Moving to London, made easy

Learn how to get housing, see cost of living and safety intel, find schools, use public transit, discover your perfect neighborhood, and more with our ultimate London moving guide.

The financial center of the universe (for now) has loads of history and neighborhoods for every taste and budget.

London's history goes back two thousand years, but that hasn't stopped this city from becoming a cutting-edge, vibrant metropolis. While many people associate London with rain, a healthy tea obsession, and the royal family, it is an incredibly diverse place ethnically, economically, and culturally. 

From Russian oligarchs to Arab sheikhs to Polish construction workers to bronzed Aussies, it seems like everyone wants to be here. And with more than 8.5 million people from every corner of the globe, you're almost guaranteed to find a part of London that is just right for you – provided you can afford it. Thanks to being in such high demand, the cost of living here can be astronomical. Many formerly affordable working class neighborhoods are quickly gentrifying as price increases radiate out from the city's affluent center.

You'll see fantastic wealth in some areas: homes selling for tens of millions of pounds, streets lined with Ferraris and Lamborghinis, luxury shop after luxury shop. Other parts seem to have been left behind and suffer from chronic unemployment, gang violence, and terrible schools. Nothing is truly stagnant in this city, however, as neighborhoods transform themselves again and again.  

London long ago demolished the stereotype that the English can't cook. With Michelin-starred culinary institutions on fashionable avenues and incredible ethnic cuisine tucked away on quiet streets, this is the kind of place foodies could spend several lifetimes. Historic pubs, football mania, iconic museums, and huge music festivals are just some of the other ways to spend your days here.

For now this is the financial capital of the world, but time will tell what effect Brexit has on London's standing in the global economy. 

Read on to learn about the basics (housing, transportation, internet, and more!) of moving to London and to find the perfect neighborhood for you.

Studio / 1 BR
44% Complete
1,517
2 Bedrooms
63% Complete
2,167
3 Bedrooms
87% Complete
2,990
4 Bedrooms
100% Complete
3,445

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE (F°/C°)
Jan
45°F
7°C
Feb
45°F
7°C
Mar
48°F
9°C
Apr
52°F
11°C
May
57°F
14°C
Jun
61°F
16°C
Jul
66°F
19°C
Aug
66°F
19°C
Sep
63°F
17°C
Oct
55°F
13°C
Nov
50°F
10°C
Dec
45°F
7°C

Safety

London is a safe city and crime has been trending down, though there are hot spots.

Car vs Public Transit

London has excellent public transit so you don't need a car in most areas.

The ultimate guide to moving to London

Regions and Neighborhoods of London

Regions & Neighborhoods

Moving to London? Find the perfect neighborhood for you.

Housing in London

Housing

We all need a roof over our heads. Learn how to find one in London.

Transportation in London

Transportation

Double decker buses, the Tube, and congestion fees. Learn how to get around London.

Banking and Personal Finance in London

Banking

Figure out which local bank is the right one for you and learn how to open an account.

Insider Tip

"London is known as one of the world's great cities for a reason. Here, there is literally something for everyone. If you like a bustling nightlife, London has it. If you like to get immersed into history, it's here. From English Premier League football, to fun afternoon teas, to quiet gardens and cozy cafes, London has everything!"

Julie and Drew, Moved from the United States
Julie and Drew, Moved from the United States http://www.driveontheleft.com
Education in London

Education

Learn about the different levels of education, the British curriculum, and international school options.

Healthcare in London

Healthcare

Learn how to navigate healthcare, how to find a great doctor, and see the top London hospitals.

Pets in London

Pets

Learn which breeds are permitted in London and what paperwork is needed for your furry family member.

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