Manifesting a move to Scotland

Ultimate Moving to Scotland Checklist

Use our Ultimate Checklist for Moving to Scotland and other parts of the UK. Every country is unique. So many things will be different. Weather, population, culture, lifestyle, language/accent, and working conditions are just the tip of the iceberg. Prepare yourself in advance so you can relax a little.

When you start thinking about moving to Scotland, especially if it’s your first overseas move, you start to think about all the things you need to do to make it happen. It can get overwhelming. You may over-estimate or under-estimate what is involved. It can be quite simple (4 simple steps, actually).

You start to dream about your new life in a new country, and then suddenly, you’re pulled into this emotional whirlpool of scattered thoughts and questions.

Am I making the right decision?

How much will it cost?

Where do I start?

We spent 9 months preparing for our move to Scotland. I made lots of lists, notes and photos. I researched extensively online and spoke with others who had moved to Scotland and the UK moved to Australia, or lived overseas. We were living like a local in Scotland after 6 weeks.

The Moving to Scotland Checklist is actually two Checklists:

  • what to do BEFORE YOU LEAVE
  • what to do AFTER YOU ARRIVE in the UK

How to use the Moving to Scotland Checklist

Even though many articles focus on moving to Scotland, the checklist will still help you if you move to other parts of the UK.

Although the links are not in any specific order, they are intended to paint a complete picture when they’re read together. So, I’d encourage you to read all of them. I’ve included lots of handy links, photos, and some personal insights to both inspire you and help you plan a move that is as smooth and pain-free as possible.

I’m busy writing articles for every checklist item and will publish them as soon as they’re ready. If there’s a link, the article is ready. Please check back often, or you can subscribe for updates.


Moving to Scotland & the UK

Including the 24 hours before you leave Australia


Getting your life established

Including the first 24 hours in Scotland & the UK

  • UK Customs
  • Travel and transit
  • Temporary accommodation
  • Rental property
  • Jet-lag
  • UK mobile phone
  • Weather
  • Culture shock
  • Electricity and gas
  • Internet
  • Telephone and TV
  • Income & council tax
  • Bank account
  • Foreign exchange
  • Shopping
  • Schooling
  • UK job market
  • Keep connected
  • Local community
  • Live like a local

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