Posted on November 13, 2021
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If you're thinking about relocating to the capital, you're probably aware that London is an incredibly diverse city with a lot to offer. Whether you enjoy making your jewelry or trading stocks and shares, Big Smoke has something for you, and at least one of its 32 boroughs will be the ideal place for you to call home.

Relocating to London, United Kingdom is not an easy task; the city's sheer size makes moving here tricky – even for those who are used to the atmosphere of busy cities. Furthermore, it is critical to consider what you require in a city and the costs associated with achieving this. Getting used to the hustle and bustle of London life can be difficult, but once you do, you won't want to leave.

So get ready to pack your belongings and say your goodbyes because we've compiled a list of things to think about when planning your move to London.

Consider your needs

Consider your needs

When relocating to a new city, consider how well the location works for you. We all have different needs, and some places meet them better than others. Any person living in London will tell you that the capital is not one big city, but rather a collection of smaller 'towns' – it is up to you to select the 'town' that best suits your needs.

Students moving first time in the city can opt for a minimal distance areas including Strand, South Bank, Soho, or the well-known Westminster. Majority of these nearby London areas are well-connected to city's main transit link and allow students to leverage metro services at pocket-friendly bargains.

Employment opportunities

Consider your current position and the availability of similar jobs in London. There are numerous opportunities in the capital, but you must find the right one for you. Before you go to London, figure out which area best suits your career – if you work in a young and exciting startup, consider places like Shoreditch and Bethnal Green. If your work is more business-oriented, look for an area with good transport links to the financial district.

Proximity to friends and family 

London is a large city and driving 45 minutes to see friends or family can be exhausting. If you're relocating to London and are fortunate enough to know people in areas like Holborn or St Pancras Station consider choosing a location close to them – it will save you time and effort in the long run. 

If you're travelling alone to the capital, look for accommodations with shared communal spaces to make it easier to meet like-minded people.

Consider locations that will be ideal for both you and your partner if you move to London with your family. If you require a garden, you may be better off staying away from the city centre. If you're relocating with your children, find out where your preferred schools accept applications – this could have a significant impact on your commute.

Don't miss on Our Definitive Student Guide for London 2021.

Commute time 

Commute time

London is notoriously congested, making driving into the city complex. If you must drive, be aware of the mandatory congestion charge and calculate the amount of time it will take to get from your preferred area to your workplace, considering heavy traffic.

Most Londoners prefer to commute because of the city's advanced infrastructure; it's cheaper, easier, and usually faster. The Underground can become congested during peak hours, which will add time to your commute, especially if you have to use a crowded line to get to work. 

Related articles: How to get around the UK: A Complete Guide to Transportation in the UK.

Tip: You can also aim to calculate the total travel time from your current location to work before you hastily pack your belongings and relocate to a quiet London suburb.

Consider your finances 

London, like most capital cities, is known for its high prices. The cost of living is high, and if you aren't careful, you may end up paying more than you should. Before relocating, consider whether the initial increase in outgoings is sustainable for you, as managing your finances in London may differ significantly from where you previously lived. You can also consider choosing monthly bus pass like London Oyster Card and other student discount offers that readily takes off the pressure from your budget.

Also read: How to manage your finances as an international student.

Cost of housing 

Cost of housing

The cost of renting in London varies depending on where you live (a one-bedroom apartment in central London should cost at least £1,000 per month). If you don't have a large rent budget, you can choose to live on the outskirts of town and commute in when necessary. 

This can be highly inconvenient for some people, as it can result in a commute of more than an hour each way – which is why many people choose to pay more for the luxury of living centrally.

Also read; 7 Best Localities for Student Accommodation in London.

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