In the current economic climate, 91% of recent graduates in the UK are seeking employment in London. However, with many graduates hailing from home towns in other parts of the UK, their knowledge of actually living in residential London can be limited, so they’re turning to the Internet for help. Moove2London.co.uk is a free website assisting graduates and young professionals who are moving to London for the first time.
The site offers advice on finding work and accommodation in London and promotes popular residential areas such as Camden or Clapham. The area descriptions on the site feature local information including estate agents, transport links, popular pubs and bars, average accommodation prices, council tax prices, parks, libraries, restaurants, supermarkets, gyms, cinemas and taxi firms. There are currently 20 London areas being featured on Moove2London.co.uk, but all 118 of London’s postcode areas will be uploaded in stages throughout 2010.
Moove2London.co.uk was launched in 2005, but has enjoyed a massive increase in popularity since the end of 2009 when the volume of interest shown by graduates prompted a ‘Moving to London forum’ to be formed. The growing community at Moove2London.co.uk allows newcomers to London to connect with each other by sharing opinions, advice and advertising rooms to rent. One forum member going by the name of ‘Scribbler’ writes ‘Thanks for all your help – before I found this site, my knowledge of London was based on playing Monopoly as a kid’.
The recent launch of a blog has also proved very popular, with many people opting to subscribe and be alerted when new posts are made. Typically new articles are posted 3 to 4 times a week on topics such as ‘Safety in London’, ‘Short-term rental accommodation in London’ and ‘Ways to Save Money in London’.
Moove2London.co.uk can be found at http://www.moove2london.co.uk