Living in the UK

Information on UK shop opening times

Hours in the UK, Weekdays vs Weekends, Sundays and Bank Holidays It is useful to know the standard opening and office hours of UK shops and businesses as these can be quite different from other countries. What are the regular …


Staying safe in the UK

Safety Staying safe in any country is a top priority. In this section you will be able to gauge how safe the UK is, and what to do to protect yourself. Is the UK a safe place to live? Generally …


Information on UK Electricity and UK Plugs

Electricity This section describes what you need to know about plugs and electricity in the UK. Knowing how to use domestic appliances is an important part of electrical safety in the home. What is voltage? Voltage is a term used …


UK Postal Service

Despite the advances of modern technology, the postal network still thrives in the UK and serves both businesses and individuals. How do I send mail in the UK? The postal service is run by the Royal Mail. Envelopes and stamps …


UK Shoes Sizes and UK Clothes Sizes

Clothing sizes/shoes UK clothing and shoe sizes differ from those in the rest of the world, including Europe. The following information will help you to establish how your home country’s sizing corresponds with UK sizing. What are the differences between …


Information on living in London

Oyster card With this guide you should have received our free Oyster Card holder. Most Londoners use their Oyster Cards to get around the city, whilst people visiting London temporarily tend to buy day passes and pay the standard fares. …


Getting around the UK

Public transport The UK has a fantastic public transport network that serves most areas during both peak (rush hour; normally (6:30 am to 9:30 am and 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm) and off-peak times. Using public transport is usually a …


Information on British culture and British customs

British culture and customs As with most countries, Britain has its own set of cultural norms which most British people take for granted. Here are a few that are worth remembering: • Queues: When waiting for something, be it a …


Eating out in the UK

UK food and eating out There is a wide variety of food on offer in the UK, including many different cuisines from around the world. However, there are some dishes which are distinctly ‘British’. Do British people go out to …


Getting a mobile phone in the UK

Mobile phone companies You may wish to purchase a mobile phone soon after arriving in the UK. People in the UK, like many countries around the world, are increasingly reliant upon their ‘mobiles’ for everyday communication. How do I get …