How to move to the UK – an essential guide. Part 1

Have you been thinking about moving to the UK? You are not alone, last year net migration reached more than 300,000 and for good reason. The UK has a melting pot of cultures, an immense history, great job opportunities and resources that make it a great place to live and work. The UK is also a great place to stay if you plan on seeing the rest of Europe, being only a short, cheap flight away from the continental mainland.

Making the move might sound easy, I mean there are the basics like finding work and somewhere to stay, but what about all the things people don’t tell you, all the day-to-day subtleties that make living in the UK great.

First up – the obvious!
Ok, so we will get to the finer details but really, if you are looking to move to the UK you really need to know the basics.

Finding work
Living in the UK is not particularly cheap, especially if you move to a large city; London is one of the most expensive cities in the world, so securing a job quickly is a must! If you have a profession, use your network to see if there are any vacancies here in the UK, or check with your current employer if they have any jobs available – you might be able to have an easier transition if your work will sponsor you to move. If you are looking for money just to tide you over you need to download the job app JobandTalent. It lets you connect with employers and find work fast. They say it’s possible for potential employees to be matched, interviewed and get hired within hours. It’s great if you are looking for work that you can start as soon as possible.

Finding accommodation
You’ll need somewhere to stay so check out Spareroom, Rightmove and Gumtree, but remember to make sure you get as much information on the property as you can. You should always try to visit the area you want to stay in and the property before you sign any contracts or exchange any money. Make sure you read through your tenancy agreement and that your landlord is signed up to a government-backed Tenancy Deposit Protection scheme.

Let’s talk money
When you get to the UK you are going to need to have access to a current account so you can easily get paid, transfer money and get a debit card. But you’ll find that getting an account is not as simple as it may seem. Many banks need you to provide them with 3 months worth of proof of UK address and proof of income before you can get an account. Obviously, this is not so easy if you have just arrived from overseas! Monese is different – you can get a UK current account with Monese in as little as 120 seconds, all you need is the app and your national i.d or passport. Once you’ve signed up you will be given a UK sort code and account number which you can give you your employers to get paid. You will also be sent your own Monese contactless Visa debit card which you can use at any card outlet that accepts Visa cards.

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