I'm going to be moving to London on a 6 month work Visa and I'm not certain where the best spots to live/work would be. I would prefer to live in a younger area of the city, as well as work in either a historical setting (i.e. museums, theatre, etc.) or someplace that affords considerable travel time. Any help that could be provided would be much appreciated. Thanks!
London is a massive city and loads of oppertunity to work in what fields you are looking for.
Most people when they come here for the first time end up using the TNT magazine or similar to find a flatshare as accommodation is very expensive.
You can have a look at the www.gumtree.com as well.
Keep in mind that london is expensive. If you want to live in the city center to be close to the museum ect, it will cost you a fortune.
Hey Matt, I'm living in London on a 2yr workholidaymaker visa as well.Living in London sure is expensive, esp if u want to live in central london. I've got a fren who's renting a room in a flatshare in Earls Court, for £80 per week, that's reasonably cheap. u can try Gloucester Rd as well. Im living further out, in zone 2, try areas like Wilesden Green, Kilburn which are a short distance away but cheaper.It's not easy finding a job in London, bt if u'll like to work in a museum, try to look on websites for National Gallery Musem/ British Museum/ Natural History. My fren's on the BUNAC program - i assume u are on one as well - is working as a hotel receptionist, so try that out too. Dont hesitate to msg me if u need any advice. I'm always here to help. Nell
Finsbury park in north london is quite a decent area. I stayed over there with my aussie friends who are on working visas and thought it was ok. Got some decent accomodation there too and not too expensive. Also New Cross in south London has lots of young people from uni so maybe try there. Both are a short train journey away from central london. Not sure about working in museums but ive got a few friends who work in theatres in the west end. Couple who are managers. They know americans so theyd be able to help im sure. Anyway id be happy to help with anything too. Im from London so im sure i can give some half decent advice.
Wow. Thanks for all the advice; it definately has given me another avenue to work from. I will have to look into the places that were mentioned. Ideally speaking, I would like to get a couple roommates (male/female not a big deal) for housing that like to go out sometimes, but others just relax and philosophise. I'll be arriving September 7th, so if you guys have any more suggestions for work/places to stay, they are always welcomed. Thanks again.
moveflat.com is very useful for flathunting and for providing information on different areas of London. Most areas within zone 2 have a young community. You can usaully tell by looking at the clientelle in the local pubs!!! One tip - however central you are, make sure the transport links are good and check how long journeys take using the tfl website. Good luck!