The 10 Best Places to Live in the UK

The United Kingdom is all about history, lush green countryside, beautiful beaches, rugged coastlines, and a bunch of international eateries! The United Kingdom or the UK can be a bit expensive for many, but it eventually depends on where you choose to stay or live. London, for example, is one of the most expensive and best places to live in the UK but staying in this city can burn a hole in your pocket if you are not financially ready to take on the expenses. We have managed to bring out a list of the ten best places to live in the UK keeping in mind factors like cost, safety, and security.  

1 Cardiff


Cardiff, the capital of Wales, is the perfect place to soak in the revered Welsh atmosphere of friendly that makes this place an endearing one. It is very easy to fall in love with Cardiff and you will enjoy the electric atmosphere of the Millennium Stadium during a rugby match. There are lots of restaurants and bars in the Mermaid Quay where you can also enjoy a sunny afternoon on any Sunday. Cardiff is very popular among the expats as it is affordable and the people are easy to get along with. If you yearn for a bit of nature at your doorstep then stay here for some great moments. 

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2 Bristol

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Bristol is a port city that has quietly become the most sought-after city for tourists and expats. The cafe culture of the place along with its heritage is a great combination. People come here to explore the picture-perfect fishing villages and the more adventurous ones try their hand at surfing. The homes in Bristol are built on the dockyards and wharves and the long line of houses looks enchanting from a distance. 

3 Exeter

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It is a small city that is located in the county of Devon. Exeter is rich in history and the main attraction here is the 900-year old cathedral that boasts of an astronomical clock. It is not a large city and since housing is affordable here, one can afford to stay in the central district of the city. There is a good range of pubs and shops and people love the fact that it is very close to the sea. Many travel guides regard Exeter as a university town as one will come across many students of the famous University of Exeter. 

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4 Manchester

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Known as the ‘Capital of the North’, Manchester is a city that has its own personality. Everyone has heard of this city for its football teams, the musical heritage, and the industrial past. The city has a great mix of the old and new and boasts of great touristic spots like Victorian Town Hall and Salford Quays. It also has a fair share of high-rise buildings in the Deansgate area, and the expats prefer to live in the West Didsbury area as it is very affordable. When it comes to transport options, Manchester is a clear winner here too as the whole city is made accessible by the Manchester tram network. 

5 Edinburgh

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The Scottish capital of Edinburgh is best known for the iconic Edinburgh castle that looks down on the city like a guardian. It is a beautiful city, and you will be tempted to take a long stroll along the winding streets. The Fringe Festival is an annual arts festival that attracts hordes of people from all over the UK and Europe. However, the city can get too crowded, and things can get a bit pricey too! No wonder, the travel guides rate it is one of the best annual events in the UK. 

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6 Brighton

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Brighton is basically a resort city that is located along the south coast of England. It has lots of things to see and do and tourists love to see the stretch of elegant home that lines the waterfront. The families and their kids love to visit the beach and the pier. It is interesting to note that Brighton is also home to one of the largest LGBT communities of the UK. Since Brighton is very close to the capital, many people have dubbed this place as ‘London by the sea’. The neighborhoods of the city have a distinct feel and getting around the city is not at all difficult as the network of buses and local trains are quite commendable. 

7 London

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London is a multicultural city and capital of the country with a massive population. It is a huge and sprawling city that has an amazing food scene and offers endless things to do. However, staying here for a tourist or an expat is mighty expensive as hotel and accommodation rates are pretty high. Tourists love coming to London because of this rich history, the wide variety of free museums.and there is, of course, the very famous Natural History Museum and the Science Museum. 

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8 Portsmouth

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Portsmouth is a small city that has a lively student scene. The city has a historic cathedral and a row of beautiful heritage houses. The city has great railway connections and the best part is that there are great shopping options for everybody. The nightlife in Portsmouth can be a bit intimidating for the majority of the tourists but if you can ignore this and the sketchy neighborhoods, then you love this city which has been described by many as surprisingly beautiful. If you are pondering about the food scene then you will be happy to note that Gunwharf Quays has an amazing range of restaurants and designer shops. 

9 Oxford

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Who has not heard of Oxford town that houses the world famous Oxford University? The city is steeped in history and taking a stroll through the streets of Oxford will be like walking around in an open-air museum. It is a historical and charming city that has colorful Victorian houses and gets very busy at night with a fair share of bars, pubs and restaurants. 

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 10 Belfast

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When you are in Belfast, you will get the very best that Northern Island has to offer you. There are some amazingly beautiful natural attractions along the coastline including the famous Giant’s Causeway. The city offers great food options, lots of museums and a vibrant nightlife that is hard to resist.