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london vs manchester?

I've already googled this and found a lot of North-South rivalry, but not much description of either city. I have to decide which I want to spend a year in, and I'm having a lot of difficulty. I'm hoping that someone can provide an unbiased idea of which may be preferable, based on the following information. -Diversity is important to me. I live in a city (Montreal) that's highly culturally, linguistically, sexually and intellectually diverse. I am most comfortable in this environment. -Strong local culture: I like cities that are highly energetic, passionate and creative. -Uniqueness - I don't want to end up in a city that is a knock-off of large American cities. I'm very familiar with them and they can be extremely hollow. I like to be able to explore new neighbourhoods and find unexpected things. -Reasonable cost of living -- this is where I lose London, because the rents seem outrageous. Montreal is also one of the cheapest cities in North America and London is one of the most expensive cities in the world, so I'm worried the quality of life that I am used to will be shot in London. I don't live lavishly, but I do enjoy going out and travelling (and this is part of the reason I am coming to the UK -- easy access to Europe). Are there relatively well-connected neighbourhoods in London where the rent is reasonable? I'm talking about rooms for less than a 100 GBP/month, all included. So far it doesn't seem like it, although Manchester seems to have a ton. And some questions: -What can I expect to earn in the charity/non-profit sector in the UK? I'm thinking of working in mostly refugee/immigrant services (I speak French, English and basic Spanish) and mental health (or both combined!) and how large are these sectors in both cities? Is is true that taxation and deducations on an income of 15k GBP is at a rate of about 30%? -What kinds of jobs with livable wages would I be able to find to hold me over until I find something in my area of interest? What is a livable wage in both cities? Is 15k reasonable for London? It strikes me that 15k would have me living hand to mouth in London, but this seems like an average wage for entry-level work. If anyone can fill me in, I would be most appreciative. Especially if you're familiar with all three of London, Manchester and Montreal. haha, oh dear, don't tell me Manchester is reminiscent of Toronto!! I'm moving to the UK because I dislike Toronto and I am trying to avoid moving there. :op Too many conservative, faux-pretentious people wrapped up in materialism.

Asked By: sourpatchkid - 7/17/2011
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London IS fantastic. I lived, many years there, and would not swap the experience. Not able to find much information about these cities online? That surprises me. There is a lot on Manchester... More
Answered By: TSK - 7/18/2011
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MAnchester. Other options: Go to Chester, Cheshire, Knutsford this cities are still part of the North West.
Answered By: Jenny - 7/18/2011
 
London is the most diverse city in the world. If you can think of it you can probably do in London... More
Answered By: Lee Lee - 7/19/2011
 
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