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The InterNations Expat Guide for working and living in the United Kingdom

Are you an expat working and living in the UK? Or are you preparing to move soon to London, Cardiff or any other of the British international hotspots?

Expat life in the UK has much to offer and provides a great intercultural experience – from discovering the countryside like the outstanding beauty of the Cotswolds, "the Heart of England", learning how British people celebrate various bank holidays, up to tasting the UK’s favorite dishes such as roast beef.

However, InterNations does not only address expats in the UK. We have brief overview guides for various locations around the world – from living in Russia to living in Peru.

Top Articles in the United Kingdom Expat Guide

  • Moving to the UK

    Expats moving to the UK do so for various reasons. Whatever your motivation may be, your move to the UK holds the advantage that you won’t need to learn a new language from scratch. InterNations has lots of useful information on moving to the UK, from life in London to UK visa regulations.
  • Life in the UK

    Are you preparing for expatriate life in the UK? There are lots of famous clichés about living in the UK, concerning, for instance, the weather. InterNations has some tips beyond these stereotypes to help you get the best out of your time in the UK, with info on accommodation, healthcare, and more.
  • Working in the UK

    Do you need information on working in the UK as an expatriate? The UK — and London in particular — is an attractive destination for foreign employees and global companies. InterNations gives you a rundown of the essential aspects of working in the UK, from entry permits to British business etiquette.
  • Jobs in the UK for Foreigners

    Many expats dream of finding a job in the UK. Are you curious about which sectors have the most jobs in the UK for foreigners? Read the InterNations guide on jobs in the UK for foreigners for information on this plus tips on how to find a job and how to get your international qualifications recognized in the UK.
  • UK Facts and Figures

    The UK in numbers: find an overview of the most relevant statistics and figures below!
  • Safety and Crime in the UK

    Much to the relief of the nation’s residents, crime in the UK is usually low key. As long as you adhere to a number of standard precautions, chances are you won’t see much in the way of crime in the UK. Still, crime and terrorism are frequent worries there. Our article tells you why.
  • UK Dentists

    UK dentists enjoy a good reputation, but you should better not be on a budget. As we have already mentioned in other articles on the topic of healthcare in the UK, dentists do not offer their services free of charge. Instead, you have the choice between going to a private dentist and an NHS dentist.
  • Banks in the UK

    There are lots of different banks in the UK offering lots of different services. Yet, opening an account in the UK can be challenging for expats. We provide you with an overview of the most popular banks in the UK, the services they offer and tips on how to open a bank account.
  • Advice for Car Owners in the UK

    For expats, owning or buying a car in the UK poses new challenges, such as import restrictions, vehicle registration, or vehicle taxes. We have compiled a quick introduction to these topics, including some advice on buying, renting and leasing for future car owners.
  • UK Visas and Work Permits

    This overview of UK visa regulations is by no means comprehensive and does not address the many individual cases. However, it does offer a clear introduction to UK visa requirements, refers you to the responsible authorities for detailed information, and helps you kick off your expat life in the UK.
  • British Cuisine

    For a long time, British cuisine wasn’t romanticized like the food cultures in France or Italy. But thanks to the popularity of curry, celebrity chefs like Jamie Oliver, and an obsession with local ingredients, any mention of the new British food scene will now whet your appetite!
  • Social Security in the UK

    If you are planning to relocate to the UK, it will obviously affect your personal finances. Don’t just think about short-term costs! It’s never too early to consider financial cushions or retirement planning. Our in-depth guide explains how UK social security, pensions, and other government benefits work.
  • Schools in the UK

    Are you relocating to Britain with your children? Then you’ll probably need plenty of information on schools in the UK. Our detailed expatriate guide introduces you to the system of state education throughout the country, from primary schools to A-level exams.
  • UK: Expat Destinations & Neighborhoods

    Where you settle in the UK obviously depends on your reason for relocating. Most foreign residents, though, move to a handful of cities. We introduce some of these popular destinations and their neighborhoods below: from Greater London over Manchester and Leeds to Edinburgh.

Working and living in the United Kingdom – Valuable Information from A to Z

Moving to and living in the UK requires a wealth of up-to-date, trustworthy information on various aspects of British expat life. Living abroad in the UK raises a lot of questions such as: ʺHow do I find the best relocation services for moving to the UK?ʺ, ʺAm I automatically entitled to NHS insurance and medical care?ʺ, ʺWhich international school in London should our kids attend?ʺ or, ʺHow do I obtain a work permit for my spouse at the British municipality in Glasgow?ʺ

Collecting all that information on working and living in the UK is quite laborious and time-consuming. Our InterNations Expat Guide for the United Kingdom aims to help you and provides you with reliable info on those topics that matter to expats living in the UK. The Guide includes information on many different areas ranging from education and children, to local organisations & companies or culture and sights, up to housing & household. Typical questions related to expat life abroad, such as ʺWhich diseases do I need to have my pet checked for before bringing it along to the UK?ʺ, will no longer remain unanswered.

Are you curious about expatriate living outside the UK? Then read more about our various expat guides, such as living in Portugal or living in Malaysia!

Tips on living and working in the United Kingdom – From expat insurance providers to telecommunication providers

Moreover, our expat directory for the UK includes recommended listings of expat institutions and relocation services, e.g. expat insurance providers or telecommunication providers. As a member, you’ll also be able to share your experiences of living abroad in the UK with your fellow expats on the InterNations Forum. We are looking forward to welcoming you with a heart-felt Hello from our expats living and working in the UK.