Real advice for Aussies moving to London

Moving to the other side of the world is an adventure.

You will be happy and you will be sad. You’ll miss friends and family. You’ll miss important dates in their lives. I’m not going to tell you that everything’s amazing but sometimes it really can be.

  1. The first thing you need to be aware of when moving to London is that you don’t have a person bubble anymore. It died the moment you landed in Heathrow. If you get your way to work without 10 people touching you on the tube it’s a good day. I hated the tube in peak hour, so I moved somewhere I could walk to work ( it takes an hour but it’s worth it, plus views!). I know others that moved to the end of their office’s tube line so they could always get a seat. Maybe you wont mind it but don’t say you weren’t warned. Sometimes you’ll find tube employees with senses of humour though and that is just gold.
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  2. You will mutter the words “A one bedroom in a five bedroom flat in zone 2 can’t be that much“. It is but there’s other ways. Look for South East Housemate Co-op on Facebook, trawl spareroom.co.uk and join the group kiwis in London on Facebook. You’ll find something.
  3. It’s fucking cold in winter. Stop complaining and reminiscing of Australian weather, this will do you no good. Buy a jumper that will make you look like the Michelin man, go outside and make a snowman and plan a trip to Iceland to experience the real cold and maybe the northern lights!
    Feb 2015
  4. Take time to experience this city. Just walk around by yourself and see everything it has to offer. As soon as you get a job it can be easy to fall into, go here, take packed, cramped, over priced train here and you forget you’re in LONDON and it’s bloody awesome. Go to any one of the free galleries. Get some icecream and walk around Hyde Park. People watch.
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  5. if you’re someone that likes Typography and Pantone books, there are more recruiters than tourists in this town and that’s saying something. The best ones I’ve found are Major Players and Vitamin T.
  6. Don’t think that the only place to holiday is outside of England. Don’t get me wrong, please go to Europe, just don’t forget about taking the train around the UK. Find the best deals on thetrainline.com. My partner and I bought National Trust passes to explore castles and manors and all sorts of English goodness for quite a reasonable price. I would highly recommend them just because CASTLES.
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That’s all I can think of for now.

I hope this helps at least one other adventurer.

Author: Emily Bishop
Trip taken October 2014 – Present

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