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An expat’s guide to the U.K.

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The United Kingdom (U.K.) is a popular choice with many expats from all over the world. As one of the world’s top economies, it has plenty to offer those seeking excellent employment opportunities and a high standard of living. The country’s diverse, tolerant culture makes most newcomers feel welcome — even if it can sometimes be hard to break through the famous “British reserve”!

With a rich history and varied landscape — encompassing four nations and many regions — the U.K. really does have something to tempt everyone. Whether you’re seeking out urban excitement or rural calm, life in the U.K. offers plenty of enticing choices.

With so much on offer, expats planning a move to the U.K. are likely to need plenty of guidance. Whether it’s advice on the best places to live and work, making the most of your money, or protecting the health and wellbeing of your family — a little homework is essential before you travel.

Understanding the U.K. health care system

Discover what to expect before you make the move. Read about the National Health Service (NHS), what you can expect from this health care system, as well as the availability of private health care.   

Learn more about health care in the U.K.

Recommended vaccinations before you go

Vaccines are not required for travelling to the U.K., however a number are made available through the National Health Service (NHS). These could help you as you begin your new life in the country.  

Read more about how to stay healthy in the U.K.

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Finding the perfect job for you

The country boasts successful service industries and a robust economy. However, there are stringent work permit regulations and regional economic performance variations to consider before you make the move.

Learn how to find work in the U.K.

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What’s it like working in the U.K?

The U.K. has one of the world’s largest economies supported by a committed workforce — many of whom work relatively long hours. Yet more and more organisations and individuals alike are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of a healthy work-life balance.   

Find out more about working in the U.K.

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Understanding business etiquette in the U.K.

Home to a diverse range of cultures and nationalities, the U.K. is generally very open and welcoming to expats. It does help to have an understanding of some of the cultural norms associated with British people.  

Find out how to fit in when working in the U.K.

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Working out where to live

What’s it like living in the country, and where would you prefer to settle? Learn more about living in the U.K. with its various regions.  

Here are some popular areas to live in the U.K.

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A very British way of life

It’s worth spending some time to understand the regional variations in people and ethnic make-up, economic strengths, and lifestyles before committing to a move. 

Learn what it's like to live in the U.K.

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Calculating the cost of living

Wages and the cost of living vary from region to region. Costs will depend on where — and how — you plan to live.  

Learn more about the cost of living in the U.K.

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Finding your new home in the U.K.

The U.K. has a culture that embraces home ownership — where possible — as opposed to renting. However, the housing market is a competitive one which means it can be an expensive option. 

Find out if you should rent or buy a home in the U.K.

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Live well for less: money-saving tips for expats 

The U.K. generally boasts a high standard of living, but this can come at a cost. Find out where and how you can live well and within your means.  

Check out these suggestions for saving money in the U.K.

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