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Living in Luton

Luton is a large town located in Bedfordshire, UK, and is approximately 30 miles away from London, making it a great location for those commuting to the capital, as well seeking work in the town itself. Known as ‘the center of the hat-making industry’, Luton was once a large producer of hats. Nowadays, the town has a number of other industries. Luton has a popular football team, Luton FC who play at the town’s stadium, Kenilworth Road as well as a number of rugby clubs for the athletic expatriate in Luton to join or cheer on. It is also home to several theaters and museums and some of its most popular attractions include the Dunstable Downs, the highest point in the county, as well as the Town Hall, which dates back to 1936. Luton hosts a number of festivals, and each year expats living in Luton can enjoy the Luton International Carnival as well as the St Patrick’s Day festival. Last but not least, the city also has a vibrant and diverse nightlife, largely as a result of the town’s large student population.

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Moving to Luton

The cost of living in Luton is reasonable and much more affordable than London, which is why it is a popular place for commuters to live in. There are a wide range of housing options available for expats moving to Luton looking to rent or buy properties. Luton has a wide range of schools and colleges which have received major funding from the UK government in recent years and it is also one of the main locations for the University of Bedfordshire. Luton is situated on a great rail network which ensures easy travel to the rest of the UK as well as London and it is home to London Luton Airport which provides travel to a number of destinations in the UK and in Europe. In the town itself, expats living in Luton can rely on an extensive bus network. Expatriates moving to Luton may find joining InterNations very useful in order to connect with fellow expats who may be able to provide better insights about life in Luton as well as answer questions they might have, e.g. about housing and education.

Working in Luton

Luton has a lot to offer in terms of employment, and expats working in Luton will find that there are a number of industries present including car manufacturing and hat making, although these are less prevalent with the town diversifying its economy in more recent years. London Luton Airport is a key employer in the area and a number of airlines are based in the city including EasyJet and Monarch. Luton also has a number of shops and leisure facilities, which are another major source of employment. Joining InterNations gives expatriates in Luton the opportunity to network, socialize and share information with fellow expats in the city and across the globe. After all, who would be better able to provide those working in Luton with more information about living in the area as well as about expat life in general than those who have been through the same before?

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