With a history stretching back thousands of years, a historic city center and great transport links to London, St Albans has long been a popular choice for globally minded people relocating to the London area. As one of the smallest cities in the UK, St Albans packs a lot into a relatively petite area. However, expats in St Albans will quickly come to discover that what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in attractions and leisure facilities, with a range of cultural, historic and natural attractions across the metropolitan area. Some of the city’s most iconic landmarks are the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Albans and the medieval clock tower, all of which are evidence of the city’s rich history and the important part that it has played in British life. As well as historic sites, St Albans also boasts the beautiful Verulamium Park which covers more than 100-acres of open parkland in the heart of the city. Expatriates new to the city can find more information on living in the UK, as well as plenty of socializing and networking opportunities on InterNations, the leading online expat community.
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The manageable size and pretty nature of St Albans make it easy to get your bearings once you arrive in town. There are lots of local business and social networks active in the city, so expatriates moving to St Albans should find it easy to settle in quickly. As the city is close to the M25 and M1 motorways, expats living St Albans have easy access to Luton, Heathrow and Stansted airports as well as destinations across the country, perfect for those who want to explore European destinations or travel home on a regular basis. If you'd like advice about finding your feet in a new country, check out the relevant articles in the InterNations guide section or have a browse through our forums or discussion groups.
Just over half an hour by train from London, St Albans is also known as ‘The Rail City’ and many of its inhabitants commute to the capital every day for work. As well as all of the business and networking opportunities that London provides for expatriates, St Albans also has a vibrant jobs market of its own with tourism, education and business all strong sectors in the city. For those that choose to work in St Albans instead of commuting, the small size of the city means that many residents will be able to walk to work, allowing expats working in St Albans to enjoy a more relaxed pace of life. As well as to London, St Albans also has good links to Watford, Bedford and the North, providing lots of opportunities for work and for expats living in St Albans to explore the rest of the UK during their spare time. To find out more and make the most of life as an expatriate in St Albans or the UK in general, sign up on InterNations today!