February 6, 2010 2:18 PM Subscribe
London, UK living arrangements. Help me sort out the options and get settled!
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (10 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I've just gone through most of the old London questions, but I'm looking for more specific advice, and a game plan. I will be moving to London later this month to teach. I have my visa sorted out, and I am just tying up loose ends before I go. I hope to fly out the last week of February.
My main question is: can I afford to live alone in London on a teacher's salary?
(Average teacher's salary - I'll probably do supply to start, then do full-time once I'm more settled and find an area/school I like)
After living with roommates and friends for 5 years, I'm in dire need of my own space. I want to live alone. But I'm not sure whether or not I can afford it. Friends who are teaching in London right now are averaging about £500 a week in pay. I've been browsing Gumtree, Craigslist, and other sites recommended on AskMe, and I know that on top of the rent there's council tax and utilities, and transportation too. I know London is expensive, but is it possible to find a decent place for one person on that kind of salary? I don't need a large place, and I don't need to be in a high-class neighbourhood either (nor could I afford it).
If not, what sorts of things should I be looking for when I look at listings for shared spaces?
Also, regarding a game plan - if I fly to London and book a hostel for a week, is that a reasonable amount of time to find a place?
Thanks for your help. I'm a bit flustered and spending hours on the internet trying to plan everything isn't doing much good for my brain.
If it matters, I'm a 23 year old female, departing from Toronto.
Anonymous because I've not yet told some people that I'm moving there.