Last updated on Jul 09, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Bristol, UK: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What do I need to know about living in Bristol?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Bristol, they said:
"Before retiring in Bristol, expats should know that the city is known for its vibrant arts scene, historic landmarks, and beautiful harbor. It's important to understand that the cost of living in Bristol is higher than in many other parts of the UK, particularly when it comes to housing. Expats should also be aware that the healthcare system in the UK is publicly funded, and they may be eligible for free healthcare through the National Health Service. Understanding the local culture is crucial, as Bristol has a unique blend of British and West Country traditions. The city is also very diverse, with people from all over the world calling it home. Expats should be prepared for the local dialect, known as Bristolian, which can be difficult to understand at first. The weather in Bristol is relatively mild, with warm summers and cool, wet winters. Expats should also be aware that Bristol is a very green city, with many parks and green spaces, and it is also committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2030. Public transportation in Bristol is extensive and reliable, with a network of buses, trains, and ferries. However, the city is also very bike-friendly, with many dedicated cycling paths. Finally, expats should know that Bristol has a strong economy, with sectors such as aerospace, defense, media, and information technology playing a significant role. This could provide opportunities for part-time work or volunteering, which can be a great way to stay active and engaged in retirement," remarked one expat who made the move to Bristol.
What do I need to know before moving to Bristol?
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.