If you move to the UK, finding accommodation will be in a good position on your list of things to do. There are so many housing options and beautiful areas to choose from that the hardest thing might be deciding where you want to live.
Staying in the UK
You’ll find more accommodation available in major cities which also offer more career opportunities and a more vibrant lifestyle. Rents, however, can be very high. London being one of the most expensive cities in the world, the real estate market is changing rapidly. If you have in mind one of the small towns or one of the UK’s villages, you’ll have the chance to find larger spaces for less expensive rents than in town residences, even though this benefit is outweighed through fewer employment opportunities and a much calmer lifestyle.
Types of housing in the United Kingdom
- Semi-detached / individual homes
- Bungalows (low house without floor)
- Duplex and triplex
- Studios or furnished rooms
In cities, housing supply is mainly made up of apartments and studios. The further you get from the centers, the more houses and bungalows available and within your budget. The price ranges vary enormously (for the price of a furnished room in central London you could rent or buy a house with a large garden in the north of England). Carefully assess your budget, your possible travel needs, and your lifestyle and accommodation expectations.
Finding accommodation in the United Kingdom
Start your search online on real estate search portals and real estate agency sites based in your target neighborhood. Local newspapers and magazines offering classified ads can also be a very good source of information. The best way to buy or rent a house or an apartment while protecting your interests is to seek the help of a real estate company (prepare for fees). You will get to discover many UK laws protecting tenants and the agencies strictly respect them. There are many real estate agents in big and small cities in the UK and it is in their interest to find a home that suits you. Also, they are more than willing to be proactive in their research. However, expect real estate agents to send you email alerts rather than contacting you directly about potential homes in high-turnover cities. They also never share your personal information with other real estate agencies. Target the agencies that have the most to offer you.