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Moving To Stafford

Discussion in 'Stafford Chat' started by Stoke_Guy, Feb 8, 2020.

  1. Stoke_Guy

    Stoke_Guy A few posts under my belt

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    Hi Everyone!

    I'm thinking of moving to Stafford.

    I was looking online for 1 bedroom flats earlier and they all seemed over £400pcm. I wasn't wanting to pay over £350pcm. Is that price do-able in Stafford?

    Thanks!
     
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  3. tek-monkey

    tek-monkey wanna see my snake?

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    Not sure you will through an estate agent, maybe privately? House shares go for that TBH!
     
  4. Stoke_Guy

    Stoke_Guy A few posts under my belt

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    A house share for £350pcm. I pay £340pcm for my current flat in Stoke.

    Not even further out from town will the prices not come down?
     
  5. Cue

    Cue Well-Known Forumite

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    Presumably you’re coming from Stoke, judging by your name. Places are a wee bit higher down here unfortunately.

    The rental market is kinda rough, you’ll regularly find flats charging not that much less than a 3 bed house would cost.

    The rent window is quite narrow around here unless you go into the extreme highs.
     
  6. Stoke_Guy

    Stoke_Guy A few posts under my belt

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    What's it like living in Stafford?

    The town centre looks good and has most of what you want / need. I heard the nightlife is good in Stafford and what's the employment situation like?
     
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    The Hawk Well-Known Forumite

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    Our local hobbies are criticising our two councils (Stafford Borough and Staffordshire County), as well about moaning about how poor our facilities are.

    However, I travel around the country a lot and, in truth, Stafford is doing far better than most towns its size and better than some much bigger places.

    Of course, it will all depend on what you are after.
     
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    I think a lot depends on your age in terms of whether the nightlife is good. If it’s nightclubs you’re after it’s fairly poorly served (it’s not even clear to me when that Icon place is actually open) but if you fancy sampling some good beer in pleasant surroundings you’ve a good selection.

    Employment wise again it depends what you want to do! I’ve lived here 10 years and always commuted out
     
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    bunique Well-Known Forumite

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    It is about 10 billion times more pleasant than Hanley or Stoke town mind you.
     
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    kyoto49 Well-Known Forumite

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    I'd have a good long hard think about why you wish to move Stafford. What is it your looking for? What's important? What criteria are you comparing it with?

    I'm not a fan!
     
  11. tek-monkey

    tek-monkey wanna see my snake?

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    I hated Stafford til I moved out of Stafford. I didn't plan on returning, events transpired that necessitated it briefly, and then I didn't leave again. That was 20 years ago pretty much, I only planned on coming back for 6 months!
     
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    proactive Behind you with a big stick!

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    The best bit about Stafford is that, no matter how bad the traffic gets, you can always cut through Alliance Street to avoid it.
     
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    we have a nice shiny new rugby club
     
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    With illuminations to rival Blackpool.
     
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    Doxey marshes is not too far away if the ground ever dries out.
     
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    Heading sounds like one of those independent American cinema titles that’s a hit at the Sundance Film Festival

    moving.jpg
     
  17. The Hawk

    The Hawk Well-Known Forumite

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    I think I've got the first bit of the soundtrack for that film:

    And I think I will move down to Stafford
    Using the music for flight
    There's nothing I know of in Stafford
    But it's something to do with the night
    It's only a whimsical notion
    To move down to Stafford tonight
    And I probably won't move to Stafford
    But then again, I just might
     
  18. markpa12003

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    Stafford has got a number of brilliant real ale pubs, a decent selection of food establishments in town and within a short drive (soon to be two more) and some good designer shops, as well as the chain retail outlets.

    I'm too old to go to nightclubs now, however there are plenty of pubs that open to midnight and provide live entertainment.

    A nice park, doxey marches and not too far from the chase.

    Plus, we've got the mighty Stafford Rangers fc - a semi professional club. As well as Stafford Town and Brocton for your cheap proper football fix.

    I own a couple of rental properties in Stafford. There are 1 bed properties for between £375 and £400 plus. For a 2 bed property in a decent area you are looking at £450 plus.

    My properties are located at Western Downs, which is a decent area and comprises of a number local amenities and within a 20 minute walk of the town centre.

    I'm sure you will be very happy in Stafford. Ive lived in a number of places across the UK, as well as in Dubai. I'd much rather live in Stafford. My home town.
     
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    markpa12003 Well-Known Forumite

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    There are also a number of famous people that live in Stafford.
     
  20. Glam

    Glam Mad Cat Woman

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    Really? Who?
     
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  21. Stoke_Guy

    Stoke_Guy A few posts under my belt

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    I may only go out every couple of months in terms of nightclubs but the fine ale pubs sound good. I play guitar and ain't bad and wouldn't mind the occasional jam night to attend to.

    I'd be happy just working in a coffee shop to be honest and have done kitchen / catering work for the past 2 years and I think there is an agency that does that, Berry Recruitment.

    My reason for moving is I fancy a change and a new / fresh start. Stoke has quite frankly, gone downhill. Really needs doing up. Also I can jump on the 101 if I ever need come to Stoke visit family etc.

    I've been visiting Stafford town centre occasionally past week and it seems ok. I used to attend Staffordshire University (Stafford Campus) so was already a bit familiar with the area.
     
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