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Tips for Adjusting to Living in London
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Tips for Adjusting to Living in London

Living
Nov 13, 2021
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Big ben and the House of Parliament
Learn About Living in London

Introduction

If you're thinking about moving to London, you're probably aware that London is an incredibly diverse city with a lot to offer. But a big city like London can be very intimidating at first which is why we've compiled a list of things to think about when planning your move to London.

London Zones and Boroughs

London is divided into zones and boroughs, both of which are very important to be aware of especially when planning your travel and living in London. 

London Zones

London is divided into six different fare zones managed by Transport for London. Zone 1 includes areas near the city centre while zone 6 marks the outskirts of the city. If you move to London and live in the city centre, you probably won’t be moving out of zone 1 on a daily basis, but it's good to have an idea of the different zones for when you need to travel further away from the city using the London Underground. Each zone is made up of different boroughs. 

London Boroughs

London is made up of 32 districts or boroughs, each governed by a separate council. Each borough has its own unique charm so it's important to know the different areas so you can make a more informed decision about where you want to live, study and work. For example, Islington is often cited as one of the nicest London Boroughs so it would be wise to search for accommodation in Islington when you move to London. 

London Underground

The London Underground or the Tube is one of the best resources London has to offer. If you move to London from a city with poor public transport, the Tubes will The Underground is one of the best public transportation systems in the world, with well-organized, frequent schedules and an extensive list of routes covered. No matter where you live in London, you’ll probably find a tube station near you. 

Things to Keep in Mind While Using the Tube:

Don’t Rush to Get On

Passengers exiting the train take priority over those trying to get in, so wait for everyone to get off the train before you try to board. 

Don’t Take Up a Lot of Space

The tubes are incredibly crowded, especially during rush hours when people are commuting to and from work or college. If you’re travelling with a backpack don't put it on the seat and in peak hours make sure that take it off your back and place it near your feet so it doesn't bump into people. 

London Oyster Card

If you’re going to be using the tubes often, make sure you purchase a London Oyster Card. Keep your card handy while entering and exiting the stations so you don’t hold up the line behind you. 

London Weather 

London’s reputation for having frequent rainfall is unfortunately pretty accurate so it would be wise to keep an umbrella with you just in case. London has four distinct seasons all year round, each with its own charm. 

Spring 

Spring in London is extremely pleasant and is a great time to get out and explore the city. The season stretches from March and May with temperatures ranging from 13°C to 18°C. 

Summer 

Summer in London is sunny but never gets uncomfortably warm and is one of the best times to visit the city. The weather ranges from 15°C to 23°C and the season lasts from June to August.

Autumn 

Autumn lasts from September to November with temperatures ranging from 10°C to 12°C.  While afternoons are pleasant, evenings in autumn can get pretty chilly so make sure to carry a jacket with you. 

Winter

London winters can get pretty cold with temperatures ranging from 5°C to 9°C. The season lasts from December to February. Winter in London is a beautiful sight with white pavements and Christmas decorations all over the city during the season. 

London Housing

Housing in London can get pretty expensive no matter where you live so it is important to do a decent amount of research before settling on accommodation. Here are some things to keep in mind when looking for housing:

Proximity to Work or University

London is a pretty big city and even though it's well connected, choosing accommodation near your work or university will help to reduce your commute time and give you more time for your hobbies.

Proximity to Friends and Family

Having a support system when you move to a new city is incredibly important so try to find housing that lets you stay near any friends or family you have in the area. 

Safety

The safety of the area you live in is another important factor to keep in mind when choosing accommodation. Richmond is considered to be one of the safest boroughs in London, however, there are some with higher crime rates so make sure to check how safe the area you’re moving into is.

Cost of Living in London

The average rent in London will differ depending upon the type of accommodation you choose to live in and the area you want to live in. Here is a rough estimate of the prices you can expect to pay while living in London.

Average Rent in London of Different Types of Accommodation: 

Type of Room Average Price
En-suites  £165 - £400 per week
Non-En-suites                        £179 - £230 per week                     
Studios £230 - £650 per week
Dorms £105 - £138 per week

Mannequin House and the iQ are popular options among students looking specifically for student accommodation in London.

FAQs

Where can I buy an Oyster Card?

You can buy an Oyster card online, at Oyster ticket stops or at specific DLR stations. Find more information about Oyster cards here.

What are some of the top universities in London?

The Top five Universities in London according to the QS world university rankings are:

• Imperial College London

• University College London (UCL)

• King's College London

• The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

• Queen Mary University of London

What major companies have their headquarters in London?

London houses a long list of company headquarters which include

• HSBS

• Barclays

• Unilever

• BBC

• Vodafone Group

What are the most popular London attractions?

Some popular London attractions are

• London Eye

• Madame Tussauds

• Buckingham Palace

• Big Ben

• British Museum

Conclusion

There’s often a lot of research to be done before moving to a new city. We have tried to go over the basics of living in London to try to make moving less intimidating for you. London is a great city and a great place to live so no matter how scary it may seem after you move to London it will no doubt be worth it.