Hello! I'm new to the site and wanted to ask if anyone has any helpful hints of moving to London. I plan to leave the US soon and join the rest of the ex-pats in Europe. I'm going to visit some friends in Sweden first and then make my way on over to London. Where I may decide to stay for awhile. Any tips on where's the best place to live? Cheap rent, what's rent like? Moving overseas in general? Where to meet people. I've traveled a lot and am not unfamiliar with that aspect, I'm just not sure how to prepare for such an extensive move. Any thoughts?
London's a great place full of oppurtunities. You'll probably find that something will open up when you get there.
I've heard of people from abroad that own houses and get foreign jobseekers to live with them. Your best bet may be to contact the embassy in America and get some info from them.
London's definietly one of the most exciting cities in the world but also probably most expensive. It will be cheaper for you the further east or south you go from the centre, but then bear in mind the extortionate cost of transport you'll have to fork out. Dalston, Camberwell, Kennington are reasonable and fairly central areas. Have a look at the listings magazine at www.loot.co.uk. Good luck
I know that there is some good accommodation for cheao around the ally pally, alexandra palace, some mates live there.
I live in London and there are loads of places to rent but it is very expensive. The best and cheapest way for most people is to rent a double/single room in a house-share which are advertised everywhere, this way you can afford the rent and make new friends. The problem you'll have is the travel to work, you dont want to live south of the river if you work north etc. If you can fix yourself up with a job first you'll know what areas you need to be looking in for accommodation. All the local papers carry adverts for people looking for house-shares. As a very rough guide you'll be paying about $600-$900 a month less or more depending on where you choose to live and how many you're sharing with.
One tip I would give is to only rent your house-share for a month or so at first if you can get away with it, that way if you hate it or you get a better offer you can move on without problems.
Hope this has helped a bit