Affectionately known as “The Boro” by locals, Middlesbrough is a large port town in the northern English Teeside region. Although largely an industrial economy with a large chemicals industry and a busy port – the third largest in Britain and tenth largest in Europe – this city is rapidly reinventing itself. Expats living in Middlesbrough are increasingly likely to work directly or indirectly in the city’s digital animation industry, strongly linked to the town’s Teeside University. Alongside its industrial economy, expatriates in Middlesbrough will find that the town is full of historical sites, with landmarks like the Borough Council Building and nearby Acklam Hall, a 1678 country home, well worth a visit. And alongside its dynamic economy and rich heritage, expats living in Middlesbrough have plenty of arts and culture to enjoy as well. The Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Dorman Museum and Transporter Bridge Visitor Centre are all great destinations for any expatriate in Middlesbrough who wants to find out more about the town’s history or just enjoy a bit of culture.
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The town, like most in the United Kingdom, is well connected by railway to transportation hubs like Manchester, Leeds and London. Expatriates moving to Middlesbrough can also take a variety of intercity coaches to the town, with some large airports offering direct services. There is for example a nearby airport, the Durham Tees Valley Airport, which is served with flights from a number of international locations. You can also find plenty more information on the ins and outs of expatriation on the InterNations website. Our online Expat Magazine contains articles on the major issues relevant to expats moving to Middlesbrough or any other foreign city for that matter, including topics such as expat finance, insurance, family and relationships, and so on. This information is complimented with a good range of content written by other InterNations members, also available on our platform.
As an expatriate working in Middlesbrough, one of the first things you'll have to get used to is the temperature – while often sunny, the mercury rarely goes high enough to justify sun cream. The lack of ambient warmth is more than made up for by the warmth of the local community though, and expats working in Middlesbrough will quickly find themselves getting to know the town's cafes, restaurants and traditional pubs. As well as a friendly local atmosphere, you'll find a significant international network in the town. The discussion groups, private messages and forums on the InterNations website are the best way of organizing a meet-up, finding other expats in Middlesbrough to socialize and network with or simply get information on the latest things to do in the town.