Life in Middlesbrough

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Look no further if you want to provide your workforce with a positive work-life balance and a high quality of life for a low cost of living.

Middlesbrough offers an unparalleled lifestyle, with a vibrant centre teeming with coffee shops, bars, and restaurants, and the natural beauty of the North Yorkshire Moors and the rugged north east coastline only a stone’s throw away.

Residents of Middlesbrough and surrounding areas enjoy a lower cost of living than in other cities in the UK, including neighbouring Newcastle, York, and Leeds. The low cost of living allows the average earner to have 40% of their salary left over each month, a staggering proportion compared to cities such as Liverpool and Manchester.

There are a wide array of activities to enjoy throughout the year, including the regionally significant Orange Pip street market, and music, art, and drama at numerous museums and cultural venues. A wealth of city-centre shopping can be found within easy walking distance of food, drink, and specialist bars for a full day out for residents and visitors alike.

Those who prefer the great outdoors will find rolling hills, miles of beaches, acres of parkland, and wonderful wildlife sites. The North Yorkshire Moors and Yorkshire Dales are a short drive away and home to some of the most breathtaking beauty in the UK. Roseberry Topping was recently included in the 25 best walks in Britain, and the base of this iconic landmark is just a short drive from Middlesbrough’s centre.

For more information on enjoying Middlesbrough, including things to do, places to visit and upcoming events, visit the Love Middlesbrough website.


A range of housing is available to rent and buy, from attractive affordable houses to middle- and upper-market properties and city centre live-work units.

Average house prices across the Tees Valley are some of the lowest in the country, offering great value for money. A typical detached house in Middlesbrough costs less than £200,000, much lower than the national average of £365,000.

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