Immigrate to London. Things to know before moving to London

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THE BASICS

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London used to be the industrial and commercial centre of the UK for centuries, so it attracted people from all over the world. Many expats are now moving to London from the USA, Canada, Australia, and many European countries looking for better job opportunities or exciting experiences. If you are about to immigrate to London, then you need to start planning your relocation right now. Check below some basic things you need to know about living in London:
Location:
United Kingdom
Timezone
UTC +1
Currency
Pound Sterling (£/GBP)
Population
8.982 million
Official Language
English
Dialling code
+44
Emergency number
999
Driving
On the left side

BEFORE MOVING

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Visa regulations when moving to London

Until 2021, citizens from Switzerland, the EU and EEA countries can travel to London and other UK cities for holidays or short-term trips, without a visa. If you are moving to London from the US, Australia, or Canada, you do not need a tourist or business visa to travel to London and stay up to 6 months.

If you plan to relocate to London to live or for work, you need to obtain a visa. Here are the visa types you can apply for when moving to London:

  • Temporary UK visas – such as tourist visas, visitor visas, transit visas, which can be valid from 24 hours and up to 6 months.
  • Non-immigrant visas – such as student visas, work visas, family visas for staying in the UK for longer than 6 months.
  • Immigrant UK visas – if you plan to relocate to London permanently or for a period longer than 5 years for work or businesses purposes, family reunion, or sometimes for retiring.
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Long-term rentals in London. Cost to rent or buy an apartment

While locals usually buy property in London, most expats who are living and working in London, prefer long-term rentals. A one-bedroom apartment in the city centre of London will cost you about £1700 (€1890) per month, while the renting price in the suburbs will be around £1200 (€1330) .

Expats who are moving to London with family or kids and looking for a three-bedroom apartment can expect the price to be around £2500 (€2780) per month.


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LIVING IN LONDON

The cost of living in London

London is one of the most expensive cities in the world to live in, so be prepared to spend a lot on an apartment rental. The basic monthly utilities such as gas, electricity, and water will cost you around £160. Depending on your provider and the package you chose, Wi-Fi will cost around £20-40 per month.

A combo meal at a fast-food restaurant will cost about £6, while a cappuccino is around £3.

On average, a single person living in London will spend around £830 per month without rent.

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The job market in London: how to find a job as a foreigner?

Getting a job in London is not easy, as the competition level is high. Still, there are many job opportunities in London, especially in science, IT, teaching and the medical sphere.

If you want a high qualified or well-paid job, then you need to speak proficient English (speaking a second language also gives you an advantage).

If you are moving to London from the EU, EEA countries or Switzerland, you currently don’t need a work permit to work in London. Citizens from other nations will need to apply for a residence card that allows working legally.

The average monthly salary in London is around £2800.


Schools and education in London

When you plan to live in London with children, consider that all kids have to attend primary and secondary school from the age of 5 until 16.

Many expats and foreigners living in London prefer private schools for their children. Private schools (also known in the UK as ‘independent schools’), may follow the British or any other curriculum and can offer a wider range of subjects and extra-curricular activities. Private schools in London have higher teaching standards and smaller class sizes.

Many expats moving to London with children opt for international schools which follow different curricula so students may continue studying the same syllabus as they were studying at home.

Pre-school education
Age: 3-5
Compulsory: No
Elementary school
Age: 6-12
Compulsory: Yes
Secondary school
Age: 12-16
Compulsory: Yes

Healthcare in London: should I get private insurance?

The National Healthcare Service (NHS) is available to all nationals and residents who legally live in London. As the government funds it, expats do not have to pay for the healthcare services in the UK as the NHS covers almost everything.

Although the quality of healthcare in public and private medical facilities is on par, many expats prefer private healthcare in London to avoid waiting in lines. Also, it is recommended to obtain private healthcare insurance in London that will cover all your healthcare expenses.


Driving in London. Should I get a British driving licence?

Residents from the EU or EEA countries can drive in London for as long as their licence is valid, or until they’re 70. Non-EU citizens immigrating to London or other UK cities can drive up to 12 months with their local driving licence or an international driving permit.

Things to consider about driving in London:

  • Many road users will have to pay the congestion charge fee before heading into the Central London zone.
  • London has the busiest routes and junctions in the UK. Make sure you’re prepared to tackle potentially stressful situations during driving.
  • Finding a parking space in London is likely to be a bit of a challenge, especially if you’re new to the area.
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Advantages and disadvantages of living in London

Expats and immigrants who relocated to London allocate the following aspects of living there:

  • Those who immigrate to London will benefit from speaking English. The English language you learnt at school might be different to that you hear in the streets of London.
  • London is proud of its competitive financial sector. If you are moving to London and are an experienced worker in finance and banking areas, you will find London as an attractive place for your career development.
  • The weather is really changeable in London as the UK is under a great influence of the Gulfstream.
  • If you plan to immigrate to London to study at one of the British universities, be prepared to pay a lot for your education.

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MOVING DESTINATIONS

Some of the most popular countries from where people relocate to London

Immigrating to London from the US

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Moving to London from Ireland

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Relocating to London from Vietnam

You have to take many aspects into account before relocating from Vietnam to London. However, moving to London is much easier with Eurosender’s international removal services. We cooperate with the best courier providers to offer you the lowest quotes on the market. Whether you are immigrating to London with your family or moving alone, as a student, you always benefit from moving services powered by Eurosender.


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