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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Apr 21, 2023

Summary: London, UK is a vibrant, bustling city with a rich history and culture. Expats love the diversity of the city, the abundance of activities and attractions, and the easy access to the rest of Europe. The weather in London is generally mild, with temperatures ranging from the mid-30s to the mid-60s Fahrenheit (1-18 Celsius). The cost of living for an expat in London can vary greatly depending on lifestyle and location. Generally, the average cost of living for an expat in London is around $3,000-$4,000 USD per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment in London can range from $1,500-$2,500 USD per month, while a two bedroom apartment can range from $2,000-$3,500 USD per month. The population of London is estimated to be around 8.9 million people.

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What do I need to know about living in London?

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

"Do not come unless you have no other choice. The weather is horrible, well except if you come from Scandinavia. If you do come, equip yourself for rainy and cold weather. Work and save up money for traveling, you get amazing deals to explore Europe and the world. Don't let them talk down to you," wrote a member in London.

"Before retiring in London, expats should research the cost of living in the city, as it is one of the most expensive cities in the world. They should also familiarise themselves with the UK's taxation system, as this will affect their pension income. Additionally, expats should consider the availability of healthcare services, as well as the quality of public transport in the city. It is also important to research the different neighbourhoods in London, as each area has its own unique character and amenities. Finally, expats should consider the language barrier, as English is the primary language spoken in London," commented one expat who made the move to London.

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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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