The Ultimate Guide to Living and Working in Stoke-on-Trent

Stoke-on-Trent Insights
Living and Working in Stoke-on-Trent
House Cost in Stoke-on-Trent
Renting in Stoke-on-Trent
Best Neighbourhoods in Stoke-on-Trent
Schools in Stoke-on-Trent
Getting Around Stoke-on-Trent
Nightlife in Stoke-on-Trent
Entertainment in Stoke-on-Trent
Top 10 things to do in Stoke-on-Trent

Stoke-On-Trent Insights

Stoke-on-Trent, located in central England is known as the Ceramics Capital of the World. For centuries, the city has been known for its pottery manufacture, resulting in a city with a globally known reputation and history of invention, science, art, culture, and entrepreneurialism, and it is still a must-see trip for pottery lovers today.

Famous for being home to many greeneries and open spaces, Stoke-on-Trent’s also has a wide variety of entertainments for all ages. Most people visit due to various attractions and it’s well known football teams.


Living and Working in Stoke-On-Trent

Unfortunately, Stoke-on-Trent doesn’t come out on top of one of the best places to live in. It has higher poverty rate compared to other cities in England, in which 24% of the children live below the poverty line. It is also ranked as one of the worst places to live in compared to other cities in the UK. That being said, the average salary in Stoke-On-Trent is currently standing at £34.5K, with the living costs of £650 for a single person without rent.


How much does a house cost in Stoke-On-Trent 2021?

The average house cost in Stoke-On-Trent in 2021 is £163,706 which has seen a 0.55% increase since the previous year.

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How much does it cost to rent in Stoke-On-Trent 2021?

The following table shows the current cost to rent in Stoke-On-Trent by property:

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Where are the best neighbourhoods in Stoke-On-Trent to live in?

The best neighbourhoods in Stoke-On-Trent to live in are said to be Hanley and Bentilee.


Famous for being the main home for Stoke-on-Trent’s pottery industry and British painting, Hanley is one of the best areas to live in. A bustling, central location The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery is located in Hanley and houses a ceramics collection focusing on the renowned local pottery industry, as well as textiles and British painting. Fashion and homewares stores coexist with chain eateries in the Intu Potteries mall, while nearby streets are lined with indie cafes and trendy bistros.


There are great places that you can visit in Bentilee. It is popular with its interesting caves, ancient location, and historic buildings. Thors Caves is a must go if you live in or visiting Bentilee. Bentilee also features a popular village called Mow Cop, where people usually go there for beautiful scenery.


Schools in Stoke-On-Trent

When it comes to primary schools, St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Primary School as well as Glebe Academy Park Place have an overall inspection of “Outstanding” and are well known. Eaton Park Academy and Our Lady and St Werburgh’s Catholic Primary School have an overall rating of “Good”. As for secondary schools, St Thomas More Catholic Academy has a “Good” overall rating whereas St Joseph’s College has an overall rating of “Outstanding”.

Stoke-On-Trent College

A higher education provider, Stoke-on-Trent College also offers many full-time and part-time courses that can benefit school leavers and prepare them with the basic skills needed for university. Students in the college constantly win awards in national and regional competitions that challenge their talents.

Staffordshire University

Ranked the 76th in the UK, Staffordshire University’s main campus is in Stoke-On-Trent. The university offers many courses, including undergraduate, postgraduate, and apprenticeships, along with special services and scholarships for international students. Various other student facilities, including student accommodations and theatres, are provided by the university.


Getting to and around Stoke-On-Trent

By car

Stoke-on-Trent has a central location in the heart of the UK, which gives it access to some of the most convenient roads. The M6, and A50 are all easily accessed from the city. The A50 provides easy access to the M1, one of the most important roads, as well as the East side of the UK.

By bus

If traveling outside the city, the National Express and Mega Bus can be taken to get to hundreds of towns and cities across the UK. Inside the city, First PMT is the main operator for buses in the city. Visit their website here for more information on all areas covered and bus times.

By train

The Stoke-On-Trent Station is the main station in the city, which provides trains to many cities in the UK, and constant high speed trains to Manchester, Birmingham, and London Euston.


Stoke-on-Trent has many different cycling routes with interesting views where you can pass through canal paths, greeneries, and river paths. If you are cycling for fun, Brompton Bike Hire is the main operator in the city providing bicycles to hire 24/7.


Nightlife in Stoke-On-Trent


Sanctuary Ale House is a must go bar offering real ales, artisan gins, and ciders. For music lovers, they provide many different music events each month. It is popular for being having a lively venue, especially with their free piano if there are piano fans who can play, and an open mic night every Sunday. If you are in the mood for a tasty drinks night, make sure you follow their specialist events!

North Kitchen and Bar is a great choice for a midday brunch, evening dinner, and a night cocktail or beer drink. They have a large seating area both inside and outside, where there will be many options to suit a gathering. The variety in their menu all day is what makes them unique.


Fiction should be your first destination to dance the night away in Stoke-on-Trent. Besides a large venue, the club has its doors open on a Monday, Friday, and Saturday nights along with exciting events, DJs, and VIP experiences.

Another choice that is great for a Latino night out is Reflex Hanley nightclub where there will be a unique experience in dance hours. Along with a friendly atmosphere with their friendly staff, they offer student offers on Monday.


Entertainment in Stoke-on-Trent

The Regent Theatre

Located in the heart of the city centre, The Regent Theatre is a perfect day out with family or friends. The theatre has large touring productions as well as hosting the best performances in opera, dances and musicals, and other dramas. All performances differ from kids to adults.

The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery

A must go for loads of different entertainment is The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery. Many events are hosted there along with temporary exhibitions that could suit all ages. What is interesting is that it highly reflects on the city’s history in the pottery industry, with various galleries and displays to discover. There’s a café there serving food and drinks for those willing to spend some time there.


The no.1 tropical aqua park in the UK is located in the heart of Stoke-on-Trent; the Waterworld is the perfect place for an adventure with family and friends. If you got tired of all the exciting turns and twists in the flumes, there are some bubble pools you can chill at. With a large restaurant providing delicious food and drinks to keep you going, Waterworld offers mostly anything you would want for a full day to spend.


Must Sees in Stoke-on-Trent

Trentham Monkey Forest

Trentham Forest has around 140 monkeys freely living there. Visitors usually spend few hours where they get a unique experience watching monkeys and learning about the species conservation.

Westport Lake

Westport Lake serves you beautiful scenery that is perfect for family walks or a day out in the café or visitor centre with friends. There is also a play park for kids. A suggested time to have a tour there and sit for a drink or something to eat would be 1-2 hours.

Biddulph Grange Garden

A very pleasant and beautiful place to walk, picnic, have lunch in a tea room, or walk around the shop, the Biddulph Grange Garden has lots of nature to discover. It is also one of the highly reviewed places to visit in Stoke-on-Trent.


Leisure in Stoke-on-Trent

Dimensions Leisure Centre is a popular choice to keep up with your healthy lifestyle through many different facilities, including gym equipment, fitness classes, swimming pools, and sports halls.

PureGym is another choice if you mainly focus on gym equipment. There are 2 branches, one in the north and the other is on the east of the city. The famous gym chain is known for its facilities from fitness classes to functional spaces and spacious changing rooms.


Shopping in Stoke-on-Trent

The Potteries Centre is the city’s best shopping experience. With 3 floors providing access to some of the country’s favorite stores and retailers, the shopping centre also provides a variety of dining experiences. Not to mention the cinema inside the shopping centre, The centre also constantly hosts many competitions and events, make sure you check the website here for the latest news.

A further shopping destination in the city is Trentham shopping village, located in Trentham, where you will find many independent retailers besides big brand names providing mostly anything you will need. If you’re a foodie, make sure you pop up there are loads of varieties for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Festival Retail Park is also an exciting destination for a shopping experience, only this place with the UK’s no.1 water park and ten pin bowling.


Staying overnight in Stoke-on-Trent

Premier Inn

Conveniently located off the A53 road, Premier Inn is widely known for its comfy stays, from their free parking service and breakfast/dinner option to their relaxing pillows and blackout curtains that will suit your stay whatever the purpose is.

Hilton Garden Inn

The Hilton Garden Inn Stoke-on-Trent is around 2-3 minutes from the famous Regent Theatre and has a restaurant, private parking, a fitness centre, and a bar. A 24-hour front desk and room service, as well as free Wi-Fi throughout the resort, are among the amenities available at the hotel. Family rooms are also available here.

Best Western Stoke City Centre Hotel

The Best Western Stoke on Trent City Centre Hotel boasts a sophisticated leisure club in the heart of Stoke-on-Trent. Solar and biomass energy are used in this environmentally friendly hotel. The M6 motorway’s Junction 15 is less than 15 minutes’ drive from this award-winning hotel. An indoor swimming pool is also available at the Best Western’s leisure club. In the sauna, hot tub, or steam room, guests can unwind whenever they want.


Top 10 places to eat in Stoke-on-Trent

  1. The Rabbit Hole Tea Room
  2. The Slamwich Club
  3. Baby Russets
  4. The Masons Arms
  5. Tandoori Knights
  6. Charlie’s Cat Café
  7. Royal Oak Dilhorne
  8. Thalii
  9. Marloes
  10. Yu-ma-mi


Top places to visit in Stoke-on-Trent

  1. Longton Park
  2. Foxfield Railway
  3. Stoke Ski Centre
  4. Ford Green Hall
  5. Britannia Stadium
  6. Burslem Park
  7. Park Hall Country Park
  8. Victoria Hall
  9. World of Wedgwood
  10. Victoria Hall


Stoke-on-Trent FAQs:

What is the nearest airport to Stoke-on-Trent?

Manchester (MAN) Airport is the closest airport to Stoke-on-Trent where it is 25.3 miles away from the city.

Where is the hospital in Stoke-on-Trent?

The Royal Stoke University Hospital, located in Newcastle Road in Stoke-on-Trent is the main hospital and one of the largest in the country. It has an emergency department that operates 24 hours for any emergencies.


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