Before I moved to London, I romanticised the idea of living here. I thought that having my own ‘home’ tube stop was just about the coolest thing that could happen. Now that I’m living in my third London home and I’ve been commuting along the same tube line for over two years, it feels slightly less amazing. Don’t get me wrong, I love this city a lot. But there’s something about queuing up on a platform to have to shove yourself into a tiny bit of space on a tube carriage that is making you ill that isn’t quite magical. Especially when it’s happening before 8.30am, five times per week.
This is the reality of commuting in London.
Oh, to be a student. Long deadlines, two lectures a week and freedom to plan your own time. I didn’t realise how good I’d got it when I was studying in Sheffield. Now that I’ve entered the world of work, with a 40-hour contract and a 45 minute commute, I dream of those lazy days. To try and relive the glory, I went back to my university city for the weekend with the girls that I lived with for all three of my years in the city. It was fleeting, but we had a lot of fun.
Rather aptly, we spent most of the time in my friend’s bedroom watching TV. Does it get more university-style than that?
When we were convinced to leave the comfort of her house, we headed to some of our favourite haunts.
So you want to move to London.
Maybe you’re already job hunting in the capital, or maybe you’ve been thinking about it for a while but aren’t sure where to start. Either way, I hope I can help you by sharing everything I learned when moving here.
There’s no denying that moving to a new city is daunting, and there’s something about the craziness of the big smoke that makes a move even more complicated. But it can be done – and it can be done quickly. I accepted a job offer and moved into a house share in West London only ten days later.
This is how you can do it, too.
The months have flown by, and I’ve lived in London for almost eight months now. I’m definitely not the same graduate who packed her bags and headed for the big smoke back in August. Here is what I’ve learned from living here. Hopefully it could help you know what to expect if you’re thinking of moving to London in the future. If you are, I definitely recommend it.
I love being a tourist. As you probably know, visiting different places for the first time is one of my favourite things to do. And yes, when I’m abroad I often bumble around and take pictures of odd things and don’t really know where I’m going.
Since moving to London I’ve started to understand the relationship that people who live in famous cities across the world have with tourists. Of course tourists give the economy a huge boost, make places more diverse and get to see why you love where you live so much. But, they can also be a little bit annoying.
So, forgetting all the benefits for just one minute, here are the things that I wish I could tell tourists in London.