Here is some useful information to help with living and teaching in London. If you are interested in living and teaching in London then please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0) 207 105 3499.
A big part of moving to London is finding accommodation, and Career Teachers is here to help!
There are lots of different options that will suit your accommodation needs. If you want to have something sorted before you move to the UK then we are in contact with independent landlords who offer short term room rentals to teachers. This is a great way to get settled, and have some time to look around London before choosing the ideal area for you!
You can also look on Spareroom.co.uk and Arrive Homes which are excellent for house shares and will allow you to check out the different areas and prices London accommodation has to offer. An excellent way of making friends and quickly settling in to London life is to opt for a house share.
If you are coming to London with a partner or friend and would rather live just the two of you then you can also look on Spareroom.co.uk, Zoopla, Prime Location or Rightmove which all offer studio, 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom flats, however this will most likely be a more expensive option.
Useful Accommodation Websites
London is a fantastic city with lots of options when it comes to choosing somewhere to live! If you are feeling a little overwhelmed, or simply want an easy to read guide of the London boroughs, then check out the area guide below!
The public transport system in London is excellent, therefore, living in the outer boroughs doesn't mean you miss out on the action in the centre. Rental costs in the outer boroughs can be less than half of what it would cost to live in the centre so it is well worth looking further afield and exploring your options.
London is an incredibly well connected city, with buses, tubes, trains and bikes all available for you to use!
Transport apps and websites
- CityMapper app
- Tube Map app
- Train line (also an app)
- TFL Journey Planner
- TFL This is the best way to check your route to school, as it will show you if there are any delays and will give you an alternate route.
- http://content.tfl.gov.uk/walking-tube-map.pdf Sometimes in London it's better to walk!
- https://oyster.tfl.gov.uk/oyster/entry.do Find out how to pay for London transport using an Oyster card.
Once in Britain you'll find prices vary on different items depending on where you live. London is higher priced generally but offers much greater earning potential. Britain's currency is based on the pound sterling (£) which is divided in to one hundred pence (100p).
A rough guide to monthly living costs in London
- Rent £500 - £750 - This is based on living in a house/flat share with others and depending on the area you choose to live in. To live alone in a studio or a 1 bedroom this could go up to £1.100 pcm, depending on the area.
- Utility Bills and Council Tax £70-£100 - This is based on living in a shared house and the amount varies depending what area you live in.
- Mobile phone contract £15-£40 - There are many low priced mobile phone contracts available in the UK, or there is a Pay As U Go service (no contract) which is also cheap.
- Travel - Bus travel card only: £81.50 Trains and bus travel card (Based on zones 1-5 monthly travel cards): £135 - £230 per month
This may seem a lot, but as a teacher with Career Teachers you can earn over £2000 per month (before tax) so they'll be plenty left over!