Making the move into London
You are about to start a totally new chapter in your life. And what’s more exciting is that you are moving to non-other than LONDON.
In such an awesome city with so much to do finding the right place to live and working out everything is difficult. SO, here’s your one stop shop where to live, going out, after work drinks and commutes into work.
5 main areas of London, quite obvious really. I’d try to live within Tube zone’s 1-4. This means that you are likely to be within a 45minute commute to work.
1. North – Camden, Hampstead, Queens Park, Kilburn, Angel, Islington.
2. South – Clapham (North, Common, South, Junction) Tooting, Balham, Wandsworth, Brixton
3. Central – Soho, Belgravia, Chelsea, West-end, Mayfair. VERY EXPENSIVE!
4. East – Shoreditch, Hackney, Canary Wharf, Brick lane, Dalston
5. West – Notting Hill, Shepherds bush, Barons court, Hammersmith, Fulham, Putney.
By way of ‘young professionals’ lots of people head straight to South London, Brixton and Clapham are very popular and have a large array of accommodation. If you would like more for your money Balham and Tooting are also good options south of the river. These are all along the Northern line (black) which is a handy line to be on, as it stops at all the good stops and runs late!
Fulham and west London are also populated with young professionals and the stereotype is these are the ‘RAH’ types, also a fun, vibrant and young area to live in. District line (green one). Little bit more expensive than others.
East Londoners are the ‘cool’ hipsters of the city, with lots of trendy, quirky, crazy and everything between bars this area is always buzzing but can lack the home comforts.
North London, great for music, good bars, Camden markets.
Standard rent to expect for a nice place in Zone 2 you are looking at £600- 800 without bills and for a nice place in Zone 3 you are looking at £500 -700 without bills.
Seems a lot but you’ll get used to it, I promise!
How do I find somewhere to live?
Spareroom.com – A website full of people looking for housemates. Everyone does this, it’s a great way to meet new normal people. You can get the occasional interesting character but generally everyone is working in London and looking for a nice place to live with nice housemates. On this website you can have a look through rooms and set up viewings.
This is a two way street, you look at the house and the housemates look at you. When you like a house and the housemates like you dates, contracts, and room deposits (usually 6 weeks rent) will be discussed.
If you are looking to move in with friends you can also find houses and flats on Spareroom. Gumtree is another good option.
When looking for a house ask these questions;
Is the washing machine good? Is there a dryer?
Do all the housemates get on? Do you spend time together?
How do you find the area? Safe?
What’s the landlord like?
How much are bills and how do they work?
Is it a power shower?
Is the deposit saved in a safe place?
When people move out are you responsible for filling your own room?
Budget around £60-100 a month depending on how many housemates you have.
Monthly tube card Zone 1-2 - £140
THEN, the remainder of your money will probably be spent on enjoying London, and there is SO much to enjoy.
5 Lively Pubs:
1. The Northcote, Clapham Junction
2. The Queen of Hoxton, Shoreditch
3. Cock Tavern, Fulham
4. Grand Union, Brixton
5. The Edinboro castle, Mornington Cresent
MUST-have apps for London
1. CITYMAPPER – navigate London, a lifesaver.
3. YPlan – Why Plan? Find out cool things to do last minute around you
4. Uber – cheap taxi’s
5. Dojo- cool places to go
You are ready to settle down in the city. GOOD LUCK!!
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