Welcome to the Big Smoke, kid.
You’ve made it. You’ve waded through the murky forest of application forms, defeated your dragon of an interviewer, and found the hidden treasure. Congratulations, you’ve got yourself a grad job in London! 🎉
Before you start poppin’ that champagne, there’s just one little thing you need to sort – your accommodation. “Simple,” you say to yourself. “I’ll just Google it.” Ah, my sweet, innocent pal. That’s where you’ll be wrong.
Moving to London involves making about a hundred different micro-decisions. Which zone? Borough? What is more important: proximity to a pub or to the supermarket? Not to mention the astronomical rent prices.
We’ve been there. Like you, we laid in our beds, scrolling through property listings on our phone until we get too sleepy and drop it on our faces. Arranging a move to the city is no joke – so we’ve compiled this honest, no-nonsense guide that’ll hopefully help you find your new London home.
Location, location, location
Despite what all the TV shows tell you, London isn’t just made up of the Big Ben and the London Eye. The city is divided into five major areas: North, South, East, West and Central London. Beyond that, there are 33 different districts (called boroughs) in London, each with its own unique character.
Want the full guide to finding the best location in London for you? Look no further:
Different hunting techniques
So, you’ve figured out where you want to live in London. It’s a nice area, not too busy or too quiet, and there’s a 24-hour Tesco in the vicinity. Perfection. However, when you come to look up properties in the area, there’s one major problem. You have no idea how to go about actually looking for a place to live. There are a few bits and bobs you need to know before you embark on your London house-hunting adventure. Here’s our complete guide to the hunt:
Renting rights as a tenant
Meeting new people
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