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1. Posted by Gillygirl2 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

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My husband and I will be moving to England with in the next year. We are looking to buy a home in an area that is great for family. My husband will be working out of London and I'll be going to King's college, so anywhere that we can easily travel from would be great. We are going to be coming over in May to take a look in person, but any advance infomation would help the search. Thank You.

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 12, 2007, at 6:04 AM by Gillygirl2 ]

2. Posted by crwalker (Budding Member 13 posts) 8y

Well, it quite depends on where you husband works(Let me assume you mean central London.). Personally speaking, I would get house on the out-skirt of central. And do not too worry about the transport, it can't be that bad actually in such a massive city. I know people go to work in the morning from Bournemouth to London, and they still manage to get a life occasionally. Have a nice day.

3. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 8y

What's your housebuying budget, Gillygirl? Do you old houses, or new builds? How big does it need to be? And how long (time) would you consider travelling each day?

4. Posted by Sam2000 (Inactive 121 posts) 8y

Yeah, ditto the above post, a lot of it depends on the budget.

Central London, like most cities, is ridiculously expensive.

Places on the outskirts of London, such as Bexley Heath/Sidcup and the like are cheaper and have direct access to stations such as Charing Cross in the centre.

Going further out there are places like Guildford. Guildford itself is expensive, actually, anywhere in Surrey is.

Going further south you get to Horsham and Crawley, which are still expensive but they are pleasent areas with trains going up to central London (Victoria and London Bridge) every hour and more regular at peak times. You are only fourty minutes away here.

Going further south still there are coastal places like Brighton, Chichester and Worthing. Prices vary from being cheaper to more expensive.

I wouldn't reccomend buying in Bournemouth. Its a good two hours on the train from London and the trains are irregular. Southampton; same as Bournemouth.

It really depends on the budget, if you are at Kings College (which by the way is fantastic!) I assume you are going there as a student? Then I guess your budget would be lower, I don't know what sort of bursaries are available for international/mature students.

Transport in London is efficient, despite what people say about it. The problem is that peak trains and the London underground are very congested, so good luck getting a seat. Underground trains leave regulary (every five minutes) and most places nearby have regular trains up to London.

Nowhere on the commuter belt is cheap, there are cheaper areas on the commuter belt, but in comparison to other areas in other locations in the country they are expensive. Land in the UK is at a premium, so the average house price in the UK is higher than in the USA, obviously inner city New York and what have you are different.

I live in Horsham and have relatives in Cranleigh/Chichester/Worthing/etc. and a lot of my relatives are commuters so I know a fair bit about it. I "commute" halfway up to London to go to college by train and I know the transport system relatively well. Feel free to PM.

5. Posted by Nofomg (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

I'm glad i found this post. I plan on moving to england at some point, as of this moment I haven't decided where or when. I guess I would be considered a dumb yank when it comes to England. Honestly the only major cities I know of in England are London, York, and Winchester. I'm looking for a general idea of the best areas to live in that are not too expensive yet they have a good selection of jobs. I'm single, I have no problem commuting, and I don't intend on buying a home as soon as i arrive. Any suggestions/help would be greatly appreciated

6. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 8y

Quoting Nofomg

I'm glad i found this post. I plan on moving to england at some point, as of this moment I haven't decided where or when. I guess I would be considered a dumb yank when it comes to England. Honestly the only major cities I know of in England are London, York, and Winchester. I'm looking for a general idea of the best areas to live in that are not too expensive yet they have a good selection of jobs. I'm single, I have no problem commuting, and I don't intend on buying a home as soon as i arrive. Any suggestions/help would be greatly appreciated

Winchester is not a major city. It is only considered a city because it has a cathedral. In reality it is a small, quaint, expensive town with few shops and little nightlife. The cathedral is the only attraction here.

Back to topic - as people have already stated budget is everything.

Check out www.rightmove.co.uk and the will give you an idea of property prices whether you rent or buy. Also depends if you want to travel in to work/college by rail or road.

7. Posted by Osbourne (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

Hello Everyone! I would like to move to london with my Firend, but I need a little help. We need a place, where we can sleep for a few days. But not like Hotels or motels, becouse they are too expensive for us. We need something like a shared-rental, or something like that. It would be nice if you can help us. Thank you!

8. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 8y

Quoting Osbourne

Hello Everyone! I would like to move to london with my Firend, but I need a little help. We need a place, where we can sleep for a few days. But not like Hotels or motels, becouse they are too expensive for us. We need something like a shared-rental, or something like that. It would be nice if you can help us. Thank you!

Most people I met in London who were looking for flats stayed in hostels during their search. It seems to be the cheapest way. Many people who stay in shared-rental flats do so for long periods of time (They treat it as their home) and it involves signing contracts (usually monthly). From what I've seen, it's not too hard to find somewhere to live, it's finding somewhere to live that's ideal to your expectations. A couple of my hostel mates found apartments in less than a week! Just make sure you know exactly what you're looking for and can afford before going flat hunting.

Check out www.gumtree.com

This site may be of some help for you too, Gillygirl2

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 8, 2008, at 7:00 PM by NantesFC ]