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An Expat Talks about Moving to London, UK


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Name three things that you wish you had brought and three you wish you had left at home.

I should have brought a years supply of german beer or more, a years supply of german sausages and a years supply of german brown bread.

No need for bikes (streets in London too narrow), some wardrobes (a lot of built in wardrobes in houses or appartments here) and house with garden (no time no weather to sit there).

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What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?

Do it the same way like me, I am happy with my accomodation. However I do not like London, but I did not like it before I came here either. Weather, prices, social climate.

What type of housing do you live in? Is this typical for most expats in your area?

Live in traditional terraced house. Some expats prefer city of London for living. I prefer suburb like now, living with the locals. Much more space for the money.

How did you choose your neighborhood and find your home or apartment?

Looked at map, found most convenient place for public transportation. Checked the neighborhood in a short weekend vacation before. Rented house with help of internet and let someone from the company check it out.

Are your housing costs higher or lower than they were in your home country? What is the average cost of housing there?

Much higher than Frankfurt Germany small house costs 1500$ excluding expenses 20 min by train from city (and that's a bargain! don't ask me where I live). Houses built like **** but everywhere the same, miss German quality very much.

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