Last updated on Jun 27, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Chester, UK: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What do I need to know about living in Chester?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Chester, they said:
"Chester, is a city rich in history and culture, offering a unique blend of modern amenities and ancient architecture, making it an attractive place for expats to retire. Before retiring in Chester, expats should be aware of the cost of living, which can be higher than in other parts of the UK due to its popularity and proximity to major cities like Manchester and Liverpool. Healthcare in the UK is provided by the National Health Service (NHS), which is free at the point of use for residents. Expats retiring in Chester will need to register with a local GP to access these services. The UK has a reciprocal healthcare agreement with many countries, but expats should check their eligibility and consider private health insurance if necessary. Chester has a temperate maritime climate, with mild summers and cool winters. Expats from warmer climates may need time to adjust to the weather. The city is well-connected by public transport, with regular train and bus services. However, owning a car can be beneficial for exploring the surrounding countryside. Chester is a safe city with a low crime rate, but like anywhere, it's important to take common-sense precautions, particularly in more crowded areas. The UK has a double taxation agreement with many countries, which means expats won't have to pay tax in two countries. However, it's advisable to seek professional advice on tax matters. English is the main language spoken in Chester, but the city is multicultural and languages from around the world can be heard. Chester offers a range of housing options, from modern apartments in the city centre to traditional houses in the suburbs. Renting is common, but expats can also buy property. Finally, Chester has a vibrant cultural scene, with numerous festivals, events, and attractions throughout the year. Expats should take the time to explore and immerse themselves in the local culture," explained one expat living in Chester, England.
What do I need to know before moving to Chester?
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.
- What do I need to know before moving to Chester?
- What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Chester?
- What is the average cost of housing in Chester?
- How do I meet people in Chester?
- What do I need to know before retiring in Chester?
- What should I pack when moving to Chester?
- Where should I setup a bank account in Chester?
- Will I be able to find a job in Chester?
- What is life like as an expat in your area?
- What do people like (and dislike) about Chester?
- What type of social life can someone expect in Chester?
- What is the social scene like in Chester?
- What advice to expats in Chester have about housing?
- What are medical services in Chester like?
- Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Chester?
- Is the cost of living in Chester high?
- What are the visa & residency requirements in Chester?
- Why do people move to Chester?