How to Cope With Moving to the UK

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The UK offers a great standard of living for anyone moving here for work purposes. Friendly people and good services await new residents, making the UK a very popular place to relocate to.

Services like the NHS tempt individuals from all over the world to come and start a new life in the UK and while the cooler weather discourages some, those who can cope with it will quickly feel at home. Anyone moving to a new country is likely to face some difficulties as they attempt to adapt to the pace of life and set up their new home, but with a bit of forward thinking moving to the UK can be a relatively stress-free experience.

Accommodation and furniture

Finding accommodation is a key priority, as it will be difficult to feel settled and comfortable in a foreign country until there is somewhere to call home. The ideal situation is to have accommodation and furniture waiting on arrival in the UK, but in some cases this can be difficult to arrange. However, some understanding companies will store pre-ordered items until the individual has concluded their search for accommodation; that can help to remove a stressful job from the list. Delivery can be arranged as soon as the individual moves into their new house.

At a minimum, in most cases it will be necessary to purchase the essentials in advance of arriving at a new home – a comfortable bed and a sofa. Be sure to order early enough for the company to process and deliver the items on time. Individuals who have their choice of recliner sofas awaiting them on receiving the keys to their house, will feel a whole lot better and more positive about their decision to relocate than those who have to wait several days in a house full of empty rooms for the delivery of their furniture.


Finding suitable accommodation will be a huge relief, but it is far from the only thing new arrivals in the UK will need to do. Promptly contacting Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is important, as is obtaining a National Insurance number. This can be arranged through the local Job Centre Plus. Completing these tasks will ensure the individual can start working and contributing to the UK’s system as soon as possible; HMRC will explain how to pay taxes while living and working in the UK.

The next step should be to open up a bank account; many companies and employers will be unable to pay wages until an individual has one. It is also a good idea to think about accessing money well in advance of arrival. Withdrawing cash using a foreign account will usually trigger charges, and can quickly become expensive. Applying for a credit card that will convert currencies ‘commission free’ is a sensible way to avoid being stung in this way.

Individuals coming to the UK from outside the EU are likely to need a visa before they are given extended leave to stay. Individuals can quickly find out whether they need to apply for a visa by visiting the UK’s Border Agency website. Those who have friends and relatives in the UK should ask for help when moving. Residents are likely to understand the system better, and will be able to assist should there be any kind of language barrier.

Although there is a lot to do, no one should be put off coming to the UK. Once settled, there will be many opportunities to relax and enjoy life, especially if comfortable furniture is ready and waiting in a new home.