The best cities for first time buyers

Whether you’re looking for your first home, somewhere to allow your family to grow or just a change in scenery, one of the toughest decisions to make is location.

But they do say that location is everything, so we’re here to help you decide with our list of the top 6 cities to live in.


Scotland may not have been on the top of your list and may seem a little out of the way, but there are far more reasons to live there other than the lower cost of living. Not only is it 20% cheaper than living in London, it also has a higher quality of life. Renowned to be one of the best shopping destinations in the UK outside London, Glasgow boasts a huge array of shops, boutiques and independent retailers.

And if that wasn’t enough, this cosmopolitan city also has over twenty museums and galleries that are just waiting to be explored!


Famous for a great night out, Newcastle houses a number of local breweries such as Northern Alchemy which offers amazing local ales. It may be the birthplace of Georgie Shore, but there is far more to this northern city than just a good night out! As one of the smallest cities in the UK, it is easy to explore by foot and take in the historic architecture. With over 240 listed buildings, if you’re a fan of historical sites of interest, you’ll be spoilt for choice!

You can also get the best of both worlds in Newcastle. Not just a great city, but surrounded by open countryside as well as beaches such as Whitely Bay which is only 20 minutes away.


You’ll never hear anyone say a bad word about Leeds! After recently seeing a period of high investment, the city is an exciting and cosmopolitan place to be with hundreds of independently run bars, pubs and restaurants. One this is certain, you’ll never get bored of the sociable side of this city.

Not only is cost of living a fraction of that of London’s, the cultural offering is booming! With a number of music venues – from the O2 Academy to Belgrave Music Hall, First Direct Arena to Brudenell Social Club, it’s a great place to expand your horizons and stay ahead of current trends.

Another small city, Leeds couldn’t be easier to explore. Don’t forget to take a trip to the surrounding towns and villages such as Harrogate and York right on the doorstep.


Manchester is the home of the weird and wonderful. The vibrant city centre is jam packed with quirky bars, shops and restaurants. Your inner foodie can go wild in the Northern Quarter – home to one of the best grilled cheese restaurants in the UK. It’s not just the place to eat, but the place to drink too. Whether you’re after a sophisticated tipple in the neon-lit Deansgate or an edgy adventure in the Northern Quarter, there is something for everyone.

And it’s not just the social side that attracts people from all over the UK, Manchester is a cultural hub packed with a number of museums as well as a wide variety of music venues. If you’re a bit of a vinyl fiend, then it’s certainly the place to indulge.


The stunning views are just one of the main draws for Liverpool. Everywhere you turn, there is another beautiful building or view! With so many outdoor bars and restaurants, there is always a perfect spot to enjoy a bev or two.

The city has deep musical roots, so it’s easy to imagine how bustling the music scene is. Annual festivals draw hundreds such as Sound City and Liverpool International Music Festival. Inspiration can hit you round every corner as this city is known for its hustle and bustle.


There’s far more to Essex than just TOWIE! Home to the world’s longest pier, Essex is a great day out for all the family. Not only is there plenty to do in this city, but London is right on your doorstep too. Just a short train journey takes you into the centre of the capital, where the possibilities are endless!

Not only is Essex a great day out, it’s a great night out too. With a number of theatres in the area including the Queens Theatre in Hornchurch and The Mercury Theatre in Colchester, it’s the perfect place to get cultural!

With so many cities to choose from across the country, we hope this has made your choice of city a little bit easier! Did you know that Keepmoat have homes available to buy in all of these locations? You can check them out here

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