If you are moving to London from a foreign country, then you can expect that there will be a period of adjustment. While people assume that if they are coming from an English language country the move will be easier, there are still some very big differences between living in London as a foreigner and a native Londoner.
Here’s the good news: Most of the native Londoners are in fact foreigners! This city has one of the largest populations of travelers, immigrants and people who are determined to make London their home. There are thousands of South African’s, Australians and New Zealanders as well as people from Asia and the rest of the world. It is not difficult at all to find a group of expats from your country of origin to help you get started and settled into your new life as soon as possible.
If you are from a non-English speaking country then you’ll find that there are dozens of great programs that offer basic English and a guide to starting out in London. These programs can help you to find employment, open a bank account and even rent an apartment. You’ll find that the foreigners here have not only made London their home but left an indelible stamp on the city making it one of the most culturally diverse places to live.
London is so geared up for foreigners that you’ll be able to find shops that cater to each country and if you’re feeling homesick for a special treat from home, you’ll be able to find it online or at the large number of stores that cater to expats. You don’t have to be afraid of venturing out of your apartment if you’re a foreigner. Folks are friendly, and always willing to help you find your feet in your new home.
Living here as a foreigner makes you part of the group, not stand out from the crowd. You’re one in a million, literally.