South Australia is very open to migration of skilled workers from overseas - especially in the health, manufacturing and construction sectors - and Adelaide attracts a significant proportion of the thousands of Brits who move to Australia each year looking for a better quality of life.
Adelaide can certainly offer that - with year round warm temperatures, low unemployment and accommodation that’s much more affordable than the UK equivalent. Adelaide also has a first rate school system and continues to invest in public healthcare.
There is a distinctly English flavour to Adelaide’s art and culture - which means that British migrants will have no difficulty settling in - with enough diversity supplied by immigrants from other countries to provide constant stimulation and a broadening of cultural horizons.
The most significant decision a migrant family from the UK will have to make when settling in Adelaide is which of the city’s 400+ suburbs to make home. It’s highly recommended to arrange temporary accommodation until you can work out in which part of the city you want to live and to get a car - while Adelaide isn’t a big city by world standards, it does cover a pretty big area.
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If you're moving to Adelaide from anywhere in the world, there are a few things you should start looking at, including the job market, property and neighborhoods, the education system if you have children and moving your belongings to your new place.
Comparing Adelaide vs London
Moving to Adelaide allows you to say goodbye to London’s dank and dismal weather for good. On the Gulf of St Vincent Coast you can instead enjoy about 44% more sunshine, about 8% less rainfall and temperatures that almost never drop below freezing even in the depths of winter.
Average temperatures in the high twenties for five months of the year means there’ll be plenty of opportunities for getting out to the beach.
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When it comes to the money in your pocket, you’ll find it goes a lot further in Adelaide: while groceries and consumer goods are marginally more expensive you’ll find that a much lower proportion of your income is spent on accommodation. You'll be able to save even more money by shipping some larger items of furniture from London to Adelaide which often works out cheaper than buying new at the other end.
More natural beauty in Adelaide
Pollution is much lower in Adelaide and you’ll spend less time commuting and more time enjoying the natural beauty and diverse wildlife to be found on the city’s doorstep.
Kangaroo Island (named Karta, or the Island of the Dead, by aboriginals), 70 miles to the south west of Adelaide and home to three conservation parks is one of the best places in Australia to enjoy the natural flora and fauna.
Just as cultural as London
Adelaide also plays host to 17 annual festivals (at the last count) including the Adelaide Film Festival, the Adelaide Fringe Festival, WOMADelaide - a world music and dance festival, the Schützenfest beer festival and the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.