UK Working Holiday

Energetic cities, outstanding festivals, fairy-tale castles, vibrant culture and the arts. What’s not to love? Stepabroad’s UK Working Holiday Programs help Canadians kick-start their experience living and working in the UK.

Why do a Working Holiday in the UK

A working holiday in the UK lets you experience the best Europe has to offer at your own pace. Attend a world-famous music festival, drink Butterbeer at Hogwarts, ride the rollercoaster on the Brighton Pier, or seek out film locations from Game of Thrones. Perhaps you’ll learn about your family history, or experience living in alluring London.

Whichever the case, basing yourself on this fascinating continent gives you the opportunity to explore so many different cultures and bucket-list destinations. As an English-speaking country, it’s easy to get oriented in your new home which draws people from all over the world. You’ll build a network of international friends and make memories to last a lifetime.


The UK government charges £298 to apply for the UK Youth Mobility (Working Holiday) Visa. They have a number of requirements that must be met in order for your visa application to be approved. This includes applying for the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) for the duration of the three-year visa duration at a cost of £2,330. Your personal Stepabroad Travel Advisor will walk you through each step of the application in complete detail and ensure you provide the correct documentation. The requirements are as follows:

  • Hold a valid Canadian passport
  • Between 18 and 35 years old at the time of application
  • Can prove the Canadian equivalent of £2,528 or more to support your trip
  • You are in good health and fit to travel
  • Planning a trip of up to 36 months
  • Have never previously held a UK Working Holiday Visa

UK Working Holiday Programs


1 - 36 months


UK Send-Off Package

Stepabroad’s UK Send-Off Package will make your dream of living in the UK a reality. We'll cover all the essentials needed to live in the UK so that you can start planning all the incredible adventures you will have across the UK and Europe!


4 days


London Discovery Experience

Become a true Brit on our London Discovery Experience. Get all the perks of our UK Send-Off Package, plus your first three nights of accommodation, fun activities to connect with other new arrivals to the city and additional job support so that you can hit the ground running.


1 - 36 months


UK Camp Job Program

Stepabroad’s Camp Job Program helps Canadians get set up in camp jobs abroad across England, Scotland, and Wales for the adventure of a lifetime! Your paid job, accommodation, and meals are completely taken care of, making your transition abroad a breeze.


Can I bring my pet with me?

It is possible to bring a pet with you to the UK, however, it is a costly and time-consuming process that you will need to budget for. This is not something that Stepabroad will be able to help with, however, there are many pet relocation services available that would be able to advise you further.

What is the NHS and why is the healthcare fee so expensive?

The National Health Service provides free healthcare to all residents living in the UK. To prevent this service from being abused, every immigrant must pay an Immigration Healthcare Surcharge to cover the full duration of their visa. The amount is fixed at £2,328 for every Youth Mobility Scheme visa applicant in 2024 and is calculated based on the average amount of money an individual on this visa costs the NHS during their stay. Depending on the current exchange rate, this usually equates to around $4,000 CAD.

Unfortunately it is not possible to only pay for 1 or 2 years worth of IHS surcharge. Every applicant must pay the full fee for the entire 3 year visa duration.

Is the process different for each country? Can I live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland?

Once you have been approved for the Youth Mobility Scheme Visa, you can live in any of the four countries that make up the UK. The process is the same regardless of where you decide to live, and you can move between the countries as you please for the duration of your stay.