Wussup Guys! I'm brand new to the site and was recommended here through another forum. I currently live in southern California and am in the online advertising space. My current employer has reached out to me about a potential opportunity to relocate to our EU headquarters in London. I know next to nothing about living in the UK. I have traveled there in Sept of 2010 for work and was there for about 10 days. At the time, I was just taking it all in and being a tourist pretty much. I wanted to ask you guys a couple questions about moving/living in the UK. To set the landscape, here are some details: - current US income ~ $55-65k - currently renting 3br apt ~ $1k/mo (my share w/ utilities) - no real debt outside of credit cards - I'm single, late 20s - grew up in Chicago, prefer big city life over suburban life - move likely to happen April 2013 Company details: - will be providing moving expenses - will be living there between 2-4 years - anticipated salary will be 25% higher (in pounds) based on cost of living (est. 48,000 pounds) - office is located in Central Saint Giles. I remember it being around 3 blocks away from the British Museum. Here are some of my questions: 1. Ideally I'd like to live within a 30-40 minute commute to work. What amount should I expect to pay for a decent 1br apt? How big are they? 400 sq ft.? 600? 800? 2. Considering the location of my office, what areas should I consider looking for an apt? 3. What utilities do you have to pay for? Electricity, Gas, Trash, Cable/TV, etc.? 3. How much do you have in pay in taxes (US ~ 25%)? 4. What is a comfortable salary to earn living as a single male in the UK? 35,000 pounds? 50,000? 80,000? My salary is negotiable. 5. How much would I likely be spending on a Tube fair per month/year? Any feedback and suggestions are greatly appreciated!