Relocation Guide – Living in the UK 2017

The Edison relocation guide. The UK is full of possibilities and with a growing economy and unique job opportunities, it is the ideal place to progress your career in a number of industries.

If you have made the decision to move to the UK you are in good hands—the team at Edison have a wealth of experience helping engineers across the EU to relocate and we endeavour to support and guide you every step of the way.  Here is all you need to know about living in the UK.

  • Renting

    Searching for properties in the UK is extremely easy with the help of some great online tools. Websites such as or are fantastic at giving you an overview of the properties in your search area.

    As a guide once you have found a property, please be advised of the following:

    • An application form will need to be completed with the agency marketing the property.
    • You will need to provide photographic proof of ID, a bill or bank statement to prove your current address and your last 3 bank payslips or a letter from your  employers.
    • To reserve the property you will be required to pay a non-refundable application fee of approx. £300.
    • Once your application is successful, a further £80 is payable upon signing the tenancy agreement—you will also be required to pay the first months rent and deposit (unless otherwise stated). At this point the keys will be given to you.
    • PLEASE NOTE: You will be responsible for the payment of utilities to include gas, electricity, water rates, council tax and TV license.
  • Health Care

    The UK has its own National Health Service (NHS) which provides free health care to UK residents, paid for by general taxation.  For example if you need to see the doctor and require a prescription, this is free of charge.  If you require dental treatment this is also provided under the NHS at a subsided rate. For more information about the NHS visit

  • Cost of Living

    The cost of living in the UK varies on the region you live in. Generally the most expensive place to live in is London. As a basic guide, to rent a property outside a city centre it will cost on average approx. £500 per month. Basis utilities such as Electricity, Gas, Water etc will cost on average £140 per month. (For further cost of living statistics please visit

For more information and guidance about working & living in the UK please contact us and we’ll do our utmost to ensure you are provided with the best possible advice.