Deciding where to live after your relocation is a challenging decision. For Americans moving who have not visited the city, the choice can be bewildering and often overwhelming. If you’re negotiating your international relocation jobs package, ask your employer about the possibility of hiring a specialist relocation services company to help you find accommodation that will suit your style, your lifestyle and your budget.
London is the most culturally diverse city in the world; it is also one of the largest, spread over 650 square miles. Likeany other international city there are great areas, fashionable areas, totally out of your budget areas and then some not so great areas. Deciding on where to live cannot be done alone. Getting advice from other people is also not the most effective way of doing it. What works for a swinging single will definitely not be suitable for a family of four. You need to get professional, objective and unbiased help when you are moving.
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The biggest choice of course, is going to be whether or not you live in the heart of the city or in one of the surrounding suburbs. Young professionals tend to choose the trendier areas of Shoreditch, Clapham, and Wimbledon. They are South of the River Thames, but so terribly close to “The City”, which is the financial and business district of London. Trendier areas and the choice of expats and Americans moving to London are found in the North and West of London. Prices are slightly higher, but there is an international flavor to these areas of London.
If you’d prefer a taste of English country living, you can find great counties that are conveniently located on the train and tube lines like Buckinghamshire and Essex. It is a bit of a commute, but if you have a family accompanying you on your relocation, it may be better to raise them in a more rural setting. The counties nearby are filled with market towns and small villages and you may even be able to find a home with a substantial garden if you have a young family.
Just deciding on the general area that you’d like can be a challenge if you have not had the chance to view different areas before moving. When you hire one of the professional relocation agents, you can arrange a tour and set up viewings of houses and apartments within a day of arriving in the city.