In June of last year, i made the big move from Sydney, Australia, across the world to London. I had absolutely no plan and was a mixture of nervous and excited for what lay ahead. It is easily the greatest thing i have done in my life. Moving abroad opened my eyes to the world, opened my mind to new things and taught me the most valuable lessons to date.
Since then, i have had a large number of people contact me about my move. Questions about how i did it, how much money i took with me and what i was feeling throughout it all. Preparing to move is a big decision and is partnered with a lot of strange emotion and uncertainties.
Mastering your move to London
Visa’s, Job’s, accommodation and more….
#Choosing your visa type and company
First of all, you need to decide what visa you’re going to apply for and how you’re going to go about it. I went through the working holiday club and applied for a 5 year ancestral visa for the UK. The benefits of having an agency process my visa was that there was room for mistakes. IF you make ONE mistake on your visa, it will be denied and you’ll have to pay to apply again. The Working Holiday Club are quick and effective with the process and are available for answering all your questions along the way.
Deciding where to live and where to work can be a difficult part of the big move. I was lucky and landed an amazing live in opportunity, nannying for a family in Notting Hill. Fantastic location, great pay and no hassles, however, i then moved on to a live-out job and discovered a lot more freedom in doing so. If you’re looking to move to London, my recommendation is to do a flat-share with other travellers/Aussies. Your best bet is to use sites such as Flatshare.com and/or check out Kiwi’s in london’s Facebook Page for weekly room availabilities. South London is a popular place for Australians, areas like Clapham and Balham are a great (but more pricey). East London (like shoreditch) and West London (Shepherds bush) are also full of Australians.
#Finding a job
Agencies are going to be your greatest help in finding a job. If you have not already set yourself up a job before arriving to London, then your best bet is to get in contact with an agency to help you secure a job asap. Agencies such as ANZUK and VIBE are great for teachers, OFFICE ANGELS for those looking to work in an admin/secretary position, Kensington nannies for, well, nannies and Elements for those in events/catering/waitress.
#Setting up a bank account
A lot of people get stuck with this one. Lloyds and Barclays are the two major banks in London, however, Lloyds bank is the only bank that will allow you to open a bank account without an address. This is where a lot of people get stuck. Setting up an appointment with Lloyds is easy and takes little to no time.
If you’re struggling to meet people in London, fear not.. there are many, many ways to meet like minded people when you’ve just arrived. The Kiwi’s in London facebook page have monthly ‘meet ups’ for Kiwis and Australians living in London. If you’re a blogger you will meet a lot of like minded people through the ‘bloggers in london’ facebook page. Other than Facebook pages, London is FULL of Australian bars and cafe’s. Places like the ‘Slug’ bar, The walk about bar or Granger and Co cafe and many many many more.
For more tips on London, See also ‘ surviving London as a tourist’ here
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