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11 June 2005 @ 01:28 am
Uk question...  
note to self: The Train Line, National Rail and The London Underground websites will come in very handy whilst planning things for being in the UK and working in London later this year.

A question for those living in the UK: Just say I was to commute daily from say, Cambridge to London, what service would I use to do so? Would I catch a train to the outskirts of London and then the tube into the city? Rental for a room in Cambridge is around the £350 - £400 mark; for London it was anywhere from the same price upwards. Upon checking the National Rail site, a return train ticket Cambridge - London is around £26.70; surely people don't really pay that every day to travel to work! Or do people who commute into London not live as far out as Cambridge, but along the tube line somewhere?

If anyone actually understood all that and can maybe answer or offer some information, I will love you forever.


I am so terribly excited about coming over.

edit: I think I'm going to end up living in London after all, hopefully on the outskirts a bit though (only because I know that living too far into the city would just completely do my head in). Accomodation is actually fairly cheap in some places, like this room which is £59 per week. I'm so relieved to realise there is cheap accomodation in London after all, and going into the city via the tube is a LOT cheaper than the train. So um, I guess I better start realising that I'll be living in London after all, for awhile. ha.

Ohmyfuckinggod, I am incredibly, incredibly excited about all of this. But now I need sleep.

?%___heroi nfrost ed flakes___&;;distantsun on June 10th, 2005 05:33 pm (UTC)
Woo, keep posting all these interweb resources! Flatshare.com and Spareroom.co.uk are going to become *very* handy fo me too soon!
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on June 11th, 2005 02:50 am (UTC)
I sure will hon! Actually, if you look in my memories in the "working holiday" category, there's another post with loads of links that you might be interested in. When are you planning to be there? *eee, excitement!*
?%___heroi nfrost ed flakes___&;;: yo yo yo yo baby popdistantsun on June 11th, 2005 08:18 am (UTC)
I'm heading over mid-October and staying at *least* til the end of Feb, when I'll either come back here and finish my degree, or extend my stay in London if I still love it and have a decent enough job to support myself and travel a bit.

I'm gonna be there at the same time as two other people I work with and possibly also my best friend who lives in Sydney. Crazy reunion!!
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on June 12th, 2005 02:16 am (UTC)
oh how awesome!! That's when I'll be over there too -- well, I leave at the end of September, doing a 25 day Europe tour and THEN looking for a place in London to live & start working -- we should stay in touch and meet up sometime over there or something :)

Goodluck with all your planning!! It's so exciting hey!
Emiliaemiliachi on June 10th, 2005 07:01 pm (UTC)
You can also find apartments in London via www.gumtree.com. Also, if you don't mind sitting on a bus on your way to and from work, the London buses are much more inexpensive than the tube - a bus pass for a week in London costs £10.
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on June 11th, 2005 02:49 am (UTC)
Thankyou hon!
Do you think you will come over to London sometime? I know you were wanting to :)
Like a pure white diamond I'll shine on and on: Gwenkoocachoo on June 10th, 2005 07:10 pm (UTC)
When you're over, consider getting one of these if you're going to travel on trains a lot. I've found that by using it just five or so times, the money I've saved would equate the cost of the card and from that point onwards you save.

The cost for the Cambridge trip is possibly for a ticket bought before 9pm and those prices for a travelcard are a lot. If you were to live outside of London, what kind of an area would you like; more green or a busy place?
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on June 11th, 2005 02:44 am (UTC)
I think I will end up living in London and not cambridge as originally thought; the cost of commuting & travel is so much more expensive that I'd realised.
I think I would like to live in a more green area of London though -- as much as I love cities, I think London can be *too* overwhelming in places, and I already sort of know I'll wind up working right in the middle of the city; so i think I'd rather live a little way out of that, even if the commute is a bit longer.
What would some of the quieter areas of London be, do you know?

shimelleglittertastic on June 10th, 2005 07:39 pm (UTC)
commuting isn't that bad if you're willing to accept it -- i live in a commuting neighbourhood. nearly everyone here commutes on the fenchurch street line -- it's 32 minutes from the station at the bottom of my road (chafford hundred) to fenchurch street, which connects to tower hill, aldgate and bank tube stations with a few minutes' walk.

it's definitely worth looking around at different neighbourhoods...prices vary greatly from area to area, and even within new build or old build in the same area. if you stay within zone 6 you can just get an oyster card and it takes the right amount off for all your travel journeys. i live just outside zone 6 and it's a pain -- stay within if you want to feel like you live in london. :)
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on June 11th, 2005 02:34 am (UTC)
Thankyou so much for this info -- sounds like zone 6 or closer is the way to go. I am a bit scared to live in London, to be honest, as amazing as the city is, I worry it would do my head in!! But I think I am just going to have to grin & bear it because for transport purposes it is MUCH more viable.
Thanks again for your help hon!
opheliaesque on June 10th, 2005 09:10 pm (UTC)
yes, an oyster card is wonderful. when i studied in london, i got a deal where i paid something around 75 pounds a month for unlimited tube usage in zones 1 and 2 and unlimited bus usage in all zones. i'm sure it'd be a bit more to extend the zone on the tube usage, but not too bad i bet. http://www.oystercard.com
p.s. my experiences with national rail were not so wonderful... i would avoid them! especially if you have to make connections between trains... they tend to run late and cause you to miss your connections.
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on June 11th, 2005 02:24 am (UTC)
eee, that site is sooo wonderful, THANKYOU so much!!! I think I will definitely end up getting one of those <3
L.fallensnowdrop on June 10th, 2005 09:41 pm (UTC)
*shudders at thought of her 1-hour-each-way-zone-5-to-1-commute*. Living within zone 2 is definitely a wise choice...
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on June 11th, 2005 02:52 am (UTC)
Thanks for the advice hon!!
a is for the ache in achillesturnedoffneon on June 11th, 2005 08:38 am (UTC)
<-- agrees with li

commuting in the mornings is pure hell, even from one side of london to the other.
everyone is squashed like too many goldfish on a bowl. well, i mean on the tube. i think trains aren't much better though...
L.fallensnowdrop on June 11th, 2005 02:57 pm (UTC)
Which line do you normally take? I was greeted by a 50 minute delay on the Northern a couple of weeks ago, and the phrase, 'breathe in so we can close the doors' is becoming familiar :)

The Thameslink seems better, if not just because of the seat layout. Even if you're standing, you're less likely to be *completely* crushed!
hanashelovesstars on June 12th, 2005 09:24 am (UTC)
If you ever need any help while you're over here let me know :) I live about 40 mins from london xx I'd love to live there for a while, i always have so much fun when I go :)
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on June 12th, 2005 11:43 am (UTC)
Thanks sweetie, I may end up taking you up on that offer! :)
I'm so excited to come over :)
dadadreamerdadadreamer on June 13th, 2005 08:41 am (UTC)
Hey there, hope you don't mind me butting in. I read ur Winterspark zine recently after buying it at a zine fair here in London, and I wanted to write to encourage you to come back to London, but it looks like you've made that decision already!

My advice re rents and travel in London. Personally I wouldn't go for the Cambridge commutting option, I know people at work who do it, and they don't have lives. You would spend your life on the move. Another warning, the ad that you've linked to for the place in Finsbury Park sounds a bit too good to be true for that area. You would probably expect to pay at least £75 a week for a room in that area.

My recommendation if you want somewhere cheapish and green would be a place called Streatham in South London. Its a nice area and surrounded by big open commons on both sides, so you don't get the feeling of claustrophobia of other more central places. Also because the transport links aren't so good (you have to get a bus to Brixton, and then get on the tube to get to central London) the rents are very cheap. There are other places in south London that are similar, north Londoners tend to stick their noses up at south London, but some parts of it are really nice.

Anyway, hope that helps you a bit. Give us a shout when you get over here....
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on July 5th, 2005 07:06 am (UTC)
Yikes, sorry for taking so long to reply to this comment!! Thankyou so much for the feedback re: my zines, and for coming over to London! I am really nervous but I am looking forward to it - no doubt more questions will appear on my livejournal as the time gets closer and I realise how much I don't know!! But I am excited to come back nonetheless :) London is amazing -- all of the UK is, really :)