Moving to England: the steps involved

So this is the second time I’ve moved to England, and I thought that an article summarizing the steps to take could be useful if you want to move to England!

However, some of these measures are particularly aimed at cases of expatriation through work, and not through an internship or as part of an “au pair” job, for example. Having exchanged with several of them, I was able to see that the status and formalities are very different.

So let’s start: moving to England, how do we do it?

Finding accommodation

That’s it, you got a job in England, you signed the contract, you know the approximate date of your new job. Now you have to find a place to stay (and move out).

Be aware that some companies in England pay you for the move, partial or complete, some even house you for several weeks upon your arrival, others can help you in the process, to look for accommodation.

So to find your new cozy nest there are several sites like for-sale, which was very useful to me in my search.

If the property in question is managed by an agency, it should be noted that you will have to pay a fee to remove the property from the market during the “Background check”.

What is this background check?

The real estate agency subcontracts a third party company to check your background: old addresses, old landlords, check that you have always paid your rent well. They also contact your new employer to check that the information about your job and salary is correct. A little like the employer does, by the way.

Overall, it’s quite fast.

Hop, you get the keys, you move in.

So you have proof of residence: the rental contract. It’s THE grail for the process! All the steps below depend on this document!

Open a bank account

The best known banks are HSBC, Barclays, Lloyds, NatWest, if you have trouble making up your mind, don’t hesitate to use online comparators. I can’t recommend a particular comparator, I didn’t use one. I went to banks that were recommended to me.

Here are several points to know:

– the difference between Debit Card and Credit Card. In France we talk about a “credit card” but it is actually a debit card. In England they make this difference, the Credit Card really gives a credit, while the Debit Card allows you to pay in store, on the Internet, withdraw money, etc.
– the bank account you can open depends on the amount of your income.
Basically, the type of bank account depends on your income, which you must be able to justify. All banks do this, and the details of the account services are visible on their website.
– savings accounts : There are many of them! Some have high rates but over very short periods of time with specific monthly amounts, or you don’t have to pay them for a year, others are specialized in buying a home for example. Likewise, you just have to look at the banks’ websites, everything is very detailed, and you can even “apply” online for some.

Other essential steps for your stay will gradually arrive on this blog! We will talk about home insurance, NIN, taxes, etc. So keep following us!