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Moving to London - A Practical Guide

Updated on January 22, 2018

London - Big Ben

A lot of people are moving to London. I have spent most of my life in London, as I was born there and hope this practical guide can help prepare you for the move:

Accommodation - Rent is very expensive in London. 1 bedroom flats can be up to £700 a month. If you are renting – always find out what bills you have to pay. Ask if they are included in the rent. The usual bills are: Electric, Gas, Water, Council tax, Television License and possibly Service Charges. These really add up.

In most situations you will have to pay 2 months upfront to move in. E.g If the rent is £700 a month. You will pay £1400. The landlord will repay you £700 when you are leaving provided you leave the place in good condition and give 4 weeks notice. (A link is provided below where you can find properties). Some Landlords now ask for references and the last 3 months bank statement to ensure a tenant can afford the rent.

Transport - Transport is expensive but it's easy to get about. You can use the Train, Tram, Bus, DLR . Always have a tube map on you to help plan your journey because if you don’t pay the correct fare for the Zone you are travelling to, British Transport Police can give you a financial penalty. Oyster Card is the cheapest way to travel. Contactless cards can also be used on buses and train stations.

If you will be driving, ensure you have insurance and a full driving licence and MOT or the police will cease your car.

It is also a good idea to buy a book: The London A –Z (street atlas). This will help you get around easily. If you will be going out a lot, get a “Travel Card” for the week. It’s a cheaper option.

Taxi’s - There are black cabs and Licensed mini cabs. Mini cabs are cheaper. Never get into a Taxi that hasn’t got a Licensed sign on it.

Touch your oyster card on the yellow pad before and after your Train Journey. For Buses, Touch In once.

Studying - If you have come to study, there is a link below which will give you names of all the Colleges and Universities in London. Ensure you have a student card as this offers you concessions for many things such as: events / shopping etc. It's very handy.

Employment – London has a lot of jobs. Some people say its hard to get a job, but be positive. If you really spend time looking for a job you can start a job within one week of arriving in London. It could even be cash in hand.

You can get jobs through

· Recruitment Agencies - Reed/Total Jobs / Indeed / Gumtree

· Newspapers

· Job Centres

· Private companies

· Via the internet. (If you haven’t got internet, use a local library for free) or look for an internet Café.

Prepare a CV and Register for a Temporary National Insurance Number as this will be needed when your Employer pays you.

For Voluntary jobs - visit do.it.org

Food – No matter where you come from, you will find your country food in London. There are lots of supermarkets and small shops. Some supermarkets like Asda, Iceland and Tesco will deliver everything you buy to your door for a small price but you have to order-online. This is very convenient if you don’t have a car.

For bargains, go to “The Pound Shop”. Ask anyone around you where it is. (There are so many branches) Everything in the shop is just £1, but be careful not to buy the whole shop as you will be spoilt for choice. :-)

If you don’t want to cook you could go to a “take away” or get them to deliver to you at home.

Health – Healthcare is free but you must register with a GP. A General Practitioner. (doctor). There are also a lot of Gyms about and small Leisure centres for children if they wish to go swimming. Gyms usually charge approximately £20/month and have various state of the Art equipment. Open from morning to evening. Pop in when you wish.

People of London – The people in London are generally friendly and helpful but like any other city you should still be cautious and vigilant.

Entertainment – London is a place where lots of Tourists visit. Open the link below to see a list of places you can visit in your spare time. Some places are free. Buckingham Palace is also open for visiting – so you might want to pop in and say hello to the Queen at some point.

Good Luck and enjoy your stay.

Buckingham Palace - London

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    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR

      Elena 

      4 years ago from London, UK

      @Suni

      Thanks. I hope you get to visit someday. I also hope to visit India someday...especially Taj Mahal. Shukriya. :-)

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 

      4 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      London is really wonderful and has some fine history too. I love this famous city and wish to visit if god bless me. You have beautifully presented your ideas and will definitely help those who wish to make a trip to this world famous city. It would be nice if you add some more photos since a picture is worth thousand words. Anyhow it gave a nice reading and I loved it well. Please do visit India and enjoy a great travel experience here. Best of luck.

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR

      Elena 

      6 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks Modeca

      I think the Govt should monitor the situation. It's not fair, particularly in these tough economy times. Thanks for stopping.

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      modeca 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for the info. Just a warning to anyone looking to rent in 2012. The London Olympics has pushed apartment rents up to crazy prices. Some landlords are charging up to £7500 for a months rent in the borough of Hackney near the Olympic Park! You can check out current rental prices at http://shortletapartmentslondon.org/ Hope this helps.

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR

      Elena 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      Hi Alladream - Hope you enjoyed your Stay in London. What a Crazy but lovely place. lol.

      Yes, Health Care is FREE (I have edited the Hub to reflect this, thanks) but you have to register.

      Wishing you well wherever it is you are going to. :)

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      Victor Mavedzenge 

      7 years ago from Oakland, California

      Wish I had come across this useful hub 4 years ago! I am leaving now but would like to say,this is a greatly helpful hub.By the way, Health care is free in London!

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR

      Elena 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      Hi Peter.

      With a positive attitude, you can enjoy living in London. You can rent a room or live in a Studio flat for now and take one step at a time.

      Driving - it depends where you live and work. If you work in the City, it would be advisable to get public transport otherwise you will have to pay "congestion charge" everyday. If you don't, then a car will be convenient.

      I used to live in Liverpool. I lived in Anfield and worked in Bootle but I am glad I moved to London.

      Jobs - there are all sorts. You will be spoilt for choice but must find ways to have the Edge over other applicants, as more people are looking for Jobs at the moment.

      Good Luck.

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      Peter R 

      7 years ago

      I would love to live in London, it would be amazing seriously. Im from Liverpool. Compared to what i am paying now on my flat to London is a massive difference. But then, id prob choose not to drive if i moved down there because of the public transport so what id save on car insurance, tax, MOT and service etc would be extra! ha ha I just have under a year left of my loan to go and then im free haha - question is, what sort of job can i get down there! :)

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR

      Elena 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks JSParker - I hope you come to visit some day. :)

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      JSParker 

      7 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      Living in London. Sounds like a dream come true. Those of you who are footloose enough, I say, "carpe diem" and go for it! I can see you inspired a lot of thinking on this possibility, Lady_E. Nice idea for a hub. Thanks.

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR

      Elena 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks tnvrstar

      I hope your plans work out.

      Best Wishes. :)

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      tnvrstar 

      7 years ago from doha, qatar

      Lovely Hub. Many of my relatives lives in London. When i will complete my bachelor degree i will apply for M.B.A in UK. Maybe then i will be possible for me to visit london ;)

      Your article really helped me

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR

      Elena 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Its a nice place HPWriter - You must come and visit some day...

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      hubpageswriter 

      8 years ago

      Excellent information in this hub. I do have a friend who migrated there and he said that apartment hunting is no easy feat for him. But he also mentioned that London is a very wonderful place. Hub up.

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR

      Elena 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks 2patricia's - Glad you found it interesting.

      Best Wishes. :)

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      2patricias 

      8 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      What a good idea for a hub! Actually, a lot of the information is a good basic checklist for moving to a new city.

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR

      Elena 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks lanealanea, for your kind comments. You are lovely too. I hope you visit London someday - let me know in advance so I can arrange for you to have tea with the Queen. :)

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      lanealanea 

      8 years ago from Orange County, California

      You have write beautiful hubs, you are also beautiful and it's so cool that you live in London. keep writng while in London can't wait to hear more

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR

      Elena 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Hi, findmyTeenfashion - My advice would be to have a reasonable amount of savings with you. It wouldn't be nice to be stranded.

      London is a place where you can get odd jobs within 2 weeks to amonth while you are looking for proper professional job. So, bring some dollars with you.

      Best Wishes.

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      FindMyTeenFashion 

      8 years ago

      Very informative! I live in the U.S., but I want to move to London so bad. Do you think that it would be safe to move there without a job?

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR

      Elena 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      G'day Tom - Never say never. lol. Wouldn't you like to see the massive changes that have taken place since you left?

      I'm glad you feel very settled in Australia. It's a place I would love to visit but don't look forward to the 24hour flight.

      Thanks for commenting. :)

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      Tom Ware 

      8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Hi,Lady_E. Very informative Hub, and from the feedback it generated, a popular one.

      I was born in London. Left England in 1951 and have never been back. Coming from London with its on-time buses and tube railways to Australia in those days was like stepping back fifty years. They were still using open-ended railway carriages out here; the sort that Abraham Lincoln used to do his 'whistle stop' political speeches from. However, I'm a true Aussie now and at seventy-four doubt I'll ever return -no, not even for a visit.

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR

      Elena 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks Mih36 - glad you stopped by. :)

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      Mih36 

      8 years ago from New York

      A lot of great information on moving to London. A must read I you are thinking of moving. Thanks for sharing.

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR

      Elena 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      ** Hello Support Med - London is exciting and you'd really enjoy if you come to visit. Try not to come at winter.

      Looking forward to it and I'll be arranging for you to have Tea with the Queen. :)

      ** Hi Steve - It is an expensive city, but well worth visiting. Hope you visit someday. Regards.

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      AuthorSteve 

      8 years ago from Hawaii

      When I visited London in 2009 I really noticed that the prices for everything (food, clothes) were really high, compared to my country.. I think it´s always worth a visit/trip, but I couldn´t afford it to live in London, whereas it is a lovely and inspiring country.

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      Support Med. 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      I see London has a few more additional bills to pay as compared to here. I've never heard of a television license. The idea of having groceries delivered to your door is great. I have been made aware of a few small business owners who are trying to expand on that idea here. But, because it's new, I have a lot of reservations about it. I'll wait until they have some seniority. London sounds exciting with a lot of places to visit. Maybe one day I'll get a chance to visit Voted-up/rated!

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR

      Elena 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Hi Londonforkids "alwight"

      Good point. The last lovely one bed flat I rented was about 2006. £615 a month. I'm not sure how high they are now, but I'm certain they must have risen.

      Cheers. :)

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR

      Elena 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Hi Londonforkids "alwight"

      Good point. The last lovely one bed flat I rented was about 2006. £615 a month. I'm not sure how high they are now, but I'm certain they must have risen.

      Cheers. :)

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      londonforkids 

      8 years ago from London

      Great writeup! Just a comment, these days (2010) there are no one bedroom flats--that you'd actually want to live in--for £600 a month! The fall in home prices has driven rental prices skyhigh!

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      guildford 

      8 years ago

      cool dude

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR

      Elena 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      That's lovely DeBorrah. Glad you enjoyed it. From what I read, I'm guessing it was the summer you stayed. :)

      Thanks

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      8 years ago

      Lady E, Wonderful hub! Very Informative. Wow! It was about nine years ago but London was wonderful! We had a lovely stay way out in New Forest then on the latter part of our trip we stayed in Trafalgar Square... What a contrast. London is quite beautiful and yes expensive! Thank you for sharing, Much Love & Blessings!

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR

      Elena 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      ** Thanks love of night. Hope you can visit in the summer, when it's nice and hot. :)

      ** Hi Miss Belgravia, wishing yu a happy return back to London. Glad you found the Hub useful. :)

      ** Hola Hypnodude. It's nice you have visited, hope you liked the Pubs. lol. Not a good idea to visit this Xmas though with the Euro tunnel having problems, British Airways going on strike etc etc. Thanks for stopping. :)

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      Andrew 

      8 years ago from Italy

      I love London, and Great Britain in general. I've been there a couple of times and really like it. The architecture, houses with their own names, people, pubs....

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      Kathleen 

      9 years ago from Fort Worth, Texas

      Nice hub, Lady E. I'm hoping to move back to London soon, and the information you provided will be helpful. Cheers.

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      loveofnight 

      9 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      i would love to go on holiday anywhere

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR

      Elena 

      9 years ago from London, UK

      We look forward to having you. Might even be able to arrange Tea with the Queen. :)

      Cheers

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      Alfreta Sailor 

      9 years ago from Southern California

      This brings back memories, I was in London in 2006, and I had a wonderful time. As you said, it is very expensive, but I would love to visit again. Loved the hub.

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR

      Elena 

      9 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks Anath and Michele. :)

      Michele, using the internet in Hotels is expensive but there are a lot of Internet Cafe's outside and its only £1 for an hour or 50p for 30 minutes.

      Ps. You know what hotels are like, they charge £3 for just a bottle of water. Lol.

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      Michele Arrvinte 

      9 years ago

      What about Internet in London?

      Is it cheap or expensive? I heard that in hotels it is quite expensive.

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      Anath 

      9 years ago

      I really like London, it is one of my preferred cities despite finding the British so eccentric I like their politeness.

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR

      Elena 

      9 years ago from London, UK

      Cheers Brenda, that's nice. I wouldn't mind paying a visit to Dublin too. I've never been :)

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR

      Elena 

      9 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks Mon Ami Fiery. You'll love London and I'll be your Tour Guide any time. We will stop all traffic for you, when you come. Why? Because the African Prince is in Town. Lol.

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      \Brenda Scully 

      9 years ago

      London is a great place to visit.... often go for theatre weekends, there is a place you can get 1/2 price theatre tickets, if you queue during the day...... RENT HERE IS MUCH HIGHER..... Lots to do in London...... I may visit it is ages since I went ... lovely lovely hub..... I like the big red buses, and huge Marks and Spencers....

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      fierycj 

      9 years ago

      Will I ever move to London? I dont know...very probable. My future intents are so connected with the place. Hey, very informative stuff. You would gimme a tour sometime, Elena. That would be the real treat.

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR

      Elena 

      9 years ago from London, UK

      Cheers Dame. :)

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      Dame Scribe 

      9 years ago from Canada

      I moved from Toronto and I still get tickled with how Brits say the *tube* and we say, the *subway*, lol, great Hub n info! :)

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR

      Elena 

      9 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks J Dove.  If you do come to London, I would so love to meet you and we could have a cup of coffee with some tempting cakes.  :)

      Cheers Anjali. That was a decade ago. Lol. I think your due for another visit. :)

      Philipo, you hit the nail on the head. Its such an expensive place to live in. You must visit one day. :)

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      Philipo 

      9 years ago from Nigeria

      Thnks for the information. London is really expensive. It means one have to work extra hard to survive. Its not easy anywhere anyway. Thanks.

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      anjalichugh 

      9 years ago from New York

      Hey that was very valuable info. I remember having seeing Buckingham Palace about 10 yrs ago. This hub reminded me of all those beautiful places I visited. Thx for sharing.

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      JDove-Miller 

      9 years ago from YOUNGSVILLE

      Neat hub. I'm planning to visit Europe in 2011 if all goes well. Perhaps my group will include a trip to London.

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