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27 Things That Happen When You've Just Moved To London

It's a stressful time, but you get through it.

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1. Before moving to London, you'll have done plenty of research:

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Where can I live for cheap without getting murdered? Should I live near a tube stop? Which tube stop? Is the green line good?

2. But in doing so, you may have found out some things that aren't great.

3. And it's safe to say that when you finally arrive, you're not exactly expecting a welcoming committee.

4. Then there's people back home who like to scare you with all the horrible things they think they know about London.

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5. No wonder you feel a bit all over the place in your first week. 😖

6. Whether you're job hunting, flat hunting or trying to survive that night bus journey home, London will make you feel the most tired you've ever been.

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There's so much to do and sort out, and the people - there's too many of them!

7. On top of that, the city is a very confusing place.

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And if you're not British you'll probably ask people how to get to Grossvenor Square or Mary-le-bone station, and they will just blank you.

8. The tube map feels like someone vomited out a bunch of gummy worms and tied them together.

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9. And of course if you spend ANY time looking at the tube map at the station, Londoners get extremely sassy.

OK, I'm sorry, maybe I'm like 5% in your way, JUST CHILL OUT.

10. And this whole thing about British people being polite well, NOT IN LONDON.

Waterloo station. Abandon all hope, ye who enter...

Londoners do not know how to queue, ever.

11. People trample you, clip their toenails in the middle of the train carriage, and dig their armpits into your face.

12. And maybe, because you're lost and new and just figuring things out, you stand on the left hand side of the escalator...

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YOU WILL BE SLAUGHTERED or at the very least shouted at like you're a naughty toddler who just flung poo everywhere.

13. Tube etiquette in general is beyond stressful.

As a young healthy male I'm the lowest in the busy tube pecking order, I feel like I should give up my seat to everyone! #newtolondon

14. And how are you supposed to know that you don't HAVE to press the tube door buttons, but if you don't press the overground door buttons people act like you're brain dead.

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15. In your first week you will definitely lose that wretched Oyster card.

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Or you won't get it out of your bag quick enough at the gates, causing a thousand people to grunt in unison behind you.

16. And perhaps, on a particularly bad day, you'll try to pay for your sandwich with it.

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Or try to get into your front door...

17. All this tube drama can make your commute seem like the biggest mission of your life.

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18. Busses aren't great either; maneuvering yourself to a seat is quite the workout.

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In your first week you're bound to fall down the stairs, fall into a pole, or worse, fall onto someone's lap.

19. But even after just a few days of traveling around London, you come up with your own transport hacks.

You'll start to figure out the least stressful times to travel and when to stand on the platform for optimum efficiency.

20. Unfortunately you do realise soon enough that London drains all your money.

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You knew London would be expensive, but you didn't know it was THIS bad.

21. You want to make your crummy London flat more homely, but with limited income and resources, this can be tricky.

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Have fun getting a Christmas tree home.

22. Homesickness is very real; it's easy to feel completely alone.

23. But no matter where you're from, London is so big, you'll always find people who remind you of home.

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24. Even though you're still just finding your feet, your old pals will be in envy of all your London Instagrams.

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25. And they'll beg to come visit, which is great because it gives you an excuse to do the tourist stuff.

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London is FILLED with awesome things to do, but you don't get round to doing them when you actually live there.

26. In your first week, you might find that that initial London excitement has already begun to wear off.

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27. But then you'll randomly take a stroll around the river and gasp to yourself.

It's a hectic, strange place, but you know you've made the right decision.
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It's a hectic, strange place, but you know you've made the right decision.