If you’re heading on a new adventure to the UK, there are a few things to consider before the big move. The UK has a lot of opportunities to offer for job prospects, healthcare, and housing. However, moving to a new country is likely to be overwhelming, stressful and a bit nerve-racking. A little research can prepare you for any cultural differences and roadblocks you may encounter along the way.
Here are a few things to consider if you’re moving to the UK this year.
The English language varies across different dialects and accents in the UK. The northern regions tend to use more dialectal terms, which you may not have learned on a standard English course. Brits tend to welcome other languages, and most people will be more than happy to help you.
Of course, the British humour is famous for being a little strange and very dry. You will be greeted with regular sarcastic remarks, which may seem offensive at first glance. Please bear in mind that while your British friends may seem cold at first, they are just joking around.
Housing can be very expensive in the UK, especially towards London. If you’re on a tighter budget, it’s best to stay away from the capital and explore a different area of England.
You will need to pay for typical utilities like gas, electricity, phone, internet, and a TV license. You will also need to pay council tax if you are renting, which covers schools, rubbish collection and street lighting. There are different council tax bands and exemptions if you meet the necessary criteria. For example, if you’re a student, you do not need to pay council tax, and your utilities can be included in your total rental price.
The UK is well-connected through a fantastic public transport service and road system. You can catch a train to nearly any city or town in Britain – and fly from one end of the country to the other. The UK’s roads are high-quality, and the motorway system makes it quick and easy to get from one city to another.
The British Weather
We are not just known for our vibrant cities, but also our glorious green fields and coastlines. But how is your scenery so lush you ask? Well, it rains. A lot. SO if you move here you have to prepare to have fun in the rain or shine.
Despite being a small country, the weather is varied in different locations. Scotland up to the north gets the cold and the snow, but also offers the chance to see the Northern Lights, so that’s a plus. The southern part of England gets more sunshine but more wind on those beautiful coastal walks and gets more sunshine. London on average is one of the warmest cities as has no coastal breeze.
The climate in the UK is better than Ireland which takes the brunt of the bad weather that comes from the West, and that’s why it’s called the Emerald Isle.
Before you move to the UK, it’s best to decide on how you will earn money and get a job. Unless you’re a British citizen, you need an offer of employment from a UK employer or a work permit to work in the UK. Research the visa options available and find the best option for you.
The National Healthcare System (NHS) offers free healthcare, including emergency services. You need to fit a certain set of requirements to access the NHS as a visa holder.
A little preparation will make your move to the UK much smoother, and hopefully, a little less stressful.