10 places to move to if you’re done with the UK
In no particular order, I have researched and compiled a list of ten places you can relocate to if you are fed up of the UK. So hop on a plane and wave goodbye to wacky weather, confusing politics, and dangerous drinking culture. Say hello to sunshine (hopefully), lower tuition fees (hopefully), and a different cuisine (definitely).
1. Leiden, Netherlands
If you are looking to continue your studies with lower tuition fees in a foreign university that teaches classes in English, look no further than Leiden. The Dutch city is home to Leiden University, which is a leading European international university. So whether you’re seeking a place to study abroad or embark on a Master’s, Leiden is the place to be.
2. Montpellier, France
If you wish to live in a buzzing, vibrant city in the sunny South of France, then Montpellier is your best bet. I visited this university city last summer and loved it. The atmosphere was amazing, comfortable, and friendly. I felt welcome, despite not knowing a word of French. However, if you plan to relocate here, learning the language would be a good idea.
3. Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona is one of my all-time favourite cities in Europe. The surrealist architecture, including the extraordinary Sagrada Familia created by Gaudi, is a sight to behold. Plus, the Spanish tapas are a treat for the taste buds. My friends who have studied abroad in Spain only have great things to say about their experiences. Go to Barcelona if your life needs a bit of colour.
4. Rome, Italy
This city might be swamped with tourists during the summer months, but it’s well worth experiencing (take a look at all the free things you can do there). The locals are warm, funny, and friendly. The city can hardly contain its vast historical and cultural impact. But be warned: Italian food is addictive – especially gelato.
5. Tokyo, Japan
I have never visited Tokyo or Japan before, but from what I have researched and heard about it, it seems like a place that should be on everyone’s bucket list. Tokyo was ranked as the second-best student city, right after London. It ranks well according to factors such as safety, pollution, and quality of living.
6. Budapest, Hungary
Want to move away from the UK, but lack stacks of cash to spend? Budapest is the most affordable student city. Also, ruin bars. Enough said.
7. Montreal, Canada
Are you chill with chilly weather? Thinking about moving to a cool Canadian cosmopolitan city? It’s aboot time. Two of my friends went to university in Montreal, and judging from their Instagram posts, they had an awesome time there.
8. Paris, France
I know France has already been mentioned. But Paris is the city of love. It’s also the birthplace of the baguette. Go to Paris, buy a beret, and live your best life with a hot new French love interest by your side as you conquer everything this beautiful capital city has to offer those who dare.
9. Munich, Germany
I lived in Germany for six years when I was a child, so this country holds a special place in my grown-up heart. German cities are always clean, the recycling programs are extremely efficient, and the beer is world-renowned. Attend Oktoberfest, and you’ll see what I mean. And as a bonus, Munich universities are well-known for their high standards and excellent teaching.
10. New York City, USA
You haven’t lived if you haven’t taken a bite of the Big Apple! People from all over the world flock to NYC for its vibrant culture, people, and endless opportunities. The rent may be high, but the NYC experience is priceless. And if you’re stuck, there’s plenty of free things to do. Whether you’re going to New York to study or work, or both, there’s something for everyone. I mean that. *Puts on another episode of Girls…*
There you have it. If you feel stuck in a rut and don’t feel like moving to London post-uni, consider going out of your comfort zone and moving to any of these wonderful places! Don’t hesitate to speak to any international students who know what it’s like to live in another country.