Prior to your arrival to the UK, you should arrange a temporary accommodation for you to stay for the first couple of weeks or month. Most temporary accommodation costs associated with your relocation can be claimed and reimbursed tax-free as a relocation expense. Make sure you keep copies of your receipts and upload these via your personal online Main Pay account.
We advise you to book 10-14 days of short-term accommodation. This will give you plenty of time to find long-term accommodation once you are here.
Airbnb – www.airbnb.com– Popular short term room rental site. Ideal to find rooms anywhere in London.
Hotels – www.booking.com– A great option if you are looking to live in luxury for your first two weeks.
Hostels – www.hostelworld.com– Various hostels around London for those on a tight budget.
Spareroom – www.spareroom.co.uk– Probably the most popular room sharing and house sharing website. You will find everything on here, it is highly recommended. Please view the room/house before committing to it long term.
Arrive homes – www.arrivehomes.com– Popular for teachers. Houses in north London. Minimum commitment is 3-4 months. You need to book in advance to secure a room, especially for the start of school terms.