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bedtimeWhether you’re staying with friends (dossing as it’s known in the UK) or staying at a hostel until you find somewhere to rent, there are some things you should know before you arrive.

Dossing

It’s polite to offer to pay a small amount towards the rent, even if you are staying on the couch. If they don’t want you to contribute anything towards the rent or bills you might like to get the housemates a small gift to say thanks for having you.

Hostels

Choosing a hostel with free Internet is a good idea, so you can keep in touch with family and friends and if you don’t already have work lined up, you will need to be able to send CVs and job search online as well. Otherwise check out how to get mobile Internet access. It’s useful to have some idea of what part of London you would like to live or work and base yourself in this area if possible. Otherwise staying somewhere central will allow you to easily get from place to place – London is massive and it can take over 2 hours to get from one side to another.

Hostelbookers.com provides reviews of hostels (so you can check the standard before you arrive) and you only pay a small deposit, which is all you will lose if you decide to stay elsewhere. You can waive the cancellation fee by paying a bit extra up front – worth doing if you’re unsure of your plans. The Clink Hostel on Gray’s Inn Road is a central option that is comfortable, clean and relatively quiet with good facilities.

Hotels

If you want somewhere a bit nicer you might choose to stay in a hotel when you first arrive. Sometimes if there’s more than one of you it’s even cheaper than a hostel. Premier Inn has large, clean hotel rooms with comfy beds dotted across the UK. You can get rooms from £29 as part of their Spring Offer. This special price is available for stays between the 3rd of March and 1st of June 2014 until sold out. Book now before you miss out!

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