Immigration Accommodation in London Canada
As a new immigrant arriving in London one of the first tasks is to find short term and long-term accommodation in London for you and your family.
Your first accommodation on arriving in London may be temporary. This is ok, and is the route that most new migration arrivals in London take. Some individuals opt of a good hostel or Serviced Accommodation in London, while some are lucky enough to be able to stay with family or friends in the area. Most new arrivals take a short-term rental while they look for something long term. As with any city, it’s always easier to find someplace new to live once you are already there and London is no different.
Accommodation for newcomers in London Canada guide
You’ve been through the stress and emotional roller coaster involved with securing a visa for Canada and you’ve chosen London as your destination. It’s a charming place with plenty or heritage. London is well known to be extremely welcoming to new migrants.
Here is some background on London for new immigration arrivals.
London is the capital and largest city of England and the United Kingdom. Standing on the River Thames in south-east England at the head of a 50-mile (80 km) estuary down to the North Sea, it has been a major settlement for two millennia. The City of London, its ancient core and financial centre, was founded by the Romans as Londinium and retains boundaries close to its medieval ones.[note 1] Since the 19th century, “London” has also referred to the metropolis around this core, historically split between the counties of Middlesex, Essex, Surrey, Kent, and Hertfordshire, which largely makes up Greater London, the region governed by the Greater London Authority. The City of Westminster, to the west of the City, has for centuries held the national government and parliament.
London, as one of the world’s global cities, exerts strong influence on its arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, health care, media, tourism and communications. Its GDP (€801.66 billion in 2017) makes it the biggest urban economy in Europe and one of the major financial centres in the world. In 2019 it had the second highest number of ultra high-net-worth individuals in Europe after Paris and the second-highest number of billionaires of any city in Europe after Moscow. With Europe’s largest concentration of higher education institutions, it includes Imperial College London in natural and applied sciences, the London School of Economics in social sciences, and the comprehensive University College London. The city is home to the most 5-star hotels of any city in the world. In 2012, London became the first city to host three Summer Olympic Games.
London’s diverse cultures mean over 300 languages are spoken. The mid-2018 population of Greater London of about 9 million, made it Europe’s third-most populous city. It accounts for 13.4 per cent of the UK population. Greater London Built-up Area is the fourth most populous in Europe, after Istanbul, Moscow and Paris, with 9,787,426 inhabitants at the 2011 census. The London metropolitan area is the third-most populous in Europe after Istanbul’s and Moscow’s, with 14,040,163 inhabitants in 2016.
London covers four World Heritage Sites: the Tower of London; Kew Gardens; the Palace of Westminster along with Westminster Abbey, and St Margaret’s Church, and the historic settlement in Greenwich, where the Royal Observatory, Greenwich defines the Prime Meridian (0° longitude) and Greenwich Mean Time. Other landmarks include Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Piccadilly Circus, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and Trafalgar Square. It has numerous museums, galleries, libraries and sporting venues, including the British Museum, National Gallery, Natural History Museum, Tate Modern, British Library and West End theatres. The London Underground is the oldest rapid transit system in the world.
Finding Immigration Accommodation for Newcomers in London Canada
Most searches begin with a search engine. Local papers in London may well be online and of course, listing sites such as Craigslist and Rentfaster London can be of great help.
What is the cost of short term accommodation in London
The cost of short-term newcomer accommodation in London varies greatly depending on requirements and neighborhoods. Lots of new arrivals to London use Airbnb to give them an indication of short term rental process in London and also the option to book with confidence and security.
Another website that offers the same accommodation as Airbnb.
Rental accommodation in London for newcomers
One you decide to rent an apartment or house there are certain things specific to Canada to keep in mind. For example, make sure to agree who pays for utilities, and who is responsible for removing snow!
Property owners and landlords will usually require payslips or proof of income, bank statements and occasionally they may require references from previous landlords although lots of new immigrants to London were homeowners in their previous country. Sometimes it does help to already have secured employment in the greater London area.
All renters in London have rights, so you need to familiarize yourself with those rights before you sign any agreement. Thankfully there are a number of Organizations set up in London to help. These are called Newcomer services and a list of these can be found here: newcomer service
Newcomer subletting in London Canada
Sometimes when a renter leaves for a few months they will sublet their accommodation. Quite often they leave some furnishings behind and for some newcomers to London this can be an ideal option, especially if you’ve yet to buy furniture or if your shipment is delayed.