for those winter months!

5.) Finally, one of the most important things you’ll need to prepare for moving to Manchester is finding somewhere to live! Alliance City Living can certainly help you with that!

With our ever-expanding portfolio of Manchester apartments for rent, we work hard to match you with a building that reflects not only your budget, but how you want to live and use the space you call home. Maybe you want to be surrounded by culture? Perhaps you want to have a super-easy commute to university – or maybe you want both! Our team of experts are on hand to help you to find an apartment in the best places to rent in the UK.


So, what are you waiting for? If you‘re looking to rent an apartment in Manchester then speak to our team today! We can have a chat, find out exactly what you’re looking for and match you to the perfect home! You can contact the team here.

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