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Moving to California

Our guide to moving abroad to the state of California. Useful advice to help you with selecting a location in California, shipping your goods, and what you can expect to enjoy when you've moved to your new home abroad.

Moving to California

If hiking trails, sunny beaches, warm weather, cracking local food and a relaxed, bohemian way of life sound ideal, then a move to California might be just what you need.
 
California may be the most populous state in the US, home to over 39 million residents, but there is still plenty of room to relax and enjoy this vibrant slice of the West Coast. California is notoriously home to a bustling tech and gaming industry, which supports many jobs, and of course L.A. attracts artists from all walks of life each year.
 
Whether you are headed to the Hollywood Hills, Silicon Valley, or plan to settle on the Frisco Bay for a more relaxed way of life, there are some tips that will make moving to California a little bit more straightforward. 

Shipping to California

If you are planning on bringing items with you as you move to California, we can help you find affordable, professional international shipping companies that can make it easy to relocate to The Golden State.
 
To the north of California lies the Port of Oakland, then further south the Ports of San Diego and Los Angeles that are available to service those moving to California, so shipping your belongings when you move abroad to your new home in the USA shouldn’t be too difficult.

Local Areas

Planning where to live when you move to California from the UK depends largely on where you want to work, and why you’re moving.
 
Tech giants like Yahoo, Google, and Apple are located in the southern part of the San Francisco Bay area, and if you’re relocating to California for work in this field, this is the place to be.
 
Clovis in the San Joaquin Valley is a great spot for families moving to California. Here, you’ll find 285 acres of natural parks and trails, plenty of schools, and affordable properties in safe, family-friendly communities. Other areas like Yuba City in Sacramento and the city of Irvine are also great for families.

 


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Amenities & Leisure

Living in California brings with it the best of the great outdoors. Landmarks such as Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe, Death Valley and the Runyon Canyon provide plenty of places to hike and enjoy outdoor activities, and the state’s famed redwood forests are nature’s playground.
 
California offers fantastic variety, and whether you choose to spend your weekends relaxing at the beach with your kids, tasting wine in Napa Valley or even skiing in Lake Tahoe, you’ll have no shortage of ways in which to enjoy your new home abroad in California.

Transport in California

The state is notorious for its car culture, and if you’re immigrating to California, you’ll definitely need a vehicle to navigate the long stretches of freeways – especially if you’re relocating to a suburb.
 
The major urban centres, however, have a combination of subway, light rail, streetcar and commuter train transit systems in place, which are safe and convenient if you are living in the city. 

Schools in California 

There are great schools throughout the state for students in grades K-12, and there are a number of world-class universities in California as well, including Stanford, UC San Diego, and the California Institute of Technology.

If you are moving to California, you can expect to enjoy a high quality of life, and a broad and plentiful scope of employment opportunities.
 
Although there are around 37,000 earthquakes each year, most rank too low on the Richter scale to be felt. 

 

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