International Moving to the United Kingdom (UK) may seem like an easy transition for an American or other native English speaker, but in reality their way of life is much different. Here is some advice to help make your transition as smooth as possible:
– Jobs are scarce. If you don’t have a job lined up already before you go, then you would be wise to at least set up some interviews for once you arrive. The job market is very tight all over Europe.
– The weather is normally cool and wet. Bring raingear!
– England, especially the London area, is one of the most expensive places in the world. Even if you have a job lined up, make sure you have some money saved up to last until your first paycheck arrives.
– Renting is artificially high and very expensive, so if you know you are going to be in England for an extended period of time, it may be advisable to purchase! Lenders have been going easy on foreigners lately, and are lending up to 95% of the mortgage. Some websites to check out: www.rightmove.co.uk, www.propertyfinder.co.uk, and www.primelocation.com.
– When you arrive your credit will be back to zero, so it will be important to start purchasing goods on a UK credit card so you can build your credit back. Credit is very important in the UK, and can prohibit you from buying a house, car, or even renting if your credit is bad or nonexistent.