Milton Keynes is one of the newest settlements in England, and it’s like no other town in the country. With a population of roughly 230,000 people and a founding mission of becoming a regional city, expats in Milton Keynes will be located at Britain's most famous new town. Its design and layout might seem more natural in the United States than the United Kingdom and expatriates living in Milton Keynes might initially sympathize with a British philosopher’s complaints that the town has “no place of social pilgrimage”. However, life in the town is, in fact, very social indeed. Locally known as “MK”, this is a modern city with a youthful atmosphere and amenities like the National Bowl and Caldecotte Lake giving people plenty of opportunities to get together. In fact, the town is popular around the UK for its alternative layout and atmosphere, and while expats living in Milton Keynes won’t find many of the cobbled streets and soaring cathedrals of most British cities, the town has a unique, modern spirit and plenty to see and do.
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The town is located in the geographical center of England and expats moving to Milton Keynes will find it a great base to explore famous sites like Oxford, Bath, London and Stonehenge. A number of intercity coach companies offer services from hub cities and the M1 motorway runs just by the city. The town’s modernist central station is also well served with trains to major British towns and cities and expatriates moving to Milton Keynes can take a coach directly to London’s Luton Airport or a train to Birmingham International. You might also like to browse the InterNations website for articles and information on expatriation – our Expat Magazine covers topics like family & relationships and expat finance, while content written by InterNations members paints a good picture of what to expect when settling in as an expatriate in Milton Keynes or any other foreign city.
Life in Milton Keynes is substantially more car-based than in many other cities in the UK, although there are buses, five railway stations and two national cycle highways for non-drivers in the town. There is also a purpose-built town center, with a theatre, plenty of shopping and a world-class arena that hosts a vast number of events. Expatriates working in Milton Keynes will also notice plenty of street art around the town and there is a lively local cultural life. You should have little trouble finding the local international community and getting in touch with other expats living in Milton Keynes can be as simple as sending a few messages over the private communications or discussion groups on our InterNations website. As a member of the InterNations community, you'll find it easy to get in touch with other expats in Milton Keynes or other parts of the UK, organize meet-ups, socialize with global minds and find out what other expats recommend in the area.