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Expats moving to London are sure to have plenty of queries and concerns about their soon-to-be home. Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about moving to London.
Do I need a car in London?
Not really. Public transport, though crowded during rush hour, is comprehensive and can get a person to wherever they need to go. Owning a car is expensive. Petrol prices are among the highest in Europe, parking is a nightmare, and driving into central London incurs a daily congestion charge.
How expensive is London compared to other cities?
London has always been an expensive city to live in and the cost of living is among the highest in the world. The biggest expenses for expats tend to be accommodation and transport. Lifestyle expenses can always be shifted to accommodate an individual's budget. Luckily, London's entertainment scene is so vast that there are plenty of free or low-cost events to keep people busy.
London sounds pretty congested – are there parks and greenbelts?
London’s parks are one of its strongest features. One will find the vast expanse of Hyde Park right in the city centre, with Regent’s and St James’s Parks close by.
Are there any international schools in London?
Yes – in fact, London easily has the highest concentration of international schools in the UK. Expat parents will find these schools offering a wide variety of curricula in various languages. It's best to apply early, though, as spaces at international schools, especially the most popular ones, can be limited.
Expat Health Insurance
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