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I'll be moving there this summer from London, and I just wondered what kind of atmosphere it has..
The student areas are generally targetted by burglars and there seemed to be a lot more car crime up there than down here 10 years back.
Oh and so many people drive that you can't be the same sort of pedestrian as you can in London where most drivers are also pedestrians a lot of the time: In London the motorists slow down when you go over the road against the lights but in Manchester they accelerate to try and hit you.
And it rains a lot and the motorists love to splash pedestrians so always stay away from the curb on rainy days.
Nice pubs and you can walk most places easily enough.
I'm sure you'll enjoy the city when you arrive!
big, but not massive like london. Anywhere in central is within a half hours walk of each other.
Lots of good pubs, a good varied music scene (plus lots of stuff on tour coming through regularly), relatively cheap depending on where you live. It's rough in places, but that's the same everywhere I guess. I feel safer on public transport in London than I do in Manchester. It'll feel pretty small in comparison to London too (and it irritates you when you see stuff happening in London that's a one-off), but it's got other qualities that make up for it I'd say.
everyone is so bloody smug there. It's like the guardian weekend supplement made into a suburb
a friend lives quite near it and it's not too nice. That said, central Chrolton is pretty much ground-zero in Manchester for organic food loving scandal wearers trying to out-ethical one another
a lot cheaper than down south and i find people are far nicer here too.
I live in Chorlton and yes there are some Guardianistas but I love, love, love it! Manchester is brilliant but it takes a while to appreciate it. It's very small for a city but oddly enough, unless you're in Northern Quarters, bars are quite spread apart form each other which can be annoying.
In the summer (although it does rain ALL the time) I love going to Chorlton or Sale Water park and cycling along the River Mersey right to Fletcher Moss park in Didsbury. Then coming back through Didsbury village with a few pub stops on the way back.
Nice little venue out of town is blue Cat Cafe in Heaton Mersey. The three Heatons (Heaton Moor, Mersey & Chapel) are good places to look at living in.
there's loads of sport really close. All the football teams at pretty much every level, Sale Sharks RFU (bloody good Friday night out), Wigan Warriors rugby league, Lancashire county cricket, the Velodrome.
Plus there are two national parks in 30 minutes drive.