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#176

‘I work 50 hours a week plus overtime and can't
afford to have my gas on. I want more than
anything for my children to be raised in this city.’

— a warehouse operative planning to relocate from Greenwich to Kent


#175

‘Upset at having to start every aspect of our lives
afresh at nearly 40 years of age.’

— an IT consultant planning to relocate from Camden to the Southwest


#174

‘I wanted to continue my studies in London but
it turned out to be double that of elsewhere in
the UK.’

— a student who recently relocated from Southwark to East Anglia


#173

‘My relationship with my girlfriend suffers
because of the immense pressure we are under to
scrape by.’

— a producer planning to relocate from Lewisham to France


#172

‘The riots made me realise how unstable and
dangerous London has become. I no longer feel
safe walking the streets.’

— a company director who recently relocated from Croydon to the Southeast


#171

‘Bitter that my three children will never be able to
afford to own a home in their own city.’

— a writer who recently relocated from Lambeth to France


#170

‘I relocated for better work prospects 6 months ago
and it seems to have worked. I've picked up more
TV work in London than elsewhere.’

— a documentary filmmaker who recently relocated from Scotland to Tower Hamlets


#169

‘Many of the interesting people I met are now in
Asia, Australia and Scandinavia. My London has
changed...’

— a structural engineer who recently relocated from Camden back to Greece


#168

‘I'll be working in Dubai for a year or two to save up
enough to come back.’

— a lighting designer who recently relocated from Greenwich to the United Arab Emirates


#167

‘We're dreading our next rent review.’

— a charity director who recently relocated from Islington to Waltham Forest


#165

‘I am taking myself and my startup overseas, as
much as I would have loved to set it up here.’

— a technology entrepreneur planning to relocate from Brent to Chile


#164

‘I can barely make it by given the work restrictions
on my visa.’

— a student who recently relocated from Kenya to Tower Hamlets


#162

‘I am a property guardian, it's the only way I can
afford to live in the city, but the constant moving
and uncertainty is making me ill.’

— a costume maker planning to relocate from Kensington and Chelsea to Scotland


#161

‘I was lucky. If I waited another 6 months I couldn't
have afforded to move.’

— a graphic designer who recently relocated within Waltham Forest


#160

‘We are tired of living in poverty.’

— a teacher who recently relocated from Lewisham to the Midlands


#159

‘I didn't want to get to my 40's and still be
house sharing!’

— a communications manager who recently relocated from Brent to Hertfordshire


#158

‘I can barely support myself here let alone imagine
a point where I could support another person.’

— a teacher planning to relocate from Barnet to Peru


#157

‘We needed to make the move in order to get our
careers back on track.’

— a product manager who recently relocated from the Midlands to Haringey


#156

‘I can't afford to live here any more – my rent is
almost 75% of my income.’

— a charity worker planning to relocate from Lambeth to the North


#155

‘I got bought out by the council to make way for
"regeneration" and couldn't afford to buy anything
else in London.’

— a designer who recently relocated from Hackney to Sussex


#154

‘I was working on zero-hours contracts. The lack
of financial security meant I couldn't be sure of
making enough to afford rent each month.’

— a currently unemployed individual who recently relocated from Lewisham to the Southeast


#153

‘In Argentina things were pretty bad. I visited
London as a tourist and fell in love with it.’

— a digital designer who recently relocated from Argentina to Newham


#152

‘My husband and I moved here in May for better
jobs. We're on top of the world. There's so much
opportunity and so much to do!’

— a marketing manager who recently relocated from Scotland to Islington


#150

‘I've been living on the bread line. It has made me
reconsider what I really want in life.’

— a creative consultant who recently relocated from Hammersmith and Fulham to the Southwest


#149

‘We were paying a premium to live in a city that we
didn't have the money to enjoy.'

— a writer who recently relocated from Haringey to the Southeast


#148

‘I feel that working is all I do, and I am scared of
becoming isolated.’

— a teacher planning to relocate from Tower Hamlets to Spain


#147

‘I am in a wheelchair and struggling to get to
medical appointments because we are so far
from everything.’

— a social worker planning to relocate within Barnet


#146

‘I came here to live and feel less strange because
I never got married. I'm OK just being me here.’

— an executive assistant who recently relocated from Ireland to Southwark


#145

‘There is no support from the council to help
people well-established in the community make
a difference and stay in their area.’

— a teacher planning to relocate from Kensington and Chelsea to Canada


#144

‘I bloody love this city. London has shaped me into
who I am today. I am loathed to leave.’

— a probation officer planning to relocate from Waltham Forest to the North


#143

‘I feel absolutely great here! I bought a bike last
week. It'll be a nice way to discover the city.’

— an interaction designer who recently relocated from France to Islington


#142

‘By no means is it cheap here but coming from
Manchester, prices are not too different.’

— a TV worker who recently relocated from the North to Islington


#141

‘I moved onto a narrowboat nearly three years ago
which has freed me from renting accommodation,
allowing me to study for an MA.’

— a student planning to relocate from Richmond-upon-Thames to Surrey


#140

‘Excited about moving to London! My commute
will be significantly reduced and London has so
much more to offer than where I'm living now.’

— an advertising account manager planning to relocate from Hertfordshire to Islington


#139

‘Despite earning twice as much than when I moved
to London 8 years ago I still have to live frugally,
compromise, reduce, reuse, pack my lunch.’

— a digital marketing professional planning to relocate from Southwark to Germany


#138

‘London's not the only paradise of opportunity
on this earth!’

— an events manager planning to relocate from Hammersmith and Fulham to Thailand


#137

‘This city is part of who I am: living in London is
central to my identity.’

— a public health official planning to relocate from Wandsworth to Australia


#136

‘London opened my eyes, found me my wife and
gave me a great career.’

— a web analyst who is planning to relocate from Lambeth to the North


#135

‘I can't develop my artistic practice if I have to
work long hours full-time just to meet living costs.’

— an artist planning to relocate from Lewisham to Germany


#134

‘The quality of life in Scandinavia makes you
realise what it would be like if we had better wealth
distribution in the UK. Everybody benefits.’

— a designer who recently relocated from Hackney to Sweden


#133

‘I made a life here, in an amazing community, with
friends I'll never forget. But in that time my living
expenses have quadrupled – I have to leave.’

— a designer who recently relocated from Hackney to the Southwest


#132

‘Having graduated nearly three years ago I am
still living most of the month in my overdraft
after paying rent, travel and bills.’

— a graphic designer who is planning to relocate from Southwark to the North


#131

‘I feel good about relocating. I lived in London
for several years during the 90s and returning now
I see many improvements.’

— a marketing manager who recently relocated from the Southeast to Southwark


#130

‘With no realistic protection for renters or
rent capping how is anyone supposed to settle
in an area?’

— an IT engineer who recently relocated from Southwark to Switzerland


#129

‘The London House is the real breadwinner. The
House wears the trousers in this family.’

— a filmmaker who recently relocated from Hammersmith and Fulham to the Southeast


#128

‘I'd like to live on my own and I can't afford London
prices anymore.’

— an artist planning to relocate from Hackney to Germany


#127

‘I came to London searching for a job in planning,
but now I'll be happy if I could find a job in a
coffee-shop.’

— an urban planner who recently relocated from Italy to Lewisham


#126

‘I have only been able to find zero-hour contracts
for the last four years. I can no longer afford to
live here.’

— a call centre worker who recently relocated from Kent to the North


#125

‘I haven't even started paying my student loan
back, and am pouring all my money into rent.’

— a music manager planning to relocate from Lewisham to America


#124

‘I live a hand to mouth life. I want to take myself
out of the system.’

— a yoga teacher planning to relocate from Hackney to the Southeast


#123

‘My health needs tie me to this area. Being part of
my community helps me to be stable. Housing
benefits do not cover the rent anymore.

— an artist who recently relocated within Islington


#122

‘I'm petrified for the future but I will not give up on
keeping my family together even if it means I have
to miss out on food for myself more than I do now.’

— an online salesman planning to relocate from Hillingdon to Ealing


#121

‘London has everything I could want! Yes it's
expensive, but it's worth it.’

— an accountant who recently relocated from Spain to Southwark


#120

‘I am 30 this year and I don't want to live just to
pay my bills.’

— a quality compliance officer who is planning to relocate from the City of London to Berkshire


#119

‘I can barely afford to eat two meals a day, let alone
commute to work. I don't want to consider fare
evading just so I can get to work.’

— a teacher planning to relocate from Hackney to Australia


#118

‘Troubled by social cleansing of London left
unchecked by local councils and central
government.’

— a postgraduate student planning to relocate from Haringey to the Southeast


#117

‘If you send us all home after we complete our MAs,
are you not robbing London of the benefit of all of
that talent and education?’

— an illustrator who recently relocated from Southwark to Canada


#116

‘You end up on the London diet: having to choose
between food or transport after the rent is paid.’

— a musician who recently relocated from Greenwich to Denmark


#115

‘No more wasted supply! London needs more
incentives to have 99.99% occupancy at all times.’

— a financial analyst who is planning to relocate within Westminster


#114

‘I was overworked (80+ hours/week) and barely
made enough to pay my share of rent and bills,
nevermind anything else.’

— a theatre technician who recently relocated from Kingston-upon-Thames to the Southwest


#113

‘Moving to London was hands down the best thing
I have ever done in my life. Finally my life has
begun.’

— a consultant who recently relocated from the Southwest to London


#112

‘The next generation of talent who thrive in all that
London has to offer are being forced out by the
ever-increasing rent prices.’

— a make-up artist who recently relocated from Islington to the Midlands


#111

‘I'm moving back home and will commute 2 hours
each way for uni to save money.’

— a student planning to relocate from Lambeth to the North


#110

‘Rioting, robbing and racism blighted my area. As
soon as there was improvement I could no longer
afford to live there.’

— a biomedical scientist who recently relocated from Wandsworth to Croydon


#109

‘It's hard to marry the fact that London is totally
unaffordable but you can't live anywhere else
because it's where all the jobs are.’

— a media consultant planning to relocate from Ealing to Kent


#108

‘What will the city do when all the nurses, teachers
and police have left?

— a teacher who recently relocated from Lewisham to Hackney


#107

‘London is brilliant if you have something
that already works. But, you can't experiment
when cost of living is £1500+ a month.’

— a digital strategist who recently relocated from Lewisham to Chile


#106

‘I didn't want to go. I love London and enjoyed
living there more than anywhere else I have ever
lived.’

— a communications consultant who recently relocated from Hammersmith and Fulham to Australia


#105

‘London has out priced us so we're trading up.’

— a project manager who recently relocated from Lewisham to the Southeast


#104

‘I feel at home here even though I'm a stranger.’

— a carer who recently relocated from the Southeast to Hounslow


#103

‘I'm lucky enough to not have any commitments at
the moment so I welcome a move as positive
change.’

— a musician planning to relocate from Hackney to Mexico


#102

‘Money helps, but with a bike and internet, there
are many free/low-cost chances to enjoy the city.’

— a student who recently relocated from Spain to Tower Hamlets


#101

‘I'm excited about moving to London for the chance
to start over.’

— an emergency medical dispatcher who recently relocated from Wales to Essex


#100

‘My rented flat was sold in October. I've been living
in a hostel since then, trying to find somewhere
local and affordable.’

— a graphic designer who recently relocated within Lewisham


#99

‘While some like me are leaving, others are still
coming in. Hopefully London will have the same
excitement it once held for my generation.’

— a writer who recently relocated from Lewisham to Belgium


#98

‘I'll be sleeping on friends' sofas because I can't
afford rent.’

— a student planning to relocate from the Ukraine to Camden


#97

‘I couldn't afford the upkeep of my house on my
own after I split up with my wife. It was where I
brought up my kids.’

— a vehicle technician who recently relocated from Harrow to Essex


#96

‘We've lost hope. We'll go somewhere we can
work without constantly worrying about eviction,
empty cupboards and the lights going out.’

— a journalist planning to relocate from Tower Hamlets to Egypt


#95

‘After nearly 20 years of solid employment, it's
disappointing that shared ownership within my
borough is all I can strive for.’

— an office manager who recently relocated within Lewisham


#94

‘I have had to move four times in the last 2 years
because of unscrupulous landlords, rent increases
or nightmare house mates.’

— an arts administrator planning to relocate from Richmond-upon-Thames to Waltham Forest


#93

‘If I earned more, my opinions might be slightly
different. My substantially more affluent friends
are not relocating.’

— an assistant editor planning to relocate from Newham to Bedforshire


#92

‘We overlooked a clause in our contract that
enabled our landlord to kick us out after 6 months.
We feel frustrated and powerless.’

— a student planning to relocate from Southwark to Lambeth


#91

‘My landlord sent an eviction notice. The move
has disrupted my son particularly badly because
he's autistic and hates disruptive change.’

— a digital communications consultant who recently relocated from Camden to Sussex


#90

‘Our landlord has given us notice. She plans to
refurbish the flat and re-let at a higher rent.’

— a designer planning to relocate within Southwark


#89

‘I am apprehensive about how I will feel
when my children have started school and
I am more isolated.’

— a curator who recently relocated from Hammersmith and Fulham to the Midlands


#88

‘The move has taken me away from my family, and
will leave me with much more limited career
opportunities when I return to work post-children.’

— a curator who recently relocated from Hammersmith and Fulham to the Midlands


#87

‘The house we are renting is being sold. We
can't afford to buy or rent in the area I've lived
in since 1997.'

— a quality assurance director planning to relocate from Hackney to Newham


#86

‘I recently moved back to London to find more
work and opportunities within my field.’

— a scriptwriter who recently relocated from France to Hackney


#85

‘I can't live this kind of hand-to-mouth lifestyle
forever.’

— a scriptwriter who recently relocated from France to Hackney


#84

‘After the break up of a relationship, I could not
afford the rent on my own and had to leave.’

— a project manager who recently relocated from Camden to Southwark


#83

‘The diversity of people is what makes London
amazing.’

— a consultant planning to relocate from Tower Hamlets


#82

‘We’ve lived in 12 flats in ten years.’

— a teacher planning to relocate from Lambeth to Sutton


#81

‘It is cheaper for us to buy now than face rent
increases.’

— an actor who recently relocated within Southwark


#80

‘I was given notice - for the third time in three years.
I have a three month old daughter.'

— a lecturer who recently relocated within Lewisham


#79

‘My rent had increased nearly 20% in 3 years.
I needed to be in control of one of the most
important thing in life, a place to live.’

— an IT consultant who recently relocated from Islington to Haringey


#78

‘We cannot get into faith schools and don't want to
go private. If we stay in London we don't feel we
can give our children a fair chance.’

— a solicitor planning to relocate from Ealing to Hampshire


#77

‘As a gay woman, I love the anonymity of the
capital – it's tolerance and diversity has made
life very comfortable.’

— a graphic designer planning to relocate from Greenwich to the Midlands


#76

‘We couldn't afford a property within reasonable
distance from work – couldn't see this improving
so we had to move on.’

— an architect who recently relocated from Tower Hamlets to Germany


#75

‘I wanted to live within walking distance of
a cinema, a decent restaurant or a bookshop!’

— a civil servant who recently relocated from Surrey to Greenwich


#74

‘This is a new adventure we love our new area.’

— a charity worker who recently relocated within Lambeth


#73

‘I have lived in Brent all my life and seen social
cohesion almost wiped out. There is no longer a
community where I live.’

— a social worker planning to relocate from Brent to Haringey


#72

‘I had to stay in a hostel for a week to bridge
the gap in availability.’

— an account manager who recently relocated from Hackney to Islington


#71

‘As an arts professional it was the most amazing,
creative and fostering professional and personal
environment I could be in.’

— an arts manager who has recently relocated from Lewisham to the United States


#70

‘That's where I wanted them to grow up – in a city
which was alive and challenging, and busy.’

— a market researcher who recently relocated from Hammersmith and Fulham to Hillingdon


#69

‘Excited about starting a new chapter in my life.’

— a marketing consultant who recently relocated from the Midlands to Lambeth


#68

‘London had become too difficult from a financial
point of view, but was also having a negative
effect on my wellbeing.’

— an editor who recently relocated from Camden to Germany


#67

‘London will be a ghost town without culture in the
near future.’

— a digital marketer planning to relocate from Newham back to Australia


#66

‘My entire pay packet went into rent and bills. I
relied on my partner for support.’

— an architect who recently relocated from Islington to the Southwest


#65

‘Let's make the rest of the UK interesting and
prosperous.’

— a software engineer planning to relocate from Kingston-upon-Thames to the North


#64

‘Having to move out of London to settle down isn't
anything new, sure it has been happening for
decades.’

— a record label manager planning to relocate from Lewisham to the Southwest


#63

‘I want a home that isn't in a basement and doesn't
cost over 60% of my salary so I can start a family.’

— a web developer planning to relocate from Southwark to the North


#62

‘I recently became a Dad – in London more than a
one bed flat was too much of a stretch financially.’

— a consultant who recently relocated from Tower Hamlets to the Southwest


#61

‘I just hope that we will look back at this as a
moment of insanity from which we were rescued.
This is my SOS!’

— a teacher who recently relocated from Wandsworth overseas


#60

‘It's frustrating to be constantly moving and on
short term contracts.’

— a consultant recently relocated from Lambeth to Tower Hamlets


#58

‘We own 50% of a shared ownership property but
can't afford to buy the remainder.’

— an architect planning to relocate from Islington to Redbridge


#57

‘I'm worried that I'll be signing up to a life of
poverty, despite being highly qualified.’

— a student planning to relocate from Australia to Hackney


#56

‘Initially excited about moving to London, but it
feels like this will be temporary.’

— an operations manager who recently relocated from the North to Haringey


#55

‘I am desperately sorry for the generation below
me who will have even less of an opportunity to
live in this amazing city.’

— a GP planning to relocate from Lewisham to the North


#54

‘Friends I have grown up with are being separated
throughout the city as each tries to find a place
that they might be able to afford.’

— a charity worker planning to relocate back to Wandsworth from Mexico


#53

‘I have lived in Brent all my life and
have seen social cohesion almost wiped out.
No longer is there a community where I live.’

— a social worker planning to relocate from Brent to Haringey


#52

‘Dublin has fewer opportunities and is not
far behind London for cost of living.
I'd rather pay the extra.’

— a radio researcher planning to relocate from Dublin to Camden


#51

‘That's where I wanted them to grow up – in a city
which was alive and challenging, and busy.’

— a market researcher who recently relocated from Hammersmith and Fulham to Hillingdon


#50

‘I can't afford to stay in the city I was born in.’

— an information security consultant planning to relocate from Hackney to Cambridgeshire


#49

‘By selling up I can clear my mortgage and live
on my pension.’

— a retired naval officer planning to relocate from Greenwich to the Southeast


#48

‘I'd move back in a heartbeat if I could. And it
breaks my heart that I never will.’

— a PhD student who recently relocated from Camden to Sussex


#47

‘We decided to move to the seaside and have no
regrets.’

— an editor who recently relocated from Lewisham to Essex


#46

‘I feel forced into a corner. My daughter loves
nursery so would love to stay in area until she
can start school.’

— a digital marketing executive planning to relocate from Westminster to Denmark


#45

‘Positive about reduced commute!’

— a chartered accountant recently relocated from Oxfordshire to Bromley


#44

‘I am disappointed that year on year I have had to
move further away from the city centre as rental
prices have risen.’

— a masters student planning to relocate from Waltham Forest to Newham


#42

‘What creativity can there be when only money
can buy you your next opportunity?’

— a freelance filmmaker who recently relocated from Hammersmith and Fulham to The Netherlands


#41

‘There is no other place like London in Europe.
And I miss it. However, I do not feel like I left the
same city I moved to three years ago.’

— a journalist who recently relocated from Hackney to Germany


#40

‘London has become so unaffordable that I cannot
afford to enjoy the benefits anymore. I am less well
off than when I was a student here 10 years ago.’

— a research scientist planning to relocate from Hackney to Germany


#39

‘I've been here for about eight-years now. It still
feels new, and I still love living here.’

— a communications director planning to relocate from Tower Hamlets to Redbridge


#38

‘London's great if you're young or rich. I'm neither.’

— a furniture maker planning to relocate from Haringey to the Southwest


#37

‘As an arts professional it was the most amazing,
creative and fostering professional and personal
environment I could be in.’

— an arts manager who has recently relocated from Lewisham to the United States


#36

‘I miss London so much, especially the people who
made London so special for me.’

— a graphic designer who recently relocated from the City of London to Malaysia


#35

‘London is miserable unless you're rich.’

— an artist relocating from Hackney to the United States


#34

‘I miss London, but I know the only way we could
afford to maintain a lifestyle similar to that which
we have here would be if we earned 80k each.’

— a graphic designer who recently relocated from Barnet to Germany


#33

‘Our landlord announced he was evicting us
the day after we found out we were having a baby.’

— a nightshift administrator who recently relocated from Lambeth to Lewisham


#32

‘I was sad to move but there are more
opportunities in London than at home.’

— a designer who recently relocated from Ireland to Haringey


#31

‘I see the changes coming. Soon London will be a
theme park for the rich, and it's a pity.’

— an academic researcher planning to relocate from Lambeth to Canada


#30

‘There have been many positives about moving,
however London is 'home' and I am no longer
home.’

— an artist recently relocated from Islington to the Southwest


#28

‘I wanted to start a new career, London was
probably my only chance to do that.’

— a project manager who recently relocated from the Midlands to Ealing


#27

‘Our studio complex is being redeveloped into flats.’

— a small printmaking studio planning a move from Southwark to Lewisham


#26

‘I'd like to have children and wouldn't be able to
afford to even rent a big enough place in London,
let alone ever buy somewhere.’

— a translator planning to relocate from Waltham Forest to Scotland


#25

‘London offers a big pool of professional
opportunities, bursting social life and an unique
cultural experience.’

— a fine arts professional who recently relocated from Lambeth to Columbia


#24

‘My wife and I have decent jobs and well above
average salaries and yet we can't afford to live in
the city where we work.’

— a CEO who recently relocated from Wandsworth to Surrey


#23

‘There is so much I love about London and I still
feel the excitement of the city but it is becoming
increasingly polarised.’

— a lecturer planning a move from Lewisham to Scotland


#22

‘If I was 10 years older I would have had a head
start on the property ladder and would probably
have managed to stay here.’

— a PR consultant who recently located from Wandsworth to Wales


#21

‘I used to think people who left London were giving
up. Now I'm one of them. I just can't afford to
romanticise the incredible exploitation anymore.’

— a graphic designer who recently relocated from Lewisham to Cambridgeshire


#20

‘Everyone I care about is in London. But nobody
my age can afford to stay here forever, so in some
ways it will be a relief to leave.’

— a writer planning to relocate from Haringey to the North of England


#19

‘It's a shame it's so expensive that I probably will
never live in Zone 2 again, and certainly never live
where I grew up (Bethnal Green).’

— a student and sales assistant who recently re-located from Tower Hamlets to Lambeth


#18

‘London is one of a kind and it is being destroyed
in exchange for short term profit for the few.’

— an art director planning a move from Westminster to Wales


#17

‘London is no longer a place where artists can
live and work comfortably.’

— a composer who recently re-located from Lambeth to Wales


#16

‘I've been priced out of my city when I'm earning
above median wage.’

— a research manager who recently relocated from Tower Hamlets to Germany


#15

‘It's not the city I knew. It doesn't feel like it's
for people like me anymore. It's a hell of a lot
richer and duller.’

— a postgraduate student who recently relocated from Haringey to Sussex


#14

‘I do think the increasing rent prices are now being
reflected in the culture. Not as many interesting
projects/businesses are able to function.’

— an illustrator who recently relocated from Hackney to the Southwest


#13

‘I feel much further away from everything
than before.’

— a student who recently relocated from Hackney to Lewisham


#12

‘House prices are far too high, even for two
thirty something professionals with a household
income of over £100k.’

— a PR manager who recently relocated from Wandsworth to the Southeast


#11

‘I am in an area that I love but I feel that
I am getting slowly priced out.’

— an artist planning to relocate from Hackney to Haringey


#10

‘London is too expensive, I can't afford to live
without sharing a small flat with too many people
or living too far out with an unbearable commute!’

— an architect planning to relocate from Camden to Scotland


#9

‘I feel like I have been driven out of the home where
I grew up. I have moved to somewhere cheaper
in order to have time/money to start my business.’

— an entrepreneur who recently relocated from Lewisham to the Midlands


#2

‘We would love to stay in London if it didn't feel like
voluntarily committing ourselves to poverty.’

— an MA student planning to relocate from Hammersmith and Fulham to Canada


#1

‘There are so many kinds of people in London
and so much creative energy.’

— an art student who recently relocated from France to Tower Hamlets