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Where to Live in London?

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  • Added on: February 25th, 2010
Couple heading to London in March 2011

Looking to Work and Live in London....Employment permitting...

I know theres plenty of Aussies living in and around Earls Court and Shepherds Bush but are these areas all they are cracked up to be in terms of living and finding work...

Can anyone suggest some alternative areas that would suit?

Also looking to head up North.... is it worth looking for work after the GEC? I heard pubs/hotels to work in are a bit hard to come by these days..

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Blayne

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  • Added on: February 25th, 2010
This website has some nice descriptions of areas in London from the perspective of the young working holidaymaker like yourself.
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  • Added on: February 25th, 2010
heymikey wrote:This website has some nice descriptions of areas in London from the perspective of the young working holidaymaker like yourself.


Thanks Mikey!

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  • Added on: August 5th, 2010
If you are heading up to north London, I liked pinner.I lived there for few years, its a cool lovely place.

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  • Added on: September 6th, 2010
Hi,

You're right to say a lot of Aussies head for Shepherds Bush/Earls Court when they come to London - they're both fairly busy areas with a lot going on. However, most of the friends I've known from Australia and New Zealand have been happy to find a place near a tube station so they can get around London easily. If you do that, it'll give you a lot more choice on accomodation prices.

A site that a lot of my Aussie mates use for part-time jobs, info etc. :http://www.gumtree.com

Also, found this which might be helpful: http://www.aussieinlondon.com

Hope that helps.

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  • Added on: September 7th, 2010
Gumtree is good for getting an idea about what's around in terms of accom / jobs. They have sites for other cities too - Edinburgh is pretty popular with antipodes wanting out of London.
The employment market is picking up again but pub jobs have always paid shit money. Depending on your work experience in Aussie, you'd be much better off sticking to whatever industry you're in now. Labouring/ building work is also another popular option for guys as the money is fairly good (and if you decide to stay a longer than you should, cash in hand work is often available).

When you get here, grab a copy of TNT magazine (free outside lots of tube stations). It's specifically aimed at those fresh off the boat and working-holidayers.

Chances are, unless you are very lucky, your job and your house are not going to be in the same neighbourhood. Be prepared to commute (30 - 45 mins is about average from Zone 2 into central city, depending on your transport options)

Earls Court, SheBu, and Fulham are kiwi/aussie strongholds but West London is expensive so you may find better value for money if you look South instead; Clapham, Southfields, Earlsfield all have a lot of antipodian flatshares and will probably be cheaper. But... do bear in mind; you're moving to the other side of the world. Do you really want to spend the entire time hanging out with people you could have met back home? Why not check out http://www.spareroom.com as well and maybe even meet some nice English people!

Enjoy your time here.
And don't ever go to The Church in Clapham Junction, no matter how much fun your mates say it is. You'll never respect yourself again.

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I moved to London from Melbourne about 5 years ago and recently helped put together a guide for others doing the same thing...check it out for everything you need to know about becoming a Londoner!
www.moving-to-london-from-australia.com

Have a great time!
Im an Aussie living in London and have written a guide to help others doing the same.
Follow my adventures on the path to becoming a fully-fledged nomad.

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WomanSeeksWorld wrote:I moved to London from Melbourne about 5 years ago and recently helped put together a guide for others doing the same thing...check it out for everything you need to know about becoming a Londoner!
http://www.moving-to-london-from-australia.com

Have a great time!


Excellent Website, had heaps of new information of things I've not even considered.. Cheers for the link.

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  • Added on: May 16th, 2011
london is a great place to live but you should have some money to buy or rent a good property, many locals who can afford it prefer to live in the suburbs while working in the city, it all depends on how much money you have and how much you are earning and living in main london can be a bit expensive. check out everything before making a decision
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