If you’ve ever visited a new place, you know there’s a lot of social cues and rules to pay attention to. While we’re excited for you to relocate from Nigeria to the UK, there’s so much more that needs to happen for you to have a smooth transition.
On today’s episode of Purse Tours, we’ll explore four key areas you need to arm yourself with before relocating from Nigeria to the UK. Let’s dive right in!
1. Know Your Visas.
We know. The paperwork can be overwhelming but getting your visa right is the first step to enjoying a healthy migration experience. You’ll need to research the visa options available to you depending on your reason for moving. Are you coming to work or study? Or are you joining a family member who already lives there? How much are you required to pay?
Each option comes with different requirements like the Graduate visa, Skilled workers visa, temporary work visa and so on. It is important that you make adequate enquiries before taking the next steps. To find out more information about the type of visa to apply for, visit the UK Government website.
2. How are You Different?
Culture shock is real, my friend. But don’t worry; we’re here to help you through it. The UK and Nigeria are different in so many ways. From the food to the social norms, it’s a whole new world. Don’t be surprised if you miss home, even just a little bit. But trust us; it gets better.
To understand more about the UK social and cultural expectations, take some time to learn about your place of residence before you arrive. For example, watch some British TV shows or movies, read up on some history, ask for an official guide, and maybe even learn a few phrases in British English (although, don’t expect them to understand you if you say “mate” too much!).
It’s true that living expenses can be more expensive in the UK than in Nigeria, especially in big cities like London. But don’t let that discourage you. The UK offers a higher standard of living and better job opportunities for many people, including those who relocate for work/study related opportunities. To support yourself during your first few months, consider looking for programs and systems that can help you save cash.
3. Accommodation is King.
Finding the right accommodation in the UK can be tricky, so don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are relocation companies and local estate agents that can help you find the perfect fit, no matter the area you are looking to stay.
On a tight budget? Explore the options of a shared accommodation. You might even make some new friends in the process! Guess what? Want to pay your rent? Use your Purse Money UK account to make swift payments from the comfort of your device.
4. Healthcare is a Non-negotiable.
The UK has a national healthcare system called the NHS, which is free for all UK residents. When migrating, you’ll need to register with a local GP to access it. Although you still have up to a month’s window to complete the registration process, we advise that you do this as soon as possible after you arrive.
As a visitor to the United Kingdom, you can be treated in the UK hospital with an emergency room, whether you have an NHS number or not. However, you would have to pay for the cost of your treatment at a relatively higher rate. As a result, most visitors and short-term residents in the UK carry travel medical insurance to cover the cost of medical emergencies.
As always, the best way to maintain good health is to incorporate a healthy meal and an exercise routine into your daily life.
The Bottom Line:
Relocating to the UK from Nigeria can be an incredible adventure. Yes, it can be overwhelming at first, but with some preparation and an open mind, you’ll be just fine. With your Purse Money account, we remain your trusted ally to help you pay fees, swiftly convert money to the local currency and shop online.
We’re super excited about your trip ahead. And who knows? You might even discover a new favourite food or TV show. So, pack your bags, Get your Purse Money account, and get ready for a fantastic journey!