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Moving to England

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on May 30, 2023

Summary: Many expats and digital nomads move to the UK for its excellent job opportunities, high quality of life, and vibrant culture. Additionally, the UK is a great place to learn English and explore Europe. People can find a place to live in the UK by searching online for rental properties, or by using a real estate agent. The most popular cities for expats and digital nomads in the UK are London, Manchester, Edinburgh, and Bristol.

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What do I need to know before moving to England?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to England, they said:

"Don't rent a furnished place, you'll limit your options significantly. Choose somewhere that isn't too far from the motorway if you want to tour Britain and the surrounding area. Check charity shops (thrift stores,) for furniture - it's not the same kind of furniture you would find in U.S. thrift stores. Remember to pay your tv tax when you move in. Most homes have a phone number that comes with them. Make sure the schools in your area are accepting children, many are overcrowded and won't take your kids. Check your distance from the hospital if that's important to you - there aren't that many hospitals," remarked one expat in Ringwood, UK.

"I did a lot of research before I came over on neighbourhoods, transport, etc. Commutes can be brutal here, so it's worth putting in the time on this. Also, I found the Junior League of London's book, "Living in London," immensely helpful. It explains so much about Council Tax, housing, schools, cooking, TV licenses, the healthcare system, cultural and leisure activities, etc. It also gives recommendations for shops and services and translates "American" to English. Though geared toward American expats, I would recommend it to anyone moving to the Capitol. The book can be purchased by calling +44 (0)20 7499 8159. The cost, including shipping, is Euro 16 in the UK, Euro 17 in Europe, and Euro 20 overseas. More details on www.jll.org.uk," said one expat in London.

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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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