I dont really know if this belongs in the work board so WWM feel free to move it to where you see fit.
To find accomadation the ads paper to look at over here is http://www.loot.com they have loads of listings mainly in London but it covers most places. You can buy a E-copy which is the handyest as you can do searchs rather than flicking through the whole thing. If you are looking in London find out from someone over here wheres good and wheres not cause there are certain places you dont want to be. Also transport on the south side of London is a bit lacking compared to the north.
- Getting Around
Ahhh the English complain all the time about the transport system over here but coming from Galway its a dream Busses run pritty much on time and the Tube and trains like wise. If you dont like the idea of being crammed into a tube you would be surprised but walking can be faster if you are only a couple of stops away and there should be a bus if your a lazy sod The most important thing in your bag and with you at all times is the A to Z its an amazing book and you will never get lost while you have it .
- Bank Accounts
Ohhhh my god is this a touchy subject with me ATM. If you ever though opening an account in Ireland was bad wait till you get over here I have got Loans easier FFS. Make sure you have past bank statements showing transactions not older than 3 months old. Preferably change your Irish bank account to your English address before you come over (as it must be done in your branch or in writing) this will act as one proof of address and previous bank account. Have your passport and drivers licence as well. Please if you only pay attention to one thing let this be it I am having a nightmare over here with this. BOI might be able to open an account for you if you have an existing BOI account in Ireland to get you started.
- Points to note
Bring passport photos for your photo card for seasion tickets on the tube/bus/trains.
Most companies do what are called Seasion tickets loans where they give you the money for a yearly travel card (depending on your zome this can cost from about £800 +) they then take it out of your wages month by month. With this card you can get a load of discount when buying tickets for trains and the like. It also saves you from queing up once a week/month to get a new pass.
Time Out is the magazine for all things got to do with social life be it pubs clubs food drink or arts.
Well thats all I can think of right now but hopefully I will come up with more. Oh ya heres one for you http://www.jobserve.com is great for IT jobs in England.