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First Year in the UK: What to Expect

You've finally made the jump; you've got your student visa or your spouse visa, or some other type of UK visa, and you're living in the United Kingdom. 'What's next?' Is a question many recently relocated people ask themselves. It's an obvious question, but the answers are far from clear for most. Thankfully, we are here to take you by the hand and guide you through just a few of the things you can expect now that you're living in the UK.

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Our soap operas are bigger than you could possibly imagine


Coronation Street and East Enders are national treasures in the UK and almost every household watches one or both of these soaps. For good reason too, as they are far better than many other countries' equivalents. 

So sit back and embrace Dot Cotton and Ken Barlow, because the rest of the UK already has! 


The drive on the left-hand side of the road


This seems so obvious... that is until you are almost knocked down by an oncoming double-decker bus who hasn't spotted that you're going the wrong way. Most of the world drives on the other side of the road – and car – but we promise you'll get used to it soon, just don't make any costly errors in the meantime!


Stand right on the escalator


If you've just moved to London, you should know that standing on the left side of an escalator is punishable with dirty looks and violent stares. This is a city where most people are in a hurry, so move slightly to the right and let anyone who wants to walk up the escalators zoom by! Other cities aren't as pushy, or as easily aggravated by this, but it's still certainly encouraged.


Pound shop till you drop


You can get most of the things you need for your everyday life in a 'pound shop'. Pound shops are everywhere in the UK; these are multi-disciplinary stores that sell everything you can think of, from tights to coffee, for around a single pound. 

Go into these stores at your own risk though, because you may be overcome by the prices available and leave with 46 Mars Bars... I'm not admitting that it happened to me... I'm not denying it either. 


Sport is serious


The British spend much of their time not being very good at sport, but that's not to say we don't absolutely love it. Aside from football, rugby and cricket are both considered national sports, just don't expect to understand the rules any time soon. You'll also find plenty of golf courses, tennis courts, swimming pools and more. Athletics events are very popular in the UK, as are cycling. But don't just watch it, take part too!

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