The English city Slough is perhaps best known as the location of the BBC hit series ‘The Office’, starring Ricky Gervais. Slough’s famous trading estate is showcased in the opening credits, and fans of the show still travel there to take pictures of the iconic building and road sign. However, the Slough Trading Estate is actually famous in its own right – it is the largest industrial estate in single private ownership in Europe. In fact, the city of Slough owes much of its existence to the estate – after it was built in 1920, British and expatriate workers flocked to Slough, and today it is very much a modern British city. Expats living in Slough will find a busy High Street, good schools, cafés, restaurants, and beautiful green spaces such as Herschel Park.
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Slough is situated just north of Windsor and just outside the M25 which circles London. Heathrow airport, one of the busiest airports in the world, is only eight miles away so expats moving to Slough will have unrivalled access to the UK and the rest of the world. There is a direct train service which goes from Slough to Paddington station in West London, and many former Londoners have opted to live in Slough and commute to work in the city. Rush hour in Slough lasts from 7.30-9.30am, and from around 4pm until 7pm. Expatriates in Slough will quickly realize that traffic can be a nightmare, so make sure you find a radio station you like or opt for public transport. If you are taking a train during rush hour, sharpen your elbows, avoid eye contact, and make sure you have something to read. For tips on assimilating to the British lifestyle, have a browse through InterNations content-section, including the Expat Magazine, or speak to British expatriates in the InterNations community.
Most expatriates who are working in Slough will be spending at least some time in the Slough Trading Estate. More than 400 companies from all across the world are tenants of the estate, and several multinational corporations have their headquarters there. Expats have been living and working in Slough for years, making it one of the most diverse cities in England, so you should not have any problems fitting in. Before moving to Slough, make sure you have all your work visa information in order, and keep your paperwork up to date. If you plan on driving in Slough, remember that cars drive on the left hand side of the road. For more tips on assimilating to working life in Britain, you can use the InterNations discussion groups, forums, and private messages system to speak to veteran expatriates who are already well-versed in life as an expat in the UK.