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3 Things No One Tells You About Moving to the UK

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Heading off to start an adventure in the UK?

Perhaps you’re about to begin a new job or course. Perhaps you’re hoping to improve your English. Or perhaps you just want a change, and you hope to figure it all out when you get there.

Whatever your reasons, here are three things you should know about starting a new life in the UK.

1. The UK Is SO Much More Than London

For many people, moving to the UK means moving to the capital: London. While this is a fun, exciting city with tons of opportunities, the rest of the country also has a lot to offer – and will be much more affordable, too.

For example, if you’re a big city person, there are tons of other cool places to live, work and study, like Manchester, Newcastle and Liverpool in the north of England, Brighton on the south coast, Edinburgh and Glasgow in Scotland, and Cardiff in Wales. These are cities with amazing music, art and theatre scenes, as well as buzzing nightlife.

Or, if you love the great outdoors, you’ll probably be a lot happier living in or near areas like the Lake District, the Peak District, Snowdonia, the Scottish Highlands, the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, the gorgeous Jurassic Coast, or Cornwall, by the sea.

These are all places that are incredibly beautiful, giving you chances to do things like hiking, surfing and climbing that just aren’t possible in London or the surrounding areas!

2. … And London is Enormous

If you DO decide to live in London, be prepared for the fact that you almost certainly won’t be living anywhere near famous landmarks you’ve heard of, like Buckingham Palace or Big Ben. You’ll also realise that you don’t want to live in these areas!

London is one of the biggest cities in the world, and every part of it has its own character. The most fun areas – like Brixton in the south of the city, Camden in the north, and the Hoxton/Shoreditch/Hackney areas of East London – are a long way from the tourist centres.

They’re also the places with the oldest pubs, the coolest bars, the best music venues, the tastiest food and, (the further you get from Zone 1), the most affordable housing.

Once you become a Londoner, you’ll quickly get a sense of which area of the city suits your personality, interests and budget best!

3. You’ll Need to Get Used to Regional Accents

Obviously, if you’re a non-native speaker, you’ll have to brush up on your language skills if you want to enjoy your time living in the UK. Unless you only want to hang around with / work for people from your home country, you won’t be able to communicate without a good level of English!

However, learning English is only half the battle. You also have to get your head around very strong regional accents.

The UK is actually four countries rolled into one: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Although fewer people speak Welsh, Gaelic or Gallic than in the past, these languages were once the main ones spoken in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Today, this shapes the way people from these countries pronounce English words, and also has a big influence on slang and other, informal speech.

Even within England, accents vary a lot from one place to the next. Someone that grew up in Somerset or Devon might sound like they come from a completely different country to someone that grew up in Newcastle or Liverpool.

This means that, wherever in the UK you choose to live, you’ll need to “tune” your ear to local accents and dialects and work hard to learn common slang words, to communicate easily with the people you meet!

Looking to improve your English before you set out on your big adventure? Take a look at our range of language courses at www.Eurocentres.com