Moving to London is a pretty big deal; you’re in a brand new extremely busy environment which can be daunting. Not only are you moving to a different place, most people are living without their families for the first time. So, I’ve spoken to 2 different people from different walks of life, to get advice on how they have managed to make the most out of the big move.
LISA, 21, BA WOMENSWEAR – LCF
Moved from Paris to London.
What was the most difficult part of moving to a completely different country?
For me it was knowing my friends and family were so far away, and I really missed my mum’s cooking.
How did you deal with homesickness?
I Facetimed my friends and family from home maybe once a week, so I kind of kept up with what was going on back at home. I would definitely do that, because if you still miss your parents or feel sick and they aren’t there you can still sort of feel not too distant from them.
Is there anywhere/an activity in London that makes you feel more at home?
Anywhere with green spaces or a café with a terrace like in Soho, because in Paris you can smoke outside so it reminds me of being back home.
What advice would you give to people just moving to London?
Making friends is really important, because your family aren’t near. Your friends become your support system, and they will be there for you and help you out if you need it.
ALEX, 20, BA JOURNALISM – LCC
Moved from Essex, last year.
How much is living in London different to Essex?
Everything is a lot busier, which was daunting at first. Transport is a lot busier too, where I live there are only buses at 12 past the hour and the last bus is at 5, so you can’t go anywhere unless you drive. That’s kind of what I love about London, being able to go anywhere at any time.
How should others prepare themselves for the move?
Definitely come with an open mind and you’ll really enjoy it. Before moving to London I was only exposed to a certain type of person, and I didn’t really fit in at home. There is such a mix of people in London and you’ll definitely find likeminded people to yourself.
What advice would you give to people just moving to London, are there any ways to ease yourself in to living here?
London can be a pretty lonely place to live so making friends is a big key to finding life here easier. Getting a job and joining societies are the perfect ways to meet people who are probably in the same boat as you.