Moving to a new city
After University, you have to ask yourself where you want to go next. Whether you go home, back to where you were before uni started, or to a whole new place entirely, you have to have a plan of action.
Obviously, living back at home is the easier option of the two, as you don’t have to think about the adult side of finding a brand new flat like worrying about what council tax band you’ll be in or how much the electricity bill will be.
Choosing where to go
Out of university, I knew I wanted to move to Manchester. People always ask me why, and all I can think to say is just that I love the vibe that Manchester has. People don’t always like this answer, (maybe because it feels too spontaneous?) but that wasn’t the only reason I wanted to move there.
For me, Manchester was the obvious option out of the whole of England. It has great transport links, amazing night life and is cheap as chips. Not only that, but it’s half the price of London in terms of rent, living expenses and… pretty much everything you can think of.
I’ve always preferred the North of England to the South, even though I grew up as Southern as you can get.
So for me, Manchester was the way forward!
The flat search
Before moving anywhere, I had to make sure that I had enough money to move. I wanted to feel comfortable staying somewhere whilst I looked for a graduate job and because I live so far down south that living at home whilst trying to find a job in Manchester just wasn’t a sensible option.
So, with that being said, I decided to take the risk in renting before having a solid job.
Finding a cheap flat that was close to the city centre, but also not too expensive was a job in itself. You’ll find flats online that look perfect and sound amazing, but once you go view them they look like something out of ‘The Shining’.
This can be extremely disappointing, but the art of powering through is something that I excel at.
Bills, Bills, Bills
Once I found the perfect flat, I wanted to move in straight away and live there forever and bake cookies and just be you in my small bubble happiness.
But before I could do any of that, I had to research how much the bills will be on top of the rent.
Your rent could be £400 pcm but if your bills come up to £200 pcm and you actually can only afford a maximum of £500 pcm then you’re in a bit of a pickle.
Talking to the landlord or letting agent about what water company they use, or the company of the electric that is used throughout the building was extremely beneficial, because then you can phone up those companies and ask them directly how much each month will cost.
For me, my partner did all this for us, but I was just as stressed as he was about trying to wrap your head around how bills work…
Living in the city
I’ve now been living in Manchester for a grand total of 3 weeks and it seems to get bigger every time I go into the city centre. Finding the best places to eat or the cheapest bar for drinks has been quite the adventure (I recommend ‘Almost Famous’, best burgers I’ve had in a long time), but it’s been exciting because Manchester is so full of personality and life.
I’ve loved getting to know Manchester so far and I look forward to becoming a local and knowing the city inside and out, just like I do in my home town or the city I went to Uni at!
The adventure starts here.