This is Living

Sam Lonsdale

Benefiting from a strong sense of community, affordable housing, great schools and loads of ways to relax and have fun, Wales is an easy place to settle whether you bring your family or come on your own.

A country of contrasts

Compact but diverse, Wales is a country where picturesque communities, unspoilt coastline, stunning countryside and vibrant cities combine to offer you all the relaxation and adventure you need.

Cost of living

We have some of the lowest living costs in the UK and most of the population enjoy a high standard of living.

Living costs in Wales do depend on your location, employment and circumstances. However, historically Wales has had lower costs on items such as accommodation, travel, food, entertainment, shopping and services.


Traditional and modern homes are 33% cheaper than in the rest of the UK on average. Whether you are looking to buy or rent a property, the cost of this is very much dependent on the location you choose and the size of the property.

Urban living

Fast emerging as one of Europe’s most energetic capitals, Cardiff offers world-class shopping, stylish dining, beautifully kept parks and all the other advantages you’d expect from modern urban living.

Newport is a city rejuvenated by investment, Swansea appeals with its beach suburbs and the market town of Wrexham offers a more traditional way of life.

The great outdoors

There are three National Parks in Wales. But wherever you go, nature is all around you. From luscious mountains to dramatic river valleys, deserted beaches to rugged cliff tops, the natural landscape offers a breathtaking backdrop whether you’re in the mood for adventure, looking to unwind or simply following your daily routine.

Beach life

From the world-renowned Gower coast in the south, to the beautiful Llŷn Peninsula on the edge of Snowdonia National Park in the north, Wales is home to many of the UK’s best beaches – all accessible along a continuous 870-mile coastal path that reveals coves, headland and bays overflowing with wildlife.

Dining to suit all tastes

From Michelin-starred restaurants to farmers’ markets, pop-up bistros, to award-winning country pubs, you can taste delicious food wherever you go.

Visas and immigration

Wales is part of the United Kingdom (UK). The UK Border Agency is responsible for managing border control for the whole of the UK, including considering applications for permission to enter or stay in the UK and for citizenship.

The UK Border Agency also has a number of overseas centres that can give you information about the application process for UK visas  in different countries around the world.

Relocating your family

If you are looking to relocate with your family  who may want to work or study in Wales,  more information can be found on