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Housing in Bangor, Gwynedd... [10 Aug 2011|10:47pm]

Hello, just wanted to take a long shot here and see if anyone is looking for housing in Bangor?

I live in a student/graduate mixed house of five housemates. Two of us are leaving for a new place of our own in Rachub, so we need to fill our contracts.

Just wondering if anyone here is coming to uni in Bangor this year and needs somewhere? Here are the details:

Leases run through June 2012; September rent is due the 25th of August. The two rooms that will be coming available are in a five-person house that is well-maintained and clean, in a very convenient location (close to Aldi, Main Arts, M&S, the Octagon, and the buses in the centre of town).

The first room is a large double that takes up the top 1/3 of the first floor. It comes fully furnished with bed, dresser, ample clothing storage, and desk.
The rent is £70pw (the house divvies up the collective rent based on room size).

The second room is on the ground floor, it is a single fully furnished bedroom with bed, dresser, bookshelf, desk/chair and wardrobe. It overlooks the garden.
The rent is £57.50pw.

Bills average about £40pcm and are not included in the rent. The house benefits from a full shower/bath and additional half bath upstairs, a modern fitted kitchen, tile flooring, radiant heating, and a small garden out back which is ideal for BBQs.

The remaining housemates have lived in the house for the past two years and have a good relationship with the landlord (who does everything strictly by the book). We are looking to replace the two girls who are moving out (but obviously you don't have to be a girl). Geeks, gays, and Beyonce lovers who pay the rent and bills on time would be in good company!

For more information or to book a viewing please email cop812@bangor.ac.uk

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I may as well be applying for a flying pony... [18 Jul 2011|11:58am]

[ mood | aggravated ]

So I got my loans to go to U of Edinburgh. Yay! I'm slowly acquiring awesome accoutrements such as brilliant rainboots and a nice camera and luggage.

And now I have to get my visa application in. I did my due diligence and studied up on what I'm supposed to do, filled out Appendix 8 with all the correct info and acquired all the different paperwork needed (though apparently, I don't need it anymore due to new updates in the process for "low risk nationalities" but oh well).

And then there's this whole biometrics thing. It seems like it should be simple, but I'm hopelessly confused. I figured out that I could go to a police station to get it done, but they say I need a special form provided by whatever company/school is requiring the biometrics (which I don't know where to find and have never heard of before to begin with) and then I keep seeing websites saying I need to go submit these biometrics at some office somewhere and get a receipt? Could they make it more complicated?

And finally, I really am not certain on the order of things in the application. Do I do the online application first and then send in the hard copy? Where do the biometrics fit in? Do I have to wait for a response from one part before sending in the other?


I'm fairly sure that it would be easier to acquire a flying pony than to get this dratted visa.

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Another question... or two! [12 May 2011|12:14am]

[ mood | determined ]

I am so appreciative of the help I've received thus far as I work on preparing for my journey to Scotland! My loans are being processed, so hopefully I will hear positive news back about that. I also have made my bid for university accommodations (right next to the castle!) and hopefully things will continue to progress smoothly. I'm getting excited... and really, really scared.

I have a couple of practical questions that someone will hopefully be able to answer. I want to make sure that I work out the details.

1) First off, I have a lot of technological devices and whatnot and I am not sure what converters work and what I should stay away from. I've looked at a few different things, but some of them say they are only for things like blow dryers while others don't seem to explain what they can and cannot be used for. The last thing I need is to plug my computer in and zap it when I get there! Do any of you have any good (or bad) experiences with any particular devices or ways that you've gotten around this issue?

2) Also, cell phones. Did you bring one and get an international plan, go without one, or sign up for one when you arrived? I would particularly like to know about the experiences of people who attended or are attending school. I am only going to be in Scotland for a year so I am not looking for something too long term, but I am also interested in being prudent with funds as this whole venture is very costly. I would absolutely love to have a phone for contact with stateside friends and family, but I don't know what is the best way to go about it.

Thanks again for all your help!

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Immigration Workshop, May 10 · 7:00pm - London [07 May 2011|01:37am]



I thought that this might be useful...  the Democrats Abroad UK, Young Professionals group are holding an immigration event in London.  Its free and non-partIsan.



(x-posted on Brits_Americans)

Immigration Workshop

Tuesday, May 10 · 7:00pm - 11:00pm
The Blue Posts
6 Bennett Street, St James, London, SW1A 1RP
London, United Kingdom
(near Green Park Tube station)

As you may have heard, significant changes have been made to the UK immigration policy for non-EU migrants that will come into effect this month. Come find out what these changes are and how they affect you.

Our first speaker is Polly Penter, international student adviser at King’s College London and specialist in UK student and post-study work visas.

Our second speaker is Deirdre Murphy, corporate immigration lawyer at CMS Cameron McKenna specialising in professional migration routes such as Tier 1 and Tier 2 visas. Further details: http://www.cms-cmck.com/Deirdre-Murphy

PLEASE RSVP as soon as possible for this event, as there are only 50 places available.

To RSVP, email: youngdems@democratsabroad.org.uk

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Any and all guidance... [25 Apr 2011|02:04am]

[ mood | anxious ]

Okay, here it goes. I have just plundered LJ for all it's worth on communities and I hope this one can offer me wisdom, guidance, a little sanity (or helpful insanity - I'll take that, at this point!)

I was accepted last year to a postgraduate program in Celtic Studies at the University of Edinburgh. They accepted me so late and a few complications cropped up so I deferred my acceptance until this coming fall when I have time to breathe, plan, and figure my life out.

However, I am utterly, completely, and totally clueless. I know nothing. About anything. Right now, I have a few major concerns, but I'm sure more will crop up as time goes on:

1) I'm trying to sort out the loan process. How do money/loans work when you are overseas? Any do's and don't's? I am still in the application process and just hoping that there is no reason that the magical money fairy cannot trade me $40000 for my soul and firstborn. Fortunately, I have an online job that I can take with me, which will be very helpful...

2) Where do I look to find a decent, safe place to live? Are there good websites that anyone knows of to look for flats? I have looked around a bit, but I'm very nervous about looking for off campus living quarters as I have no way to see them beforehand or figure out what's a good deal, what's a good location, and whether or not my flatmates are psycho-killers before I get there. Do any of you have good tips on finding a decent flat before heading over?

3) What is absolutely, utterly essential to bring with me, what should I buy when I get there, what can I live without, what will I not be able to find that I, as a sad little American, will not be able to live without?

I feel very alone figuring this out and any advice from ye wise, experienced ones would be most welcome! =)

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[10 Oct 2010|08:16pm]

Hey guys.

I'm an American, 20 years old, currently in school to become a veterinary nurse and planning an as-soon-as-possible post-graduation move. Now this will not happen until sometime in 2012 (possibly early 2013) but I figured the sooner I start research, the better. So please, tell me - what are the most need-to-know things I should hear? Cultural tidbits, mistakes to avoid, getting a life set up in the UK, all the practical aspects of it, etc. - anything you think I could possibly need to know would be greatly appreciated.

I can't tell you how glad I was to find this community - it's good to know I'm not the only one planning something like this, and that it's been done successfully before!
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London? [22 Apr 2010|01:51pm]


£25 for a professional cut and blow dry, a Thalgo facial, a neck, shoulder and back massage and a luxury conditioning treatment worth £155 at Patrick Ludde - save 84

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A New Website for Americans [07 Feb 2010|10:21am]

(mods, please delete if not allowed)


In love with a Brit? Working for a company offering a transfer to the UK? Studying abroad? BritianniAmerica offers an online community and information for those living in or planning a move to the UK.


Uprooting your life and moving across 'the pond' can be overwhelming, exciting, and confusing. BritiannAmerica offers community, information, and guidance to Americans at any point in their journey to live in the UK - all for FREE. We will NEVER ask you to pay for any of the services we provide or ask you to pay to access additional features.


The online home for Americans living in, working in, studying in, or wanting to move to the UK includes a growing wiki, an active forum, and a great community.


BritanniAmerica is also great for networking and meeting new friends! Imagine moving to a country where you barely know anyone, but having a strong network of friends who are just like you! Friends who will offer advice and support whenever you need it, without that expensive phone call back to the US. From time to time, we'll even be hosting various gatherings to get to know your fellow Americans face to face.

Not from America? No problem! We welcome anyone who is working their way towards a move to the UK, though most of our experience with immigration lies with US to UK moves.

We are still a relatively new site, so we also are looking for people to join our staff - people to moderate different sections of our site and board, people who want to add pages to our site (and who know HTML), people who want to write articles for the Wiki, and even people who just want to write a blog post about their experiences so far.

Come join us!
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Icing Sugar VS Powdered Sugar [17 Dec 2009|10:55pm]

Does anyone know what the difference between UK icing sugar and US powdered sugar is? I've been looking around, and I can't figure it out, but I know there is definitely a difference.
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Mold [04 Dec 2009|12:44pm]

I live in Wales. Our place has double-glazed windows. But we still have mold and mildew around the seams of the windows. I'm starting to see flecks on the net curtains. Is this typical? I've lived in wet climates before, but have never had mildew issues. How do you keep the mold away? I try to air out the rooms, we run the heat for a several hours a day, I wipe down what I can reach about once a week or so. Any more suggestions? Also, how do I wash the net curtains and how often do you recommend?
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Post Study Work Visa [27 Nov 2009|04:29pm]


I am in a bit of a dilemma. I am currently on the post study work visa, which is valid until November 2010.

I am currently in the US though, as some family members are unwell. I have been on the UKBA site and called the enquiries office a few times today, but I can't find the answer to my question.

I need to know how long I can remain in the US without compromising my visa? I am due to go back to England on Monday (and I really don't want to leave my family at this time!) so any help you can give me would be great.

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the best video of Ufa city. Under the Sky! [08 Nov 2009|11:44pm]

Hi yall! I'm Tim, I’m traveller. Sometimes I travel on my country and create short movies.
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London Hate Crime Vigil on Oct 30th [25 Oct 2009|02:40pm]

A candlelight vigil will take place in London's Trafalgar Square on October 30th to honor Ian Baynham a gay man who was murdered. Baynham, 62 was walking with a friend when he was attacked.

Homophobic hate crimes have been on the rise in London, just a few days after this attack a lesbian couple was attacked by a group of men. The complaints by the gay community is that little is being done to prevent homophobic hate crimes, police response is inadequate, and that the public at large needs to be made aware of whats going on.

Candlelight vigil and moment of silence:

October 30th
Trafalgar Square
8-10 PM

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Trying to do my ILR! [19 Oct 2009|09:31am]

I am extremely annoyed. I am going to head to the bank this afternoon and try and sort out how I can find out what my mortgage payment is. By my bank statements, something dodgy has been going on since April or so and I havent noticed. Oops.

I am also going to stop by the attorneys and see if I can get a word with someone that explain what I am just not getting on some of the verbage. I started this process in the spring. I am down to the last wire with my current Visa expiring in early November. I just needed to vent.

Hubby is no help when it comes to paperwork at all. :( It is all on me to sort out. He waits for me to tell him what is needing done.

On a side note and completely unrelated, can anyone recommend a nice moisturizer for sensitive skin? No Perfumes, etc. Think so dry/red right now it borderss eczema. It isnt, just my rosacia flaring up from all the wind. :(
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Post-Study Visa application [16 Sep 2009|08:52pm]

I'm applying for my post-study visa for the third (yes third) time. This is my last chance, and this time I am applying from the USA instead of the UK.

Unfortunately, the first time I applied (while in the UK) I used outdated paperwork, so the visa was denied. By the time I received the notice, my student visa had expired, and while I was still legal during the time that the application was in the post, once it was received...well you get the idea.

So, what do I do? I apply again within 2 weeks of receiving the denial, assuming that again I will be covered while the application is in the post. Come to find out, this was a mistake, as I've recently discovered I had no legal right to apply again in the UK under these circumstances.

My question is, has anyone gone through similar circumstances and what was the outcome? I'm really concerned my second application will affect my new application...any thoughts? Thanks
in advance!

cross-posted on brits_americans
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Plug converters! [13 Sep 2009|01:40pm]

Crazy American traveling to Ireland this Thursday! I have an HP laptop, a Treo phone charger, and an iPod charger. I consider these to be the bare necessity of travel, beyond even that of toilettries and clothing.

I've heard laptops are typically ok if you check the plug to be sure it can handle the dual wattage, but what about the other items? Will I need a transformer? If so where can I find one?

Oh holy hell. Gods, little travel fairies and this forum please help me! O_O
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Questions regarding visas and laptops [03 Sep 2009|08:55am]

On Sunday I am moving to Wales for three years with my husband and son. At least, that's how long our visas are good for. I'll be a PhD student at the University of Wales, Lampeter.

1. The visas say "no recourse to public funds." I know the Home Office doesn't want us becoming a burden on the country. I get that. But one of the reasons we are so happy to move to Lampeter is that there is a day care there which I was told was free to students. The fine print at the center says that 85% is covered by the local education authority and the uni covers the remaining 15% of fees. Does this mean we are ineligible for the 85%? Any ideas? Does this also mean we do not get health care?

2. I have a Macbook. If I take a converter to use whenever I plug it in, will my laptop be ok? What have other people done for their computers?

Thanks everyone. Anyone here at Lampeter?
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Finding a Flat [13 Aug 2009|09:06pm]

 Hi! I've been watching this community for a while but never posted. I am a new graduate student at Durham University. Unfortunately, my husband and I were unable to get student housing, so now we are looking at renting a small flat somewhere near the city. However, I'm really very confused, and not having much luck in finding anything, not to mention if I do find something I can't look it over myself until after we get there. So I was thinking of turning the problem over to an agency. The problem is, I don't know which ones are reputable, our even which ones there are. Does anyone know anything that might be helpful? 
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Work permit for a student [13 Aug 2009|12:05pm]

Hi All!  First time poster, long time watcher...  I have a pretty simple question that I'm uncertain about.  As someone who is coming into the UK for study, do I require a work permit?  I believe the Student Visa says we're allowed to work up to 20 hours during term, etc., so is that it or is there something further?  I'm extra confused with the new regulations and if they might effect this... 

Thanks in advance!
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Fun filled day! [12 Aug 2009|05:38pm]

We found out that we are moving back to the states in a few weeks so have been trying to cram in some visits!

Yesterday we visited The Giant's Causeway, Dunluce Castle, and Ballymena! It was a great day that everyone enjoyed!

Lots of photos and more information here:

I'll miss the UK for sure but am looking forward to some Taco Bell! :-)
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