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where to live close to London

Sorry if i post it on the wrong section
not certain where to put it !
We might move to the UK
if we do hubby will probably get a job in London can you please tell wich is a nice city to live outside of London as in London it is very expensive.
i do not look for a lot of things only that it s safe and not more then one hour by public transport to London.
Also where can i find a site of cost of living in the UK
I am a little confused with the NHS and peoples who carry Bupa
is it private insurrance ?
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Re: where to live close to London

For cost of living guide, you can just type "cost of living UK/London" into Google search box - here's an e.g. of one of the results:
http://www.workgateways.com/working-cost-of-living.html
Regarding living - any where about an hours travelling time from central London is known as the commuter belt and is almost as expensive as living in the central area - although there are some cheaper down market locations.
Commuting also adds to the overall cost and can be a real nightmare - mainline trains, tube (underground) or driving. Consider somewhere around the limit of M25 motorway/end of the tube lines (to the north) e.g Barnet. Or Croydon area to the south (mainline trains). West (Ealing area) is also worth considering.
The NW and SW limits of the tube lines are desirable locations and can be pricey. NE and SE locations go from the respectable to the dodgy in just a few miles, depending on exact location.
Here's a couple of map links (tube and M25):
http://www.afn.org/~alplatt/tube.html
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi.../M25_works.png
NHS is the (nearly) free health service available to British citizens who pay National Insurance contributions. As a rule non-nationals won't be turned away, but may receive a bill, post-treatment. BUPA is a private medical insurance, that affords the user a possibly higher level of health care, but normally by-passes the need of waiting for non-urgent treatment, that is common with the NHS.
If your move isn't going to be permanent, then you should consider adapting your current medical insurance to cover you there. If your husband gets a job with a UK employer, he should be deducted National Insurance at source, making him and his dependants eligible for NHS (I think).
All information can be found by doing a Google search, if you enter the keywords for what you are looking.
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Re: where to live close to London

A lot depends whereabouts in London he will be working as there are several large train stations which serve specific areas. Also the price of tickets has gone up this week.
If he is prepared to commute up to an hour then you will be able to move to a nice area.
BUPA is private cover which can be used along with the NHS - some companies offer it as a salary perk as if you need specialist treatment it can speed time up for an initial consultation.
Most people usually have it if it is paid for by their employer as BUPA is expensive and very fussy about what they will cover and do not usually cover pre existing conditions.
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Re: where to live close to London

The following link appears to be a French language forum in UK, equivalent to EFCH. By posting there also, may help answer some of your Q.'s.

http://lesfrenchinengland.clictopics.com/

EDIT: Food for thought. In the past, British people always viewed CH as a very expensive place to live and visit. I believe that London has now overtaken CH as one of the most expensive locations to live.

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Re: where to live close to London

As has been said already, it really depends on where your husband is likely to be working as to where you should live.

My wife used to work in central London and we lived in St Albans (just north of the M25)which was approx 20min train to St Pancreas.

Also Harpenden (lovely village, just North of St Albans) which is about 30mins into London.

Ealing in West London is Ok depending where you are. Closest to the station is best. That is on the Central Line I think.

Richmond was a nice place to live but not the cheapest. Across the bridge is St Margarest and Twickenham which are cheaper. I also lived in Putney which was great. There is also Barnes and Kew is SW London.
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Re: where to live close to London

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Re: where to live close to London

I used to live near Brentwood (Just outside the M25, NE of London). Shenfield to London Liverpool Street (i.e. the City of London, the financial district) in around 30 minutes. Chelmsford about 45 minutes. Colchester is about an hour.
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Re: where to live close to London

Hm, London is expensive, but not much more as a city in Switzerland. I'm moving to London in 2 months, and it's cheaper to live a bit outside the center as to live in a small town ouside and pay for the transport.

cost of living:
http://www.workgateways.com/working-...ng.html#dining

What's confusing with NHS? I guess you don't need a private insurance at the beginning. Most people in london have "only" NHS. It's like the basis health insurance in Switzerland but better.
Are you guys British or Swiss? If not British, you need a NI Number (it's like a Sozialversicherungsnummer. Look for a doc in your vicinity. That's all. You can look after a private insurance later on...
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Re: where to live close to London

I have lived north, south, east and west of London. As others have said it depends on where in London you work, that will give you good transport connections.
I like the South best.

My pick is somewhere between London and Brighton. I would look for a village near Redhill- less expensive than other areas, best rail connection and close to motorways. Close to Gatwick and not too difficult to get to Heathrow for US flights. Reigate is nicer but more expensive. I love walking the North Downs

http://surrey.greatbritishlife.co.uk...y-hills-19415/
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Re: where to live close to London

I've lived in a few places south of the river, can highly recommend the Bromley/Beckenham areas:

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&so...h&z=11&iwloc=A

(Hopefully the link works)

Advantages:

- Many parks
- Not as "Chavy" as some other outer boroughs (Chavs are basically antisocial youths)
- 19 min to Victoria by train with other connections too.
- Trains are better than Tubes most of the time (less of a crush) but worse in snow
- Some good independent shops and close to channel tunnel if you're planning to drive home

Disadvantages

- Adds an hour at least to a car trip north or west
- Some areas are pricey, but can find something affordable.

I can't think of anywhere else in London that is as good or better at the rents that you will pay (£900 pm for 2 bed)

Let me know if you have more questions.
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Re: where to live close to London

London, like most capital cities is expensive. You only need to move a few miles out to live in a good area and the prices of most things plummet.

You will be overjoyed with the cost of living there compared to Switzerland. I believe the UK has THE best high street shopping in the world AND the cheapest, with the most choices you'll find anywhere. Our supermarkets are fantastic and the prices very competitive.

Don't make the mistake most people do of thinking 'London' is England. Get away from London to a town or village that will suit your husbands commute, there are hundreds of places I could recommend, Sussex ( if you want to be near the sea), Oxfordshire which is rural and close to the beautiful Cotwolds etc. and well placed for commuting.I could go on........

During the snow in the UK, Someone ( not from England ) told me that the snow in 'London' was horrendous as they had just heard it on the news. What they had in fact heard was that it was snowing very heavily in the north of england, London was not affected until a long while after that. This is typical, I hear this all the time, people referring to anywhere in the UK as 'London'
I spend 12 days each month in england working and I think I'm well qualified to compare the two countries. We certainly fail in the public transport category but a lot of things in every day life are better.
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Some areas around London are hugely expensive and almost impossible to find affordable quality accommodation to rent or buy - and commutes by train are horrendous. My daughter lives in Surrey and she hardly ever find a seat on the train over to Waterloo. Lovely area- but what a rat race!
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Some areas around London are hugely expensive and almost impossible to find affordable quality accommodation to rent or buy - and commutes by train are horrendous. My daughter lives in Surrey and she hardly ever find a seat on the train over to Waterloo. Lovely area- but what a rat race!
Yes, I agree It can seem like a rat race commuting every day into London. However, I feel 'alive' when I'm there. When I return here, I feel I've been put out to graze. Much the same I assume as when you reach a stage in life when you decide It's time to retire to an elderley people's home.
Surrey is a very expensive area, pleasant though to live. There are some beautiful towns and villages that are much less expensive.
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LOL- I see exactly what you mean about the 'buzz' of living in the UK - which is why I return so often to get my 'fix'. As far as the commute into London everyday - have you ever tried it when you have 2 small kids you need to collect from nursery? NOT for the fainthearted.
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Re: where to live close to London

Thank You all guy s for your answers
i will keep my fingers crossed to move to the UK
so i can work there.
And as for the cost of living it will not be a big difference after
living in Switzerland!
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