Becoming a Permanent Londoner

Over the course of the semester my roommates and I have always talked about how we could easily see ourselves living in London full time. It’s impossible to run out of things to do in the city, and the tube make it easy to access everything the city has to offer. If I were to live in London, I most likely wouldn’t be able to afford to live in the same area that my flat is at now (Hammersmith), so I would probably have to work a lot farther outside of the city – likely somewhere farther in zone 2 or 3. I would especially love to live near a big park, as I love having picnics outside with friends when the weather is nice out.

Although I enjoyed my IT project analyst internship at Grant Thornton International, I would love to get a different job in the field of data science. I have occasionally looked up data science job openings in London and there are endless open applications ranging from large corporate companies to small startups. In this kind of dream scenario I would prefer to work at a large company for the first few years of my career, and then maybe go to a smaller company once I’ve established more knowledge and experience.

In the past four months I feel like I haven’t even made a dent in exploring all that London has to offer. If I lived here permanently I would definitely take advantage of websites that have rankings of the best places to eat and visit, as well as what kinds of unique events/markets are going on during any particular weekend. I truly think that London is the perfect place to live because it has the big city feel and opportunities, lots of green space and parks, many free museums and attractions, and a super easy public transportation system. One thing that I didn’t do a great job of is building relationships with locals, and I would definitely try to do more activities that involve locals instead of tourists.

Overall, it’s super easy to see myself becoming a full-time resident in London. I’m excited to be able to look back on this experience and tell people I lived in London for four months. I feel like I got a really authentic experience of living there and would be able to really easily transition into being a Londoner.