Naturally, having a roof over your head will be a primary concern when you decide to live and teach in the UK.
Throughout the UK, our network of offices can advise you about the best options for both temporary and long-term accommodation in their areas. Be sure to speak with your advisor before you begin your search as they will be able to offer advice on the best areas to live in proximity to the work available.
Our accommodation guide is part of our overseas teachers induction pack (you’ll find it at the bottom of this page). It contains information about renting, flat shares, utilities, rental deposits and links to other useful websites.
A few tips…
Very few people secure a property from abroad. In fact, we do not advise you do so. Signing a lease before coming to teach in the UK means basing an expensive decision on the opinion of someone you’ve never met and if you’re lucky, a photograph – very risky indeed!
Most teachers have pre-arranged accommodation in the UK for when they arrive to see them through their first few days. For those of us without a generous friend’s couch to crash on, booking an inexpensive room in a Bed & Breakfast, hostel or hotel will give you time to settle into your new surroundings and become accustomed to using the tube, trains or buses in your area.
Finding a flat takes a bit of effort, but you should find that the UK property market is always very active.
You will want to choose a housing option that suits your lifestyle.
Shared accommodation is by far the most common living arrangement for overseas trained teachers. Not only is this the most economical option, it also provides excellent opportunities to meet new people, whether from the UK or elsewhere around the world.
You may or may not wish to use the services of an estate agent or letting agent to help you find a flat. Be sure to understand the agency’s fees, terms and conditions before agreeing to lease a flat through them. Expect to pay an administrative fee, but beware that some agencies are notorious for charging exorbitant fees. On average, agencies charge in the vicinity of £100.00 as a finders fee.