11 Things You Need to Know Before Moving to the United Kingdom

11 Things You Need to Know Before Moving to the United Kingdom
It’s not hard to understand why most people are anxious about moving to the United Kingdom. The political climate has been unpredictable since the much-publicised referendum, and a lot of laws and policies are expected to change in the coming months and years. Still, the country remains welcoming to everyone who’s coming to the country, chiefly to those who’ll do it legally. But beyond securing your passport and travel documents, there's still plenty to consider before deciding to move permanently. Here are a few simple facts we think you should know about this famous country. 
  1. Don’t panic about the Brexit. As mentioned, those who are entering the country legally have nothing to worry about the expected crackdown on immigrants should the government trigger Article 50, or if Brexit finally becomes a reality. Theresa May, the new prime minister, has been adamant about favouring legal immigrants to those who are not.     
  2. It is not a coffee country. While tea places are everywhere (seriously), finding a coffee shop is quite difficult.  If do you find one, you have to remember several things such as ‘white coffee’ is a regular coffee with milk, and ‘black coffee’ is the regular, sugarless one.
  3. Brits speak a different kind of English. Or the real one, since the language originated here. Thus, it pays to learn a few slang phrases before hitting the bar for some booze or going somewhere through the Underground or Overground. It’s best to familiarise yourself with it so that you can understand what the locals are saying. Also, you'll need to get used to their lovely accents.  
  4. Brits drive on the left. This actually means that you have to adjust and start training yourself to pay more attention to the right when crossing the street. This also works well when you start driving your own car or ordering a cab.  ​
  5. Love culture? You’ll love it here. London alone is home to tonnes of free museums, countless music festivals, and local celebrations, needless to  mention the long stretches of bars, restaurants, and other culture-centric establishments.
  6. Please, get an Oyster Card. No car? Well, for you to travel across the city without spending too much cash on exorbitant Uber rides, you'll need an Oyster Card. The Oyster Card is for the tube, buses, trams, DLR, and the Underground. ​
  7. Learn more about basic British courtesy. Which means you need to respect the queue, stay on the right side when you're on the escalator, and you have to apologise for everything (even for the bad weather, which isn’t your fault).
  8. Memorise “999”. It’s basically the 911 in the UK. You'll need it for any emergencies. But generally, UK towns and cities are safe and peaceful, so you don’t have to worry. ​
  9. Your stomach will be happy here. Why? Because London alone is the best place for cheap but delicious food. Simple but great food is embedded in British culture so you can go anywhere in the country without overly thinking about your budget and your tummy.​
  10. Good flats/apartments are everywhere. But just like in any country, some landlords can be dishonest as well, especially to tourists. Experts always advise not to pay the advance immediately unless you see the place personally. Photos and verbal descriptions delivered over the phone/chat could be deceiving (most of the time) so it's better to see the place first to know if it fits your taste.  ​
  11. Be up-to-date regarding UK visa & immigration rules. You don’t have to worry about anything if you come here lawfully, but it's still a good idea to keep up-to-date with the latest immigration news as laws often change. Watch the local news, regularly visit the UK government’s official website, or simply follow various government agencies’ Twitter accounts. Through this, you’ll be in the know about policy changes that may affect you personally; for example, your visa status or the validity of your permanent residency permit.
As travel experts always say, the best way to learn about a country is to experience it all first-hand. Be one of the locals, learn their language, immerse yourself in their culture, and be open to change.
 
For more questions about moving to the UK, talk to a regulated UK Migration Consultant.  
 
 

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