So I thought I had been prepared with getting things in order to get things set up smoothly on arrival. Mostly the case, but it’s easy for it to get way out of hand.
So bank accounts are pretty important yeah? Cool, to get one you need an address. Specifically you’ll also need to prove you live at that address, for Barclays, they were okay with my home bank statement with an updated address. Lloyd’s were not.
So how else do you prove you live there? Get a utility in your name or ask your landlord to update the bill to your name temporarily (yeah, who’s going to do that?). Easiest bill to get yourself would be a phone plan, guess what? You need a bank account for that.
Most cases when you’re renting via an agent, they’ll need references from previous rentals or possibly an employer. No one’s gonna have that right after landing in a new country.
The way I saw it, to get paid, you need a bank account, to get a bank account you need a place to stay and to actually live there properly. To get a place to stay? Well you kinda need to already live here.
The other thing that I found ridiculous is getting a tax file number (called a national insurance number here), you need to call up and then they’ll send you a form with a few sections crossed out if you don’t need it. Luckily mine came in 2 days (on a Saturday! Mail gets delivered here on Saturdays!)
So if you plan to come here, suggest you find a great place to stay or borrow a friend’s address for a while.