Moving to the Big Smoke can be a daunting experience at the best of times. Luckily, as you find yourself here reading the Springboard blog, you can be safe in the knowledge that you’ve already found at least one thing that is going to make your life one heck of a lot easier.
Finding accommodation when moving to a new city, particularly one as vast and as busy as London can provide a massive challenge in its own right. Which area do I want to be? How long is my commute? Is this area safe? How much can I afford to pay? Does this include bills? Should I live with flatmates, or should I live alone? What if we don’t get on? What if I’m lonely? These are just a few of the questions a potential City resident is faced with when contemplating The Big Move.
Fortunately, there’s a simple solution; Springboard. Our all-inclusive accommodation across a number of safe locations, within easy reach of central London is ideal. It requires one simple monthly payment, provides an on-site (or close at hand) dedicated landlord, and you can rest assured that whilst enjoying the privacy of a spacious well-decorated bedroom, you’ll be living alongside likeminded graduates and young professionals in a welcoming and sociable environment. The ideal way to make friends in a new city. Perfect. Now if only all problems were solved so easily…
….And just because they’re not, here are some other nifty top tips for thriving and surviving in London town:
The tube, otherwise known as how a Londoner gets from A to B on a daily basis, should probably come with its own etiquette guidebook.
When using the escalators, stand on the right, walk on the left. This is quite frankly possibly the most vital piece of information to retain if you wish to survive a commute unscathed
Other useful gems resulting in a seamless commute include the following: move all the way down along the platform, allow fellow passengers of the train first, and do not obstruct the doors. Also, and this isn’t official advice of course, but is something every self-respecting Londoner abides by; do not, under any circumstances make eye contact, or, even more crucially, conversation!
Mind the gap between….your lifestyle and your salary! (Be careful between the train and the platform too of course) Thankfully, Springboard has already rid you of any obligation to pay extortionate and ever increasing household bills, but the price of living in this city can prove a little costly. It is very easy to caught up in the excitement of having an abundance of new restaurants and bars to explore and the London culture of after work drinks, all night, every night. Try to avoid this tendency every single night, as as well as being expensive, the London lifestyle can also be exhausting. My suggestion, buy a cookbook, keep you fridge fully stocked, sign up for a dry January (or February, or October) and remember that the occasional night in with Netflix, your flatmates and your PJs never harmed anyone.
But if you really do love to eat out, (and who can blame you really) invest in a Tastecard. 2 for 1 deals or 50% off at restaurants across London is really where it’s at.
Another amazeballs and cost-effective fact about London is that there are constantly FREE museums, exhibitions and festivals all around you. TimeOut is a great resource for keeping up with this. In addition to all the more well-known attractions (the V&A, the Natural History etc – which are all wonderful in their own right) my personal recommendation would be The Wallace Collection, located a stone’s throw behind Oxford Circus.
At times, London can seem crazy. It’s busy, it’s frenzied and it’s frantic. You’re probably going to have to learn to accept this, but feel reassured in the knowledge that out of the other 8.359 million people living in this city, you’re probably going to have something in common with at least a couple of them. Join a social club, or a sports team, learn a language, take an art class. New friends? No problem.
For those times when the pace of life simply does get too much, have a place to retreat to to relax and unwind. Be it your sofa, or a favourite spot up on Hampstead Heath. London is actually covered by a surprising amount of greenery, from large parks to inner city gardens, in the fleeting moments when the weather allows it, be sure and take advantage of these.
Remember that London really is one of the most diverse, exciting and accepting cities on earth and that there truly is something here for everyone. Most importantly, have fun!