Some people are happy to stay in the same place their whole lives, but others need to spread their wings. If you want to find somewhere you love, you might start off looking at large cities. London is a draw for a lot of people, including lots of creative types who are hoping to make it in the arts. Although it’s not for everyone, many of the people who move there or grow up there love the city. Moving there can be a tough transition, but it could be one of the best decisions you ever make.

Supporting Yourself

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If you’re moving to London, you’re going to need some way to support yourself. Perhaps you have some savings or you already have a job offer. You might be self-employed and planning to move your business. If you don’t have any plans yet, that’s the first thing you should do. Are you going to look for a job and then move? If you have substantial savings, you could live off them for a while as you look for work. London is expensive, so you need to make sure you’re going to be able to live there. Perhaps you’ve had a job offer, but does it pay enough to give you the lifestyle you want?

Finding Somewhere to Live

Once you know how you’re going to support yourself, you’ll need somewhere to live. London has become notorious for its extortionate housing prices. You might have seen some examples of barely-liveable spaces to rent in the last few years. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find somewhere suitable for you. You might be planning to share with others or hoping to find a place of your own. Perhaps you’re planning to rent or you’re looking to buy a home. Whether you’re renting or buying, it’s a good idea to choose an area you’re interested in. Some places are cheaper than others and everywhere has benefits and drawbacks. Estate agents are one of the best places to look for more info on different neighbourhoods and what’s available.

Making Friends

For such a big city, it’s surprising how lonely you can feel when you first move to London. Unless, of course, you’re lucky enough to have friends there already. The key to making new friends is to get out there and do things that you enjoy doing. There are hundreds of groups to join and classes to attend to get you out of the house. Find social activities using sites like Meetup.com. You can also socialise with people from work and those you live with.

Getting Around

Many people choose not to drive in London, and particularly in the centre. It’s expensive and can be chaotic, and there’s plenty of public transport instead. An Oyster card will be your best friend if you want to use the underground, trains and buses. Cycling is another option, as well as walking shorter distances.

Moving to London can be stressful, but it can also be a great adventure.

Sarah x