Expatriate Community in the U.K.

Overview by Globlatrade.net:

Communities of Expatriates

The Number of Expatriates
4.9 million people born abroad (8.4% of the population) were listed at the last census of 2001.
Blogs For Expats
List of expatriate websites
Allo’Expat England
Expat Exchange
For Further Information
Visit Britain
Immigration Authority
The Home Office
The Home Office's Border and Immigration Agency
Transportation Companies For Moving/Removals
Really Moving Directory
List of removal companies

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Ranking of Cities

Cost of Living
London is so expensive that many people commute daily from very long distances, sometimes 2 hours away or more, by train. A lot of food is imported, which increases its cost, like that of fresh fruit and vegetables. Typical costs are shown on woodlands website.
Eating out can be cheap, especially in “ethnic” restaurants, such as Indian or Chinese.
Quality of Life
Britain has a fairly high density of population, where land is at a premium. The British are very protective of their countryside and green spaces. London, a very large city, has a lot of parks where it is possible to escape the buzz of city life. Streets are kept fairly clean and tidy in most areas.
Entertainment is plentiful everywhere, as the British are often confined indoors due to poor weather. Theatres, cinemas, galleries, museums, clubs abound. There is also a good supply of affordable sports facilities.
Sanitary Conditions
Sanitary conditions are generally good. However, MRSA (drug-resistant) infections during hospital stays have increased in recent years. Cattle have been affected by serious diseases (mad cow disease, foot and mouth disease) which have led to drastic corrective actions and the culling of thousands of animals. 
Visit the World Health Organization website.
For Further Information
The Mercer Human Resource Consulting ranking concerning the quality of life and sanitary conditions.
The Mercer Human Resource Consulting ranking concerning the cost of living.

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Renting an Apartment

Description of Apartments
Houses and apartments to rent can be found throughout the UK, with a particularly large rental market in London although it is very expensive. You can find both furnished and unfurnished rented accommodation. Apartments and houses are ranked by the number of bedrooms (i.e. 1-bed, 2-bed etc.).
Agencies or Private Rentals
Private letting agencies are found in most cities and major towns or online. Properties available for rent are also advertised directly by landlords in local newspapers and specialist property magazines, and your local council may hold a list of accredited landlords in the area.
Rental Agency Websites
National Approved Letting Scheme
UK property search engines (estate agents)
UK property search engines (estate agents)
Private Rentals Announcements Online
National Approved Letting Scheme
Property Finder search facility
Free property classified ads
Other Possibilities For Accommodation
Because of the high cost of housing, sharing a flat or house with several others is common. More information on Flatshare.
For Further Information
National Approved Letting Scheme

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School System

School Level
Education is compulsory in the UK between 5 and 16. Many children attend nursery classes from earlier ages. Around 65% of pupils currently remain voluntarily in education beyond age 16. Pupils transfer from primary to secondary school at 11. Only around 6% of children attend private (independent) schools. Universities in the UK are self-governing and have academic independence.
International Schools
For International Schools see Schoolsearch.
For Further Information
The Department for Children, Schools and Families.
Schools search engine

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Health System

Quality of Healthcare
The availability of public and private hospital care, together with modern medical infrastructure, means healthcare standards in Europe are generally very high. While good medical services are widely available, free care under the National Health System is only for UK residents and certain EU nationals.
International Hospitals
For information for non-British citizens regarding the UK medical system, and for a list of hospitals, consult Expat-medical-insurance.
Health Insurance
The National Health Service provides free healthcare but over 12% of people have a private health insurance policy. See healthinsurance.co.uk.
Accessibility of the Health Insurance Network to Foreigners
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) gives access to state-provided healthcare at a reduced cost or sometimes free. It is strongly recommended that you have an International Medical Insurance policy before you arrive in the UK .
Health System Insurance Body
Health Ministry
Department of Health

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