If you are moving to London as part of an international relocation jobs agreement, there is a good chance that your new employers will have found you some rented accommodation to stay in while you find yourself a apartment. If not, you should consider using one of the relocation services agents who will find a London apartment as soon as you have arrived, so you don’t end up paying for a lengthy stay in a hotel. One of the best things you can do before you leave is to contact one of the relocation agents who work specifically with Canadians and Americans moving to London. They can organize a range of properties for you to look at as soon as you have arrived. They will also be able to handle the details of renting, which can be daunting for a foreigner.
Distance from work. You need to tell your relocation agents where you are going to be working. Most people in London use the public transport system to get to and from work, and you’ll have to decide which route you will be taking to get to work. Rental properties are more expensive the closer you are to the city centre and the major financial district.
Moving with children. If you have children, they will only be able to attend a school in the neighborhood in which you live. All schools are zoned and the zone borders can be quite rigid. To attend some of the better schools, you’ll have to live in some of the more pricey areas. Ask your relocation agents about good schools and good value homes in each area. If you’re going private, it doesn’t matter where you live, but you’ll have to figure out the transport system that your children will use to get to school.
The biggest advantage of using one of the relocation agents is the paperwork. If you go it alone, you may be asked for a hefty deposit, as well as many other papers to prove that you are able to pay the rental. You’ll also have to have a bank account set up, and your documentation from home, as well as a letter from your new employer.
Your relocation will be an adventure, and a thrill, settling in is just that much easier when you let a professional handle the details.