ARE YOU FROM EU? ARE YOU A LOW BUDGET TRAVELLER?!
ARE YOU MOVING TO LONDON!??!...What to do once you are in the country...
3 EASY STEP TO BEGINNING WITH:
1. Buy a SIM phone (Lebara, 3..)
2. NIN, National Insurance number (Tax number to work legally in UK)You need to apply by phone for a Nin at this number:
0345 600 0643
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
3. Open a bank account with Lloyds bank, one of the few banks which doesn’t require a proof of address
WHERE TO STAY:
The best and cheapest option for the first weeks is for sure to book a bed in a dormitory of a hostel. I know it can be hard, but there are some reason which make this the best choiceIt is cheaper than a private room. You don’t need to pay a deposit (like if you renting a flat or a private room). You can leave any days without give them a notice. The wonderful common kitchen, where you can cook all your meals, saving a lot of money everyday. There are a lot of young people hanging around in the same your situation and someone may know about some jobs. Free wifi. Central location, which means saving money on the transport.
My recommended are:
Equity Point London (Paddington, zone 1);
Pride of Paddington (Paddington, zone 1);
Hootananny Brixton (Brixton, South of London, zone 2)
HOW TO MOVE AROUND:
Buy an Oyster card, which is a plastic smartcard where you can hold pay as you go credit,Travelcards and Bus & Tram Passes. You can use an Oyster card to travel on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail and most National Rail services in London. Or use your contactless bank card if you have one. The underground or tube, is the quickest transport you can use in London. Of course is the most expensive too. Buses, are a bit cheaper and slower, but at the beginning when you don’t have a work, you have time! And is a nice way to get know the city. Use this website https://tfl.gov.uk/ if you need any kind of information about the transport, especially during the weekends to check if there are delay of works.
LOOKING FOR A JOB:
“Hello, how are you? I am looking for a job, do you have any vacancy? Can I leave you my resume (cv)”
This is the famous sentence you have to learn as soon your cv is printed out and you are ready to knock door to door of restaurant and shop!
DO NOT FORGET GUMTREE!
Yes, gumtree…is not a tree but it is an online classifieds and community website, where you can look for a job, for a room to rent…you can look on gumtree for everything you need!
And you can also post your add if you need to sell or say something to the world! Mornings are the best time during the day to be the first to see and apply for new adds. But it’s always good to check it at least 3 times per day.
WHERE TO EAT ?!
If you like to cook or not, it doesn’t matter in London. You have to cook or learn to cook if you want to survive for the first month! Than if eat is your big passion, once you have got a job, you can invest all your wage on it! There are a lot of places where to shop in London. The cheapest supermarkets are:
GOING OUT ?!
Yes! Why not?! There are a lot of events, parks, museum and places where to go in London without you need to pay an entry fee. You can be always update if you check this website:
CROSSED FINGERS AND GOOD LUCK!