Wanting to Move to London. Help?
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Feb 16, 2012 11:53 PM Last Post By: vidic15
Feb 14, 2012 4:27 PM
Wanting to Move to London. Help?Hi everyone,
I'm a 24 year old Chinese Canadian from Vancouver, and I'm considering in applying for the Youth Mobility Scheme so that I can live and work in London for two years. This is my first time visiting London and I know it might be better for me to visit the city before I decide to move there, but financially I don't have that much to spare. If I decide to go there for a short trip and then come back, I will have to wait much longer to save enough money to go again. Right now, I think I have enough money to support myself for the first few months, and I do plan on finding a job there.
For accommodation, I'm planning to stay in hostels for the first month or so and look for a flat share the moment I get there. My budget is around £500-600. I've been doing a lot of research on the different areas but it's still all very confusing to me...What are some safe and convenient neighborhoods to live in with a budget of around £500-600/month? Are there any neighborhoods I should avoid? If I don't have any references or a job yet, would that dramatically hinder my chances at renting a place?
For jobs, I am leaning towards applying for temporary or PT jobs because I want to be able to travel when I'm there. Has anyone had any experience with temp agencies and if they're helpful to people on working holiday visas? I have a background in Marketing and graphic design, but I'm completely open to finding any thing at the moment.
Any info and help is very much appreciated. Thank you!!
Feb 14, 2012 10:58 PM
1Base yourself in Russel Sq/Holborn, It's very central and near main rail lines and quite safe In my opinion . It's also the area of the University of London so lots of students and PT job opp's.
There is a cheap hostel right across from the British Museum.
Have have great time, stay safe and enjoy one of the best if not the BEST city in the world.
Feb 15, 2012 12:45 AM
2Also.... Smart Russell Square - Hostel.
Cheaper than Astor....
Good luck with everything.
Feb 15, 2012 2:13 AM
3Check out gumtree.com for flat/house share accom; there will be chances of short term accom there as well which will be easier for you to sign up for without a job. In terms of where to stay, it is best to stay the side of the river you are working on but you may not know that so just aim for somewhere near a tube station and if possible also near a mainline station.
In terms of neighbourhoods to avoid it is a bit tough to outline them, there aren't any I would avoid. However, there are some less safe areas along and around the A23 in south London (however I lived there and abouts for a number of years) and some might consider it worthwhile avoiding Tower Hamlets and Tottenham.
Feb 16, 2012 2:16 AM
4Recently, my step-daughter and the son of friends, both moved to London and both found it very difficult to get a house share. This wasn't because there is a shortage but because of the loops they had to go through to secure a share/room. Both of them are working - one is a recent graduate, the other had a decent work history but both my OH and our friend had to be guarantors for their respective (adult) children.... You might find you will need to do that too - but it shouldn't be a problem for someone from abroad - one of the others in my step-daughter's house is Australian and had to get his parents to be guarantors - the agency provided an online form for them to fill in with details of the their earnings etc etc.
Feb 16, 2012 11:53 PM
5Moving to London is a great experience, but you need to be well prepared.
Work isn't easy to go by currently, unless you are prepared to do Bar and possible temp work. Make sure your resume is sound, you have good references and experience as well and be prepared to be patient.
I'd suggest looking for companies that can assist with job placement and visa advice as well - they can be great for a first timer moving to London.
I had a flat share when I lived there the first time for about £85pw living in South East London - most Australians though favour South West London, although rental prices can be far higher here.
Websites like http://www.spareroom.co.uk/ or www.gumtree.co.uk are a great places to start looking for ideas on costs for rentals.
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