General Introduction: Think ‘Manchester’ and you can be forgiven for having the image of a football sail through your mind. Madly passionate about the sport, this city is home to two premier league football teams, Manchester United and Manchester City. In years gone by Manchester was better known as a ‘cottonopolis’ due to its intense cotton spinning and textile industry, which catapulted it to the helm of the Industrial Revolution. Not only was it the world’s first industrialized city, Manchester was also the site of the world’s first railway station, and the place in which scientists first split the atom. These days, with the decline of manufacturing the city has languished somewhat, now ranking as the UK’s fifth largest financial hub. This hasn’t deterred tourists, who flock to the city in highest numbers after Edinburgh and London. The city is arguably one of the UK’s most exciting, progressive and fun to live in cities. Whether it be eating out, shopping til’ you drop, or grooving to an eclectic music scene, this city is hard to beat. Like other major cities, commuter traffic can be a headache. Thankfully, Manchester’s robust train and city tram network makes ditching the car in favour of public transport a viable option. To avoid commuting altogether, opt for city living, look to Deansgate Locks, Castlefield and The Ropeworks for a range of one and two bedroom modern penthouse apartments in city’s centre. If you do prefer to head out of town, the more favourable commuter villages include Chorlton and Didsbury, which boast vibrant local café cultures, or to the North, Whitefield and Prestwich, which also provide an agreeable residential option with restaurants bars and shops on hand. What is special or unique about your city? Once known as being a Northern England industrial city, Manchester has spent the last 15 years shaking off this image and has emerged as a desirable place to live, filled with culture, fine dining, good shopping and lots of entertainment. What are a newcomer's first impressions of your city? The city has a real buzz about it and newcomers are often surprised at the number of attractions and the thriving café scene. Are these impressions likely to change? Manchester is continuing to evolve, with lots of inner-city development and apartment blocks being built. The landscape will continue to change for some time yet. What is the local language? English. How easily could I live in this city without knowing this language? It is strongly recommended you learn at least conversational English before you arrive as it will help with daily life in Manchester. What are good things to remember in order to avoid offending the other residents of this city? Mancunians are very good-natured and have a good sense of humor, however it is useful to remember that there are a number of nationalities, religions and beliefs within the city so it is best to always be polite, courteous and aware of different cultures. How might the local weather affect my daily life? England has unpredictable weather! Manchester is generally cool and rainy from November to April, but from May to October the warm weather arrives and you will enjoy some wonderful warm sunshine. Is there anything else I should know about the overall character of your city or its people? Football (soccer) plays a major part in the lives of the people of Manchester, with a choice of two rival teams to support – Manchester United or Manchester City. Useful Links Visit Manchester www.visitmanchester.com Manchester Evening News www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk IMPORTANT NOTE: Crown Relocations has made every effort to present accurate information. However, regulations, rates and other variables are subject to change and Crown Relocations cannot accept responsibility for the errors that might result. Please contact your closest embassy or consulate for confirmation.