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    Hi

    I am thinking of getting a graduate job in London, most likely central London. Since it a graduate job, the salary wouldn't be too high. So maybe living towards the outside of London for a cheaper rent. So here are my questions:

    -Do you recommend driving to work or getting the tube(or bus)?
    -How busy is London when it's work time(i.e. when people go to work)?
    -Will there be many car parks if the company doesn't provide one?
    -Is 21k-22k a living wage in London?

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    -Is 21k-22k a living wage in London?
    No. What's your degree in?
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    (Original post by Ghostofzeus)

    -Do you recommend driving to work or getting the tube(or bus)?
    -How busy is London when it's work time(i.e. when people go to work)?
    -Will there be many car parks if the company doesn't provide one?
    -Is 21k-22k a living wage in London?

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    -tubes and buses are usually quicker and easier
    -EXTREMELY. be prepared, you'll be like sardines packed into a tin can during rush hour
    -don't know about many. maybe just one
    -well a lot of people are surviving on that much. all depends on the rest of your living expenses - what your rent is like mainly. I mean I've lived on less but then I was living at home with my mum and not paying rent so naturally it was easy for me
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    Do not ever drive in London. 1) Congestion charge, 2) ridiculous parking fees (not to mention the other four things you have to pay for just to keep your car on the road).
    Commuting is your safest bet but the tickets get more expensive the further away you live from the city. If you can afford to rent a Zone 2 flat your commute can cost next to nothing if you can ride a bike.
    Your quoted salary is liveable if you have almost no need to spend on clothes and can afford to turn the heating off
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    don't think 21k is sufficient yet for London
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    (Original post by Ghostofzeus)
    Hi

    I am thinking of getting a graduate job in London, most likely central London. Since it a graduate job, the salary wouldn't be too high. So maybe living towards the outside of London for a cheaper rent. So here are my questions:

    -Do you recommend driving to work or getting the tube(or bus)?
    -How busy is London when it's work time(i.e. when people go to work)?
    -Will there be many car parks if the company doesn't provide one?
    -Is 21k-22k a living wage in London?

    Thanks
    Driving in London in rush hour is not a good idea. It can be quicker to walk the same distance in some parts. If you are in Central London, the congestion charge alone would make it unaffordable.

    Even in zones 3-6, or further out driving is hell. Plus very few organisations have adequate parking, so you might have to pay for that too. I live in zone two, and on my street it's £2.40 an hour to park!
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    -Do you recommend driving to work or getting the tube(or bus)? For central London, take public transport. No point in driving.
    -How busy is London when it's work time(i.e. when people go to work)? Busy. Although I recommend the tube, think of packed sardines going into zone 1.
    -Will there be many car parks if the company doesn't provide one? In central London? Good one.
    -Is 21k-22k a living wage in London? You'll be tight on money.
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    Cheers guys, yeah I probably won't drive then.

    What would you say a living wage would be then?
    Except for the killer rent, anything else might be costly?
    Should I even keep a car then?
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    Cheers guys, yeah I probably won't drive then.

    What would you say a living wage would be then?
    Except for the killer rent, anything else might be costly?
    Should I even keep a car then?
    28k for a grad. Lose the car. The transport is also pricey so if you can, cycle. Zone 1-2 monthly oyster is about £130. If your job or your flat is near the Thames, consider the river services which is about the same price as an oyster but more pleasant than taking the tube.
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    (Original post by Ghostofzeus)
    Hi

    I am thinking of getting a graduate job in London, most likely central London. Since it a graduate job, the salary wouldn't be too high. So maybe living towards the outside of London for a cheaper rent. So here are my questions:

    -Do you recommend driving to work or getting the tube(or bus)?
    -How busy is London when it's work time(i.e. when people go to work)?
    -Will there be many car parks if the company doesn't provide one?
    -Is 21k-22k a living wage in London?

    Thanks

    Do you recommend driving to work or getting the tube(or bus)?

    Tube/train first choice, bus second. Buses can sometimes get stuck in traffic. Definitley don't drive if you work in zone 1 or 2 as traffic is terrible and except for hospitals virtually no workplaces provide any parking spaces. Parking on the streets is limited during working hours and car parks extortionate. Even in Zones 3 plus you may still find public transport quicker in the rush hour.

    A lot of confident drivers aren't keen on driving in central London.


    -How busy is London when it's work time(i.e. when people go to work)?
    Very, unless you get on the tube/train at the first stop or at a major changing point where lots of people get off, don't expect a seat.

    -Will there be many car parks if the company doesn't provide one?

    A few but they are expensive, just looked at a couple and have seen prices of £29.00 and £45.00 per day to park for the typical 9-5 working day.

    -Is 21k-22k a living wage in London?
    It's just about possible to live on if you budget very carefully.

    One thing to note is that almost all starting salaries for a new graduate only cover enough money to rent a room, not a whole flat in London.
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    Hi

    I am thinking of getting a graduate job in London, most likely central London. Since it a graduate job, the salary wouldn't be too high. So maybe living towards the outside of London for a cheaper rent. So here are my questions:

    -Do you recommend driving to work or getting the tube(or bus)?
    -How busy is London when it's work time(i.e. when people go to work)?
    -Will there be many car parks if the company doesn't provide one?
    -Is 21k-22k a living wage in London?

    Thanks
    1) Do not drive in London
    2) Depends what time you travel and what line you get. Some lines are packed (Northern, Central) but I've travelled on Victoria and Piccadilly during rush hour and they're fine
    3) No
    4) Yep it's fine. The people above are over-reacting - you can definitely live on it in London, you'll just have to be mindful of your money and budget. You probably won't be able to get buy if you just spend without thinking about it or don't cut costs when you can. But I've seen rooms advertised for £600, for example, in zone 2/3. Say £100 for bills (it's often less), £130 for travel card and you've got around £600 for food/socializing/clothes etc.
 
 
 
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