Five good reasons to move to the UK this year

Are you considering moving to another country?  If you haven’t pinpointed the ideal destination yet, you might want to consider moving to the United Kingdom.

The United Kingdom consists of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

If you live within the EU you can move to the UK without too much red tape being involved.  However, if you wish to move from outside the EU then you will need official permission to enter and stay within the UK.  This is not always forthcoming. Leave to stay for longer than six months is normally given for education purposes or if you are highly qualified in a profession such as medicine.

Here are five good reasons to move to the UK.

1.    The economy.  The United Kingdom’s economy is huge.  In fact, it’s the sixth largest in the world and it has enjoyed steady economic growth until the current world economic downturn. In essence though, businesses are still growing and people are finding work.

2.    Education.  If further education is your intention, then the UK has what you need.  With some of the best universities in the world, including Cambridge and Oxford, the UK is highly regarded for higher education.

3.    Health care.  Not every country in the world has a solid health care system.  In fact, very few have a National Health Service like the UKs.  If you are a legal resident in the UK you will have access to free health care.

4.    Culture.  There are few places with such a rich culture as the UK.  With its ethnic mix of population and a long and interesting history it is a fascinating place to explore.

5.    The UK is geographically well-placed.  You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better place than the UK for taking short trips overseas and to other countries.  You can reach many European destinations in just a few hours from London, which makes it a great travel hub.

The UK’s best locations

There are so many great towns and cities throughout the United Kingdom that it can be hard to choose.  But, if you are thinking of moving this year, here are five great locations you can consider.

1.    Oxford.  This busy university town is renowned for its architecture and the excellence of its university. The average price of a home in this city is about £396,000. If you cannot accommodate all of your belongings straight away consider storage Oxford as a temporary home for them.

2.    Canterbury.  Make your own Canterbury tales by moving to this city, just 55 miles south-east of London.  Enjoy the perfect mix of the nearby coast, countryside, and the city.  This very appealing is known for its theatre and music. The average price of a home in Canterbury is about £242,761.

3.    Torquay.  Never heard of the seaside resort of Torquay?  Don’t worry, not many people outside the UK have heard of it either.  It’s a stylish area with a touch of continental class and an overall Mediterranean feel.  Enjoy palm trees and a lively seafront and relax in the coastal lifestyle.   Homes here cost about £192,917.

4.    Brighton and Hove.  A laid back and colourful city, Brighton not only attracts thousands of tourists, but also many people who want to become permanent residents.  Because it is a compact town, it’s easy to get around. Average home prices are about £250,011.

5.    York.  The ancient city of York has been a coveted destination for centuries.  Filled with impressive medieval architecture and narrow cobblestoned streets, York is like few other cities in the world.  The average home price is about £185,801.

Making your move to the UK easy

Moving across town can be a hassle, but what happens when you move to an entirely new country?  A lot of stress, that’s what! Here are some steps to take to make your move to the UK a little less stressful.

1.    Hire a removal company.  Why burden yourself with all the packing and shipping?  Hire a company to do this for you.  Just remember to shop around.

2.    Clean house before you move.  You’ll be surprised at how much junk you’ve probably accumulated over the years.  Clean out your cupboards before you move – this will really lighten the load.

3.    Sort out the utilities first.  You don’t want to get there and have no way to communicate or cook.  Get your gas, electricity, internet connection and phone all set up before you arrive.

4.    Decorate.  Once you move in, make sure you make the house (or flat) your home.  Decorate to your personal taste.

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