Last updated on Jun 27, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Weymouth, UK: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What do I need to know about living in Weymouth?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Weymouth, they said:
"Expats considering retiring in Weymouth, should be aware of several factors before making the move. Firstly, they should research the cost of living, which may be higher than in their home country, including housing, utilities, groceries, and transportation. They should also familiarize themselves with the local healthcare system, including access to general practitioners, specialists, and hospitals, as well as the process for obtaining health insurance or registering with the National Health Service (NHS). Understanding the local culture and customs is essential for a smooth transition. Expats should be prepared for the British weather, which can be unpredictable and often rainy, especially in coastal towns like Weymouth. They should also be aware of local events and festivals, such as the annual Weymouth Carnival and the seafood festival, which can provide opportunities for socializing and integrating into the community. Expats should also research the local transportation options, including buses, trains, and taxis, as well as the availability of parking if they plan to own a car. They should familiarize themselves with the process of obtaining a UK driver's license if necessary. Language barriers may not be a significant issue in Weymouth, as English is the primary language spoken. However, it may be helpful for expats to learn some local slang and idiomatic expressions to better understand and communicate with locals. Retirees should also consider the availability of social and recreational activities in Weymouth, such as sports clubs, hobby groups, and volunteer opportunities, to stay active and engaged in their new community. Additionally, they should research the local tax laws and regulations, including income tax, property tax, and inheritance tax, to ensure they are in compliance with UK tax requirements. Finally, expats should be prepared for the emotional challenges of moving to a new country, including homesickness and culture shock. Building a support network of friends and fellow expats can help ease the transition and make retiring in Weymouth a more enjoyable experience," said one expat in Weymouth.
What do I need to know before moving to Weymouth?
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.