Last updated on Jun 27, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Bath, UK: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What do I need to know about living in Bath?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Bath, they said:
"Expats considering retirement in Bath, should be aware of several key factors. Firstly, they should understand the cost of living, which can be higher than in other parts of the UK due to Bath's status as a historic and tourist city. They should also research the healthcare system, as the UK offers free healthcare through the National Health Service, but private healthcare is also available. Understanding the tax system is crucial, as the UK has treaties with many countries to avoid double taxation, but this can vary depending on the individual's home country. Expats should also be aware of the visa requirements for living in the UK, which can vary depending on their nationality and personal circumstances. Bath has a temperate maritime climate, with moderate rainfall throughout the year and temperatures that rarely drop below freezing or rise above 30 degrees Celsius. The city is known for its rich history and beautiful architecture, with many opportunities for cultural exploration. The city is relatively small and walkable, but it also has good public transportation links, including trains and buses. Bath is also close to major cities like Bristol and London, making it easy to travel for leisure or to visit friends and family. English is the main language spoken in Bath, but as a diverse and multicultural city, many other languages are also spoken. Expats may find it beneficial to learn some basic English phrases if they are not already fluent. Finally, expats should be aware that Bath is a popular tourist destination, which can make the city busy during peak tourist season. However, this also means that there are many amenities and activities available, from museums and art galleries to restaurants and shops," said one expat in Bath.
What do I need to know before moving to Bath?
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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