Living and working in London

Coming to live and work in the capital can be a big step. To help you find your feet, we’ve put together some basic information so you can find your way around the city and familiarise yourself with the unique character of its many neighbourhoods. There’s also some tips on making the most of London and how to enjoy living in the capital for less.

Getting your bearings

King's arch with Golden Jubilee Wing in background

King’s College Hospital is in Camberwell, south-east London. We are in London travel zone 2 with good public transport connections including two overground railway stations within a short walking distance as well as numerous bus routes that run directly outside the hospital.

It’s generally cheaper to live here than in zone 1 and the streets are a little quieter, but we’re still only 20-30 minutes from the major attractions and nightlife of the capital.

If you're planning to travel to King's in your own transport, check out our getting to work guide for staff.

Tip: Travelling by bus is often the best option for getting around south London. Transport for London (TfL) has detailed bus maps and a route planner, and you’ll find a list of the destinations served by every stop in the area at your local bus stop. The TfL site also has details of how to get an Oyster travel card, which is generally the cheapest and most convenient way of travelling by bus, Tube, tram, DLR (Dockland Light Railway), London Overground and most National Rail services in the capital's central zones.

Where to live

Many of our staff live locally in Camberwell and there are a number of other popular areas nearby including East Dulwich, Brixton, Herne Hill, Sydenham and Brockley. But with our good public transport links, including regular trains direct from Luton in the north and Sutton in the south, you have a wide range of options.

Tip: Our Accommodation Office can help you to find accommodation, give you advice on renting in the private and social housing sectors, and generally point you in the right direction. Also try websites such as UK Local Area to research where to live and get an idea of how much it costs to rent and buy here. In addition, it has information on things like local neighbourhoods, schools and services. For simple room rentals and flat shares, Spareroom is handy as you can also post room wanted adverts for free.

Making friends

Three women walking in park

London can be a bit overwhelming initially and it can be difficult making friends and socialising in your first few weeks or months.

But you’re not on your own: there are loads of sites that aim to help people around the capital get together. City Socialising and Gumtree are good places to start if you want to get out, meet others and make new friends.