Located in South Yorkshire, England, Rotherham is a large town which is very near to Sheffield and is sometimes known by its nickname as the ‘Homestead on the river Rothe’. Rotherham’s history can be dated back to the Middle Ages, and it became an important town during the Industrial Revolution as a result of its iron and steel production. There are a number of attractions for expats living in Rotherham to enjoy including the Rotherham Minster and the Magna Science Adventure Centre. The town’s other historical sites include the Chapel of Our Lady of Rotherham Bridge which dates back to the 15th Century and the Clifton Park Museum. Rotherham also offers a number of parks and outdoor spaces as well as entertainment venues and is home to the Rotherham United Football Club, whilst rugby union is also a popular sport in the town.
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Expats moving to Rotherham will find that the town has a low cost of living, especially compared to some of the UK’s largest cities, including nearby Sheffield. Like most of the UK, Rotherham experiences rainfall throughout the year, and whilst winters tend to be cold, summers can be warm and dry for periods, especially in July and August. Expatriates relocating to Rotherham will be able to get around the city easily thanks to a wide bus network, whilst Rotherham is well connected to other parts of the UK by train and road. There are a number of schools in Rotherham as well as further education colleges, ideal for expats moving to Rotherham with families. In order to get more information about life as an expatriate in Rotherham, expats will benefit from joining InterNations, the largest online expat network worldwide, where they can seek advice and share information with fellow expatriates in order to get a realistic and valuable insight into life in the town.
Rotherham’s economy relies upon a number of industries, and it is particularly well-known for being a center of manufacturing in the UK. Expatriates working in Rotherham may find work in areas such as the steel industry, with the Corus Engineering Steels plant being located in the town and providing steel to a number of high profile companies including AirBus A380. Expats in Rotherham seeking work may also be able to find work in private businesses, with the area due to receive a large amount of investment over a period. Retail is also an important part of Rotherham’s economy with some of the UK’s biggest retailers having a presence in the area. Expatriates who join InterNations may be able to find out more information about living in Rotherham from fellow expats through the network’s discussion groups and forums, as well as information about housing, education and other aspects of living in South Yorkshire or England in general.