Last updated on Jul 06, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Eastbourne, UK: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What do I need to know about living in Eastbourne?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Eastbourne, they said:
"Eastbourne, located on the southeast coast of England, is a popular retirement destination known for its Victorian architecture, seafront promenades, and stunning chalk cliffs. Before retiring in Eastbourne, expats should be aware of several important factors. Firstly, understanding the cost of living is crucial. While Eastbourne is generally more affordable than London, it is still considered one of the more expensive places to live in the UK. This includes costs for housing, groceries, healthcare, and transportation. Secondly, healthcare in the UK is primarily provided by the National Health Service (NHS), which is free at the point of use for all UK residents. However, expats from outside the European Economic Area may need to pay an immigration health surcharge as part of their visa application. Thirdly, the weather in Eastbourne is milder than in many other parts of the UK, with less rainfall and more sunshine. However, it can still be quite cold in the winter, and expats from warmer climates may need time to adjust. Fourthly, Eastbourne is a relatively safe town with a low crime rate. However, like anywhere, it's important to take basic safety precautions, especially at night. Fifthly, Eastbourne has a slower pace of life compared to larger cities. It's a popular destination for retirees, and the town's amenities reflect this, with plenty of leisure facilities, parks, and gardens. Lastly, while English is the main language spoken, Eastbourne is a diverse town with residents from all over the world. Expats may find it helpful to learn some basic English phrases if it's not their first language. In terms of transportation, Eastbourne has good public transport links, including buses and trains, making it easy to explore the local area and travel further afield to cities like London and Brighton. For housing, there are a variety of options available, from seafront apartments to detached houses. It's worth researching the different areas of Eastbourne to find a location that suits your lifestyle and budget. Finally, it's important to understand the UK's tax system. The UK has a double taxation agreement with many countries, which means you won't have to pay tax in two countries. However, it's recommended to seek advice from a financial advisor to understand your personal tax situation," explained one expat living in Eastbourne, England.
What do I need to know before moving to Eastbourne?
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.