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What recent migrants say... “I’d get more advice about where to live and how much rent to pay.”

“I would advise you to start looking for a job as soon as possible. Research first the best areas to live in. I would also say that you will be surprised how many people won’t be able to understand your accent here! If I was to move again, I would have started saving money sooner so I would have less worry once I got here.”

“I would save as much money as possible. Setting-up costs can run between £3,500-£5,000 (6 weeks’ deposit required by most rental agencies). Do a rekey mission for where you think you would like to live before moving - a narrowed down search is better than a broad one and public transport is well connected to most areas. Be prepared for a change in pace - London can be draining at first. The first task when arriving in London is to set up a National Insurance interview. You will need the NI number to set up a bank account. I would also say the best time of year to move is mid-year. We moved in January and it was miserable!”

“Travel over for interviews and secure a job first as it is almost essential to securing accommodation.”

“Research the areas you might live in in advance of moving over, and have temporary or short-term accommodation arranged for a month or more.”


Moving to London; A Practical Companion for Irish People  
Moving to London; A Practical Companion for Irish People  

A helpful, practical and comprehensive guide to Moving to London for Irish people. Published by the London Irish Centre in May 2012.