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Is there such ENGLISHFORUM in UK too?

I moved to Switzerland almost 2 years ago and found these forums and networks for newcomers pretty helpful.

I had a rather smooth start in Zurich and would consider my life there comfortable and easy.

The only mistake I did was to agree to a 2 month stay in the London (City) office of my company this summer - and now I have the London virus and do not really want to return to Switzerland. I had thought before that the nice and clean Zurich, together with a well paid job at a premium company is more than someone can ask for. To my surprise I did not miss anything of that here in London (except my friends in Zurich). Ok, I still have my nice CH salary and the company pays for my stay here ... .
London seems all but clean and comfortable - it is stress, lots of people, high rents, lower salaries (than CH) but I felt that this is what I would prefer over my nice dull life in CH. Although it sounds like a horror to turn my life upside down again an move to another country again.

Any Brits here who know how the new Londoners build their networks? The only page I have found is "Germans in London", but that is not international really.

Any of you missing the stressful London life? Or are you happy to have escaped it?

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I felt that this is what I would prefer over my nice dull life in CH.
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you might want to try googling "expatriate" + "london." for starters, i found this link. scroll down for the forum.
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Re: Is there such ENGLISHFORUM in UK too?

Thanks for your tip. These expat sites seem to focus a lot on apartments and relocation services. I found a number of meet-up-groups which seem to link up newcomers.
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English Forum analog in the UK

Hi All,

The perpective of moving to the UK is getting more and more realistic so I really need a source of an insider information about the country. Does anyone know a resource comparable to English Forum (I mean the amount of useful info and number of friendly members )?
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Old 27.05.2010, 12:56
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Hi All,

The perpective of moving to the UK is getting more and more realistic so I really need a source of an insider information about the country. Does anyone know a resource comparable to English Forum (I mean the amount of useful info and number of friendly members )?
Do you speak Polish?
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Re: English Forum analog in the UK

The only thing I've found is uk-yankee, which seems to mostly be women from the US moving to be with their British spouses...
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Old 27.05.2010, 13:02
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Re: English Forum analog in the UK

I believe it's called "The Pub".

Seriously... I'm sure there is an England Forum but it is probably written in French or Urdu or something. English speakers moving to an English-speaking country are probably expected to just get on with it.
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Hi All,

The perpective of moving to the UK is getting more and more realistic so I really need a source of an insider information about the country. Does anyone know a resource comparable to English Forum (I mean the amount of useful info and number of friendly members )?
Alternatively, you can tap the knowledge of the vast number of English people on here.
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Re: English Forum analog in the UK

hi there! there is a website called gumtree which used to be pretty good however they removed a lot of the social networking forums.. in favour of selling stuff! you can still post on skills exchange (i.e. language) and other special interests, sports etc.. or try graigs list; good luck!
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Old 27.05.2010, 13:18
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Ah, sweet memories- friends, relatives, neighbours...


The only thing I can find is How to Arrive and Thrive which sells you the sort of information you'll probably need. If you don't know anything about life in England at all it might be worth the £25 to have up-to-date details.

Or this Living in Britain site in German!!!
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Re: English Forum analog in the UK

Castro - no, only English, Russian, and theoretically German
MathNut - I need the knowledge before I move, so I can't use the option "Pub" yet
summerrain - sounds like a good idea, though there will be some aspects of relocation which UK guys are not familiar with because if them being British sitizens

So, the thing that is bothering me the most so far is the apartment. Does anyone know how the procedure looks like? Can I rent it from here? Will they want some "prepay"? What's typical depo size? What are "bad" districts in London? Is it nice living in Ware or it is similar to Dietikon/Seebah? Is anyone renting an appartment out and can offer? (It's less than 5% of questions burning my brain now)
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Re: English Forum analog in the UK

It's smaller than EF but you might try here:
http://www.expatforum.com/expats/bri...ats-living-uk/
(2nd hit when I googled 'london expat forum')
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Castro - no, only English, Russian, and theoretically German
There you go. Google was my friend:
http://www.deutsche-in-london.net/forum/
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There you go. Google was my friend:
http://www.deutsche-in-london.net/forum/
They must hate the fact that bus/train timetables bear no relation to reality. I know if I were a German it would seriously tick me off
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The only thing I've found is uk-yankee,.................

do you have a linky handy for that ?
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do you have a linky handy for that ?
http://www.uk-yankee.com/
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Castro - no, only English, Russian, and theoretically German
MathNut - I need the knowledge before I move, so I can't use the option "Pub" yet
summerrain - sounds like a good idea, though there will be some aspects of relocation which UK guys are not familiar with because if them being British sitizens

So, the thing that is bothering me the most so far is the apartment. Does anyone know how the procedure looks like? Can I rent it from here? Will they want some "prepay"? What's typical depo size? What are "bad" districts in London? Is it nice living in Ware or it is similar to Dietikon/Seebah? Is anyone renting an appartment out and can offer? (It's less than 5% of questions burning my brain now)
Experience of accommodation in London can vary widely.

You would probably be asked to pay a month in advance. A deposit could range from one to three months rent.

London is huge and the reputations of areas rise and fall. Where will you be working and what will your budget be? And what kind of area are you looking for? Quiet and quitable for a family? Up and coming with fun bars and clubs? The first thing I'd look at is the location of your workplace and what transport links serve it.

Take note that good areas exist right next to bad areas in London . . . it's much more mixed up than here.

Ware isn't London . . . it's a town outside the M25
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Re: English Forum analog in the UK

Gastro Gnome - I will be working most likely around Liverpool street. And I don't care much about the night life. I'd like something quiet with good neighbour, 1-2 bedrooms and normal kitchen. I spend the most of my free time biking around or hiking so I started thinking about Ware, it is away from the city and has a direct train connection to my potential office address. But on the other hand a place within a mile or two from the office seems also very attractive alternative because I can then just go to work by foot and don't care about transportation. The budget is around 1k-1.2k per month.
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great - they can be scammed in a different country by different nationalities.
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Gastro Gnome - I will be working most likely around Liverpool street. And I don't care much about the night life. I'd like something quiet with good neighbour, 1-2 bedrooms and normal kitchen. I spend the most of my free time biking around or hiking so I started thinking about Ware, it is away from the city and has a direct train connection to my potential office address. But on the other hand a place within a mile or two from the office seems also very attractive alternative because I can then just go to work by foot and don't care about transportation. The budget is around 1k-1.2k per month.
Somewhere like Ware will get you more for your money than somewhere within 1-2 km of the City. For that you'd be looking at Bethnal Green, Hackney, Shoreditch, Mile End etc. I enjoyed living in Bethnal Green and Shoreditch and it's actually possible to cycle right out into the countryside (through Epping Forest). Personally I'd never live outside the city as I'd hate the commute . . . living within a short bike ride (or even a walk) from work improved my quality of life considerably. If you want peace and quiet and don't mind the commute then look outside London . . . you should factor transport costs into the cheaper accommodation costs. Bear in mind that trains in the UK aren't like they are in Switzerland . . .
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