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The Basic One - The Basic One

Why The Basic One?

Ready to start your adventure living and working in the UK, but not sure where to begin? The Basic One has just what you need to hit the ground running, you’ll be snapping selfies with Big Ben in no time!  

BritBound’s relocation experts will fast track your UK bank account, organise your National Insurance Number, help you find a job and accommodation, and be there to support you through every step of your time in the UK.

It’s not just the official stuff though, as a BritBounder you’ll join a community of travellers, keen to welcome you to the UK with a beer or three! We have an amazing 365-day social events calendar, ranging from West End musicals, weekend trips, museums, pubs, boat parties, festivals, cultural events, to a night out in central London! 

What's included?

A Phone Call From Our London Team
There is always something incredibly reassuring in talking to someone who understands where you’re coming from. Whether you have a million and one questions or just want to hear more about what lies ahead, this is a great chance to get advice, answers, ideas and inspiration.

UK Bank Account Opening
If there’s one area that will have you reaching for the camomile tea, it's the topic of UK Bank Accounts. With opening criteria that changes with the tides, it is no wonder this area has many stressing out! Luckily BritBound has been around for years- we know how the banks work and we can go to the very top if we need to get things fixed for you! There are a number of options available; the choice of bank account we recommend will be determined on your passport and visa type. However all options we offer are a same day account.

Unlimited Fee-Free Bank Transfers
This is something you may not even have thought about yet; how do you get your money from one country to another? How do you ensure that when you get here you have a bank account with funds you can access? Using cards from home whilst overseas can be very costly.  Well, the answer is with an International Money Transfer. However, banks usually charge a fee to carry this out for you; then the receiving bank charges too. Ouch! There are lots of options out there, but as a one off transaction you really cannot beat the exchange rate of an online money transfer company.

Choice of UK SIM Card
All of our packages include a UK SIM Card and we provide your number straight away so you can give it out to your family, friends and any employers or recruitment agencies even before you leave. Being contactable from the word go is a huge benefit especially when it comes to getting work here, plus your nearest and dearest will be relieved to know they can get hold of you once you’ve arrived and turned your phone on. Your SIM will be waiting for you to pick up on arrival into the BritBound Base, or you can upgrade and select for it to be posted to you home address before departure.
All of the SIMs are mainstream network providers. There are a whole host of SIM brands that piggy back off the networks – trouble is many are here today, gone tomorrow brands which look like great deals but are actually riddled with hidden charges and fees. If you are looking to live and work here for an extended period you'll need a network with great coverage and competitive contract offerings. 

National Insurance Number
It is a legal requirement when you work in the UK to have an NI Number, so we'll ensure that you get your number set up as quickly as possible. Your NI Number is similar to a Social Security or Tax File Number and works as a unique ID number that you have for the rest of your life. It also gives you access to a whole range of services including the National Health Service.

Arrival Info Party
What better way to celebrate your arrival to the UK and the start of your amazing adventure than with a few drinks before heading out on the town to sample the local pub scene?! Throw in a couple hours of engaging facts and essential information on living here and this is one BritBound event not to be missed. Among the priceless tips and guides on settling into the UK and London we’ll cover National Insurance, long term accommodation, finding the job you want and ideas on what to do and experience whilst you’re here. Get to know your fellow new arrivals and make some lifelong friendships!

Employment Resources & CV Template
The UK is a completely different job market; getting started on the right foot is key! Being a BritBounder means that you have access to our employment resources- handy ”Working In” guides, UK specific CV template, as well as insider tips and our exclusive Jobs Board. Furthermore our resident experts can assist with Payroll Services and comprehensive tax tutorials to better understand what your options are once you’re working!

Accommodation Advice & Assistance
Whether you are looking for a short term solution for your initial arrival or something more long term, we have plenty of options. We work not only with London’s top award-winning hostels, but also credible agencies and landlords who have houses and rooms available across London. When you come along to our Arrival Info Party we’ll talk through tips and advice on things to be aware of and how to go about finding something suitable. We also invite landlords along to answer questions and you'll have access to an exclusive BritBounder-only accommodation listing.

5 Day Gym Trial
Whether you're a gym junkie or not, Fitness First is offering BritBounders a 5 day gym trial to help you beat the ‘Heathrow Injection’ (also known as too many pints and pies) and make sure that you’re ready to enjoy the British Summer!!

Membership to our Social Events Club

Whether you’re travelling to the UK on your own, with a partner, or in a group of friends, meeting new people is one of the most enjoyable aspects of living and working overseas.
The BritBound Social Events Membership gives you access to 365 exclusive BritBound events per year and also discounts on many London, UK and European outings, events and adventures. From cheap price theatre nights, pub quizzes, boat cruises, festivals and weekend tours… The BritBound social events calendar will ensure that your diary is the envy of all.

Membership also includes:

Walkabout Pub Discounts

Discounted Entry to the legendary Church Bar/Club

Camden Pub Crawl

1 Big Night Out Pub Crawl

Discounted Entry to the Ministry of Sound

Free Wifi Access at our Base

Trying to find an internet cafe these days has almost become Mission Impossible! Don’t worry, as a BritBounder you have access to our resource centre where you can use the internet (free) and also our printing facilities (small charge). Have your own laptop? Then just come on down, log on and get surfing!

No Expiry Open Door Policy
Once a BritBounder always a BritBounder! Whether you want to come and chill out at our Base in London, take advantage of the free Wifi or simply come round for a cuppa and a catch up, our door is always open. There is no expiry on our support, we’re here for you for as much or as little as you need us to be.

What's not included?

Visa Assistance
For one-on-one personalised visa assistance with a No-Visa No-Fee Guarantee, you'll need The Visa One or The All In One! 

Job Promise
To ensure BritBound has you working within the first 14 days of arrival why not check out The Job One or The All In One! 

Hostel Accommodation & Airport Transfer
Why not make your arrival into London super smooth with The All In One's included airport transfer and 3 nights hostel accommodation?

Oyster Travel Card
Loving that #LondonLife? Grab an Oyster Travel Card with The All In One!

FAQS

  • Do I need to be on a visa to be a BritBounder?

    Of course not! Whether you're on a European passport, a British citizen, or on a visa we can help you start your UK adventure today!
  • When does my BritBound membership end?

    Never! We're here for you whenever you need assistance, whether it's weeks, months, or even years after you arrive!
  • Can I open a bank account before I arrive in the UK?

    No, you must be in the UK to open an account.
  • What are the different types of accommodation available in London?

    There are two main types of accommodation you’ll come across in London; namely shared or private rentals. House/Flat shares are a great way to join a mini community; sometimes sharing a room. It’s a cost-effective way of lowering your expenses, connecting with people, and making friends. These arrangements usually have lower security deposits, include bills and will typically gather people of similar age, backgrounds and goals. Renting private accommodation is more expensive. They can incur costs such as council taxes, bigger security bonds/deposits, and bills aren’t included. You can rent a small space or start your own house share, though your liability and risk are higher.
  • How can I change my CV over to the UK format?

    Not only do BritBounders have access to our fantastic CV template and resources, we also run workshops with our in-house CV experts. While applying for positions in another country can be confusing, our workshops will make sure that you're confident about stepping into whichever role best fits you. You can even get started before you leave! Check out our amazing jobs board at https://www.britbound.co.uk/jobs.
  • Do I have to be in the UK to apply for a National Insurance Number?

    Yes, you must be in the UK, we will start this process for you at your Arrival Info Party.
  • Do I need an NI Number to start work?

    No, you may work up to 3 months without an NI Number. If an employer asks for your NI Number, explain that you're in the process of obtaining one.
  • How long do I need to allow to have my SIM card sent to me at home?

    We need a minimum of 6 weeks to ensure your SIM card will arrive before your departure.
  • How do I get my BritBounder discounts?

    You can get great discounts on events as a BritBounder! Just make sure you’re logged in on our website when you purchase.
  • Can I bring my friends who aren’t BritBounders to BritBound events?

    Of course, the more the merrier! However, for some events there is a slight increase in price for non-members.
  • What festivals does BritBound attend?

    Some of the awesome festivals BritBound take groups to include St Patrick’s Day in Dublin, the Royal Ascot Races, Oktoberfest in Munich, La Tomatina in Valencia, Sziget music festival, and King’s Day in Amsterdam! Visit www.britbound.co.uk/events or head into the Base and flip through our Travel Guide for more inspiration!

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