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Southampton, Bermuda

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 09, 2023

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

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What do I need to know before moving to Southampton?

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

"Before moving to Southampton, expats should know that the cost of living is quite high, with housing, groceries, and utilities being more expensive than in many other countries. English is the official language, but the local accent may take some getting used to. The currency used is the Bermudian dollar, which is pegged to the US dollar, and both currencies are accepted everywhere. The climate is subtropical, with mild winters and hot, humid summers. Hurricanes can occur between June and November. Public transportation is reliable and includes buses and ferries, but owning a car can be expensive due to high import duties. Healthcare in Bermuda is of a high standard, but it can be expensive, so comprehensive health insurance is recommended. The education system is based on the British model, and there are both public and private schools, as well as a few international schools. Bermuda has a rich history and culture, with cricket being the most popular sport and Gombey dancing a traditional form of entertainment. The island is also known for its beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters, and vibrant coral reefs, which offer great opportunities for outdoor activities. Work permits are required for expats to work in Bermuda, and these can be difficult to obtain unless you have a skill that is in short supply on the island. The job market is competitive, and priority is given to Bermudians and spouses of Bermudians. Finally, Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory, so it's important to familiarize yourself with local laws and customs, which may be different from those in your home country," explained one expat living in Southampton, Bermuda.

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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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