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Cost Of Living Facts For Expats Moving To London

Posted on Monday January 12, 2015 (06:01:21)

It’s a known fact that living in London can be expensive. But it’s also true that wages in the capital city are higher than they are in other parts of the country. Expats moving to London can keep their costs in check by selecting their accommodation wisely as city center areas tend to be more expensive than other areas. Here is an overview of how much expats can expect to spend once they move to London.

Accommodation

Many expats get their accommodation as part of their employment contract. But for those who have to look for a house on their own, the London Property Watch website is a useful resource.   more ...

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Dealing With Landlords In London - What Expats Need To Know Before Renting

Posted on Tuesday November 25, 2014 (04:41:32)

Expats can choose to rent an apartment in London either through a letting agent or privately. Letting agencies usually take care of the framing of the tenancy contract and deposit. The Association of Residential Letting Agents must regulate agents and you can find listings on the association’s website. Those who choose to rent privately need to deal with a landlord. While not all landlords are difficult, there are some who may refuse to abide by the tenancy contract. This occurs due to the fact that landlords in London are unregulated.

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Make The Most Of Your Time In London - 5 Things To Try Before Returning Home

Posted on Monday October 06, 2014 (02:45:09)

London is a charming city with many attractions. It is modern and multicultural, but also celebrates its rich history and culture. There are several things to do and see in London and here’s our list of five experiences that are as unique as the city itself.

Secret Cinema

Secret Cinema aims to create ‘experiences’ around popular movies by incorporating the storyline into an event before the actual screening of the film. Everything, including the locations, is kept under wraps, except for the one standing instruction – Tell No One.   more ...

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Moving to London? Learn What Makes It Such A Great Expat Destination

Posted on Monday September 08, 2014 (02:29:18)

London is a major international banking and financial hub, has the highest concentration of universities in Europe and is one of the most visited cities in the world. There are so many reasons that make the city such a great expat destination. Here are some of them.

A diverse society

Londoners come from different nationalities, ethnic origins and financial backgrounds. Also, there are above 300 languages spoken by the city’s current population. In fact, the city has one of the most multicultural societies in the world.   more ...

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10 Websites Expats Need To Visit Before Moving To London

Posted on Tuesday June 03, 2014 (22:34:49)

The experience of moving to a new city is made much easier when you have access to the right information. Dynamic and diverse London also happens to be Europe’s biggest city, and easy availability of information and useful resources on where to live, how to travel and even how to pay your taxes, can be a huge help in getting settled in this exciting and fast-paced city. Here are 10 websites expats need to visit before moving to London.

Rightmove

Rightmove is a highly popular property search website and more than 90 percent of the UK’s estate agents are listed here.   more ...

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UK – Five Recommended Expat Blogs

Posted on Tuesday April 08, 2014 (20:01:05)

Moving to a new country is daunting at the best of times, and the initial thought of leaving the comforts of your home and moving somewhere completely different can seem overwhelming. But if you’ve got your heart set on moving abroad, there are plenty of resources available to help ease your transition. We’ve spent some time perusing the internet to find our favourite blogs dedicated to expat life. Below are five of our favourites written by expats in the UK.   more ...

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Moving To London? Read Our Expat Guide To Travelling On The Tube

Posted on Tuesday February 18, 2014 (02:41:31)

“The Tube” is London’s underground rail network, a highly efficient mode of travel to and from a large part of Greater London and some parts of Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Essex. The Tube plays an important role in the life of anyone visiting or living in London. Here is our simple guide to travelling on the tube.

• The network consists of 12 different railway lines, and you will find a poster of a Journey Planner at each station. This will tell you which line you need to take for any particular station. It’s also a good idea to get a smaller version of the planner that you can keep with you while you travel. These are available at any station or newspaper agent.   more ...

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Best Employment Opportunities Outside London and the M25

Posted on Friday May 03, 2013 (18:46:59)

As global connectivity increases, and the U.K. falls prone to the same decentralization affecting the rest of the world's major population centers, there seem to be an increasing number of reasons for even the most well-heeled professionals to live outside of the M25 (for non-U.K. residents, the motorway ring that forms a kind of informal 'boundary' enclosing London from the rest of the country).

London will remain the prime English stronghold of the financial and communications industries, but obviously not everyone is employed in these industries, and both are mobile enough to allow them to be represented elsewhere in the country. While it is far and away the most visited U.K. city - with Edinburgh coming in second - there are those for whom massive popularity is their cue to seek out something different. Expatriates with an eye to 'going native' in England may also enjoy the relative challenge of working and residing in a city with a slightly less international profile to it.   more ...

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A Newcomers' Guide to UK Accents

Posted on Friday May 03, 2013 (14:19:53)

The English language, given its unparalleled distribution throughout the world, has become such a complex and syncretic beast that we can sometimes wonder if it might be better to classify some of its most esoteric variants as different languages altogether. From the intentionally un-grammatical constructions of Internet message boards to the Rasta argot of Jamaica (in which the phoneme "I" is substituted for other phonemes with disagreeable connotations), it is sometimes fascinating to see how far the language can be bent without breaking.

Even single deviations from a rule - such as the habit of some New Zealand residents to pronounce all vowel sounds like the "i" in "dig" - can dramatically alter the perception of the language as something familiar. Of course, one doesn't have to travel far from the historical birthplace of the English tongue to encounter a very non-standardized English that is at odds with the Queen's English of BBC broadcasters, or for distinct dialects that might be mutually unintelligible.   more ...

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Best Parts of the UK for Expat Family Life

Posted on Friday April 26, 2013 (18:54:00)

The cities, towns and villages differ greatly in the UK and those moving to the area have a large, personal decision to make based on their preferences, employment opportunities and the landscapes they prefer. The UK, on the whole, has it all on offer, from valleys and lakes to bustling cosmopolitan life.

Employment

The highest salaries on offer in the UK can be found in Kensington and Chelsea, the City of London, Westminster and Elmbridge in Surrey, although the cost of living and property prices in these areas are also much higher than other parts of the country. The City of London and other large cities in the UK, such as Birmingham and Manchester offer employment opportunities at senior levels, as these tend to be the hubs for business headquarters. Employment in the UK is highest in Ryedale in North Yorkshire and the Shetland Islands, where the rate is 86.1%, according to the fifth annual Quality of Life survey from the Halifax Building Society.   more ...