Living in the UK
Naturally, having a roof over your head will be a primary concern when you decide to live and teach in the UK.
Throughout the UK, our network of TimePlan Offices can advise you about the best options for both temporary and longer term accommodation in their areas. Be sure to speak with your TimePlan Coordinator before you begin your search as they will be able to offer advice on the best areas to live in proximity to the work available.
A few tips …
Very few people secure a property from abroad. In fact, we do not advise you to do so. Signing a lease before coming to teach in the UK means basing an expensive decision on the opinion of someone you’ve never met and if you’re lucky, a photograph – very risky indeed!
Upon arrival in the UK, most teachers have pre-arranged accommodation to see them through their first few days. For those of us without a generous friend’s couch to crash on, booking an inexpensive room in a Bed & Breakfast, hostel or hotel will give you time to settle into your new surroundings and become accustomed to using the Tube, trains or buses in your area.
Finding a flat takes a bit of effort, but you should find that the UK property market is always very active. You will want to choose a housing option that suits your lifestyle.
Shared accommodation is by far the most common living arrangement for overseas trained teachers. Not only is this the most economical option, it also provides excellent opportunities to meet new people, whether from the UK or elsewhere around the world.
You may or may not wish to use the services of an estate agent or letting agent to help you find a flat. Be sure to understand the agency’s fees, terms and conditions before agreeing to lease a flat through them. Expect to pay an administrative fee, but beware that some agencies are notorious for charging exorbitant fees. On average, agencies charge in the vicinity of £100.00 as a finders fee.
Other excellent resources for flat hunting include websites and classified publications such as Gumtree www.gumtree.com and The Loot www.loot.com.
Getting from A to B ...
Worried about how you’ll know your way around when you get here? Don’t stress! Upon arrival in the UK, you will be very well connected. The transport system in the UK is an extensive network of buses and trains, linking you to major cities and towns throughout England and Scotland.
Airports for both domestic and international flights are located throughout the UK, making travel simple and hassle free.
Have a look at our FAQs for more information about getting around the UK, or check out some of the links below:
TimePlan will help you to organise a bank account with Lloyds TSB once you arrive in the UK. Please be sure to arrive in the UK with proof of your previous address (utility bill or similar) and a recent statement from your bank at home. At your appointment to register with the bank, you will be asked to produce your passport and a letter of support, which your TimePlan Coordinator will happily organise for you.
Please see our FAQs section for more information about banking, pay and taxation in the UK.
Provided you are contributing to National Insurance in the tax that you pay, you will be entitled to free healthcare in the UK. Healthcare in the UK is provided by the National Health Service (NHS). You should register with an NHS doctor when you arrive.
Prescriptions can be filled at your local pharmacist and cost a dispensing fee of approximately £7.10 per item.
The NHS also has a number of NHS Direct Walk-In Centres throughout the UK, offering fast and convenient access to healthcare advice and treatment for minor injuries and illnesses. No appointment is needed at these centres, although there are often queues. They are not meant to replace your local GP services, but meant to complement them.
The NHS also provides dental services but not free of charge. Again, you will need to register with a dentist once you arrive in the UK.
In addition to an excellent career move, teaching in the UK also offers incredible travel opportunities. Europe is a stone’s throw away, making travel over weekends and school holidays a breeze! Drive to Wales, take the train to Paris, fly to Rome ... Europe is at your doorstep.
Have a look at some of the low-cost travel options below and tantalise the travel bug within ...