Thinking about relocating to the UK? There are many things to look forward to! From its natural beauty to the many employment perks, the United Kingdom has lots to offer its natives and expats.
Intrigued? We thought so. Here are some of the best things about living in the UK.
It’s rich with history and culture
Stroll around a major city (or town in fact) in the UK, and you’ll be surrounded by historical buildings and monuments. In fact, a 5-minute walk around London can present everything from beautiful cathedrals to iconic castles (Tower of London, we’re looking at you).
It’s rich in pop-culture history too. Legendary bands and artists including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Oasis and Queen all hail from the UK. It’s no surprise then that there are endless live music venues, gigs, concerts and music festivals to immerse yourself in. That’s Summer 2022 sorted, then.
There’s always time for a holiday
If you’re employed in the UK and work five days a week, you’ll be entitled to a minimum of 28 days’ paid annual leave. This includes the eight bank holidays a year. Granted, it’s not quite as good as what’s offered by the likes of Belgium, Italy and France. But all in all, it’s not bad at all.
And when it comes to destinations for your holiday, you’re spoilt for choice. The UK is home to 24 commercial international airports connecting you to various destinations in Europe with ease. And thanks to the many budget airlines, travel is often cheap. That said, don’t always be quick to jump on a flight. The UK is home to many beautiful and fascinating cities including Edinburgh, York, Bath and Brighton. It’s also awash with many picturesque seaside spots like Cornwall, Dorset, Norfolk and Northumberland.
The health and education systems are notable
If you’re a legal resident of the UK, you’ll be able to access free healthcare. Granted, the National Health Service (NHS) has been underfunded over recent years, but it still outperforms many other countries’ healthcare systems. And the fact that people living in the UK don’t suffer financial hardship as a result of being ill is an absolute win.
The UK also boasts one of the best education systems in the world. The concept of universities pretty much originated in the UK and the likes of Cambridge and Oxford are some of the best in the world.
It’s a melting pot!
Okay, okay. So not everybody in the UK is super-friendly and progressive, but a lot of them are. Many parts of the UK are incredibly accepting of different ethnic groups, age groups, genders and sexual orientations. And Pride Month is a huge deal in many cities in and around the UK.
The UK is also a melting pot of different nationalities so you won’t be hard-pressed to meet an eclectic mix of people. Particularly in one of its major cities, where immigrant population rates are generally quite high. So if you’re new to the UK, you hopefully won’t find it too difficult meeting new people and forging new friendships. Good luck!