Before Moving

You are moving to the UK, and a whirl of excitement and apprehension bursts into your life.


  • Passport and other documents

    Make sure all your documents are in order. Your UK VISA (if you need one) will be on the passport you use to first enter the UK, so the passport should be valid for at least 6 months.

  • Medical Files

    It is important you bring with you all your medical files and those of the rest of your family.

  • What to bring

    Be prepared for your shipping to arrive later than expected, so be sure to include all you need for the first few months of your stay in the UK.
    Furniture: houses and flats can be furnished, semi furnished or unfurnished. Bear that in mind when deciding what furniture and house wares to bring. Also consider the size of the space and the entrance through windows and doors for large pieces of furniture.
    Electrical appliances: The voltage in the UK is 220V and the frequency is 50Hz. If you come from a country where the voltage is 110 volts it is best to leave many electrical appliances at home and purchase new ones in the UK.
    Medications: If you use prescribed medication it is advisable to bring enough with you to last a few months.
    Bedding: Bed and pillows sizes in the UK may vary from those in your home country. If bringing your own bed, do not forget the sheets. If renting a furnished flat, you should plan on buying bedding in the UK.

  • Pets

    You can bring your dog, cat or ferret into the UK without quarantine as long as they meet the rules of the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS). There’s a similar scheme for horses. Animals that do not meet all the PETS rules must be licensed into quarantine.

Useful to Know

Deciding where to live is one of the first decision you have to make when moving to a new country.

And it is a difficult one as you are not familiar with the city. Deciding where to live in London can be overwhelming: the city is huge and there are many different beautiful areas that make the choice more complicated.

We suggest you consider your priorities and look at the areas that offer the best response to your needs.

Some point to consider:

  • Commute: how long do you want your commute to be? Do you want walk or cycle to the workplace?
  • Green spaces: how important is for you to have a park or green space nearby? Do you run or exercise outdoor?
  • Nightlife: would you like to be in a lively area full of restaurants, bars and entertainment venues?
  • Residential area: or would you rather live in a quiet residential area?
  • Schools and playgrounds: It might be a good idea to choose the school first and find a place to live in the area. For State schools it is important that you live in the catchment area of the school.

Housing: Useful things to know

Housing: Guide to London neighbourhoods