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Living in Southend-on-Sea
Located in the historic county of Essex, Southend-on-Sea is a typical English seaside town that's just under an hour from London. Thanks to its great transport links and easy access to the capital the town is often known as “East London on the Sea”, a name that’s even more appropriate whenever the sun comes out and Londoners flock to Southend’s beaches to escape the city heat. One of the main attractions for expats relocating to Southend-on-Sea is its coastline, the most striking feature of which is the town’s pleasure pier which currently holds the record as the longest in the world. At the base of the pier, you’ll find Adventure Island, an amusement park with over 50 rides, perfect for getting the adrenaline pumping on sunny afternoons. With seven miles of coastline, it may come as no surprise that water sports are also very popular, so once you’ve taken a stroll along the pleasure pier, why not try your hand at windsurfing, kite surfing or sailing? You can check out the InterNations forums and discussion groups for advice on more local and national activities.
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Moving to Southend-on-Sea
Within easy reach of London by road and rail, and now boasting its own international airport, Southend-on-Sea is very easy for any new expatriate to reach whether they’re relocating via the capital or arriving directly from abroad. There is a large variety of housing available from traditional terraces to modern apartments and detached homes, giving expatriates moving to Southend-on-Sea a great choice of accommodation. As the town has strong links to London, you’ll find there are already plenty of expats living in Southend-on-Sea, making it easy to meet new people and build up a social network. To find out more about relocating to the UK, check out InterNations content section, including the Expat Magazine, or visit the InterNations forums and get practical advice from those who have already made the move.
Working in Southend-on-Sea
As Southend-on-Sea is home to both international and local companies, there are plenty of opportunities for employment in a variety of sectors. Though many expats living in Southend-on-Sea take advantage of the great rail links in order to commute to London, there are plenty of business networks and international organizations based in the town itself. And with increased investment and energy in the Southend-on-Sea jobs market in recent years, employment opportunities are only set to increase. The recent expansion of London Southend airport, for example, has already led to an increase in the number of jobs available in aviation, engineering and tourism, and there are also plenty of other sectors and industries for expatriates in Southend-on-Sea to get involved with. You can find out more about working in the UK through InterNations, and network with professionals who may be able to offer advice on how to find work in the area.
- Therese Yeboah
For me, the InterNations events are the best part. I attend almost every get-together and always get to know lots of friendly fellow expats.