Lake District, England
Last updated on Jul 16, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Lake District, UK: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What do I need to know about living in Lake District?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Lake District, they said:
"Expats considering retirement in the Lake District, should be aware of several key factors. Firstly, the cost of living can be higher than in other parts of the UK, particularly for housing, as the area is a popular tourist destination. The weather in the Lake District can be quite variable, with a lot of rainfall throughout the year, and colder temperatures in the winter months. Healthcare in the UK is provided through 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 Lake District is a rural area, so access to amenities such as shops, restaurants, and entertainment may be limited compared to urban areas. However, the area is renowned for its natural beauty, with plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, boating, and bird watching. Public transport in the Lake District is available but can be infrequent, so having a car can be beneficial. The UK has a reciprocal agreement with many countries for state pensions, so expats should check if they can transfer their pension. Finally, the UK has a complex tax system, and expats should seek advice on their tax obligations in the UK, particularly if they have income or assets in their home country," commented one expat who made the move to Lake District.
What do I need to know before moving to Lake District?
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.