With it’s rich history, diverse mix of cultures,green spaces and more landmarks than you could take in, London is the World’s most popular tourist destination. Last year London was the most talked about city on Twitter (‘London’ had more than 81 Million tweets!) and it was also the most Instagrammed city too.
London is not only great for visiting, it’s consistently been voted one of the best places in the World to live. Here’s our guide to making the move, with top tips and tricks to get the most out of moving to London!
Congratulations – you’ve decided to make the move! London is a big city so some planning is essential. First of all, if you are already an EU citizen (plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) you do not need a visa to live or work in the UK. If you are from outside of these countries then you will need a visa. This handy tool, will tell you which Visa you need and how to go about getting it.
Keep up the Good Work
London is a sprawling city and has a wide range of jobs available. It would be a good idea to secure work before you arrive. There are several work websites but some of the best are Guardian Jobs, Gumtree.com and Reed.co.uk.
Make Yourself at Home
Finding the right place to live is based on many different factors. London is famously expensive, however if you pick the right type of accommodation (shared vs whole house) in the right location, it can be affordable. Some good places to find accommodation are Gumtree, RightMove, RoomMates UK and Spareroom. Need more urgent accommodation? Consider staying in a hostel. There are many in central locations and they can be great, affordable places to meet people!
You need to have a think about your budget. Plan out your expenses and make sure you have enough money to tide you over when you first arrive in London. Also, you need to consider how you will access your money once you have arrived. Getting a bank account can be a long, slow and tedious process. Monese makes getting your own current account simple.
With Monese you can use your Android device to open your account in as little as 120 seconds! All you need is our app on your Android device (IOS coming soon) and your passport or national id card. Once you have opened your Monese current account you will receive a UK sort code and account number immediately and your contactless Visa debit card will be on it’s way to you! Download our app today!