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Setting Yourself Up in London

If you’ve decided that you love London so much that you want to move here then you’ve got a bunch of work ahead of you to set up your new life in a new city. Fortunately, people more to Britain all the time from all over the place so you’re not blazing any trails. The system is set up to make your transition relatively easy and, having moved to the UK myself, I’ve got a few tips to help you out.

Find Accommodation

Finding a place to live is probably going to be the first thing on your list. Living in a hostel for awhile when you arrive can but fun, but sharing a dorm room wears off fast and it’s expensive. If you’ve got friends in London already and they let you stay with them, then you’re in luck but this can also get old pretty fast. You’ll want your own place eventually and because of the transient population in London, finding a place to stay might be one of the easier things you do. Finding a good place to stay, though, might be a lot harder. One of the best places to look for accommodation for new arrivals is The Gumtree.

Get a Job

The job market in London isn’t so great these days and if you’re one of the lucky ones who’s arrived with a job, then that’s great for you! But if you’re like the rest of us who needs to find a way to pay the bills, life can be a bit tougher. Temping is a good way to get your foot in the door. You might find yourself in a temporary position where you’re eventually able to get a stable job. Or, at the very least, temping transfers the burden of looking for a job from yourself onto the temping agency.

Open a Bank Account

Once you get that job, you’ll need a place to put your money as almost all jobs will want to pay you with a direct bank transfer. Don’t jump into opening a bank account. compare bank accounts carefully because they all have different perks and fees. There are plenty to choose from in the UK which can be a good thing if you know what you want, but a bad thing if you’re not sure. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Some allow for free overseas withdrawals whereas others have monthly fees. Look at the most suitable bank accounts for you and choose wisely.

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    January 14, 2016 at 11:54 am

    That’s true job market is not so well, in starting, very difficult find a job. Don’t worry after some time spend you will get a job.

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