Pros and cons of working in a smaller city at a Big 4 (say Bristol) as compared to London? Rent is obviously cheaper but salary is also lower? Is it worth being in a smaller city or is London the place to be? Work visa is currently in progress...

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It depends on your priorities/life stage/what you like doing in your free time etc

Personally for me, If living in the UK , it’s either london or none

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I’ve lived in both bristol and london. Moving back to london after a year in bristol.

It depends what kind of person u are. Have grown up in busy cities all my life so i found bristol far too quiet, completely devoid of cultural diversity (literally 97% of my office was white and english), and generally incredibly boring. But there were some parts of it i really enjoyed, such as proximity to nature and strong ‘alternative’ culture. Lots of free spirits in the city, not that I ever spent too much time with them given I work in the corporate world.

In my opinion there’s nothing in bristol u cant get in london though, but the same cannot be said vice versa.

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OP, if you dont have the option to move to London, i will say Bristol is still a great alternative. It has a thriving music and arts scene, and beautiful scenery. Very cycle friendly too.

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