If you have been living in London for a short while, you may be experiencing bouts of homesickness and loneliness. If you are moving to London with a partner or spouse, you might find that the transition is easy, but if you’re a single in the city, you may find it a challenge to adjust to living in London.
Many people think they are homesick, but really you’re just adjusting to living in one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. Be prepared for the culture shock, and use it as a gateway to a unique adventure. Many Americans moving to London think that living in London will be similar to living in the States. It isn’t.
The first thing you’ll have to get used to is the language barrier. Despite popular believe that England and America both use English as a common language, the differences might have you reeling for a few months. The trick to avoiding culture shock and homesickness is to get out of your new rental and mix with as many people as you can. One of the great aspects of living here is that you’ll be able to meet people from all over the world. It really is a cultural melting pot; dive in!
Meeting people and asking questions is the best way to get over the fact that you’re alone in the big city. Don’t spend time comparing how you do things back home, you’ll never integrate and make a real go of your life here if you’re going to continually compare and contrast. It might be hard to meet people and you’re not going to start up conversations with random strangers on the tube. The best advice is to start chatting to your colleagues at work. Joining in is the most important aspect of fitting in and if you’re feeling homesick and lonely then get out of your new flat and join a community activity. Sports teams, adult classes and community based groups are one of the best ways of meeting new people.
Living in London can be scary sometimes. It’s bustling, big and very busy. Give it some time, you’ll soon discover that moving is the best decision that you’ve ever made.