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10 Tips for Living in England

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: If you've recently arrived in England, here are 10 tips for digital nomads living in England.

Welcome to England, a land steeped in history, culture, and modern conveniences that make it an attractive destination for digital nomads from around the globe. Whether you're sipping tea in a quaint village café, exploring the bustling streets of London, or enjoying the serene countryside, England offers a unique blend of experiences. As you embark on your journey, here are 10 essential tips to help you navigate life in this charming country and make the most of your time as a digital nomad.

1. Embrace the Local Culture and Etiquette

Understanding and respecting local customs is key to a smooth transition into English life. Politeness is highly valued, so remember to queue orderly, say "please" and "thank you," and apologize even when it's not your fault. Embrace the local pub culture as a place to socialize and network. You'll find that pubs are the heartbeat of many communities, offering more than just a pint of ale—they're a place to make connections and immerse yourself in the local scene.

2. Get to Grips with the Weather

England's weather is famously unpredictable. One minute you might be enjoying sunshine, the next, a sudden downpour. Always carry an umbrella and dress in layers to adapt to the changing conditions. Despite the jokes about the rain, there are plenty of beautiful days to be enjoyed, especially in the spring and summer months. Use weather apps to plan your outdoor activities and always have a backup plan for those inevitable rainy days.

3. Navigate the Transport System Like a Pro

The public transport system in England is extensive, especially in urban areas. Invest in an Oyster card if you're in London, or explore other travel cards and passes for the regions you'll frequent. Trains and buses can take you almost anywhere, but schedules can be tricky. Use apps like Citymapper or the National Rail Enquiries to plan your journeys. For scenic routes, consider renting a car, but remember to drive on the left side of the road!

4. Manage Your Finances Wisely

England is not the cheapest place to live, so managing your finances is crucial. Look for bank accounts that cater to digital nomads and expats or digital nomads, offering low fees for international transactions. Mobile banking apps like Monzo or Revolut are popular among nomads for their ease of use and budgeting tools. Keep an eye on exchange rates and consider working with clients who pay in pounds to minimize losses due to currency conversion.

5. Find Your Ideal Work Space

As a digital nomad, finding the right place to work is essential. England boasts a plethora of cozy cafés with free Wi-Fi, but for a more stable work environment, consider coworking spaces. They offer not only reliable internet and workstations but also opportunities to network with other professionals. Cities like Manchester, Bristol, and of course, London, have vibrant coworking scenes with spaces like WeWork and The Office Group.

6. Explore Beyond the Beaten Path

While iconic landmarks like Big Ben and Stonehenge are must-sees, England's charm often lies in its lesser-known spots. Take time to explore the countryside, visit market towns, and discover hidden gems like the Lake District or the coastal beauty of Cornwall. These experiences can provide inspiration for your work and a deeper appreciation for the country's diversity.

7. Stay Connected with High-Speed Internet

Reliable internet is the lifeblood of a digital nomad. England offers excellent broadband coverage, and many areas now have access to superfast fibre optic services. Research internet providers and mobile data plans to ensure you're always connected. Public Wi-Fi is widely available, but for security, consider using a VPN, especially when handling sensitive work data.

8. Embrace the Food Scene

English cuisine has undergone a renaissance, with a focus on local and international flavors. From traditional fish and chips to curry (often considered a national dish), there's something for every palate. Farmers' markets and food festivals are great places to sample fresh, local produce. Don't miss out on the tradition of afternoon tea for a true taste of English culture.

9. Understand the Healthcare System

The National Health Service (NHS) provides healthcare for residents, often at no upfront cost. As a digital nomad, you may not be eligible for full NHS services, so it's wise to have comprehensive health insurance. Familiarize yourself with local clinics and hospitals, and always carry your insurance information with you. Pharmacies are also a valuable resource for minor ailments and advice.

10. Join Local Groups and Networks

Building a social network can make your stay in England more enjoyable and productive. Join local groups, attend meetups, and connect with fellow nomads and expats. Platforms like Meetup.com or Facebook groups are great for finding communities based on your interests. Engaging with locals and other international residents can provide support, friendship, and valuable insights into life in England.

Living in England as a digital nomad offers a unique blend of tradition and modernity, with endless opportunities for work and exploration. By following these tips, you'll be well on your way to a fulfilling and successful stay in this vibrant country. Soak in the rich history, enjoy the dynamic culture, and make the most of your nomadic lifestyle in England.

Digital Nomads and Expats talk about Living in UK

"Depends from where you are moving.. if its from abroad... English culture is a challenge, it takes a lot of time to make real friends, but once you are in, you are in!!! :)," said one member living in Weston Super Mare.

"Think carefully of what part of the city you would want to live in. Public transport is good but most people drive their own vehicles. Parking is scarce however," wrote a member in Leeds.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange and serves as Co-President of Expat Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange and Digital Nomad Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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