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1. Posted by MrGodwin (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I am planning on moving to the UK in about a year, and besides saving money and all that, whats the first thing I should really do?

2. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3383 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

To be sure that you have an income in UK, I guess Otherwise your adventure is finished quite quickly

3. Posted by cde3879 (Full Member 142 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Get a passport :)

4. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3383 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

A UK visa would be handy, I guess;)

5. Posted by cde3879 (Full Member 142 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Telling your wife would also be a good idea.


6. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3383 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Finding a buyer for your house is about time, I guess:)

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 10, 2007, at 3:45 PM by wouterrr ]

7. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1388 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

A visa and a workpermit, could come in very handy. (unless you are a millionaire, then a visa would do).

Find out where you want to live, and what you want to do.
Get in contact with people who lived there (or have moved and are living there now), they can give you probably the best advice, as they now what it takes to move, and they can tell you all about the paperwork involved, the differences etc.

Good luck...

8. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Look at the colleges where you are going to study and how much it is going to cost you.

Doing a degree at an european university is abou the fastest and easiest way to get first a residency permit and second a work permit.

That is, unless you are a highly qualified professional from PhD up or are in the medical field or computer science. In this case enquire at the British embassy or the nearest consulate about help finding a job in Britain. Once you got an employer in the UK williong to hire you, you can apply for a work permit.

9. Posted by flirty_1 (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

save, save, save!

depending on what your job is, you might need to see whether you can line a job up before you go (either get a transfer from your current job if that is possible, otherwise see if there are job agencies in the uk who are able to help you). your job might not be one which makes it easy for you to work in the uk. i am a teacher and am moving to london in 2 weeks and it will be easy for me to get work because teachers are in demand. other people who i know have gone to the uk to do things which arent in demand and they've found it hard to find work in their field, so be prepared to work in a job that might not be related to your career if this does happen.

invest in a good jacket before you go - this saves you money when in the final weeks/arrival in london and are trying desperately to save every dollar - even though you've already spent it you dont miss it as much because it was so long ago.. hehe.

research areas to live - are you going to stay in a hotel or hostel, or with friends when you arrive?

check out The Gumtree for accommodation and other random stuff

also Easy Jet / Ryan Airfor cheap flights if you want to travel.

read other peoples blogs to get you excited about your trip - some good ones are MY blog (ok so this is mine and im not in london yet but it will be a great blog so check it out, hehe) Prus Big OE and Lizas Big OE - they give some tips and ideas about living and working in london as well as providing useful links for you to check out.

as people are saying, you will need a visa and a passport - are you at all elegible for a british passport because this means you wont need a working visa.

the visa (if you're australian) costs $236 - i did it myself and didnt go through an agency - check out the british high commissions website - just google it and it will come up. you need to get a few documents organised but it was so easy to do. however, if you dont feel comfortable getting the visa on your own you can go thru an organisation called visafirst but they charge you $295 to get the visa and you can easily do it yourself without them.

if you do have a house etc, you will need to find someone to look after it for you either by having someone housesit or rent it from you - decide if you want to leave it to rent fully furnished or sell your stuff... etc.

also, houses in london generally come fully furnished however what is defined as 'fully furnished' depends on each house. you can share houses with people already living in them which means you dont get locked into a rental agreement. you can also rent your own house/apartment but this will lock you in for either 6 or 12 months. you'd be best to share a house but it depends on what you're looking for in london. check out the gumtree website from above.

i hope that this gives you some food for thought! enjoy the lead up to your experience because i was talking about living in london 7 months ago and time has gone so quick.

10. Posted by flirty_1 (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

also i just read a previous post of yours which says you have retail experience.. if you are interested in working in a british pub - soooo easy to get a job there, you meet loads of people and you usually get food and accommodation provided (if you dont, find another pub!) .... google 'london pubs' or 'work in a london pub' and a website will pop up that helps you register for working in a pub before you leave home. honestly though 2 of my friends went to work in a pub and they didnt organise it before they left home, they just walked right into a job when they got to london... it is so easy to get a job in a pub and they both loved it. the pay isnt so great, its between £70 - £110 a week which is pretty crap but then again, its good until you find your feet and dont forget that accommodation and food is accounted for so most of that money will be for your general living expenses, eg going out and travelling.. both of my friends did it and survived... albeit basically.

i am a teacher and will be earning £500 pounds a week but will be spending £100 a week on rent, £60 on food, £100 for entertainment and the rest i'll try and save... plus extra money for phone bills and gym memberships.