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Before You Arrive

1.  Airports
There are five major airports in London:

1. Gatwick (LGW)
2. Heathrow (LHR)
3. City Airport (LCY)
4. Stansted (STN)
5. Luton (LTN)

For more details and information about transport connections to and from these airports, please refer to these links: 

2.  Internships in London
An internship abroad offers the best opportunities for you to lay the foundations for a promising career. Benefit from the insights you will gather into the professional world in one of the largest and most important economic centres of the world, and create a network for your future. Broaden your horizons, improve your written and oral English in no time and get to know new cultures.

Work and play in London, the most exciting city in the world can help you realise your dreams!

3.  Transport
The umbrella organization, "Transport for London" coordinates the transport system in the British capital of London. Here you can find all necessary information about the London Underground, bus lines, and other public transportation schedules for London and its periphery.

4.  Doctors and Health
National Health Service (NHS)
The NHS is the general health care in England, here you can find all necessary information about services abroad, and for allocating a General Practicioner. In addition, there is always the possibility of a private health insurance of you are unsure about this. 

The Richmond Practice, a German medical center in London, is a good place to go to if you are worried about the language barrier.

5.  National Insurance Number (kurz: NINO)
The NINO is the  equivelant to the German 'Sozialversicherungsnummer' and must be applied for as soon as possible after your arrival in London and if are receiving a salary. 

6.  Bank Accounts
To open a bank account, some documents are required, which makes it very difficult for fresh newcomers. HSBC offers a "Passport Account", for which they charge a fee, which should be easy to set up as a foreigner. Lloyds TSB also offers a special Current Account for foreigners. For this purpose, only the passport is required. A second document is useful but not essential, and proof of income is not required. 

7.  Mobile telephones
Mobile tariffs are comparatively low in London. Carphone Warehouse offers comprehensive information on the different providers. But even online vendors like Giffgaff offer adaequate conditions and very good service. 

8.  House Pets
EU Pet Travel arrangements regulate the import of animals and it is advisable to consult the authorities before bringing animals into the country.

Please consider too that many landlords do not allow pets in their properties!