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Where should you start your career? In focus: London

It is true that living and working in London can be expensive, but it really doesn't need to be. 

This guide to London aims to help you figure out if finding employment and accommodation in London is the best thing for you to do.

Employment Opportunities​

According to the website totaljobs.com, Central London ranks third in the country in terms of places that pay the highest graduate salaries, with the average graduate salary in London being around £29,000 a year. Even though there is a huge number of graduate jobs available, the sectors that have the highest salaries are health/nursing, construction, banking and finance, human resources and science, with average pay working out between £33,250 and £38,250 a year!

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliment

A beautiful city to start your graduate life


Regardless of what your monthly pay is, an affordable place to live is important. Rentonomy.com looked at the cheapest places to live in London and discovered that Peckham, followed closely by Walworth, is the cheapest place to live within 10 minutes of Central London on the tube; Brixton is the cheapest place near decent pubs and bars; and Camberwell is the cheapest area with good open spaces. You will likely need to share with other people, especially when first starting out, but doing so means that all the rent and bills can be shared equally, thus cutting the overall cost of living in London on a graduate salary.

Getting Around

Getting around London can be costly, so obviously walking is free and cycling can be free or at least cheap, depending on whether you use your own bike or rent one. If you do need to use the buses or the tube, then investing in a travel pass is the most cost-effective option. They vary in price from £773 to £2,000 a year, based on which zones you need to visit and how often you travel, but overall they will save you money compared to buying individual tickets every day.

The big red bus

London is extremely well connected via public transport

Dining and Entertainment

Eating out is rarely cheap in London and you may find that doing so is an occasional treat; that said, there are plenty of bars and pubs that cater to students and young professionals throughout the entire city. Arguably the best place for a night out is Camden with its huge indie scene and drinks averaging between £2-£3, making an enjoyable but cheap night out possible. And when you're not at work or enjoying cocktails at your favourite bar, there are plenty of things to do in London that won't break the bank - museums, galleries, festivals, street performances and so much more, plus many of these activities are free or incredibly cheap, especially if you pack your own picnic!

Camden has a great range of nightlife