Last updated on Sep 05, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Torquay, UK: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What do I need to know about living in Torquay?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Torquay, they said:
"Before retiring in Torquay, expats should know that it is a popular seaside town in Devon, known for its mild climate and beautiful beaches. It is part of the English Riviera and has a slower pace of life, which may be ideal for retirees. Expats should be aware that the cost of living in Torquay can be higher than in other parts of the UK, particularly when it comes to property prices. However, it is still generally more affordable than London and other major cities. Healthcare in the UK is provided by the National Health Service (NHS), which is free at the point of use for residents. Expats retiring in Torquay will need to register with a local GP to access these services. The primary language spoken in Torquay is English, so expats who are not fluent may want to consider taking language classes. However, the town is quite multicultural and welcoming to foreigners. Public transportation in Torquay is reliable, with regular bus and train services. However, many retirees choose to have a car for convenience, especially for exploring the beautiful surrounding countryside. Torquay has a range of amenities including shops, restaurants, and leisure facilities. It also has a vibrant arts scene, with theatres, galleries, and regular cultural events. The town is safe and has a low crime rate compared to other UK cities. However, like anywhere, it's important to take common-sense precautions to protect yourself and your property. Finally, expats should be aware that the UK has a complex tax system and they may be liable for taxes on their worldwide income. It's recommended to seek advice from a financial advisor or tax specialist before moving," said one expat in Torquay.
What do I need to know before moving to Torquay?
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.