5 Underrated Places to Live in London
Your Supply Family
Teaching supply means you’ll work in a range of schools within a certain distance of where you live. This is great because it means you get to know people in loads of schools near you! The more schools you teach in, the more headteachers, pastoral staff, senior leadership, classroom teachers, supply teachers, parents and children you’ll meet – and that lets you set up a whole support network around you. We’ve had so many teachers join us on supply teaching and end up finding their next longer-term role at a school they’ve already taught in AND got to know people in!
If you’re moving to the UK from overseas, it’s important to make sure you settle well and integrate yourself into a new environment. While we can help with this, for the most part, the social aspect is more up to you!
The Engage Family
At Engage, we pride ourselves on how we support our teachers with relocation and finding new work. Our teacher socials and induction events give you the right start to your teaching career and help you find other people in the exact same situation as you. We arrange social events every term and they could be anything from pub quizzes to bar crawls to roller discos!
We don’t only help you find teachers in your area, we can help you too. Need help setting up a bank account? We’ve got you! Need advice on where to live and teach supply? We’ve got you! When you sign your SGP contract, you become part of our family – a family of supply teachers, longer-term teachers, people who teach in Special Education, and the staff that work for Engage.
One of our favourite supply teacher stories is that of Kirsten – a Canadian teacher that moved over here taught supply and met her husband! It’s a wonderful story, check it out on our blog.
So don’t think of moving abroad to teach in England as giving something up back home, but gaining so much here!
5 Underrated Places to Live in London
As a teacher, you can live anywhere in London. That freedom can be exhilarating, but it can also be confusing.
Where should you even start looking for a place to live? Which part of London is best for you?
After living in London for three years, I’m getting a much better idea of where the best places in London are. Hopefully, the list below will inspire you to get started on your London house hunt.
Area: Tottenham Hale
Rent: £563 per month for a room in a shared house
Perfect For: Travelling Europe
If you imagine yourself catching £20 flights to Iceland or Greece every half-term and long weekend, you’ll want to live in Tottenham Hale. The local train station will take you directly to Stansted, London’s budget airport, in 42 minutes. If you’re craving a croque monsieur, catch the Victoria Line from Tottenham Hale. You’ll be at the St Pancras International train station in a quarter of an hour. You’ll be able to take the train underneath the English Channel to Calais, Lille or Paris. Taking a day trip into the countryside? You’ll be at Victoria Station in the centre of London in just 20 minutes. From there, you can take a train or bus to nearly anywhere in the country.
Rent: £1250 per month for a three-bedroom house
Perfect For: Settling Down
Recently awarded Best Commuter Town for all of London (http://www.totallymoney.com/commuter-hotspots/tool/), Swanley isn’t technically in London. Instead, it’s an up-and-coming suburb full of friendly young families. People living in Swanley consistently rate their happiness as higher than people living in nearby London. Swanley is full of beautiful parks, running trails and golf courses. It has regular street markets and a shopping centre. And when you decide you want to visit London—or if you’re working in the city—the train journey to Victoria Station is only half an hour. It’s the perfect place for anyone who wants a little more space without paying London prices.
Rent: £715 per month for a room in a shared house
Perfect For: Partying til Brunch
Now that Shoreditch has been fully taken over by hipsters and corporations, any real partiers go to Brixton. Brixton is the most up-and-coming area of London and the rental market is heating up like crazy, but it’s not fully gentrified yet, so it’s still more affordable than better-known alternatives like Shoreditch or Camden. Brixton is full of quirky shopping options, independent local restaurants and occasionally wild clubs. Brixton has enough going on to keep you entertained and well-fed all year round, but if you ever find yourself wanting to visit central London, you can be at Victoria Station in only eight minutes.
Area: Shepherd’s Bush
Rent: £672 for a studio flat
Perfect For: Living Like a Local
Shepherd’s Bush is where people who grew up in London move after university. An affordable residential area close to central London, it offers a quick commute and a sense of community. You’ll have neighbours of all different ethnicities and get to rub shoulders with all kinds of different people. With a £8 million regeneration going on, there’s never been a better time to move to Shepherd’s Bush. New shops and restaurants are opening all the time. And with a tube station on the Central Line, you’ll be anywhere you want to be in no time—like Hyde Park in five minutes or Oxford Circus, the famous shopping destination, in 12 minutes.
Rent: £1517 for a one-bedroom apartment
Perfect For: Hosting Every Social Event
Waterloo is a coveted Zone 1 location in central London. Living here means you have access to everything in and out of London, and all of your friends have easy access to your place. You’ll quickly become the social hub of your friend group. Your flat will always have friends from home staying on the couch or new friends from all over the world gathering to watch the football match or Eurovision. The only reason the rent in Waterloo is even close to manageable is that it’s on the south side of the river. You’ll be only steps away from the Thames—if you pay a little more, you might even have a view! In the evenings, you’ll enjoy jogging along the river or popping into a late-night gallery viewing at the Tate Modern next door.
Feeling inspired? Use a tool like RightMove or Zoopla to check out listings in your favourite location. You’ll be moving into your brand new flat in no time. All prices are based on actual listings from RightMove on 28th August 2017.
Written by Kirsten, Engage Teacher from Canada!