Life Update: We’re Moving to London

moving to london life update

So, I have a little bit of news to share with you today. As you can probably tell from the title of this post, my boyfriend and I are moving to London! It all got confirmed a few weeks ago, so I thought I would have a little chat about it today.

Max has been offered a really amazing job, which starts in the summer, so we have decided to make the move down together. It is of course very exciting, but also rather terrifying for me to move to London. The cost of living, the uncertainty of getting a job, not knowing anyone… This is what has been going through my head for the past few weeks!

I still have to finish my degree and go through graduation etc. so I won’t be going down to London until July. So I have a little bit of time to plan before it all happens. We have to decide upon where to live first of all, which is rather confusing when there are SO many areas in London!

One of my biggest worries is trying to get a job when I’m there. I don’t have any grad jobs lined up, so it’s going to be a case of moving there and trying to get something at entry-level. I know how competitive my industry is (marketing, PR, digital) so it is feeling rather daunting at the moment.

All my worries aside, I am looking forward to the move. It’s a fresh start in a new city and that is exciting! I’m hoping that I’ll get to meet lots of new people and be able to have opportunities that just wouldn’t be possible up North.

If you live, or have lived, in London I would love to hear any advice you can give to a Scottish gal who has no clue about it. Any recommendations for areas to live, job hunting tips, general life tips! I am wanting to get as much information as possible before we make the move so that we can avoid any ill-informed or impulse decisions.

So, that was my little bit of news. I still can’t quite believe that we are moving to London in just over 3 months! Fingers crossed that it all goes smoothly (and that we aren’t living off of beans on toast for the entirety of our stay…).

Again, I would love to hear any advice that anyone has. I am a clueless Scottish gal who does not know much about our capital city!

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  • Lisa Autumn

    OMG Congrats girl! such a dream!

    xx Lisa
    lisaautumn.com

  • This is so exciting! Congrats lovely x
    Sophie Cliff

  • Firstly, congrats! Moving is such a big exciting thing and it can be daunting but also full of adventure 🙂 I live + work in London as a ‘foreigner’ (I’m not from the UK) and getting a job was tough but my top tip is definitely to start looking early i.e. now. I get a lot of questions from international students mainly on how to land a job and I always say start early (and for some jobs, now is even too late!)! And it helps to keep an open mind about moving to a new area because people can act differently and treat you in a way which you wouldn’t expect, which isn’t necessarily a good or bad thing, just different.

    As to where to live, I’m based in the South-East and it’s usually very good for ‘young professionals’ with loads of things to do. Popular areas: Clapham (though i wouldn’t really recommend because it seems far too crowded these days), Brixton, New Cross, Dulwich, Battersea…

    Happy to share more if you’d like 🙂

    Cherie ✽ sinonym

  • Oh this is so exciting! Can’t believe you’ll be swapping Scotland for London, have a wonderful time!

    The Little Things x

  • That is so exciting! Good luck with the move!

    xo, Liz
    http://lipstickandconfetti.com

  • How exciting! I feel the same, living in such a small little village away from everything, it does seem like the majority of opportunities come from big cities like London. I hope everything works out for you, just think of the picturesque blogger photo’s you can get 😉

    Xo Gemma
    Sunday Somewhere

  • I can’t believe you’re moving to London!! How exciting! Although I feel sad at the same time same time when we’ve just got to know each other 🙁 lol. Ah I’m so jealous, can’t wait to follow your journey with you through your blog! Chantelle x
    The Girl In The Tartan Scarf

  • Oh wow! Big move! London is super super busy all the time, are you going to live in the centre of London or more on the outskirts like Watford and commute? A friend told me that for the first few weeks/months of living there that she really struggled with the high prices but eventually you get used to it and you realise that you just have to spend that amount because that’s just the way it is. Hope the transition is smooth!
    Kate || http://www.katerattley.com

  • Congratulations! I have lived in London all my life except in my uni years. London at times can seem exhausting especially when your going to and from work but its also an incredible place to live and you will definitely never get bored. The bad thing about living in London is how expensive renting can be.
    In my opinion west London is the best area to live but I am quite biased as I grew up there.

    Vanessa x | http://www.springlilies.com

  • omg that’s exciting!! I’m from Spain and I moved to uni when I started uni a few years ago – it’s such a great city, I’m sure you’ll love it!! I personally love West Kensington and Putney! But take your time choosing where to live, it is quite expensive so you wanna make sure you love your place and the area it is in! x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

  • Oh wow, such exciting news! I’m sure you will have an amazing time, good luck with the move and job hunt! x

  • Congratulations! Moving to London can be very scary, but at the end of the day, it’s just another city. I would recommend finding an area to live that really works for you, one of the best things about living here is the complete differences in where you live – when I first moved here I lived in Pimlico, and it’s such a different vibe to Clapham where I am now. Do some exploring before you move down and get a good feel, my only advice!

    annie | appletoothpaste

  • oh my god congrats. i have to say, i’m actually a bit jealous. i would love to live in london but i would have to make the move all the way from berlin. kinda scary but i would love to do it.

    http://www.elenaisabelle.com

  • Laura Torninoja

    That’s super exciting! I moved to London from Finland four years ago, and while it was difficult at first, I’d say it was absolutely worth it in the end – I love London so much! As for the areas I would recommend South London as well as it can be a bit cheaper (especially the South East, but then you don’t have as many tube stations there), but it all really depends on where you/your partner will be working – you don’t want to have to commute for too long each way!

    Citymapper is a great app for checking out how long it takes to travel from one place to another in London, that could come in handy when checking out flats. I’ve also heard good thing about the area recommendations bit of the Move Bubble – maybe that could be helpful too in trying to figure out which area you’d like to live in!

    Good luck with your job search and welcome to London! 🙂 x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

  • Oh wow, this is such exciting news! I would love to be doing the same thing this time next year- living the dream!

    SHAKIRA / SHAKIRA SACKS

  • Diana Maria

    This is so exciting, you will have so much fun London is an amazing city! Wishing you two all the best in your new adventure, I can’t wait to see all of your plans and photos once you move in July xx

    Sending light & love your way,
    My Lovelier Days

  • Deepti Karulkar

    Thats incredible! I lived in London for 3 years before moving to Dubai and absolutely loved it!! Probably the best time of my life!! You will love it!

    I write Mademoiselle Meets Maquillage and Macaroons and I would love for you to give it a read, maybe we can follow each other’s blogs and social media?

    http://www.mademoisellemeetsmaquillageandmacaroons.com

    Deepti xx

  • That’s so exciting! I moved from Montreal, Canada to London with no money and not even speaking the language, and it was the best time of my life. You won’t regret it. The city is absolutely amazing to live in. I lived in Camden and it was really convenient to get everywhere, if a little expensive. I can’t wait to read more about your move!

  • Ruth MacGilp

    Good luck with everything! I am moving to London temporarily this summer too (from Edinburgh!