As 2017 draws to a close, Rightmove has released fresh data, based on searches by prospective tenants browsing its website, revealing the top 10 most searched areas for rental properties this year.
Bristol has secured the number one spot for renting in 2017, followed in chronological order by Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham, Liverpool, Glasgow, Cambridge, Bournemouth and Sheffield.
The data shows that Bristol was also the top destination for those looking to buy property, replacing Manchester which topped the chart in 2016.
Sam Riddell, senior branch manager of Andrews Property Group in Bishopston, said: “Bristol has grown in popularity in recent times for many reasons, employment is high and the property market is strong. However, it is the diverse culture of the city which has the most draw for people migrating to Bristol.
“From the many festivals each year to the street art we are famous for, Bristol has it all, independent shops on thriving high streets such as Gloucester Road in the north and North Street in the South of the City are a mark of the heritage of Bristol along with the obvious landmarks such as the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Bristol has something for everyone from the bohemian streets of St Werburghs to the grandeur of Clifton Village.”
Bristol’s popularity among those seeking to purchase property was followed by York, Norwich, Edinburgh, Sheffield, Birmingham, Cambridge, Bournemouth, Manchester and Nottingham.