Pros and Cons of Living in England
Last updated on May 30, 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.
What are the pros and cons of living in England?
Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in England responded:
"London is one of the great cities of the world - its way of life, diverse population, great public transport, choice of entertainment and great food are huge pluses. I love to cook, so the access to the highest quality ingredients is a huge attraction (think Borough Market and great online grocery ordering) as are it's wonderful 'city of villages' feel. From one end to the other, the River Thames is its lifeblood and we have lived overlooking it, as well as literally on it in a converted Dutch barge. The NHS healthcare system is good for basic coverage but, like all socialized services, access to specialists, testing, imaging and so forth are all rationed and, as such, you wait. And wait. That said, we plan to purchase a pied-a-terre here. It's a great place to invest and having this world at our doorstep and Europe across the Channel is what we want as we grow older. ," said one in London.
"Loved living there. Opening a bank account was hard Getting a phone with a decent plan was hard ( no credit history) Finding all the grocery you wanted was hard in walk in grocery stores in city (more pre-made foods)," explained one expat in London.
What do expats in England appreciate most about the local culture?
About the Author
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.
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