How is the experience of living in London

Living in London - What you should know before you emigrate

Life in London is especially interesting as an expatriate. The British capital with its 8.6 million inhabitants is an absolutely multicultural city that has something to offer everyone. It starts with football and goes all the way to the best musicals in the world. Those who have good technical knowledge have a good chance of finding a well-paid job.

Life in London as a German

As a German, it is not a big hurdle to move to the island because of the freedom of movement in the EU. The emigrants who want to live in London or England should start planning their emigration now. After the election in the summer of 2016, the British decided in favor of Brexit and it will probably be much more difficult to immigrate to Great Britain in the future. The current Prime Minister of Great Britain Theresa May has announced that she will submit the application to leave the EU by March 2017 at the latest.

Housing is not cheap

If you want to live in London, you should plan a little more money. The average rent for an apartment in one of the most expensive cities in Europe is around 1500 pounds (as of 2015) and the trend is rising. In the city center it is of course the most expensive and the further you get out, the more acceptable the rental prices become. Apartments near a subway station are usually more expensive. For this reason, many Londoners live further out and mostly take the tube into the city to work or shop. For those who want to stay longer, it is better to buy a property than rent an apartment. You can get cheap loans from the UK government to buy real estate if you need it yourself.

Cost of living

Because of the high rents, the cost of living is quite high, but the other important things such as groceries, train tickets, clothing, etc. are also a bit more expensive than in Germany. At the moment you have the advantage that the pound is relatively weak against the euro, which fortunately makes everything a bit more affordable.

This is necessary before you can work in England

The first step before you can work in England is to get a National Insurance Number. To get this, you first have to call the job center and make an appointment. It is important that you have an address in England, i.e. a gas, water or electricity bill, a British bank statement or a letter from the landlord in connection with one of the aforementioned documents. Next you need a domestic bank account. The easiest way is to open one with Lloyds, as you only have to show your identity card or passport and, as a German, no address. All other major banks such as Barclays, HSBC require proof of address, gas, water, electricity bills, UK bank statements or the National Insurance Number sent to you.

If you want a job, you usually get one

The labor market in London is relatively good. You have to note that due to the enormous rental prices, some jobs are not financially worthwhile or you have to live further outside, which means that you have longer travel times, which also cost more. Basically there are few regulations. You have the opportunity to work anywhere with almost any training. Things get more complicated in the health, environment and construction sectors. There you have to get a Construction Skills Certification Scheme Card. Depending on the industry, you have to complete a test in order to be able to work as a skilled worker. Those who manage to fight their way through the bureaucracy have a very good chance of finding a well-paid job in construction.

What does the Londoner do in his free time?

Life in London is largely determined by football and beer. There are 4 football clubs in London and nearby that are currently playing in the Premier League. The football fan will definitely get their money's worth here, even if the entrance fees are unfortunately quite expensive compared to other European leagues. The London pubs are usually well attended during the week. Where you (of course!) Primarily watch the football games or simply end the day with a chat over a couple of beers. You shouldn't forget other cultural highlights: There are the best musicals, concerts by big bands and lots of museums, shopping malls and sights in almost every district. In London everyone should get their money's worth who also wants to experience something culturally.

Another tip! At Christmas there are some very nice London Christmas markets that are designed very similar to the German markets. Perhaps the most beautiful is the Southbank Center Christmas Market.

The best way to get from A to B.

Important! If you drive into central London, you will have to pay a fee of £ 11.50. Many drive to central London and are amazed at the fat punishment that is even sent to Germany. This is indicated by signs (Congestion Zone). Many do not know how to pay for it. You have to go to this website and pay the fee online. It makes the most sense to park outside and fight your way through London's traffic on the Tube. This effectively saves most of the time due to the dense connection network and the high train frequency.

London billionaires

Around 50 billionaires (as of 2016) live in London and, next to Moscow, that is the highest proportion of billionaires in Europe. This can be attributed, among other things, to the tax breaks in England and the special conditions in the City of London. Of course, the super-rich invest a lot of money in London. On the one hand this creates jobs, but on the other hand real estate prices are also exploding. One or the other also buys an entire football club.

Would you also like to go abroad, e.g. to become a Londoner, and have questions? We look forward to your comments!

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