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Pros and Cons of Living in England

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 04, 2023

Summary: The UK is a great place to live, offering a high quality of life, excellent healthcare and education, and a vibrant culture. However, living in the UK can also be expensive, with high taxes and the cost of living in some areas being particularly high. Additionally, the weather can be unpredictable and the UK is often subject to long periods of rain. On the other hand, the UK is a diverse and multicultural country, with a wide range of activities and attractions to explore.

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What are the pros and cons of living in England?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in England responded:

"Liverpool is a great city and the people are friendly and have a great sense of humour. There's a lot to do and see and the transport system is good. However, some areas can be quite dangerous because of violent football fans and drug dealers," said another expat in Liverpool.

"I enjoy the wide open spaces, seeing cows and people horse riding nearby. I like that I am 30 minutes or less to London. I like that museums and galleries are free," remarked another expat in Welwyn.

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What do expats in England appreciate most about the local culture?

"Expatriates in England often appreciate the strong sense of tradition, the rich culture and history, the diverse range of entertainment options, the tolerant and welcoming people, the high standard of education and healthcare, the relatively low cost of living, and the abundance of beautiful countryside and quaint villages," said another person in UK.

"I find customer service outstanding, people are very helpful, love the diversity of people, great restaurants and shops...enjoying the weather... very hot in US where I lived. Lots to do here, love the history, theatre, arts etc," remarked another expat in Exeter.

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What do expats find most challenging?

"Expats may find the language barrier, adjusting to a new cultural environment and different climate, an unfamiliar customs and lifestyle, making friends, and adapting to a different healthcare system to be some of the most challenging aspects of living abroad. Additionally, the cost of living and complying with local regulations, understanding the banking system, and finding employment can also be difficult," explained one expat living in UK.

"People are quite reserved and don't readily make eye contact and say hello... lots of simple everyday things to make tasks easier not available here. Going for coffee and getting free refills," said another expat in Exeter.

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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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