United Kingdom


United Kingdom


United Kingdom


Moving to the UK

Moving to the UK

Ready for your move to the UK? Great! This fresh start will be fun and life-changing. This blog post covers it all: packing and immigration to adjusting to UK culture, and more. Let's help you settle into your new home in the UK trouble-free, let's dive in!

Take a look at the upcoming topics:

  • Important things to know about the UK

  • Research moving in general

  • Schooling in the UK

  • Choosing a place to live in the UK

  • Acclimate to the work culture and public transport in the UK

  • Your first week in the UK

Important things to know about the UK

The UK is a place full of customs and traditions. For example, the UK follows a left-hand driving rule. If you have UK ancestry, you may be eligible for a UK ancestry visa. And remember, whether you're applying for a skilled worker visa, a child student visa, or you're a British citizen, it's important to enrol in the National Health Service (NHS) for health coverage.

Here are some more examples of things that are standard in the UK: 

  • Currency: The official currency in the UK is the British Pound Sterling (£). Make sure to familiarize yourself with the currency and exchange rates.

  • Emergency services: The emergency services number in the UK is 999. This is the number to call in case of emergencies, including medical, police, or fire-related issues.

  • Electricity: The standard voltage is 230V, and the frequency is 50Hz. Ensure your electrical devices are compatible or use appropriate adapters.

  • Mobile networks: Choose a local mobile network and get a UK SIM card for your phone. This will help with communication and access to local services.

Brexit information for expats

After the United Kingdom stepped out of the European Union, there have been some adjusted rules regarding entering the country. Below you will find some points to take a good look at for when you are moving to the UK. 

  • Visa and immigration rules: Post-Brexit, there have been changes to visa and immigration rules for expats moving to the UK. Different visa categories and requirements now apply.

  • End of free movement: The end of free movement between the UK and the European Union means that EU citizens now need to adhere to new regulations for living and working in the UK.

  • Healthcare changes: Healthcare provisions for EU citizens have evolved. Expats may need to navigate new systems or consider obtaining private health insurance.

  • Customs and trade regulations: Changes in customs and trade regulations impact the movement of goods and potentially affect the cost and efficiency of importing personal belongings.

  • Banking and financial Services: Expats might encounter changes in banking and financial services, with potential adjustments in the accessibility of certain products or services.

  • Residency requirements: New residency requirements may apply, and expats may need to register or apply for residency status to ensure legal compliance.

  • Impact on employment: Employment regulations, including rights and benefits, may be subject to changes, necessitating a thorough understanding of new policies.

  • Education system adjustments: Expats with children may need to navigate adjustments in the education system, with potential changes in enrollment processes or fee structures.

  • Social security implications: Social security implications, including pension arrangements, may be influenced by Brexit-related changes, requiring expats to stay informed about their entitlements.

Research moving in general

One key task is moving your stuff. You need a good moving company for this. Look at the most important factors that come with this:

  • Look at many companies and compare their costs. 

  • Read what their past customers say. 

  • Also, ask people you trust if they know a good company. 

  • If you're a Commonwealth citizen, check if UK immigration needs a valid passport. 

  • Contact the local council to learn about council tax. 

  • Make sure you have your National Insurance Number

Schooling in the UK

In the UK, all kids from 5 to 16 years old must go to school. The school system has four parts:

  1. primary,

  2. secondary,

  3. Further education,

  4. higher education

The first two are needed for everyone. The last two are choices. The UK has many top-class schools, like Oxford and Cambridge. Also, the UK schools focus on helping kids to think well and be creative. If you are moving to the UK, self-employed or not, your personal circumstances might affect choices.

Choosing a place to live in the UK

The UK is a great place to live, with many major cities offering different lifestyles.

Here are five cities in the UK that are renowned for their thriving business areas:

  1. London: As the capital and largest city, London is a global financial hub with prominent business districts like the City of London and Canary Wharf. It hosts numerous multinational corporations, financial institutions, and headquarters of major businesses.

  2. Manchester: Manchester is a key economic center with a diverse range of industries. Its business district, including Spinningfields, is a focal point for finance, technology, and media companies.

  3. Edinburgh: Scotland's capital, Edinburgh, is known for its financial services sector. The city's historic and modern districts, such as the Exchange District, attract businesses in banking, investment, and insurance.

  4. Birmingham: Birmingham, in the West Midlands, boasts a strong business presence, particularly in finance, manufacturing, and technology. The city center is home to significant developments and corporate offices.

  5. Glasgow: Glasgow, in Scotland, is a major business hub with a focus on finance, technology, and engineering. The International Financial Services District (IFSD) is a notable area for financial institutions.

Acclimate to the work culture and public transport in the UK

Once you've sorted all your papers, it's good to get to know your new home. UK work life is all about acting professionally, being on time, and knowing who's in charge. Most places work 9 to 5, but some offer flexible hours. Regular team meetings are common and don't forget, Brits love their tea breaks! Public transport is very good, with trains, buses and trams going all over. Getting around in London is easy with 'The Tube', a big subway system. It's best to get an 'Oyster Card' for easy travel there. In other cities, buses and trams are mostly used. Spend time learning about these to make settling in easier.

UK businesses often look for people in specialist occupations. This is why the general salary threshold is important. It's a rule set by the UK government to control who can move to the UK to work. This rule is used for both European Union citizens and non-EU people. To show you can support yourself, you'll need recent bank statements. They prove you have enough money to live on when you move to the UK.

Your first week in the UK

The first week after moving to the UK can be a whirlwind of excitement, adjustment, and discovery. Starting with exploring your new neighbourhood, you'll find local shops, pubs, and amenities which will become your everyday haunts. British weather can be changeable, so make sure to pack a good mix of clothing. This is also an excellent time to introduce yourself to your neighbours and immerse yourself in the local community. You may experience some culture shock, such as the traditional queueing etiquette, or the uniquely British humour, but these are all part of the charm of living in the UK.

You will soon be settled into your new home with ease if you keep these few simple steps in mind. You’ve got this! Start planning ahead now and you’ll make the process much simpler. Good luck on your upcoming journey!

Start now

Sign up to get in touch with trusted local service experts!

Sign up to get in touch with trusted local service experts!

Sign up to get in touch with trusted local service experts!