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Moving to Birmingham

Birmingham is Britain’s second-largest city and is the social, cultural, financial, and commercial centre of both the East and West Midlands. 

With its vast green spaces, picturesque waterways and historic sites, Birmingham is fast becoming the destination of choice for expats seeking a calmer life while remaining close to the action.

To help you move and settle into your new home city, we have assembled a team of handpicked and stingingly vetted service providers that specialise in assisting expats living in Birmingham.

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Top 5 tips for expats in Birmingham

Expats living in Birmingham are privileged with a wide range of professional opportunities and fantastic social life. They enjoy higher living standards due to the affordable cost of living and balanced work-life culture.

Below are the top 5 insider tips for expats moving to Birmingham

Getting around the Birmingham
Birmingham has an excellent public transport system of buses, trains and the metro. Through a comprehensive website of Network West Midlands, you can find all the necessary information, check timetables and buy tickets online.

Choosing a place to live
Compared with other expat cities, house and flat prices in Birmingham are reasonable. There is an abundance of choices for all tastes and budgets. It’s recommended to do thorough research to understand which neighbourhood is best for you.  For instance, Mosely once recognised the best neighbourhood to live in the UK, is a great choice for professionals, young couples and families. It has stylish houses, parks and the award-winning monthly farmer market is just a short distance away.

Access to healthcare
Just like in the rest of the UK, those living in Birmingham have access to the public healthcare system (National Health Service or NHS). It is advisable that you check whether your visa type provides access to the healthcare system. In order to access the system, you will need an NHS card and then need to register as a patient with a GP (general practitioner) who can refer you to specialists if required. To avoid long waiting lists on the public system, expats generally choose to take out private health insurance.

Cost of living
Salaries may be lower than other expat cities, but this is compensated by the quality of life in Birmingham. There is a real focus on work-life balance, and you will have time to explore the rich history of the region.

The Brummies
People originally from Birmingham are called Brummies, which is derived from the nickname of “Brum”, coming from the city’s old name, Brummagem. The accent and dialect of Brummies are particularly distinctive.

Meet your Birmingham Team Leader

Richard Feakins

Born and raised in the UK, Richard spent 10 years living and working in New Zealand before settling back in the UK.

He regularly advises expat clients around their tax position providing him insight into the issues expats face when moving to Birmingham.

This, combined with his personal experience as an expat, allows Richard to provide newly arrived expats with the local knowledge they need to settle in.


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