Ideas of where to live in UK?

I am 25 and working.
I don't know how to decide where to move to, I just know I want to be in England . I come from a big busy city so would prefer to not live in the hustle and bustle of London. It can be a city just quieter. Although I am young I prefer a night in so I would prefer a city/town that is not majority a student hub.
Coming from Cameroon it would be nice to have other African immigrants /African communities.
Safety and not a "drug hotspot" is also important
I plan to have some ideas of where to live and then apply for jobs in those areas.
Unfortunately I don't know anyone in UK or I could have asked them.

Please suggest areas. Thank you :)

Hi and welcome to the Forum.

You haven't told us much about yourself.  The UK is very restrictive on who it issues work permits do; what key skills do you have?

The UK Government has just issued revised guidance that will help you see for yourself what you need to do to get a visa; this link will take you straight there.

Hope this helps.

Cynic
Expat Team

I think you need to do a lot more research about the different places that you could live, assuming you will have the right to move to the UK. Many cities have universities in their centres or outskirts but of course London is a very cosmopolitan place. Other cities like Manchester and Birmingham re also large and again with universities. If you don't mind living in smaller cities or large towns then you could live virtually anywhere since there are so many. As for avoiding drug hotspots, unfortunately many cities do have these although I have never really noticed them, they are there.

So really, assuming you will be able to live and work in the UK I suggest doing more research. Incidentally, there are many communities outside of and within London but within commuting distance.

This link is a bit dated but does give an idea to where Africans and other ethnic groups tend to live:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethnic_groups_in_London

Shill88 :

I think you need to do a lot more research about the different places that you could live, assuming you will have the right to move to the UK. Many cities have universities in their centres or outskirts but of course London is a very cosmopolitan place. Other cities like Manchester and Birmingham re also large and again with universities. If you don't mind living in smaller cities or large towns then you could live virtually anywhere since there are so many. As for avoiding drug hotspots, unfortunately many cities do have these although I have never really noticed them, they are there.

So really, assuming you will be able to live and work in the UK I suggest doing more research. Incidentally, there are many communities outside of and within London but within commuting distance.

This link is a bit dated but does give an idea to where Africans and other ethnic groups tend to live:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethnic_groups_in_London

Useful, thank you.

Just to add to it; I did find some Freedom of Information requests about Cameroonians in the UK (wanting numbers and locations).  The Government responded by saying there were between 1 > 7 thousand; the significance of that answer is that those numbers are too small to work with any of the algorithms the Government uses when doing its population statistics - to the point that any information they provided would not be reliable or useful to anyone.  So, what does it mean, 1st - the Government does not count people in or out of the country, never has, never will; 2nd - any public data is an extrapolation of the last census (2011); there is no national database to look at.

Hope this helps.

Cynic
Expat Team

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