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Teaching and Living in London
We recommend using the extensive tube, train and bus network to get to schools and about town. Tube maps can be picked up from every tube station and the network is easy and safe to navigate. If you are not close to a tube station the London buses provide an alternative option.
When travelling within London it is more cost effective to purchase an Oyster card than it is paying for single journeys. Oyster cards are chargeable with pay as you go credit, day, week, monthly and annual travel passes. The Oyster card allows you to travel to destinations within the London travel zones. If travelling extensively (2+ tube journeys daily) a weekly or even monthly travel pass can save you money.
London is also a wonderful city to walk and cycle about. Often the tube map (which is not to scale) can be misleading with distances, particularly in central London.
Checking walking routes may save you time on your journey and often takes you through some of the cities exceptional landmarks. TFL (Transport for London) offer bicycle hire points throughout the city where bikes can be obtained using an oyster card. If you are cycling in the city to ensure your safety please make sure to always wear a helmet!
Travelling with an Oyster Card
An Oyster card is an easy top-up travel card system for travel throughout London. It can be used on tubes, buses and overground trains. London is divided into 6 central zones, with the city centre being in Zone 1. This is the best and most cost effective way of travelling around London – unless you are fit enough to walk or cycle!
With the Zones in mind, which ones you travel to and from determine how much you pay for that journey. When you first come to London, we recommend buying an Oyster for a small fee (usually £5) and topping it up with £20 to get you through the first few days. Once you get a hang of where you want to travel, and what zones you are most likely to use, you can look into buying a weekly or monthly travel card to save in the long run – especially once you have secured a long term role and know where you are going each day!
Thames Teachers highly recommends using CityMapper – a fantastic website. and app to get you around London without any dramas!
Finding Your Way around London
City Mapper is an excellent APP and website. If you don’t have a smartphone, you can buy an AtoZ map book from any newsagent – they are brilliant!
We understand that you all come over with different arrangements and preferences. Thames Teachers works with Arrive Homes, a company founded by two teachers with over 50 properties across London. There are many options, including various locations, room-share, etc. The rental cost includes all bills so you can budget easily from the start!
If you wish to stay in a London Hostel for your first few days, we can assist you with selecting one in the right location. Get in touch with one of our consultants to find out more.