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How to Relocate to London

London is one of the greatest cities in the world, and it’s a great place to live! If you are planning to relocate to London, here’s what you need to know:

Finding Housing

The good thing about London is that there are plenty of apartments ("flats") for rent, but prepare for a pretty hefty rent--usually between 600 and 1,000 British pounds each month. Of course you can find cheaper apartments in the cheaper neighborhoods, but that’s the average cost of an apartment.

One very common practice in London is renting out with a flatmate--sharing your apartment. The majority of the people in the city will share their flat, as it’s both cheaper and a good way to expand your circle of friends. It’s highly unlikely that you’ll find a landlord willing to rent to you alone unless you can prove that you earn good money.

One thing to keep in mind: many of these flat-shares will include the utilities in your monthly cost, so you may not have to worry about electricity, water, and gas. This can make life much easier for you if you are new to the United Kingdom and don’t want to have to go through the hassle of setting up the utilities on your own.

Prepare to put down one months’ rent as a deposit on the flat. If you are renting alone, you’ll need to cover the utilities and the council tax (students are exempt from this).

Note: Landlords, utilities companies, phone services, etc. will all try to take your money by adding unnecessary expenses to your bills. DON’T LET THEM!

Getting Around

London is one of the easiest cities to get around in, thanks in large part to the bus system and the tube (metro or subway). It’s not worth buying a car to get around London, and owning a vehicle can actually be a huge hassle.

During rush hours (7:30 to 10 AM and 4:30 to 7 PM), the tube is crammed with people and can be quite horrible to travel. However, the London Tube offers an extensive network of trains that reach every corner of the city with ease.

The London Bus System can be excellent, though they are subject to the same traffic as the other vehicles on the road. If you get them at the right time, they can be as quick as the tube, and they’re certainly more comfortable. Plus, riding on the bus will allow you to see more of the sights around London.

The Oyster Card allows you travel on the tube, the buses, the overground rail, and the other public transport in London at a much cheaper price. For those who travel daily, it’s worth the purchase.

You may be able to walk to and from your destination in London. If not, you can always take a taxi, such as the iconic black London taxis. The minimum charge is 2.40 British pounds, but you can find the fares here…

For more information on London taxis, follow this link…

If you can plan your travels around rush hour, you’ll enjoy it much more. The best time to travel is after 9:30 PM, as the OffPeak fare is lower than the normal fare. The Transport for London website offers a lot of useful information on traveling via public transport.

This website offers a breakdown of the London neighborhoods. Learn your way around the 33 boroughs of London with this map…

 

Image Source: telegraph

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