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Expat Guide to Living in UK

Whether you're already living in UK or preparing to move to UK, our Expat Guide to Living in UK offers articles and reports submitted by expats about expat life in UK. For answers to specific questions, visit our UK Forum to talk with expats in UK.

10 Tips for Living in the United Kingdom

Expats in the United Kingdom live in one of the most sought after destinations in the world. Its four countries - England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland - offer expats a broad range of expatriate experiences.

5 Tips for Living in St Albans, England

Expats living in St Albans live in a suburb with a very easy commute to London. Almost all of the areas within St Albans are desirable. In addition to a lot of options for enjoying the great outdoors, there's plenty of shopping, dining, and pubs.

5 Tips for Living in Hassocks, England

Expats living in Hassocks live in a suburb with a relatively easy commute to London. It's proximity to the South Downs and Brighton make Hassocks a small town worth considering a London suburb.

5 Tips for Living in Gerrards Cross, England

Expats living in Gerrards Cross live in a suburb with a relatively easy commute to London. As with other suburbs close to London, you will pay a premium for the easy access.

Culture Shock in Exeter, UK

A British "expat" in Exeter describes the culture shock experienced while settling into the UK after living in Canada and the U.S. for most of her life.

Culture Shock in Leeds, UK

An American expat in Leeds appreciates the NHS and good public transportation, but has had difficulty finding a job of a similar level to what she had in the US and adjusting to the expensive housing with limited storage.

Living in Wantage, UK

An expat living in Wantage, England discusses the challenges of expat life there. Locals are not overly friendly and it can take years for people to accept you. She recommends that newcomers consider living in Oxford instead.

Living in Cambridge, UK

An expat in Cambridge in the UK offers some advice on life in this university city and how to succeed there. Contains advice for expats on what to expect and how to get settled.

More Culture Shock Reports for UK

Culture shock is part of the settling in process. Knowing the different phases of culture shock and how other expats in UK handle it can be very comforting. Below are some of the responses from expats in UK:
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More Living in UK Reports

What are people's priorities in UK - work? family? What are the best ways to meet other expats? Are people accepting of racial, cultural and religious differences? Below are some of the responses from expats in UK:
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More Moving to UK Reports

What should you take with you when you move to UK? What should you leave behind? What type of housing and neighborhoods are typical for expats in UK? Below are some of the responses from expats in UK:
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Dream vs. Reality Report

Most expats have have "dreams" (and fears) about the expatriate experience before they moved to UK. If you are already living in UK, share how those "dreams" have been fulfilled, and how they have not by filling out our Dream vs. Reality Report.

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Overseas Retirement Report

Retiring abroad can be a great option for retirees seeking their dream lifestyle at an affordable price. Help other retirees, who are thinking about retiring in UK by taking our Overseas Retirement report.

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Having a Baby in UK Reports

How did expats choose their doctors, midwives, hospitals? What is childbirth like in UK? Below are some of the reports from expats in UK:
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Working in UK Reports

What's it like to find a job in UK? How difficult was it to obtain a work permit? What types are jobs are typical for expats in UK? Below are some of the reports from expats in UK:
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Additional Articles
5 Tips for Living in Sevenoaks, England

Expats in the UK who want to live outside of London but work in the city might find Sevenoaks in Kent to be the perfect place. While it offers a great commute time by train, you will pay a premium for the convenience.

5 Tips for Living in Cambridge, England

Expats in the UK that want to live in a smaller city with plenty to do often look to Cambridge in the county of Cambridgeshire. It is a university town and London is still close enough to commute.

5 Best Suburbs for Expats Living in London

Expats moving to the UK who plan to work in London often want to live in a village or smaller city and commute to the city. Here are a few options to consider.

5 Tips for Tech Jobs in London

Tech jobs in London are sought out by wanna be expats all over Europe and other parts of the world. If working in London for Facebook, Google or a hot new start up is your goal, just take the time to research it and get it right!

Moving with Your Pet to the UK

If you're moving to the UK with a pet, the regulations that apply to your pet are determined by the type of animal, breed of dog and where you are moving from.

Spoiled for Choice: What Migration Did for British Food Culture

How has migration impacted British food culture? Monica Karpinski talks about how foods from the EU, Asia, North America, South America and Australasia have influenced today's food culture in the UK.

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