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If you are relocating to the UK, it is essential to arrange accommodation as quickly as possible: read our comprehensive guide about the different types of UK accommodation that are available.

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Businessman working on a laptopHave you just recently relocated to the UK? This website has been created for you to find all the info you need. Here are some quick links to get you started:

Finding a place to stay is probably one of the most difficult tasks when coming to live and work in the U.K.  Being new to the country means you probably won’t know very much about what options are available to you or how to go about arranging them. One thing you must certainly avoid is arriving here without having pre-arranged some temporary accommodation – it is too big and too busy a city to be able to do this.

So, the most important thing at this stage is to make sure you have somewhere to stay when you first arrive. If you haven’t worked overseas before then remember that you are going to have a lot to do when you first get here. Getting everything together before you start takes time and energy so the last thing you need is additional stress from worrying about accommodation.

Here are some of the options you may want to consider:

Homestay Accommodation:

This is an ideal temporary accommodation option for when you first arrive as it provides a great base to find longer term accommodation. Staying in someone’s home is also a good idea if apartments and studios are too expensive and you just don’t think you are right for a hostel. Homestays have taken off since Airbnb arrived on the scene, but there are other websites offering homestay services too.  Aside from price, the main benefit with this option is that you will stay with a local host (can be a single person, couple or family) who will provide a welcoming, comfortable base and be able to provide useful info on living and settling in the area. You can often find accommodation that includes breakfast and an evening meal.

Websites offering homestay services can be found here

Studio Accommodation:

A Studio is generally an open plan space where there is a kitchen and bathroom adjoining the living which doubles as the bedroom, the sofa is usually a sofabed or pulls down from a wardrobe style unit. Studio apartments available all within Zone 2, situated in northwest London (Zone 2) all within five-minute walking distance to a tube station, either Queens Park W9 or Willesden Green NW2. Most apartment blocks have coin operated laundry facilities with linen provided. Apartments are an ideal temporary solution whilst you look for long term accommodation.

All apartments are open plan and have, power shower & own W/C and are fully furnished, including toaster, kettle, pots & pans, cooker, fridge, wardrobes & colour TV. Also have security Intercom, full fire alarm and smoke detector systems.

Hostel Accommodation:

More sociable than hotels, lots of communal spaces such as the kitchen and TV / restaurant / bar areas. Rooms are geared toward the younger so most rooms are multi-share 4 people upwards. Some of the hostels have single and double rooms but the price you pay is not as attractive as the dorm rates.

Hostels are very affordable especially if you don’t mind sharing with others, however it really takes a certain type of person to enjoy the hostel environment so do think carefully. Some of our recommendations are:

  • Globetrotter Inn – being central is not a necessity here in London as the transport links are extremely good. This hostel is more like a resort with Supermarket, Bar, Self Catering Kitchen (they even do your washing up!) and an evening menu if you decide not to cook!
  • Generator – centrally located the Generator has long been known for it’s party atmosphere. So if it’s a quiet stay you’re after don’t head here!
  • Palmers Lodge – a fabulous conversion of his Victorian grade II listed building, has received a substantial refurbishment to restore it to original condition. Offers free
    WI-FI throughout. Voted Visit London Best Hostel in 2007.

What else do I need to know?

With your accommodation, some temporary work if you need and bank accounts, UK mobile number etc… sorted out, the next step is to start your professional career in the UK. Don’t forget that the UK and London in particular is a fast paced, dynamic working environment.

Read the Before you go guide for more information to better prepare yourself for the UK.

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