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Moving to Margate, England

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 06, 2023

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

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What do I need to know before moving to Margate?

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

"Margate is a seaside town in the county of Kent, England, known for its sandy beaches, charming old town, and thriving arts scene. The cost of living in Margate is generally lower than in London and other major UK cities, but it's still higher than in many other countries. The town has a diverse population, with a mix of locals, expats, and tourists. The local economy is primarily driven by tourism, retail, and the creative arts, so job opportunities may be limited in other sectors. The town is well-connected to London and other parts of the UK by train and bus, making it easy to commute or travel for leisure. The weather in Margate is milder than in many other parts of the UK, with relatively warm summers and cool, wet winters. The town has a number of good schools, both public and private, and is home to the Turner Contemporary art gallery, the Theatre Royal, and the Tom Thumb Theatre, among other cultural attractions. Healthcare in the UK is provided by the National Health Service (NHS), which is free at the point of use for residents. However, expats from outside the European Economic Area may need to pay an immigration health surcharge as part of their visa application. English is the main language spoken in Margate, although you'll also hear a variety of other languages due to the town's diverse population. The town has a reputation for being friendly and welcoming to newcomers, but like anywhere, it can take time to settle in and feel at home. While Margate is generally safe, it's always important to take common-sense precautions to protect yourself and your property. Finally, it's worth noting that the UK has a complex tax system, so it may be worth seeking professional advice to ensure you're compliant with all relevant laws and regulations," said one expat in Margate.

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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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