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Old 17th August 2019, 11:19 AM
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We are moving to Uxbridge in a few months, from New Zealand, and wanted to know the better areas of Uxbridge to try and get an apartment (to rent) in?

Will we be able to have an apartment sorted and ready for the day we land, in advance? And should we trust paying in advance online beforehand or try to pay them there?

What are the positives and negatives of living in Uxbridge?

Are the schools there reasonable? Do you need to live close to get into specific ones etc, our son will need to start school next september in the new school year.

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Hani and Christina

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We are moving to Uxbridge in a few months, from New Zealand, and wanted to know the better areas of Uxbridge to try and get an apartment (to rent) in?

Will we be able to have an apartment sorted and ready for the day we land, in advance? And should we trust paying in advance online beforehand or try to pay them there?

What are the positives and negatives of living in Uxbridge?

Are the schools there reasonable? Do you need to live close to get into specific ones etc, our son will need to start school next september in the new school year.

Thanks,

Hani and Christina
If not British, do you have the necessary visas to move to UK....?

.... and why Uxbridge?

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If not British, do you have the necessary visas to move to UK....?

.... and why Uxbridge?

Yes we are on ancestry visas.

The only reason we choose Uxbridge is to make sure it is a walking distance to work (office is in Oxford rd).

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We are moving to Uxbridge in a few months, from New Zealand, and wanted to know the better areas of Uxbridge to try and get an apartment (to rent) in?

Will we be able to have an apartment sorted and ready for the day we land, in advance? And should we trust paying in advance online beforehand or try to pay them there?

What are the positives and negatives of living in Uxbridge?

Are the schools there reasonable? Do you need to live close to get into specific ones etc, our son will need to start school next september in the new school year.

Thanks,

Hani and Christina
You will arrive with no credit history and without references from UK landlords.

From my experience moving to the UK (I did that three times):

- Letting agencies are unlikely to rent to you without a prior viewing - you might be able to have somebody view the property for you but some agencies don't like that, either.

- Agencies will probably ask for one of the following due to lack of UK credit history: a solvent UK guarantor, six months rent in advance plus deposit, or a much higher (refundable) deposit than usual plus first month's rent

- Private landlords may be more flexible but you always are at risk of this person you only know through the internet vanishing with your money/the flat not existing/the flat looking completely different from the photos. We took the chance once and were lucky but I felt sick to my stomach for a week before we flew over (just two hours and not from halfway around the world) and I had looked up the cheapest hotels in case I'd end up homeless with two children the night we arrived.

Personally, I'd rent a holiday let for the first month or so.

I friend of mine used to live in Uxbridge and she was always stressed about the cost of living.

Since you are interested in schools, how many children do you have?

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You will arrive with no credit history and without references from UK landlords.

From my experience moving to the UK (I did that three times):

- Letting agencies are unlikely to rent to you without a prior viewing - you might be able to have somebody view the property for you but some agencies don't like that, either.

- Agencies will probably ask for one of the following due to lack of UK credit history: a solvent UK guarantor, six months rent in advance plus deposit, or a much higher (refundable) deposit than usual plus first month's rent

- Private landlords may be more flexible but you always are at risk of this person you only know through the internet vanishing with your money/the flat not existing/the flat looking completely different from the photos. We took the chance once and were lucky but I felt sick to my stomach for a week before we flew over (just two hours and not from halfway around the world) and I had looked up the cheapest hotels in case I'd end up homeless with two children the night we arrived.

Personally, I'd rent a holiday let for the first month or so.

I friend of mine used to live in Uxbridge and she was always stressed about the cost of living.

Since you are interested in schools, how many children do you have?
Thanks for the information, very useful.

Looks like getting a hotel or Airbnb for a month or so until i get the right flat is the way to go.

I only have one child.

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