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Moving to UK

What should I expect?

adiman83
post 18.Mar.2013, 01:44 PM
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Boys and girls, in the middle of April I'll be moving to UK hopefully for the next 3 years. Being the first time I go there, I don't know how it will be like. So ... what should I expect? How is life there compared to Sweden? And mostly, how are the people?

Also, my departure date being so close, I'm in urgent need of a place to stay. Any ideas on where should I look for a flat would be appreciated. Do I even have a chance of finding a place to live from abroad in such a short time?
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skogsbo
post 18.Mar.2013, 03:00 PM
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The UK is a big place, although smaller than Sweden, but you might still need to narrow down your destination, there are plenty of agencies and rent a rooms online. But it depends with just how much stuff you are moving with. I'd tried and get an English written reference off your current landlord, plus his contact details etc. as most decent places will ask for this.
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intrepidfox
post 18.Mar.2013, 03:36 PM
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The people in the UK are friendly in my opinion. The only negative thing about the UK is the cost of accomodation but it depends where you live. Here is a link which might be of help. Also local papers are full of rentals.
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http://zoopla.homesandproperty.co.uk/to-re...ommodation=true
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adiman83
post 18.Mar.2013, 04:15 PM
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I'll be living in Sheffield. So what are the chances of finding a place from Sweden through that Zoopla place?

BTW if anybody knows any Sheffield papers I would appreciate it. I could also search on their web-site for rentals.
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Divan
post 18.Mar.2013, 04:37 PM
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Joined: 23.Jan.2012

Rightmove.co.uk with options to check out properties for sale or for rent in different areas of the UK.

Contact the landlords or agents involved and try to set up appointments to view the apartment/houses you are interested in.

Depending on your citizenship status, if EU, it is easier to move to the UK if not, you will/may have to show proof of visa and work permit, and letter of employment showing that you have a legit employer willing to offer you a permanent job at a stated salary. Rental agents/landlords want to figure out if you can afford to pay the rent.

Those who move to the UK and do not have UK credit history (the UK has a different credit scoring system than what Kronofogden does in Sweden and the systems are not linked) may have to put up a bigger rental and security deposit since you do not have a rental or work history in the UK. Prepare at least 3 months of banks statements from your Swedish banks and also some landlord references from Swedish landlords as you will be asked to supply this info when it is time to sign a rental agreement or contract in the UK.

Generally, if you have money upfront it is relatively easy to rent an apartment or house in the UK, even in London, especially if you have a UK employer and job. Properties are aplenty and you just need to find a place based upon what you can afford and who will rent to you. Look at commute times between work place and your home locaton. Check here for time and travel estimates http://www.tfl.gov.uk

Lots of Swedes especially those in IT move to the UK due to better prospects, better pay and more opportunities in their chosen field. (The Swedish co founders of Skype and MySQL are also living in the UK now) I would say there are more Swedes living in the UK than the other way around.
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intrepidfox
post 18.Mar.2013, 04:40 PM
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QUOTE (adiman83 @ 18.Mar.2013, 04:15 PM) *
I'll be living in Sheffield. So what are the chances of finding a place from Sweden through that Zoopla place? BTW if anybody knows any Sheffield papers I would appreciate ... (show full quote)

Honestly im not sure if you can do it from Sweden but the prices are cheap. I do not know if you will be taking your things with you but maybe take a bed and breakfast first and then search. Are you moving with your work? They may be able to help.
Regardless, i wish you lots of luck in the future. Let us know how it goes for you.
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skogsbo
post 18.Mar.2013, 04:45 PM
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Fair point about the bond for renting, usual at least 1 months rent, plus rent might be a month in advance, plus and admin fee for reference and credit checks, so you'll need a bit of a buffer initially.

Sheffield, great central location, nearly as good as N Yorkshire, but you can't win them all. Fantastic for the outdoors on the edge of the national park, only a hour or twos travel, in any direction, to many other great places.

Lots of scruffy student digs there, so depending on timing you might pick up something temporary for the summer, as people start to leave early after their finals, giving you a few months to hunt for something decent. Several small towns on the fringes of sheffield, especially west towards The Peak, with good connections into town.

Have a read of this thread, which might give you some pointers on where to live or not live - http://www.ukclimbing.com/forums/t.php?t=5...mp;v=1#x7247188
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Mo
post 18.Mar.2013, 04:58 PM
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Location: Stockholm
Joined: 30.Nov.2005

Newspaper is

thestar.co.uk

Sheffield is a great town, friendly and affordable.
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Yorkshireman
post 18.Mar.2013, 05:12 PM
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Here's the Yorkshire Posts search for rental property in Sheffield, sorted by lowest price first:

http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/property/fo...amp;pageSize=10
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aran1989
post 19.Mar.2013, 11:48 AM
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Hi

I am from the UK and now living in Sweden. I would personally use www.gumtree.co.uk for everything! you can find a job, a room/flat among many other things! its the equivalent of your "Blocket" but much better. I would try and rent privately in a house share as you will meet more people and its cheaper and very common in the UK especially in student cities like Sheffield. We use recruitment agents a lot more than here so depending on what you want to work in they could be your first point of call to find work. Ive only been to Shefield once and its like a lot of northern cities, cheaper than the south and more friendly. is there any reason for moving there? the best city in the UK in my opinion is Cardiff. its cheap, safe, easy to find work/find friends and very very fun esp if you like to eat out/ drink and have fun! I would recommend it!

Aran
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adiman83
post 19.Mar.2013, 01:38 PM
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QUOTE (aran1989 @ 19.Mar.2013, 11:48 AM) *
... is there any reason for moving there? ...

I'm moving to Sheffield because I was accepted for a PhD position
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CosmoKramar
post 19.Mar.2013, 01:50 PM
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QUOTE (adiman83 @ 18.Mar.2013, 01:44 PM) *
Boys and girls, in the middle of April I'll be moving to UK hopefully for the next 3 years. Being the first time I go there, I don't know how it will be like. So ... w ... (show full quote)

Hi adiman83.

I'm from Manchester but I've spent a lot of time in Sheffield over the years for both recreational and professional reasons and most people would agree that it's a nicely balanced city in terms of location and size - big enough to be entertaining and provide economic opportunities, small enough to have a down-to-earth, community feeling, and well connected by train to bigger cities like Leeds and Manchester, with the beautiful Peak District on your doorstep.

Generally you will find the people in that part of the world to be good, decent, funny people. The stereotype about Yorkshire folk is that they're generally "salt of the earth" honest, unpretentious and droll - and I'd say that's generally true, certainly for the older generations. I have no doubt that you will meet a lot of nice people there. You may find that people are in general more inclined to chat to you, ask you questions and take an interest in you and where you're from than folk in Sverige would.

On the negative side, Britain has a problem with what are colloquially referred to as chavs or scallies - in other words, yobs or thugs with violent, aggressive and confrontational attitudes who often cause trouble in city centres and on public transport. If you're not living life very much at "street level" - ie. if you're driving from place to place, working in a middle class profession and living in an upmarket area, then you can succeed in being almost entirely insulated from this phenomenon and you can even pretend that it doesn't exist and that it must be an invention of the tabloid newspapers. However, if you're regularly taking public transport, walking in built up areas, working at a McJob and living/socialising in more deprived areas then you will, unfortunately, encounter yobbishness of a kind that Sverige generally lacks.

As someone who grew up in some of the worst parts of north Manchester (a more dangerous city than Sheffield) and survived, my tips would be: keep to yourself on public transport, be wary of making eye contact with young men, if someone's making a noise/commotion at the back of the bus, don't turn round to look, if someone tries to provoke you into a confrontation DON'T take the bait - it's definitely not worth getting involved in something because people carry knives and you're the one with everything to lose. If you have any sort of instinctive street smarts at all, you'll be able to spot the dangerous people - they're not subtle. They'll be the ones in casual sportswear, swaggering, scowling and smirking, or stood with their mouths hanging open and their hands down the front of their pants. People who look like normal members of the human race are okay.

I don't know what your budget for accommodation is but if you can, you should try to avoid the areas to the north-east and east of the city: Manor, Pitsmoor and Burngreave är inte så mysiga områden.

Britain is a much less innocent/naive culture than Sverige - I actually believe Britain to be the least innocent place on planet Earth. There are child soldiers in Sudan holding AK-47s who have more innocence about them than 12 year olds in British schools. The tone of modern British popular culture is something I personally find extremely crude, crass and gratuitous - it's very much booze, banging, clubbing, celebs, "did you hear wot her off Corrie done?", "did you see those Gyppos on TV last night, lol, well funny", punch in the face, throw up a kebab in the street...that kind of thing. It's a very difficult place for romance to exist, in my opinion.

Now, you may be a good time guy or gal looking to bust out of tråkigt Sverige and club it up with the Boozy Brits - in which case, lycka till, and I've no doubt you'll have a blast in Sheff, which is a vibrant student town. But if you're a quiet Swede looking for afternoon tea and bowler hats and quaint, jolly old England then...well, get yourself out walking in the Peaks, visit a few pubs between Sheff and Glossop, get yourself back home before dark and don't switch on the TV.

Hope you enjoy yourself smile.gif
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Mo
post 19.Mar.2013, 02:15 PM
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Location: Stockholm
Joined: 30.Nov.2005

^^
seems like a fair enough summary.
mind how you go !
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skogsbo
post 19.Mar.2013, 02:59 PM
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Joined: 20.Sep.2011

A good summary of life up north, if shrewd, you can see the best of it, whilst avoiding the worst. I think because of booze, even the nicer looking places by day, like Buxton become a bit more lively by night! But, if you like the outdoors, then the pros far outweigh the cons.

I've always found glossop a good night out too.
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CosmoKramar
post 19.Mar.2013, 03:11 PM
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Joined: 15.Jan.2012

I thought I might add, two of Sheffield's most famous sons interviewed:

Cocker

Bean

...which may give you a primer on the accent you can expect. Vowels a tad blunter than in Sverige.

Oh, and get used to the phrase "They've closed Snake Pass..."
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