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If you are reading this, you’re in the process of moving to London, or you’ve already arrived. Perhaps you’ve already got a job and are looking for a place, or you’ve arrived with a place already set up, but no job as of yet. Or perhaps you are here as a student, or for any other reason. In any case, being organized and methodical is going to be the key to making your transition easier.

Here are some tips to get you headed in the right direction:

1) If you have a job already, work out a budget. Whether you choose to go it alone and have a place all to yourself (the more expensive option) or find flatmates, you will need to work out how much you’ll be able to spend in the various categories such as rent, transport, entertainment, and other areas. Keep in mind that you might end up moving place for whatever reason, so having money earmarked for such times is always a good idea.

2) Out job hunting? Have money saved up for the process. Continuing on about budgets, it’s always a good idea to set aside funds for a job hunt. Have you arrived from another country and are looking for a job? It’s truly helpful if you’ve already saved up quite a bit so that you have money to live on whilst you find a place to work, so you don’t have that sort of added stress. A good way to stretch that money is to go ahead and room with several people so that the rent is split. Additionally, if you pay your share of the rent on time, you’ll be building up goodwill with your flatmates and landlord, resulting in a good source of character references for any further job or flat-hunting.

3) Frequent moves are common, so plan accordingly. Living in London’s housing market is challenging, to say the least. This said, just because you’ve found your first place and you truly love it doesn’t mean you can’t keep your eye out for something that suits just a bit better. On the flip side, you might be asked by a landlord to find a different place to live. Whatever fits your situation, it always pays to make sure you have money set aside for such eventualities.

On top of the need to save money, of course, is the need to organize your belongings and do with them what you need to do in order to make the process of moving place a lot easier. Of course, it helps if you’ve come from a household where frequent moves were the norm, since you’ll know what to do. But if this isn’t your situation, don’t fret. There are plenty of moving checklists online to download and print to help yourself stay on track.

Living in London as a newcomer might seem scary for a bit, even as it’s exciting for your adventurous side, but pretty soon, you’ll be in the swing of things, making a new life for yourself and having the time of your life. Just be sure to keep a careful eye on expenses, save as much money as you can as often as possible (you can even turn this into a fun challenge for yourself to keep your adventurous side engaged), and before you  know it, you’ll be living a full life as a Londoner.

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