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post Sep 7 2009, 08:24 AM
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So I'm about to start my first real job and I'm planning to rent a flat in london (where the job is) ph34r.gif

I stayed at home with my family while at uni so I'm totally clueless about the whole thing...

Anybody got any advice? If you have any tips about what to look for when looking for flats, what questions to ask potential landlords etc. that would be really helpful smile.gif


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post Sep 13 2009, 07:16 PM
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Last year at uni, my rent was two thirds of my income (not including student loan, but that managed to fizzle into surprisingly nothing) and it was awful. This year, different flat, it should be about one third which is, if I remember rightly, what one should aim for when figuring out finances. I was spending all my non-uni time working, which meant no time for socialising... but I needed the money to socialise.
And London is expensive. Oh so very expensive- it is very easy to spend 100 on one weekend and not notice, only to find on monday that you've just spent that week's wages on... not a lot. Not that I have ever done that >_> However, there are plenty of free things to do, you can get your cycle on and you can shop carefully and cleverly. Maybe having a Funtimes Jar would be useful (note to self: make one) which you put cash in now and again to use for going out. If you have no cash in it then you don't go out: thereby getting rid of the Just Take My Card With Me And Won't Have More Than A Couple Of Drinks line of thought. Not that I'm guilty of that one, either dry.gif

Going back to food: just make sure you have a well stocked dry-foods cupboard. Rice, pasta, noodles, fufu flour (African shops will sell it: ground cassava you mix and beat with boiling water and eat with very spicey stew. Surprisingly good and fills you up), tinned tomatoes, tinned beans, spices, soy sauce, Maggie sauce etc etc. That way, you can get away with buying a very small amount of dairy and fresh fruit/ veg each week. (Last December, I was so poor when I found a pound coin on the floor I was actually overjoyed as I could buy some fresh veg!) Whether you just can't afford it, or whether you just want a larger proportion of money freed up for funtimes, it can be useful. Also, you'll probably have a local market with plastic bowls of produce where any bowl costs 1.

Sorry, I feel really patronising now. Tell me to shut up if I am!


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QUOTE (Daria @ Sep 13 2009, 08:16 PM) *
Sorry, I feel really patronising now. Tell me to shut up if I am!
Not at all! Thanks for the advice smile.gif The funtimes jar is an awesome idea. Should make me much more aware of how much money I don't have!

Cycling is a great way to save money but I will need to get a bike and learn to ride it first (yeah, I never learnt to ride to a bike...)


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- crazymat   Moving out & finding somewhere to live!   Sep 7 2009, 08:24 AM
- - Sir Psycho Sexy   Just make sure you'll have enough money to liv...   Sep 7 2009, 10:09 AM
- - Mata   Always check on what the expected bills might be a...   Sep 7 2009, 12:33 PM
- - WeeJ   Check out how much the Council tax will be. Bane o...   Sep 7 2009, 12:55 PM
- - elphaba2   Plumbing! Check for signs of water damage--any...   Sep 7 2009, 04:06 PM
- - crazymat   Thanks everyone! Lots of good advice, I will ...   Sep 7 2009, 05:36 PM
- - snoo   Ooooh moving out! I have moved many times in t...   Sep 7 2009, 05:39 PM
|- - Hobbes   QUOTE (snoo @ Sep 7 2009, 06:39 PM) I hav...   Sep 7 2009, 09:39 PM
- - CheeseMoose   Ugh. I'm seeing all this from the other side a...   Sep 7 2009, 11:20 PM
- - funked)out_frog   I don't really have anything to add apart from...   Sep 8 2009, 07:22 PM
- - Daria   Firstly: good luck! Secondly: whereabouts in L...   Sep 9 2009, 12:45 PM
|- - Hobbes   QUOTE (Daria @ Sep 9 2009, 01:45 PM) Also...   Sep 10 2009, 05:35 PM
- - Mata   Oo, good one. If possible, always go for double gl...   Sep 9 2009, 01:02 PM
- - crazymat   To answer some questions: I'm moving to west ...   Sep 9 2009, 01:57 PM
- - Mata   Oh, and take a digital camera so you can compare f...   Sep 10 2009, 12:45 PM
- - Cath   And a list of questions you want to ask dont rely ...   Sep 10 2009, 03:55 PM
- - Daria   I like moving house! I've moved 14 times i...   Sep 10 2009, 09:09 PM
- - crazymat   I hope so! On second thoughts I'm a bit ...   Sep 13 2009, 10:04 AM
|- - Hobbes   QUOTE (crazymat @ Sep 13 2009, 11:04 AM) ...   Sep 13 2009, 06:40 PM
- - snoo   Remember it's a lot easier to move from a smal...   Sep 13 2009, 07:06 PM
- - Daria   Last year at uni, my rent was two thirds of my inc...   Sep 13 2009, 07:16 PM
|- - crazymat   QUOTE (Daria @ Sep 13 2009, 08:16 PM) Sor...   Sep 14 2009, 11:16 AM
- - elphaba2   Fufu! Waaaant. Want. *ponders whether she ca...   Sep 13 2009, 10:01 PM
- - Daria   I found cocoyam fufu last time. It's pink and ...   Sep 13 2009, 11:41 PM
- - Mata   DEATH BY FUFU! /Futurama I mostly have a cupb...   Sep 14 2009, 12:15 PM
|- - TigerLily013   QUOTE (Mata @ Sep 14 2009, 08:15 AM) DEAT...   Sep 25 2009, 02:14 AM
- - Hobbes   Paprika. Always keep paprika in stock. The greate...   Sep 14 2009, 04:38 PM
- - WeeJ   K, so I came home last night to find the radiator ...   Sep 20 2009, 09:30 PM
- - Mata   This is where you find out how good your landlords...   Sep 21 2009, 06:16 AM
- - funked)out_frog   QUOTE (Hobbes @ Sep 14 2009, 05:38 PM) Pa...   Sep 21 2009, 06:40 PM
|- - Hobbes   QUOTE (funked)out_frog @ Sep 21 2009, 07...   Sep 21 2009, 07:26 PM
- - patback87   Sounds like everyone has given you good advice. My...   Sep 24 2009, 07:29 AM
- - crazymat   Thanks for the advice! I've found a flat ...   Sep 24 2009, 03:07 PM
|- - Sir Psycho Sexy   QUOTE (crazymat @ Sep 24 2009, 04:07 PM) ...   Sep 24 2009, 04:34 PM
|- - snoo   QUOTE (crazymat @ Sep 24 2009, 04:07 PM) ...   Sep 24 2009, 07:57 PM
- - patback87   It's good to hear you found a place. Even if y...   Sep 24 2009, 06:32 PM
- - Mata   Get contents insurance. Tescos do pretty decent ra...   Sep 25 2009, 12:53 PM
- - CheeseMoose   Ugh contents insurance. I was trying to get some a...   Sep 25 2009, 01:12 PM
- - crazymat   Yeah, I'm not looking forward to the lack of i...   Sep 25 2009, 05:26 PM
- - snoo   Direct line have 50% off home contents insurance a...   Sep 25 2009, 06:48 PM
- - elphaba2   Crowded cafes are your best friends. Think Starbuc...   Sep 25 2009, 07:35 PM
- - Daria   Yay for finding somewhere!   Sep 26 2009, 10:02 AM
- - crazymat   Argh contents insurance is confusing! How do I...   Sep 28 2009, 04:14 PM
- - CheeseMoose   You don't have to be that accurate about when ...   Sep 28 2009, 11:28 PM
- - Mata   2 weeks is actually pretty fast for turning on the...   Sep 29 2009, 06:16 AM
- - crazymat   Yeah I've got no idea... There's a pictur...   Sep 29 2009, 11:14 AM
- - Mata   Hmm... Sash windows and big lintels... It's tr...   Sep 29 2009, 01:00 PM
- - Lurker in the Dark   I call twenties on that. Also, don't leave you...   Sep 29 2009, 09:21 PM


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