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5 Tips for Living in Sevenoaks, England

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: 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.

Expats in Sevenoaks enjoy a town with about 30,000 people that has a lot to offer, especially easy access to commuting. Sevenoaks is located in the county of Kent. Here is Sevenoaks on Google Maps. The official website of Kent will also help you get a sense of Sevenoaks and the surrounding areas.

Living in Sevenoaks

Given the favorable commute from Sevenoaks to London, it is predictably an expensive place to live. Here are some properties to rent and properties to buy in Sevenoaks. Here is some guidance on where to live in Sevenoaks.

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Schools in Sevenoaks

The Sevenoaks School international baccalaureate program will appeal to expats looking for an international education program.

The schools in Sevenoaks and the schools in Kent offer other options to consider.

The County of Kent Education and Children page also has information for expats.

Remember, the education system in the UK is divided into stages based upon age: "early Years Foundation Stage (ages 3-5), primary education (ages 5-11), secondary education (ages 11-118) and tertiary education (ages 18+)."

Commuting From Sevenoaks

Expats in Sevenoaks have an excellent commute to London, and it's one of the towns that you're likely able to get a seat on a train in the morning and the ride is about 35 minutes long. The Sevenoaks Railway Station is serviced by Southeastern and Thameslink railways.

And if you're driving, the M25/A2 will take you about 55 minutes to 1.5 hours depending on traffic.

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Making Friends in Sevenoaks

There is the Kent International Club, which is located Sevenoaks. You can read about their activities for members. The Leisure and Community in Kent on the county's official website offers ideas for things to do. Find some like-minded people doing things you love and the chances are you'll settle in and enjoy your life in Sevenoaks. You can't sit at home hoping someone comes knocking on your door to make life easier for you in the U.K.!

Entertainment and Dining For Expats in Sevenoaks

Expats in Sevenoaks and other parts of Kent will find plenty of options when they want to go out to eat or find some entertainment.

The best restaurants in Sevenoaks offer enough options for residents, and there are plenty of other restaurants in Kent to keep expats more than happy.

The same can be said about the best bars and pubs in Sevenoaks.

As far as theaters in Sevenoaks, the Stag Community Arts Centre Cinema and Theatre is the local option for movies.

Also checkout the What's ON page at Sevenoaks Chronicle.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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