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Moving to Torquay, England

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 06, 2023

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

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What do I need to know before moving to Torquay?

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

"Before moving to Torquay, expats should know that it is a popular tourist destination known for its beautiful beaches, mild climate, and vibrant atmosphere. The cost of living in Torquay is generally lower than in larger cities like London, but it may still be higher than in some other countries. Housing options range from apartments to houses, and it is essential to research the local property market to find the best deals. Public transportation in Torquay is reliable, with buses being the primary mode of transport. However, having a car can be beneficial for exploring the surrounding areas. Expats should also be aware of the UK driving laws and requirements for obtaining a driver's license. Healthcare in the UK is provided through the National Health Service (NHS), which offers free healthcare to residents. Expats should ensure they are eligible for NHS services and register with a local GP upon arrival. Private healthcare options are also available for those who prefer it. The education system in Torquay consists of both state-funded and private schools. Expats with children should research the local schools and their admission requirements, as well as consider any language barriers that may exist. Torquay has a diverse community, and expats can find various clubs, societies, and events to help them integrate into the local culture. Networking with other expats and locals can be beneficial for making friends and finding support. The weather in Torquay is generally mild, with warm summers and cool, wet winters. Expats should be prepared for the unpredictable British weather and invest in appropriate clothing for all seasons. Finally, it is essential for expats to familiarize themselves with UK laws, customs, and etiquette to ensure a smooth transition into their new life in Torquay," said one expat in Torquay.

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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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