While colourful brochures and polished websites are a helpful starting point when thinking about moving overseas, few things are as valuable as first-hand advice from someone who has already been through the process. Celestè Sullivan, who recently moved from Melbourne to London, shares a few helpful tips as well as the highlights of her journey so far.
Celestè used 1st Contact’s Kickstart package and has chosen to live in Wapping, East London. Says Celestè: “I’m loving London and found settling in easy – it feels like home already. With the help of 1st Contact, the move was stress free, making it easier for me to adjust to living in a new country.”
Celestè first travelled to the UK and Europe when she was 21 and fell in love with the multi-cultural city instantly. She returned to Australia and joined a large hotel group. Seven years later she was offered an opportunity to return to the city she loved.
A few of Celestè’s favourite London activities include the Alternative London Walking Tour and visiting the Borough Food Market on a Saturday morning. For anyone new to the city, she recommends having a drink or dinner at the Sushisamba bar in the Heron Building while enjoying breath-taking views of the city.
Finding accommodation in London can be overwhelming – Celestè found the Spare Room App very useful for finding a flat. She warns those looking for a place to stay in the city: “Remember to have enough saved to cover the deposit for your flat, as sometimes landlords ask for 12 weeks up front.”
To keep up with Celestè’s London adventures, you can follow her on Instagram here.