9 essential apps for expats in the UK


New to living in the UK? Welcome! Life in the UK can be confusing at first. For a start, what's with the two taps? So, we've pulled together some of the best apps for navigating your first few months here (but not the taps, you'll just have to get used to that). From booking trains to finding great pubs - if you've got a smartphone, we've got you covered:


The UK has some incredible places to visit - and the trains are a great way to get around (and see the countryside on your way!). Trains can be expensive - but if you book in advance with the Trainline you can get some great deals.

Download for Android and iPhone.

Good Beer Guide

Britain is famed for its great pubs - and beer! (Although if you're American, you may take some time getting used to the temperature real ale is served at - good luck!) CAMRA (The Campaign for Real Ale) have produced an app that lets you track down the best place for a pint nearby.

Download for iPhone and Android.


If you're visiting some of the UK's big cities, CityMapper is a great way to navigate. Simply put in your location, destinations and choose how you want to get there. The app does the rest. It currently works in London, Birmingham and Manchester.

Available for iPhone and Android.


Struggling with the language? Duolingo can help. This great app makes learning a new language (or improving your language skills) super easy. And if it's not the one for you, check out our blog on the best language learning apps here.

Duolingo is available for iPhone and Android.

Spare Room

Looking for new digs? Flatsharing is the best way to save money on rent. SpareRoom is the UK's most popular site for finding a flat share - or new roommates. Download for iOS and Android.

Time Out

Time Out is a great resource for finding the best things to do nearby: restaurants, theatre and nightlife - all in one place.

Download it for iOS and Android.


Whether you're booking flights home, or taking a trip across the UK (planes can be cheaper than trains for longer journeys), make sure you use SkyScanner. It compares all your options in one place - and makes sure you get the best deal.

Download it for iPhone and Android.


The UK has some of the best eateries in the world. And now, with Deliveroo, you can get your grub delivered. This isn't just normal takeaway food - so if you're missing your home cuisine have a browse on the app to track down the best local restaurants. Rolling out in cities across the UK.

Available on iOS and Android.

And finally... Wise

If you need to transfer or receive money from abroad, Wise lets you do it much cheaper than using your bank.

Download it for Android or iOS and start saving!

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