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Londoners moving to the US will feel right at home in Los Angeles’s fast-paced, vibrant lifestyle. Known for its extreme diversity, there is something for everyone in LA. The city’s landscape spans from mountains to skyscrapers to beaches; homes range from luxurious mansions to small studio apartments. Londoners will be especially happy to know that although LA is one of the most expensive cities in the world, it is still about 10% cheaper than the English capital.

Visas and Work Permits

For any expat moving to the US, it is advisable to secure a job first. This will make the visa and work permit process easier. In LA especially, expats may want to find a job or set-up interviews before making the transatlantic haul. Jobs in LA are plentiful, but competitive. No matter your job sector, when you apply for a position in the City of Angels, know that you may be competing with hundreds to thousands of applicants.

Los Angeles—just like London—is made up of many neighborhoods, each with their own personality. Likewise, housing is expensive. Rent for a one-bedroom apartment ranges from the cheapest neighborhood, Central Alameda at 1,250 USD, to the most expensive: Santa Monica at 3,500 USD. As transportation is largely dependent on cars, new residents should try to find accommodation that is close to their place of work. In a city such as LA, Londoners may also want to look at crime statistics before signing a lease. 

When comparing expense and things to do, there are many similarities between London and Los Angeles. Where the cities differ, however, is in weather and overall vibe. LA’s coastal location not only lends itself to year-round warm, sunny weather, but also a laid-back attitude that pervades both the social and work culture. Londoners wanting to move to the US will do well to keep LA at the top of their list. 

Do you want to relocate? If you have never moved abroad, the process will be overwhelming, and if you have, you know the burden that lies ahead. Whatever stage you are at, InterNations GO! can help you with a complete set of relocation services, such as home finding, school search, visa solutions, and even pet relocation. Our expert expat team is ready to get your relocation going, so why not jump-start your move abroad and contact us today? Best to start early! Updated on: August 08, 2019

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While London residents may bask in the year-round warmth and sunshine of their new LA home, they will need to adjust to a transportation system that pales in comparison to the London Underground. Most Angelenos drive themselves and it is estimated that, in a city of 10 million people, one out of every two residents owns a vehicle. Londoners will enjoy the diverse cultural opportunities found throughout LA, but they should know that commute times will limit their options.

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Moving from London to Los Angeles

If you are thinking of moving to Los Angeles, you are not alone. With its large shipping port and major international airport, thousands of expats move to Los Angeles every year, making it one of the most diverse cities in the US.

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At the first InterNations event that I attended, I met my wonderful partner. We now live together in a flat next to the Limmat.

Elin Gustavson

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  • Start the tour with one night in Barcelona, where you can get to know the others in your group while enjoying tapas in the center of the city
  • Enjoy 4 four guided, moderate full-day hikes in Andorra, plus a free day to explore
  • Discover the natural landscape of Andorra and then relax in the hotel spa 
  • Get to know your group while having great adventures — a Tour Host will coordinate many opportunities for socializing throughout the trip

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