I have a few friends over in the uk.... ALLL of them advise against living in central london.... they say it costs a BOMB! My friends (they're from England.. born bred) live in Hounslow, ilseworth and Kent. The rental for a room there is supposedly bout 60 - 100 pounds a week. But ofcourse it all depends on the place and stuff.
Kent is apparently 40 minutes to central london by tube... direct. you don't have to change tube. Hounslow and Ilseworth isn't much further but i don't know if you have to change tube... can be found out though...
As for kody's suggestion on keeping in touch.... totally agree.... when are most of you guys going? Oh and siew yit... i actually haven't submitted my form yet.... gonna do it this week... WISH ME LUCK PPL!!!!
limited WHV? i haven't heard about that.... has anyone? it would make sense though....AHHHHHH..... NOOOOO.....
oh and lil liz.... will DEFINATELY be posting more questions about living and working in the uk... so stick around ok.... i'm sure we could ALLL use your help....
Well so when you'll be heading there and where will you be staying?
Btw, London is expensive place to live. I've checked some of the places and rentals, and yes indeed it is very expensive to us Malaysian.
The cheapest I could find is via this website: (pls look under London)
it's a budget hostels for backpackers.
Anyway, for those who already made it there, pls don't leave us fella behind in the dark . OK?
Well, cu guyz there next year!
am planning to leave jan 15th... HOPEFULLY.... fingers, toes and everything else crossed....
am planning to stay in Hounslow or Ilseworth... lived there when i was younger... still have friends in the neighbourhood....figured life may just be that much easier that way...
In regards to Kody's post ....if you ppl from Malaysia need any help or info let me know ....been here for almost 2 years now in London might be a handfull....anyway check out this place if you folks are looking for a place in London ...it's called Astor Hostels in Bayswater....look it up on google....
i found where kent is on a map and it doesn't seem too far away from london. a forty minute commute is nothing if i were to work in london. and you think it's possible to find a place for 60 pounds a week? i wasn't able to locate those other two places you mentioned to me. i really want to live in a community where there are other travellers around. i want to be able to meet people who want to take off for a week here and there to go to italy or spain or wherever on those cheap easyjet flights. do you or anyone else know if you could get by just bartending? be able to make rent ,food,etc? that's kinda what i was hoping to be able to do out there unless i got an office job (which i've been doing for too long). thanks for the tips.
Whether the bartender jobs gives you enough to travel really depends on you. Minimum wage right now is 4.50 pounds although I heard rumors that it's gone up to 4.80 now. Don't know how true it is but that's the minimum you'll get. I suggest you look for a job that offers accomodation cos you'll save quite a bit there. Bartender jobs pays about 4.50 to 5.50 per hour depending on experience.
You will also need to contribute to the National insurance(NI) and tax will be deducted from you weekly (or monthly pay, depending on how often you get paid). Tax deduction is about 9% of your pay. But if you were to register with the tax office once you've started work, your tax deduction will be reduced. But they have a system where if you earn less than the threshold at the end of the tax year, you will be refunded the appropriate amount of your paid tax back to you when you leave the country. The NI is about 11% and that is something everyone contributes. The NI won't be refunded back to you.
Hope the info helps...
Alright... so i've decided that i'm gonna go submit my application in by end of nest week... hook or by crook.... after all those horror stories about limited visas and such...
some pointers for me perhaps?... since calling up the application office is no help....
What EXACTLY do i need to submit?... so far, this is what i've gathered from the posts and all...
-WHV application form
-2 passport photo against a white background
- cashiers cheque (can i use other means of indicating my bank balance?... my bank passbook perhaps?)
Is that it? Do let me know guys..... i'm beginning to procrastinate here and i'm afraid that if i don't get this sorted now i never will....
Help much appreciated!!!!
Hey Siew Yit... or anyone else who has already submitted thier forms....
do i have to purchase my air ticket first?.... i thought you can't do that until you have a visa.... ???
are you living in england? do you know what kind of jobs would provide accomodation? i heard there was some popular chain of bars that might provide room and board, slug and lettuce i think?. i just want to be able to travel and not be broke.when they provide accomodation do they still pay you? and is the pay much less? like i said before i also want to work or live near other travellers so that i'd have people to go with as i am doing this on my own. would you have any suggestions as to where to live or work? i have gotten a few from people in here but i'd like to know what you think. thanks.
Priss, from my own experience, I never bought any tickets until my visa was approved. I didn't see the point in purchasing any tix if my visa was rejested or delayed. From what I know, the embassy won't ask to see a flight ticket.
Av, most hotel jobs provides accomodation and food on duty. Check www.gumtree.com and http://www.tntmag.co.uk/uk/. They have quite a number of jobs there. Alternatively you can call Dee Cooper, which is sort of a agency for hotels throughout UK and they'll give you a few numbers to call for jobs. Go to google and type in Dee Cooper to get their number.
Right now I'm in Brighton, south of London. There's loads of different nationalities here but most of them are here to work or to study. Only a minority are here to travel, like us.
If you work in places that provides accomodation, they'll still pay you the national minimum wage but some might pay you a few pence less because of the rooms provided by them. It differs from place to place. But rest assured they'll pay you.
I'm not quite sure where most travellers stay. They're pretty spread out all over UK. I think they are most likely to in bigger cities like London and Edinburgh.