One of the larger towns in the Greater Manchester area, Oldham is located around 7 miles outside of Manchester to the east of the city. Oldham itself is surrounded by several smaller towns - including Royton, Chadderton and Failsworth - which together make up the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham, though most expatriates in Oldham tend to live in the main town. Things for expats living in Oldham to do in the area include notable sights like the Georgian neo-classical town hall, which is over 150 years old and as one of the final purpose built town halls in the area listed as a Grade 2 building; and Oldham’s war memorial, built to commemorate ‘the spirit of 1914-18’ and Oldham’s role in the Great War. Of course, it’s also easy enough to make the short trip into Manchester itself, the second biggest city in the United Kingdom and home to a variety of things to see and do.
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Any expatriate moving to Oldham will find a town full of history and character. It played a key part in Britain’s Industrial Revolution of the 18th Century, and at one point was the most productive town for cotton spinning in the entire world. Many of the cotton mills from the period can still be seen dotted throughout the town, and some have been converted into flats and offices. As part of the Greater Manchester area, Oldham is well connected to the rest of the UK, and two key motorways are within easy reach: the M62 and M60. That makes getting to InterNations expats in nearby Leeds or Liverpool easy, as well as travel down to London or up to beautiful Edinburgh. If you don’t have a car, Manchester’s airport and railway station are only a short journey away.
Oldham is known as an ‘international centre of textile manufacture’, and has been for some time. In truth, the heyday of the textile industry in the area is now over (like much of the North of England, the town saw a lot less industrialization in the 20th Century) and most people working in Oldham are employed in publishing, health care or food processing, which are the dominant sectors in the town (though there are still a fair amount of textile factories located in Oldham). Many people choose to live in Oldham and commute into Manchester itself for work, as Manchester has a thriving, growing economy and plenty of jobs available. And, in case you cannot find any fellow expats living in Oldham on InterNations, there are bound to be expatriates in Manchester who are also members of our international expat community. So join InterNations in order to meet other expatriates, socialize, network and exchange advice on settling down in one of the biggest urban areas in Britain.