What Do I Need to Move to the UK?


Moving to the UK is almost a rite of passage for us Kiwis. And why wouldn’t it be? We’ve got it really lucky when it comes to moving to the UK. It’s easy in terms of paperwork, Visa applications, finding a job and assimilating with UK culture. So, what do you need to get the process of moving to the UK started? Today, we’ll cover all the basics!


The first thing you’ll need when moving to any place is your important documents. We’re talking about birth certificates, visas, passports and licenses should all be kept in one safe folder. Health records are particularly important, especially if you take regular medications or have any special conditions. Don’t forget to grab copies of your dental records too!

Somewhere to live

The next thing to arrange when moving to the UK, once your documents and applications are good to go, is somewhere to live. Luckily, we Kiwis are popular in the UK, so finding a place shouldn’t be a problem, whether it’s with some locals or on your own. Do your research on whichever city you’re moving to and find out the best areas to stay – places that are safe but also central.

A UK bank account

If you’re moving to the UK for work, you’ll be wanting a UK bank account. It can be difficult to open one without a local address, so make sure you’ve got an address before contacting a bank. Ask your own bank if they have any recommendations for banks in the UK. This could make it easier and cheaper to transfer funds between accounts.

Warm clothes

The UK tends to be a bit chillier than New Zealand, so it’s a good idea to pack warm clothes. Summers are milder over there than they are over here, so there’s no need to invest in hundreds of pairs of budgie smugglers if you’re moving there in the summer.

A job

Not sure why we’ve left this so far down the list – but, of course, you’ll be needing a job! Living in the UK is generally expensive – a bit like living in New Zealand or Australia. Luckily, jobs in hospitality, retail and other industries are pretty available over there.

A top-notch moving company

You’ll need a top-class moving company who are specialists in global moves to ship you and your stuff to the UK. If you don’t know where to start, get in touch with The Moving Company! They’ve moved countless Kiwis to the UK and can help you do it too. As global moving experts, they help you with what you need and what you don’t need when moving to the UK and guarantee you a stress-free move. Start your new life in the UK with The Moving Company! Call them up for a quote today.

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