London, U.K.
London, U.K.
London, U.K.

Living in England

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Dec 02, 2021

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in UK: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know about living in England?

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

"Not to expect people to be overly friendly. I moved from the south in the USA so had a bit of culture shock in this aspect. I would recommend living in Oxford itself if you can afford it. You will have a much better experience and more diversity," mentioned another expat in Wantage.

"I would tell them to either buy a bike or rely on public transportation. Parking and car ownership in and around the city can be expensive and frustrating. I would also say expect to spend more on housing here as it is a city in demand," commented one expat who made the move to Cambridge.

"London takes time to know and understand, as do Londoners. Do not take our common language for granted - it takes effort to make friends and to settle in, learning English rythms, ways of seeing the world. Do not mistake friendly responses for friendship; in most cases, it's simply their being polite. Be patient and you will eventually feel as though you're accepted," remarked another expat living in London, UK.

"Think carefully of what part of the city you would want to live in. Public transport is good but most people drive their own vehicles. Parking is scarce however," added another expat in Leeds.

"Depends from where you are moving.. if its from abroad... English culture is a challenge, it takes a lot of time to make real friends, but once you are in, you are in!!! :)," remarked another expat who made the move to Weston Super Mare.

"I would advise them to research East Yorkshire and it's history and geography. I would ask them to be open to new ways of living (small rooms, electrical and plumbing not familiar, etc.). I would advise them to consider commuting by train or bus for work in one of the larger cities. I would encourage any newcomer to be friendly and open with their new neighbors," explained one expat living in Driffield, UK.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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