How To Settle Down In England (UK) In 2018

Government - Work - Rent - Utility Bills - Transport - Food - Lifestyle

Welcome to Living In England (UK) - A section of the Living In Hungary websiteLiving In Hungary website aimed at Hungarians for example who are interested in moving to England (UK) whereby they need information based on, and similar to, the information on the Living In Hungary website.

Information for those wanting to know "How The System Works" In England basically, with a view to living in England for a few years; maybe moving with family/children, looking for work and/or a new life. Below a small list of some of the main topics covered:

These web pages were created by me, John Cairns, through lack of important information on the internet (within one website) with regards to the actual process of settling down (living) in England (UK) - Renting a flat (apartment) in England (UK), registering with a Doctor (GP / General Practitioner), applying for a Bank Account, becoming Self-Employed and so on. The internet is great, but sometimes it is totally useless.


Although these web pages can be used by a "Foreign" single person or couple, for example, they are actually based around the procedures and experiences of a "Foreign" single person with family members and friends moving to the UK to settle down. More precisely: They are based on my Hungarian wife Tünde's (then girlfriend's) real experiences of her moving to and eventually settling down in England whereby she later brought her family to England.

Tünde is originally from Szeged (Hungary) and has four children. Three of them now live in London (two at school and one working) with the other one living in Hungary (working in Austria). When she moved to London (UK) four years ago she only knew a basic level of English and was looking for work. Now she speaks very fluent English and has her own cleaning company. We got married in January 2018.

With me being English - born in Nottingham. Grew up there and left when I was almost 18 years old to move to London (living there for the past 32 Years) - and them being "Foreign", you will be gaining valuable knowledge and experience from the exact procedures Tünde, her family members and friends had to follow; together with insights of their pros and cons. Real costs, real applications and real experiences from the perspectives of an English man and his Hungarian wife and friends.

I have used London (UK) for the main examples, and have also created separate web pages for some of the other major cities in England (UK), not just because London (UK) is the capital city, but also because many "Foreigners" try life in London (UK) first. On top of this: Most of the actual procedures - such as renting a flat, exchanging a driving licence and putting utility bills in your own name - are nationwide; with many procedures being done online these days.


As you read through these web pages I will be giving you REAL LIFE examples, up-to-date website links to official government web pages and document downloads, and factual advice based on Tünde's, "Foreign Friends" and my own experiences. Between us, we have been through the registration processes mentioned within these web pages.

As an English person born and bred in Nottingham (UK), and as a Hungarian person born and bred in Szeged (Hungary), Tünde and I have valuable knowledge and know-how between us of living in England (and living in Hungary) and more precisely about how each system works.

Moving Expenses / LIVING EXPENSES

With the same token I will be showing you the cost of living in England (UK) in some major English cities with regards to their Transport, Travel/Tour, Food & Drink, and Leisure Activities. I will also be showing you what is involved when moving between two English cities in terms of house removal and settling down in the other city.

Touring London AND ENGLAND

When you have exhausted the information about moving to England (UK), and the cost of living, I will then show you what there is to see and do in and around England from both a tourist's point of view and a resident's point of view.

Hopefully you will gain enough valuable knowledge from these web pages to make a decision on whether or not England (UK) is the right place for you, your family and/or your friends.

Disclaimer - The main information within these web pages on this website come directly from government websites such as NHS.UK, TFL.GOV.UK and HMRC.GOV.UK, as well as from my own knowledge and experience. As it is impossible for me to cover every detail/topic mentioned on the government websites, in relation to the content within the web pages on this website, I suggest you visit those websites and the linked web pages for more information about a particular detail/topic.

PLEASE NOTE - The information I have supplied within these web pages are guidance for a "Foreign" person/family coming to "Settle Down In England (UK)" for the first time whereby they know nothing of "How the system works in England (UK)".