Last updated on Jun 27, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What do I need to know about living in Stratford-upon-Avon?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Stratford-upon-Avon, they said:
"Stratford-upon-Avon is a picturesque town in England, known as the birthplace of William Shakespeare, offering a rich cultural and historical experience. Before retiring there, expats should be aware of several factors. Firstly, the cost of living in Stratford-upon-Avon is relatively high compared to other parts of the UK, particularly in terms of housing. Expats should ensure they have a sufficient retirement fund to cover these costs. The town is well-connected to other parts of the UK, with regular train services to London and Birmingham, but public transportation within the town is limited, so having a car might be beneficial. Healthcare in the UK is provided by the National Health Service (NHS), which is free at the point of use for residents. Expats should ensure they are eligible for this service or have appropriate health insurance. The weather in Stratford-upon-Avon is typically British, with mild summers and cool, wet winters. Expats from warmer climates may need time to adjust to this. The town is a popular tourist destination, particularly during the summer months. Expats should be prepared for the town to be busy during these times. Stratford-upon-Avon has a range of amenities, including shops, restaurants, and cultural attractions such as the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. However, it is a small town, so those used to city living may find it quiet. The local population is predominantly English-speaking, but there is a diverse range of nationalities represented in the town, particularly during the tourist season. Finally, the UK has a complex tax system, and expats should seek professional advice to understand their tax obligations," commented one expat who made the move to Stratford-upon-Avon.
What do I need to know before moving to Stratford-upon-Avon?
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.