The cost of living in London
It’s no secret that the cost of living in London is higher than the rest of the UK, and a good deal of the world as well. The city’s economy counters this with significantly higher wages, meaning savvy individuals could end up generating a decent nest egg. Additionally, moving to London means being aware of the property prices which, like the cost of living, are generally higher than elsewhere.
Of course it depends where in London you move to; at the top end of the housing market, house prices in Chelsea could see you pay up to £3,000 per square metre. As a rule of thumb, properties in Zones 1 and 2 are more expensive than properties on the outskirts. Treat the word ‘outskirts’ with a pinch of salt though; London’s excellent public transport makes getting anywhere in the city pretty easy.
Transport in London
London has some of the most impressive transport links of anywhere in the world. The system of buses, trains and the underground system running almost constantly, you will be able to get anywhere and everywhere by public transport.
All of London’s buses, underground and overground trains use an electronic payment ticket called an Oyster card. You can either order one online, or pickup one from the many different shops, kiosks and newsagents across London. When you need to top it up, either use the Oyster card machines present in every London train station, or do it on the Oyster card website (Transport for London). Our personal advice? Catch the bus a few times before you use the tube. It’s a great way to get a clearer picture of London and it’s cheaper!
Moving to London is a life changing experience. Trust Santa Fe Relocation and our team of dedicated move coordinators to provide a moving journey of unrivalled quality.
If you are moving to London from overseas, there are some extra things to consider. Why not read our guide on moving to the UK for more information?