It can be daunting when you initially arrive in the UK. Follow this simple guide to make your arrival and transition into the UK as smooth as possible.
Your welcome pack awaits!
So, you’ve obtained your visa, booked your flights, and you’re all packed up and ready to begin a new teaching adventure with us here in the UK. What’s next?
We’re here to help you settle into life in the UK. This includes, but is not limited to:
Most of London’s transport systems operate using ‘cashless’ payment. All London transport services accept contactless credit/debit payments, so you can use your new Monzo or Revolut card to get around. However, if you’re relocating to the Greater London area, you may wish to get an Oyster Card when you arrive. This is a prepaid contactless payment card that can be used across the entire Transport for London (TFL) network and it also makes a great souvenir! London is separated in Zones 1 to 9. If you will be travelling regularly, it will be cheaper to purchase a Travel card from TFL. They have several options available depending on which transport zones you require.
London is a big city, and navigating the transport system may be confusing at first. You can plan any journey within London using TFL’s Journey Planner and you’ll be using the tube as confident as any Londoner in no time.
If you’re moving to a different city or town in the UK, simply head over to your local council’s website to find more information on public transport and travel cards. You can find your local council here.
UK Bank Account
Before arriving in the UK, you will be asked to complete an application with Revolut or Monzo (two of the most comprehensive UK Bank Accounts for international travellers). This enables us to have your bank card waiting for you as part of your Welcome Pack. Additionally, you’re welcome to apply for an additional bank account yourself – see the following link for trusted establishments: Click here to compare the best UK Current Accounts.
UK Telephone Number
Luckily, picking up a UK telephone number is not only simple but also cost-effective. Bounce Teachers will provide you with a UK sim card when you first arrive. There are lots of providers to choose from, and if you already own a handset, you could choose between a fixed monthly contract or a rolling 30-day contract. We’d recommend GiffGaff as you’re not locked into a contract and the price plans are very reasonable, starting at just £5 a month.
National Insurance Number
A National Insurance number, or NI number, is a unique number per individual, which we all must have in order to work and in order to do almost anything financially in the UK. The way to begin your application is to make a simple phone call to the numbers provided by gov.uk and book your appointment with them. You must call to arrange an appointment once you arrive in the UK as the service does not allow you to call before your arrival. Once you complete your application, it will be a matter of days before your NI number is sent to your new address here in the UK.