You are finally in London. You decided to change your life. It sounds so great and promising. But where to start? How to start this new life? Moving to the big foreign city is not so easy.
How to find a flat? The living costs in London are very high. Especially the price of renting the flat may be shockingly high. But there are few tips to deal with it. First, it's sharing the places of residence. Nowadays it's really commonplace in the UK that people share homes, apartments and flats. It’s also not surprising for a couple to share a flat with others, so to start living in London you may have to alter your boundaries regarding privacy. Be better ready for that, even if you earn quite well. Even if you have a great job, probably you do not want to spend half of your salary or more at the apartment itself. Also a good idea to consider is finding the place outside the Zone 1 which is incredibly expensive, and therefore any property you find there will be exponentially more expensive than houses situated in the other zones.
Banks. If you already have a bank account with a global bank, just check if you can open a local account in the UK. If not, after moving to UK you will need some international proofs of identity like passport, driving license or visa. You may be also asked about the previous address of residence, your actual workplace or a letter from the university or employer confirming residency. Most banks do not charge commissions for current accounts – it's a very good news.
Eating. London is really an expensive city, even in comparison to other popular European capitals like Paris, Berlin or Rome. And it has lots of tempting things to sink your money into. How to avoid financial problems? The key is simply a restraint in spending money. To start, try not to spend too much on meals in fancy restaurants. Try to eat more at home or in cheaper places. Look up online some of your favorite recipes and takeaway foods. You do not need to cook everyday- you will also find many half-ready-made meals in the local stores.
Transport. You can also earn a lot on the public transportation. Walk whenever possible instead of going to the gym – the effect is very similar and you can save lots of cash. Try also to take the bus instead of metro and/or taxi. Got a student railcard, 16-25 railcard, or any other form of discount – ask your employer to cover the cost of getting to work.
Services. We know that modern services are important and make life more enjoyable. But do not exaggerate their meaning. For example, you can use cheaper laundromats or small dry cleaning services to save up money you could spend for the washing machine or big laundries. Find the local, not very sophisticated hairdresser or a tailor instead of going to the most popular ones. Search for a cheaper locksmiths, carpenters or garbage disposal in the Internet. Always look for the less expensive solutions when doing something or going somewhere.