Where to settle?

The most asked question on most of the facebook groups for expats making the move over and not sure where to start?  All the same questions…job opportunities, schools, lifestyle, expense?

This is always a difficult one to figure and I personally didn’t even know where to start but for the most, it starts by seeing where one could potentially secure work.  Should you wish to live and work inside London, you will absolutely get a higher salary however you also will pay a significantly higher rental and less space.  The further north you go the cheaper property prices are. The other option would be to find areas that are on good transport links directly into London and you can always decide how long of a commute you are willling to do into work. Most people generally commute an hour so again this will depend on where your work is based so that you are not having to travel all the way north of London if you’ve decided to settle somewhere south.

Should you have children, the best thing to do is look at the schools in the area and do some reading on the Ofsted reports as this gives you a starting point as to which schools to choose however you will need to be within a particular catchment area to qualify for that particular school.

I was also referred to this website which may be of interest or helpful.  I found it quite busy but perhaps it can assist:

https://niceareas.co.uk

 

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