Upon first hearing the news that you will be moving to London it is only natural to begin searching for ways to find a flat in London.  There are many ways to do this but caution must be used for as many legitimate flat finding strategies there are double the amount of fraudulent ones.  Below is a list of tried and true ways to find a flat without risking your money or your safety.

Word of Mouth

This is the oldest way to find housing in the world.  No matter what is leading you here, you have a contact somewhere in the UK.  Begin by asking your contact if they can recommend either a London relocation service or a place to find reasonably priced flats be it in print or online.  Often times the best flat finding leads come from networking with those you know.

Forums

Anyone experiencing international relocation should make themselves familiar with forums for American expats.  Participating in a community of fellow expats is the best way to get advice on culture, tradition, potential problems and where to find a flat.  Even if you never meet your forum friends in real life they can be a source of great information if for nothing more than telling you where in London you should avoid when searching for a flat.

Relocation Service

This is the best way to make sure you get the most for your money.  London relocation services specialize in working with American expats and have years of experience negotiating with landlords to get the best possible deal for their clients.  No matter what your budget may be or how long you will be staying a London relocation agent can help you find a flat and sign the lease in the least amount of time possible.

Newspaper and Online

Most apartments for rent are still advertised in newspapers and online.  This is a realistic option for anyone moving from America but it comes with some downfalls.  First, you must wade through hundreds if not thousands of ads to find the ones that meet your criteria.  Next, if you are not familiar with neighborhoods you could make a very dangerous choice in where to live.  Lastly, there are many scammers advertising flats.

These are the most popular ways American expats begin their search for the perfect home.  While only you know your situation, your budget, and how much time you will have to search and locate a home examining the different ways to find a flat in London will unquestionably make the process go quicker.