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    Moving to London: where to start?

    I will be moving as soon as next month from Germany to London for a new job opportunity. I know many people are from or have moved to the city so I thought it would be a good idea to ask.

    First, which webpage or where to look for apartments, what are the acceptable price ranges, what paperwork needs to be done with NHS or city hall or similar, some tips about survival in that steel jungle.

    I guess there are also gaming group meetups or similar, and given that this time language is not a problem I'd like to do it right and find me some (board)gamers :D

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    Congratulations on the job opportunity.

    A site like http://loot.com/ or http://www.gumtree.com/london could be a good place to start off with searching for a place to live. East and South East London are more often than not the more reasonably priced areas, the further in you travel to the centre the more expensive it tends to get, prices can vary considerably though. Check http://www.tfl.gov.uk/ to get an idea of how good the travel links are in any area you are looking at. The Underground doesn't have a huge amount of coverage in South London (mostly due to unfavourable geology, just so you know) but there are good train and bus services to make up for it. Getting an Oyster card is a must, as it makes using the transport infrastructure easier and cheaper.

    General getting around tips: Stand to the right on escalators, so others can get by that want to walk them. Pedestrian crossings and green men walk lights are really more of a suggestion, pedestrians own this town and need to stamp our dominance on the car to show them we fear them not. Explore a lot on foot, you'll be surprised how much you find and how many famous landmarks you can pass in a short time. Oxford Street may sound a tempting place to go shop but I assure you, it is Hell on Earth.

    I can't offer any real advice on what you need to do paperwork wise, as you're coming from another EU country I think it should be relatively straight forward but can't say for certain. Maybe these sites can help:
    https://www.gov.uk/browse/citizenship/citizenship
    http://london.angloinfo.com/informat...on-procedures/

    And lastly, there is of course the RPS social group for London inclined folk and new faces are always welcome. We tend to meet every last Saturday of the month for board games booze and shenanigans, but we also meet up just whenever someone fancies herding us cats.
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    This is a great thing to sign up to if your looking for boardgamers in london, they do a load of gaming nights and whole gaming days on sunday occasionally. Great fun, the people are nice and maybe some RPSers go to it.

    http://www.meetup.com/LondonOnBoard/

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    This is also a good site for a European national: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/eucitizens/. It seems you can just show up and start living and working in England without needing to do any special registration unless you want to bring family with you.
    Irrelevant on further examination of the rest of the thread.

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    Sorry for asking, but are you from Spain and just working in Germany at the moment, or are you actually German? If the latter, DIL.net has some great information for people moving to London from here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by c-Row View Post
    Sorry for asking, but are you from Spain and just working in Germany at the moment, or are you actually German? If the latter, DIL.net has some great information for people moving to London from here.
    I'm a Spaniard, but thanks anyway :D

    And thanks to the others too!! I'll start planning right away, the starting date is as soon as September!

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    Bumping this a bit, I'm moving on Saturday.

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    Keep us updated!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stense View Post
    The Underground doesn't have a huge amount of coverage in South London (mostly due to unfavourable geology, just so you know) but there are good train and bus services to make up for it.
    Pfft...everyone knows the real reason is because when the great fire occurred those South of the river (and thus safe) jeered & cheered as the North burned. The North never forgets. :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kadayi View Post
    Pfft...everyone knows the real reason is because when the great fire occurred those South of the river (and thus safe) jeered & cheered as the North burned. The North never forgets. :)
    Everybody knows it's grim up north.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kadayi View Post
    Pfft...everyone knows the real reason is because when the great fire occurred those South of the river (and thus safe) jeered & cheered as the North burned. The North never forgets. :)
    I happened to be at The Monument today. As is traditional, I faced towards the river, shook my fist at South London and uttered the dread curse: "Never shall ye have a satisfactorily full coverage of undergrounded train links".

    Us North-of-the-river folk need to stick together, right Brother?


    Oh, and good luck with the move Pakoito. I hope it goes smoothly and hassle free.
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    Couldn't you just get Lewie's flat - I hear he's off around the world!?

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    People already covered this. But, stay north of the fucking river. The map of London stops just south, including Lambeth, Waterloo, some parts of Vauxhall. Everything south of that says "here be dragons or other fucking nasty shit".

    Careful with gumtree though. Look here: http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/
    Basically as a tennant you have certain rights with your landlord and they are required to have a lease with you and to keep your deposit in an account with a third party managed by the government. So don't let anyone just renting a room fuck you around.

    Or stay in a room somewhere until you sort something with a proper legal contract behind it.

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    Or stay in a room somewhere until you sort something with a proper legal contract behind it.
    That's what I did. Any housing recommendations if I want to arrive to Monument within 35 walking minutes.

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    Errr your budget? Whitechapel? Bricklane? Shoreditch? Lambeth? They might be affordable, maybe. Bricklane, Shoreditch and Londonbridge/Borough are cooler anyway.

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    A friend told me to stay away from Elephant&Castle, and Borough is close to it so I was trying to avoid that.

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    Nah Borough is nice, Elephant and Castle is fucking awful. London is very patchworky, you get nice places and horrid places all jammed up close to each other. Borough will be expensive though.

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    Yeah, we kinda need your Budget before we can reccomend somewhere wildly overpriced or underpriced as appropriate.

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    800-1000 pounds?

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    My experience so far: I've been to several instances of O'Neal pubs, went tonight to London On Board which was pretty good, and yesterday ended up in a smashing gay place in Shoho with beers for 1.7. Brilliant!

    Metro is shit, everything is overcrowded but perfectly well signalized. Everyone is quite nice and welcoming so far.

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