These are the best places to live in the UK for a good work-life balance
And how much it costs to live there
Maintaining a healthy social life (or any sort of life for that matter) can be tricky when you’re holding down a full-time job. Long gone are the halcyon student days of sporadic work followed by extended periods of Friends re-runs, going to the pub and cheap-but-still-fun trips around Europe.
But what if you could move to a part of the country where there was a better work-life balance? You’d do it, right?
Well, new research from Clarendon London has revealed the top 10 places in the UK that have the best work-life balance, by finding the cities that work the least number of hours on average per week.
While the standard contractual hours of work in the UK are 37.5 hours, this survey found that in fact people tend to work a few hours extra – the average working week across the UK is actually 39.1 hours long.
There are a couple of surprising entries here – and to help you decide whether you want to pack up and make a life-changing move to one of these cities, we’ve found the average rental and property prices for the areas, according to Home.co.uk and Zoopla.
These are the cities with the best work-life balance:
1. Stirling, Scotland - 37.7 hours per week
Average rent: £692 pcm
Average house price: £213,286
2. Edinburgh, Scotland - 37.7 hours
Average rent: £1,558 pcm
Average house price: £282,620
3. Swansea, Wales - 38.1 hours
Average rent: £824 pcm
Average house price: £173,603
4. Fareham, Hampshire - 38.1 hours
Average rent: £866 pcm
Average house price: £321,756
5. Brighton & Hove, East Sussex - 38.1 hours
Average rent: £1,814 pcm
Average house price: £395,763
6. St Albans, Hertfordshire – 38.1 hours
Average rent: £1,350 pcm
Average house price: £589,247
7. Rochford, Essex – 38.1 hours
Average rent: £965 pcm
Average house price: £317,985
8. Trafford, Greater Manchester – 38.1 hours
Average rent: £801 pcm
Average house price: £299,724
9. Manchester – 38.1 hours
Average rent: £1,226 pcm
Average house price: £181,292
10. Horsham, West Sussex – 38.1 hours
Average rent: £1,334 pcm
Average house price: £453,809
The survey also looked at the average number of hours worked across the different regions of the UK. Surprisingly, Londoners actually work less than the national average with Northern Ireland coming out on top with 39.6 hours per week. Take a break once in a while Northern Ireland! Jeez!
(Images: Grzegorz Walczak / iStock / Rex / Clarendon London)