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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.

10 Things to Do in London During Christmas

London is the perfect place to get in the Christmas spirit. Here are 10 things to do in London during the Christmas season.

10 Best Places in the World to Get in the Christmas Spirit

Christmas is a wonderful time of year. Here are 10 of the best places in the world to get in the Christmas spirit.

Thanksgiving in London

There are numerous restaurants in London that offer wonderful Thanksgiving menus for expats and locals! Here are few of our favorites.

Overseas Nurses and Jobs in the British National Health Service

With scores of NHS-funded hospitals recruiting overseas nurses, Brit Peacock offers advice for nurses interested in moving to the UK.

Living in London: How To Maximise Your Living Space

Expats living in London sometimes struggle to find room for their belongings. Matt Cook offers advice on how to make the most of your space and love your life in London.

Expat UK: An Interview with A Lady in London

An expat interview with Julie Falconer, a travel writer and author of the blog - A Lady in London.

8 Tips For Working In London

Our working in London guide offers information and tips for expats and others that want to work in London.

Study in London

London is one of the world's most popular study abroad locations with over 100,000 international students coming from more than 200 different countries. This guide will help you get around as it covers central topics such as UK visa, housing, universities in London and general tips & info about living in London.

10 Tips for Living in London

London is an amazing city with a diverse population, incredible parks, beautiful landmarks and warm pubs. Living in London is expensive, but for those able to make the move it can be the expat destination of a lifetime! Expat Exchange members in London share their tips for living in London.

Property in London: A Few Things You Should Know About Renting

Author Karen White shares tips for renting homes and flats in the London area. Topics range from the length of the lease available to how to calculate the monthly rent and how deposits work.

Property in London: Useful British Real Estate Terms

From mews to terraced houses, exchange contracts to stamp duty land tax, author Karen White provides a helpful laundry list of British real estate terms and their definitions.

London Fact-Finding Trip

Whether you're interested in upmarket Mayfair, less busy Notting Hill or family-friendly St. John's Wood, author Karen White offers detailed one- and two-week fact-finding tours that cover many popular neighborhoods and suburbs of London.

How to Prepare to Move to the UK

If you're preparing to move to the UK, this helpful article offers a timeline for preparing for your move.

Cope With Culture Shock in the UK - Useful Tips

Expats in the UK sometimes expect an easy transition, but end up finding it hard to assimilate. Lenna Ntala shares tips for dealing with culture shock in the UK.

Intra Company Transfers

The UK Intra Company Transfer (ICT) Visa enables businesses to more easily transfer employees into the UK. This article provides an overview of this special visa.

NHS and UK Health Insurance

Are you eligible for coverage under UK's National Health Service (NHS)? Do you also need expat health insurance? This article provides an overview.

London Cost of Living

It's no secret that the cost of living in London is extremely high, but how high? For a newcomer or someone preparing to move to London, this cost of living comparison offers some insight.

Visa UK: Navigating the UK Points Based System

UK Immigration changed in 2008 and 2009 with the introduction of the Points Based System. Immigration Consultant, Nikki de Prey, explains how the new system works.

American in London

Every American has their own idea of what it means to be an American in London. Some Americans, however, have a pretty strong opinion about the "right" and "wrong" way to enjoy the London American experience.

Having a Baby in Chipping Norton, England

Live in Chipping Norton and having a baby? One member shares her experience having a baby with the help of midwives.

You Say Skaun, I Say Skown

What's happened to the traditional scone? Why does everyone want to add raisins or cheese? Expat Mike Harling, an American in the UK, shares his thoughts.

Expat UK: Convenience

Mike Harling shares some views on expat life in the UK. One of the major differences between living in the US as opposed to Sussex was brought to mind recently when I lost my bus pass.

The English Language & Communication Style

The British eloquence and at the same time indirect and polite use of the language can at times be frustrating for cultures that are more forthright and direct.

Being Cheeky and Other Traps for Americans in the UK

The British are very polite; everyone knows that. But, while the British have a sense of humor, it doesn't extend to unintended slights. McBride, an American in the UK, shares her story.

UK Property and Mortgage Crisis Deepens

Previous articles have warned of the UK Property Market's "Credit Crunch" and the arrival of a mortgage famine - they are now "fait accomplis".

London Embassy - High Commission Information for Expats

Registering with your country's embassy is always advised. List of embassies in London.

International Schools in London

Overview of international schools in London and outside of London.

UK Work Permits

Obtaining UK work permits can be a complex endeavor for individuals that seek to move to the United Kingdom, and also HR departments deploying employees abroad.

London: Key Topics

An overview of key topics for expats in London. Covers visas, schools, housing, cost of living in London and more.

Moving to London: Expat Package Negotiation

Advice for expats in London about expat package negotiation and cost of living in London.

London Information for Expats: Introduction

If you are now, or will be, an expat living in London, you have come to the right place. We have pulled together enough information so that, at the very least, you won't feel like you are flying blind after moving overseas.

London Schools: A good school in London for the learning disabled

Centre Academy in Southwest London is an international school that also provides tremendous support for children with learning disabilities.

UK Housing Market Rises Steeply

UK housing market rises steeply, but expected to level off as utility and council tax bills hit, says Bank of Scotland International.

15 Top Tips About Moving to the UK

To an English speaker, moving to England sounds like a breeze. But, that same expectation is what often leads to serious culture shock for expats living in London or the English countryside.

UK Property Market: UK House Prices - UP AND DOWN!

Early reporting from leading property agents and developers show some dramatic changes in the UK property marketplace.

UK Buy to Let

An overview of the UK Buy to Let property market.

British vs. American English: Divided by a Common Language

A light hearted look at differences across the Atlantic - British English vs. American English.

Advice for UK Property Buyers

General advice for expats buying property in the UK.

Taxation of Expats in the UK

Information for UK Expats about UK Tax Issues. Includes residence claims, tax planning, tax compliance, PAYE tax (Pay as You Earn) and more.

London Flats: I've been gazumped!

Searching for at flat in London? International Living provides a look at the ins and outs of looking for a flat to rent in London.

Living in London: The World's Most Expensive Residential Street

Kensington Palace Gardens in London is home to some of the most expensive properties in the world.

The Problems Placing Young Children in Schools and Nurseries in London

Many parents with very young children who are told that they are to come to London will find that it is not easy to obtain nursery places or indeed places in the Pre-Preparatory School within the capital itself.

The British School System vs. International Baccalaureate

What is the difference between the British educational system and the International Baccalaureate (IB) system followed at many UK international schools?

The British State system - A Catch 22 scenario

The expatriate moving to the UK knows so well that the State System can produce some excellent schools and want those schools for their children and yet when they arrive they find it is not that easy.

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