Wolverhampton is a city in England's West Midlands region. Home to around a quarter of a million people, it may not be as well-known as its larger neighbor, Birmingham. Nonetheless, expatriates moving to Wolverhampton will quickly see that this is a buzzing, spirited city that can more than hold its own. On arrival in Wolverhampton, expats should find the city welcoming and well run, with a beautiful center, great services and a modern, vibrant economy. Sights for expatriates living in Wolverhampton to see include the central Lichfield Street, the Wolverhampton Art Gallery and Moseley Old Hall, a charming manor just outside the center. Expatriation and settling in issues like finance, expat insurance, working abroad and so on should cause few problems for most expats living in Wolverhampton, a city full of global minds and an international student population attending the University of Wolverhampton. For anything that does crop up, InterNations members can find reliable general information in our online Expat Magazine, as well as plenty of expatriation tips in our forums and user-contributed content from other InterNations members.
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Getting to the city is easy thanks to its transport links with Birmingham, and expatriates moving to Wolverhampton can take an intercity bus to the nearby East Midlands Airport or take the train or metro to the large Birmingham Airport, half an hour away. Once arrived, expats in Wolverhampton can get around the city itself by tram, bus or by foot. It's a city with something for everyone. Sports enthusiasts enjoy great facilities and the Wolverhampton Wolves soccer stadium. The city really loves its soccer – it's even referred to by locals as "Wolftown". For any expatriate moving to Wolverhampton with an interest in culture, the local gallery, excellent theaters and frequent local events offer plenty. As for history lovers, a walk around the city offers plenty of heritage, with ancient churches, manor houses and other landmarks to explore.
Among its claims to fame, the city was home to England's first set of traffic lights in 1927 and ever since there has been an air of entrepreneurialism around the city and the wider region. While traditionally an engineering and manufacturing center, today expats working in Wolverhampton are more likely to be involved with the city's large services sector. One of Britain's most popular breweries, two universities, a sizable aerospace sector and the local government are all notable employers. As an expatriate working in Wolverhampton, you'll find the city hardworking during the day and bustling during the evening, and it isn't hard to find other global minds to network or socialize with. InterNations members can easily get in touch with local expats in Wolverhampton through our forums or private communications functions to get information or organize a meet-up, for example in one of the city's traditional English pubs, the heart of community life.