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Bournemouth, England

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 05, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Bournemouth, UK: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know about living in Bournemouth?

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

"Before retiring in Bournemouth, expats should know that the cost of living can be higher than in other parts of the UK, particularly in terms of housing. They should also be aware that Bournemouth is a popular tourist destination, particularly in the summer, which can lead to crowded beaches and higher prices. Expats should understand that the healthcare system in the UK is publicly funded, and they may be eligible for free healthcare through the National Health Service, depending on their residency status. However, private healthcare is also available. Bournemouth has a mild climate, with warm summers and cool winters, but it can be quite rainy throughout the year. The city is known for its beautiful beaches and gardens, so it's ideal for those who enjoy outdoor activities. Public transportation in Bournemouth is reliable and extensive, with a good network of buses and trains. However, owning a car can be beneficial for exploring the surrounding countryside. Expats should be aware that the UK has a complex tax system and they may be liable for taxes in both their home country and the UK, depending on their circumstances. It's advisable to seek professional tax advice. English is the main language spoken in Bournemouth, but as a diverse city, many other languages are spoken as well. Expats may find it beneficial to have a basic understanding of English. Finally, expats should know that Bournemouth has a range of cultural and leisure activities, including theatres, cinemas, restaurants, and sports facilities. The city also hosts several festivals throughout the year," wrote a member in Bournemouth.

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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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