Living and playing
The cost of living in Middlesbrough is lower than Newcastle, York and Leeds. Average house prices in the North East are the lowest in the UK, and nearly half the national average.
Middlesbrough is currently embarked on the most ambitious housebuilding programme in its history, with more than 1,500 new homes completed over the last two years and 7,000 due by 2029. Delivering middle- and upper-market properties alongside attractive affordable housing – in quality neighbourhoods with a sense of place and a local identity – will help to attract and retain economically-active households and in turn support economic growth.
Middlesbrough has 41 primary schools, 31 of which hold a ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rating.
Of the seven secondary schools, five are performing above the national average.
Middlesbrough is home to Cleveland College of Art and Design (CCAD) and Middlesbrough College, both of which boast a 100% pass rate in many of their courses. CCAD has been top of the Tees Valley league tables for 6 years in a row, and Middlesbrough College is part of the Collab Group (formerly the 157 Group), a national cluster of elite colleges helping to shape the future skills agenda and create a network of excellence.
Middlesbrough is also home to Teesside University, which is recognised as being among the world’s top 10% of higher education institutions (Times Higher Education). Research produced by the university is recognised as being ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ by the UK’s Research Evaluation Framework (REF) for many subjects.
Middlesbrough is home to two museums, the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, dedicated to the pioneering navigator Captain James Cook, and the Dorman Museum, which houses the history of the town, including the world’s largest public collection of locally-produced, Victorian-era Linthorpe Art Pottery, and an extensive collection of items designed by Dr. Christopher Dresser, the visionary Victorian industrial designer.
The new multi-million pound Middlesbrough Sports Village complements the much-loved Rainbow and Neptune leisure centres, and sports facilities including a cycle circuit, a skate park, and an Olympic-sized velodrome. Middlesbrough also boasts seven parks awarded Green Flag status for high standards, as well as numerous parks and green spaces.
Middlesbrough offers a huge variety of eateries and independent shops, most notably clustered on fashionable Baker and Bedford Streets, and is fast becoming renowned for its unique, independent offer. The four shopping centres and numerous shopping streets are home to 23 out of 24 of the top high street brands expected in any city shopping centre, with a number of high profile new restaurant and retail openings planned for 2017.