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Moving to the UK
How do I know that moving to another country is the right thing for me?
If you’re thinking about uprooting and moving to the UK:
- Get organised
- Start doing things necessary to move as soon as possible
- Get yourself to the point of no return and then decide if you want to relocate.
If you get to the point of no return and do decide to relocate – you’re nearly ready.
If you change your mind – you will feel like you fully considered it and can then live life with no regrets.
If you have been wanting to relocate to the UK, Scotland specifically or any other country for that matter – for 5 years or longer – I don’t think you need to decide if you want to relocate and live in a new country, you just need to go.
You won’t know if you can until you get to the point of no return.
Speaking from experience, we got ourselves to the point of no return and then felt confident to move overseas. We took a calculated risk rather than simply throwing care to the wind.
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How much money will I need when I arrive in Scotland for the first 3 months?
This depends on how many people and what ages they are. For a family of four comprising of mum, dad and two teenage school-age boys, I would budget for between £12,000 and £20,000 in the first 3 months.
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Living in the UK
What should I expect in the first 3 months?
We made the decision to move to the UK 9 months before we arrived. We researched and planned what we needed to do and achieve in the first 8 weeks after we arrived. And after living in the UK for 3 months we had completed everything that we considered to be essential. After that we just started living like a tourist and a local (and probably in that order).
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What are the schools like in Scotland?
The school system in Scotland is different to England. If you’re not sure which country you want to live in, learn about the different school systems. Depending on the age and academic interests of your children, this will help you decide where to first live in the UK.
It also depends when you will be arriving and enrolling your kids. The school term is from about August to June.
School holidays: 2 weeks in October, 2 weeks over Christmas/New Year period, 2 weeks in February, 2 weeks in April and 6 weeks for summer holidays in July-August.
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More FAQs about living overseas in the UK coming soon…