How much money should I bring with me? I have a friend there who told me how much rent is usually and stuff but he lives there and always have, how hard is it to start a life there? I'm thinking of bringing like 5000, but I don't even know how much that is in pounds. I would need a working visa and I was told I'd have to be there for 30 days before I can even apply for one. I'd be paying for an apartment for about 2 months and I'd be searching during then, so I'd have a job right when I get my visa.
I know this probably isn't the place to ask, but It'd be nice to get some help. :]
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It's probably about £3 000 - but I'm not up to date on current exchange rates.
Keep in mind London is the most expensive city in England. Rent is generally paid by the week, and is at the moment, obviously, very, very competitive. You're probably looking at paying no less than £200 a week and this will increase as you move into the centre of London. Then you have to account for living expenses, so places come gas, electricity etc, inclusive. Other's don't. There's food, transport, going out.
Now I'm not to sure what you do about a work permit, but I'm sure it's quite tricky. As far as I know, your employer has to apply for you, so you need a job before you go. Though depending on your background (higher education and good work history) I think it's slightly easier and you don't need a job lined up before. But I think you could work for an American company in the UK without one.
Problem is I think that if you come on a visitors visa, and then have to change to working - you have to move back to the US until things are changed. But things might have changed.
But you should probably talk to a migrant agent or something like that.