For many foreign people moving into a new flat in the midst of bustling London can be something of a challenge, if all the usual complexities and stresses of moving house were not enough, potential language barriers can make things even more complicated. For international students moving into private accommodation after a year in university halls the task will be slightly easier as a year’s experience of London will always be helpful when deciding where and how to move.
Planning for the day of the move is the first part of the decision and using a reputable man and van company can reduce the stress. Deciding whether to move to Central London or the outskirts will effect your experience of London, with the main consideration being the length of the daily commute vs. house rental (or sale) prices. The Transport for London website has a useful guide to how to get around in London after you’ve arrived.
Quite often many people arriving in London will find themselves in the situation of having to move a fair distance across the city, whether moving into cheaper accommodation as the years progress, or looking for their first time flat, whether having previously lived in university halls or having moved to London from somewhere else. Even for those who may have friends or family already in the area to lend a hand with moving, supplying packing materials, storage space or even a van it is not easy; for overseas students who do not have this local support the task can seem even more daunting. Moving without the help of a van and man is very difficult; the Tube underground network is usually far too crowded for vast amounts of luggage and dragging it all to and from Tube stations is not an easy task in itself. Perhaps the most lightly-packed of first-year students may be able to move all their stuff by multiple Tube trips but this would still be difficult.
As an overseas student it is likely that you will have originally moved over to London without too much in the way of luggage or household items, as airline baggage restrictions make bringing everything with you unfeasible. If you are moving out of halls for the first time then you aren’t likely to have much stuff to bring with you, so packing it all up should not be too much of a problem, however if you are short of boxes or packing materials some removals companies will point you in the direction of suppliers who sell these things or even sell materials to you themselves. If you are moving flats or do have lots of things that need moving then you would be best using a man and van removals service anyway, but if you do not have time to pack up all your stuff then many of these local white van man companies will do all the packing and unpacking too at a small cost.
The main point to remember when moving around London without the support of local family is to plan well ahead, see exactly where your new flat is and work out how difficult it is to get to; if it looks complicated then using a local company is probably best as they have the required knowledge and experience.
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