Choosing an area to live in

There are different reasons for moving to a new area or even to a different country. You may want to be nearer to family or need to move for work.

Local councils

Local council websites have information about the local area, such as plans for new developments or transport links.

Job prospects

To get information about jobs, see 'Jobseekers' pages within the Employment pages.


For details of schools in Northern Ireland, see 'schools, learning and development' pages within the Parents pages.

Your neighbourhood

The Northern Ireland Neighbourhood Information Service (NINIS) can provide local area statistics and maps on a wide range of subjects including population, crime, health and housing.

Find out if the local planning office has a development plan for your area.

Public transport

Check rail, coach and bus information including timetables and prices.

Road transport

If you want to find out about the main road network and future road developments across Northern Ireland, go to:

Sport and leisure

Local council websites have information about leisure and recreational facilities in the area.

The environment

To find out about the local environment, contact the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.

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