London as a Freelancer

5 years ago from , Freelance Web Designer & misterjack.co

Hi guys, I know many of you live and work in the UK so I'm coming for advice.

My girlfriend just got a job in London so we're moving from Paris. I work as a freelancer in Paris and I'll be doing a lot of round-trips for a few months + working remotely from London.

I was wondering if anyone had tips for finding a flat / bank account /etc. as a freelancer. How do you justify your income? Do you have any trouble with estate agents?

Also, when I'm settled in, I'll be looking for tips about places to visit, meetups, etc. :)



  • A B, almost 5 years ago

    Enjoy it!

    Look out for http://designandbanter.com/ and http://www.meetup.com/London-UX/ if you want meetups. Loads more for devs.

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  • Hash MilhanHash Milhan, almost 5 years ago

    Good luck on getting on that bank account. You usually need proof of address, which is something like a utility bill, or council tax bill. Which can take some time to get.

    so top TIP. Apply for the National Insurance number as soon as possible. once you get that you will get a letter from Job Center, which most banks accept as proof of address.

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    • Pierre de MillyPierre de Milly, almost 5 years ago (edited almost 5 years ago )

      Thanks, I'll do that right now :)

      Lloyds Banks offers Current Accounts without proof of address for EU residents (thanks Quora for this one).

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  • Kamile Mieliauskaite, almost 5 years ago

    Hey there. Lloyds will definitely open account for you, i had no problem with that once moved to London.

    In terms of finding a flat..Most of the agencies do credit check, and if you have never lived in UK this can be tricky thing. In my situation I check few agencies and for one of them it was enough to show that I have income every month and that I had more money in my account than 12 month rent. However you can always try to find a flat through private landlord, but it is always more risk too.

    If i were you do a good research in different London areas because prices really vary.

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