US citizen wanted to move permanently to the UK?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
152 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@AndysCraftsNmore:  Well I live in Scotland and I love it. The weather isn’t for everyone, but is is a beautiful place.

A lot of Ireland (republic) is really nice, but it depends on what sort of thing you like! The North can be nice, depending on where you live!!

Post # 5
8389 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@AndysCraftsNmore:  OMG my husband and I thought the same thing after we visited London, we LOVE it.  I’m not sure how easy immigration is to the UK though, still a very nice place to visit.

Post # 6
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

It’s pretty difficult to immigrate into Europe.  Getting a job secured before you move is usually your best bet.  You also have to secure a visa if you plan to work in the UK or reside there for longer than 3 months.  My husband tried but was ultimately denied and deported.  It was a mess to say the least.

Post # 7
2675 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

I have lots relatives who live in the UK (have their whole lives) and their favorite phrase is “We don’t live here, we survive here..” , they complain all the time how miserable it is…I actually don’t know what their basis for this is but I hear it a lot. Maybe everyone just always thinks it’s better on the other side.

A few family members have moved to the US permanently and say they love it so much more. I think a lot has to do with expenses. They can get more for their money here in their opinion plus have more space.

Then again, I have a cousin who has lived in The Netherlands, UK, and US. She loves the UK and plans to either stay there or return to the US when she is done with school.

As for weather..while I was in England it often rained but it was very light misty rain and often wouldn’t last the day. So even if it did rain every day…it was not all day every day.

I think they get all four seasons just in a much more mild way than northern US. My relatives have gotten snow in the winter. It’s just that 6″ snow there shut everything down…where here it tends not to when you live further north. In the summer it can get hot but usually not as hot. Though one summer I was there it reached ~90F and there is no a/c in any house or car in my family there! So I was soooo hot.

I think it’s worth a lot of research if you plan on moving. Everyone has their own preferences.

Post # 8
152 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@AndysCraftsNmore:  We get all four seasons, just not always in the right order and for the right length of time! To be honest, the weather isn’t as bad as people make out, we have some beautiful summers and mild winters. I love it here, the scenery is completely amazing, so even when the weather is sucky, it is still beautiful


This photo was taken in summer!

Post # 9
291 posts
Helper bee

The UK is wonderful. We have beautiful scenery, masses of history, the weather is comparatively mild (if a bit rainy). We have universal healthcare, guaranteed 1 year of maternity leave per child, protected workers rights, church and state are separate (Mostly). Easy access to the rest of Europe for holidays – you can be in Paris from London in 2 hours. 

I love my country with a passion. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. It’s not perfect, but nowhere is. 

Post # 10
291 posts
Helper bee

I took this one 2 weeks ago, perfect autumn day! 

Post # 11
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Last year we vacationed in London and Edinburgh.  It was our favorite trip EVER … we still reminisce on a weekly basis about it!  Sigh … 

Post # 12
190 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Just throwing it out there…it really doesn’t rain quite as much as it seems here!

I have always lived in London and love it. You will have to do a lot of research on where to live to make sure you’re not stretching your budget, and it is probably advisable to line up a job or have a significant amount in savings first. But it’s do-able! I have no advice on Ireland though, sorry!

Post # 13
10840 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Agree with a lot of the PPs; Depends in individual tastes and sense and the grass can be greener, but then again it might not be when it’s reality. 

Do your research.

Post # 14
1468 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m not sure I would move anywhere that I hadn’t visited for an extended period beforehand.  I’m not talking about a vacation…I’m talking maybe a month of actual living there to see if you really, really like it.

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