Tips for Living in London by London New Girl !
Are you planning to move to London? Kamila is the blogger behind London New Girl, a blog that we recommend for everyone who is going to study or live abroad in London. Don’t miss these tips for living in London to see your next experience from a different perspective!
1. Why did you decide to start writing London New Girl?
After deciding to move to London, I went on a mission to find some blogs from other Aussies who had done the same to learn more about their experiences, gain some tips and mostly just get excited about the move. I was so disappointed when I found nothing of the sort! So I decided to start my own blog, documenting my whole move and pulling together all the useful research that I did. My aim was to help all the other soon-to-be expats make the move too. Since then, London New Girl has developed into a full London lifestyle, advice and travel blog, playing host to an active community of expat girls who have all recently moved to London and who want to meet like-minded friends and travel buddies to explore London with.
2. What type of accommodation did you choose when living in London for the first time? How was your experience?
I was lucky enough to stay with my sister when I arrived. She had moved to London a few months prior to me. Before I found out she was moving to London, I had planned to stay at an Airbnb flat for the first two weeks, with the option of extending it if needed. It was cheaper and more convenient than staying at a hotel and much more private than a hostel, so it’s a nice in between. To have a kitchen is a big bonus too, because it’s cheaper to cook at home and save money on going out each night.
3. What are the biggest challenges you have faced when living abroad?
Establishing a new circle of good friends was one of the biggest challenges. Coming from a place where your friends have known you for 15 years, to a new city where you know nobody was hard to adjust to. However, the friends you make while living abroad are often built on so much more than a shared upbringing, and that’s why they’re often some of the best friendships you’ll ever make. This is one of the reasons why I love the London New Girl community – it’s such a fantastic way to meet like-minded people and make some amazing friends.
Settling into a new climate can also be challenging. My first winter was the biggest shock. It didn’t help that it was the longest winter that the UK and Europe had experienced in decades. However, the snow cleared, the sun came out and London became this amazing, lively and exciting city once more, and so all my doubts disappeared.
Winters since then have been easier. You just need to push through and persevere. Everything takes adjusting to and it may not be easy but it’s definitely worth it. In saying that, I still miss the beach every day.
4. What advice will you give someone who is about to move to London for the first time?
- Prepare as much as you can before you move so you don’t get stuck with loads of life admin when you arrive. I have lots of advice on this on my blog!
- Don’t be too hard on yourself in the beginning – it takes time to set up a new life, so don’t get upset if everything doesn’t fall into place straight away.
- Get outside of your comfort zone and do things you wouldn’t normally do: try some new hobbies, say yes to a blind friend date, apply for your dream job. This is your time to start afresh and taking yourself out of your comfort zone is the best and fastest way to settle into a new life in London.
We would like to thank Kamila for kindly answering this interview. Is there some tips for living in London you would like to add for those who are moving to the city soon? You may leave your comments below!
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