I've lived in London for two years now, I love it and wouldn't change it for the world. It's not for everyone though and quite a lot recently, a lot of people have been asking me a few things about what it's like to live in London.
Not as expensive as people make it out to be - I mean, it's expensive, for what I am paying for where I live, I could have my own flat back home. But that's the price what comes with living in the capital. Budgeting is something you just have to do when living here. I should take my own advice though as I'm not good at it but it all depends on how much you're earning to what you can do. Rent and bills is the biggest factor of course. However I simply just take that away when I get paid and then allow myself to have a certain amount to spend each week. That allows me to do as I please (within reason) on the weekend, whether that is heading to Brighton for the night or going out for brunch and dinner.
You don't need to live in central London - Yes it's amazing, I lived next to the river for the first 10 months I lived in London and I would move straight back if I could. But it's not possible for everyone as it's very expensive and living in zone two and three is a normal thing. There are some amazing places in London outside of zone two, sometimes an extra ten minutes on the commute is worth it. I love where I live as it doesn't feel like central London, yet it only takes me about 40 minutes to get to work on the bus and tube.
It's big but lonely - London can be lonely, that's a known fact. There are so many people living in the city yet it's possible to know no one. But you will make friends, through friends or at university or through work or just in a bar. It's the same in every other city, yet more prominent here.
Never bored - You will never be bored living in London as there's always something to do. Whether it's going to the latest pop-up (aka every single day) or to a museum on the weekend (if you can stand children everywhere). Make the most of it and grab opportunities when they come because that pop up will be gone in a weeks time, or never like boxpark...
Food lovers dream- So much food, so so much food. Not all good but if you find the hidden gems and you'll be surprised. You may have to wait 45 minutes for a table at peak times as you can never book anywhere, but it's expected and worth it. Head to a street feast or one of the many food markets, you can find every cuisine here.
I love living in London and I think you either love it or hate it. There's so much to do, so many places to go and so many people to meet. You have to move past the things which annoy you about the city (like crowds) and realise it's beauty. Simply look up when walking around, people don't do it enough, just look at the beautiful architecture.