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Moving to Bristol, England

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 05, 2023

Summary: Moving to Bristol, UK: Expats, retirees and digital nomads talk about everything you need to know before moving to Bristol.

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What do I need to know before moving to Bristol?

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

"Expats moving to Bristol should be aware of the city's diverse and vibrant culture, which is known for its art, music, and food scenes. The cost of living in Bristol is relatively high compared to other UK cities, but it offers a good quality of life with various amenities and job opportunities. It is essential to research the different neighborhoods in Bristol, as each area has its unique characteristics and housing options. Popular areas for expats include Clifton, Redland, and Southville, which offer a mix of housing types, from Victorian terraces to modern apartments. Public transportation in Bristol is reliable, with buses and trains connecting the city and surrounding areas. However, traffic congestion can be an issue, so many residents choose to cycle or walk when possible. Expats should consider obtaining a UK driving license if they plan to drive in Bristol. The healthcare system in the UK is publicly funded through the National Health Service (NHS), and expats who are legally residing in the country are eligible for free healthcare. It is essential to register with a local GP (General Practitioner) upon arrival in Bristol to access healthcare services. Bristol has a range of educational options for expat families, including state-funded schools, private schools, and international schools. It is crucial to research the different schools and their admission processes well in advance, as some schools may have waiting lists or specific entry requirements. The city has a relatively mild climate, with warm summers and cool, wet winters. Expats should be prepared for unpredictable weather and pack clothing suitable for various conditions. Bristol is a welcoming and inclusive city, with various community groups and organizations catering to expats and their families. It is essential to network and engage with the local community to make the most of the opportunities and experiences that Bristol has to offer. Finally, it is crucial for expats to familiarize themselves with UK laws, customs, and etiquette to ensure a smooth transition to life in Bristol. This includes understanding the local currency (British Pound Sterling), the tax system, and the process of opening a bank account," said one expat who made the move to Bristol.

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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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