Last updated on Jun 27, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Whitstable, UK: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What do I need to know about living in Whitstable?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Whitstable, they said:
"Whitstable, is a charming seaside town in Kent, known for its oysters, art scene, and picturesque beaches. Before retiring in Whitstable, expats should be aware of several factors. Firstly, the cost of living in Whitstable is relatively high compared to other parts of the UK, particularly when it comes to property prices. However, the town offers a high quality of life with its clean, safe environment and a range of amenities. The healthcare system in the UK is publicly funded, and expats who are legal residents have access to the National Health Service (NHS). However, it's advisable to have private health insurance to cover any additional medical needs. Whitstable has a temperate maritime climate, with mild winters and cool summers. The weather can be unpredictable, so it's advisable to be prepared for rain at any time. The town is well-connected by public transport, with regular train services to London and other parts of Kent. However, owning a car can be beneficial for exploring the surrounding countryside. Whitstable is a popular tourist destination, particularly during the summer months. This means that the town can get crowded, and prices for goods and services may increase during peak tourist season. The town has a vibrant arts scene, with numerous galleries, studios, and arts events throughout the year. It's also famous for its annual Oyster Festival, which attracts visitors from around the world. English is the main language spoken in Whitstable, but as a multicultural country, many other languages are spoken in the UK. It might be beneficial to learn some basic English phrases if it's not your first language. Finally, it's important to understand the UK's immigration laws and ensure you have the correct visa or residency status. It's advisable to consult with an immigration lawyer or expert to understand the requirements and process," remarked one expat living in Whitstable, England.
What do I need to know before moving to Whitstable?
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.