Created by: Dave Harland | 16 August 2019

What NOT to do if you're new to the UK

Moving to a new country is hard and things can be confusing unless you have help. That’s why we wanted to help you if you’ve recently moved to the UK.

The list of do’s and don’ts could go on forever but here are some simple yet important things that you should try to avoid if you’re new to the UK as they could make life even more difficult for you.

1. Don’t sign a long-term housing contract

Finding a place to live in the UK is one of the most important things you need to do before travelling here. But the last thing you want is to get stuck in a place which isn’t nice to live in.

Unfortunately, some estate agents will try to get you to sign contracts and agree to long term tenancy agreements on properties which aren’t actually very nice, or in nice areas.

If you’re moving into a flat or house, make sure to sign a six-month agreement and if you like it, you can choose to extend the lease.

Don’t sign a long-term contract unless you’re positive that you’ll want to stay there for the whole time.

2. Don’t buy or drive a car unless your license is valid

Even if you have a driving license from your own country, that doesn’t mean it’ll be accepted in the UK.

If you come to the UK and get in a car without checking, you may get pulled over and arrested for not having a valid license, so don’t forget to check if yours allows you to drive in the UK.

3. Be wary of ‘cash in hand’ jobs

Some businesses in the UK avoid paying tax and paying their staff a fair wage by paying them in cash

Unfortunately, many new immigrants are targeted by these types of businesses because they might not know any better or even have bank accounts to have money paid into – so cash-in-hand work might be extra tempting.  That’s why you should set up a bank account as soon as you arrive in the UK.

4. Don’t forget to register with a GP

Your health is the most important thing, so you should make it a priority to register with a GP once you arrive in the UK.

You’ll be able to receive emergency care if you have an accident, but you won’t be able to get an appointment unless you register with the doctor in your local area.

If you still need help with moving to the UK, we have even more help and advice, so make sure to do as much research as possible before moving.