House Hunting as a Foreigner in the UK (Vlog #20)

As with any country, finding a house or apartment to rent in the UK comes with its own unique set of challenges and quirks. Having recently been through this process ourselves (Chris and I are just under a week away from our move to Nottingham), we decided it would be the perfect time to share some of what we have learnt from our own house search.

Similarities & Differences

In principle, most of the application was similar to what I would have experienced in the USA – however there were some notable differences. For example, many of the properties we found online stated that they would not accept DSS applicants. I soon learnt that this stands for Department of Social Security and is a British reference to applicants on housing benefits.

We also share our thoughts on the best ways to conduct your search, what to do if you are looking for a pet friendly property and what to expect when applying for a property. Finally, we share some of the tips that we’ve made use of to make the whole experience just a little but easier.

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Your Experience House Hunting

Have you looked for a new house in the UK yet? If so, we’re interested to hear if your experience matched ours or was entirely different. Of course, we were looking for a  house in Nottingham with a pet – so what you experience might not be the same.

But there are certainly some parts of the process which feel entirely alien, while others feel very familiar. Which aspects of house hunting in the UK have felt most familiar to you, and which have felt most different? Let us know in the comments  below and join the conversation.



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Chelsea Martin

Chelsea Martin is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and a Certified Behaviour Adjustment Training Instructor (CBATI). She has been training dogs professionally since 2007, and is the Head Coach for Dogs Trust Dog School Nottinghamshire. She met Chris on a trip to England in 2013, Married him on New Year's Eve - celebrating 2016 as husband and wife!