Arriving in the UK

imedic

Midshipman
#1
G'day chaps,

I'm heading over to the UK in May to apply for the RM. I'll be landing in London but after that have no plans on where to stay or what to do for a job.

Rumour has it that London is bloody expensive, I'll probably spend a bit of time there but don't want to become destitute in the process. Any recommendations on a nice place to live while going through the recruiting process?
 
#2
imedic said:
G'day chaps,

I'm heading over to the UK in May to apply for the RM. I'll be landing in London but after that have no plans on where to stay or what to do for a job.

Rumour has it that London is bloody expensive, I'll probably spend a bit of time there but don't want to become destitute in the process. Any recommendations on a nice place to live while going through the recruiting process?
Just nip down Earls Court (Kangaroo Court ) you will find lots of like minded larakins to play with. :wink:
 

imedic

Midshipman
#5
Haha, I've heard that Earl's Court is a little slice of the South Pacific. Chances are I'll spend a bit of time at one of the backpackers before leaving London.

The recruitment process will probably take a fair bit of time so it's more a case of finding somewhere (anywhere in the UK really) that's a decent place to live with an AFCO and some jobs available.
 
#6
There's an AFCO in every major City so no worries there, just ensure you've got good transport in.
If you've got the chance before leaving Oz get yourself plenty of copies/or ecopies of CVs, qualification certificates etc, that'll save some hassles when you arrive. Also make sure your Visa is kosher.
Backpackers are of generally good standard, just remember to lock all belongings away and you should be right. The social scene in most of them is pretty good too and could lead to getting into a flatting situation somewhere out in the burbs of London, which could cut your accomodation bills a bit, who you know also increases the chances of getting some jobs.
There may well be probs in the current economic climate in getting the perfect job, but if you're willing (As I know most Kiwis are and I'll spread the ANZAC joy and lump Aussies in to the ready, willing and with a pulse mix. :wink: ) to get your hands dirty there'll be labouring type jobs aplenty I should think. If you've got some marketable job skills all the better.
Just be prepared for the hurry up and wait routine as the wheels of the Recruitment machine trundle on. :D
 

imedic

Midshipman
#7
NZ_Bootneck said:
As I know most Kiwis are and I'll spread the ANZAC joy and lump Aussies in to the ready, willing and with a pulse mix
Never fear, I'm one of the former (sent you that PM a while back regarding joining).
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
#10
imedic said:
G'day chaps,

I'm heading over to the UK in May to apply for the RM. I'll be landing in London but after that have no plans on where to stay or what to do for a job.

Rumour has it that London is bloody expensive, I'll probably spend a bit of time there but don't want to become destitute in the process. Any recommendations on a nice place to live while going through the recruiting process?
It generally tends to be most convenient for overseas applicants wishing to join the Royal Marines who don't have family to stay with, to place themselves in close proximity to Lympstone. (ie: Exeter) for convenience.

With plenty of advance notice by email via the overseas desk at London AFCO ([email protected]), where possible they may be able to condense the selection process in short-order to minimise the stay time in UK.

Best of luck.
 
#11
Have you thought of jiuning the Youth Hostel Association?
They have cheap beds all over the country.
You may have to change frequaently of course depending on their rules for number of nights.
 
#12
soleil said:
Have you had any contact with the RM Recruiters so far?
Very little unfortunately. I've applied on the RN website but haven't heard back. I sent an email to the overseas office and received this reply:

RM Recruiter said:
You will need your passport, birth cert and two references from prominent members of the community. You will need to apply online at royalnavy.mod.uk.Your service in the NZ army is not a problem as long as you have no reserve liability. If you pass everything first time you are probably looking at September to begin training.
I replied asking whether I could start the process from Canada (where I'm currently traveling) but haven't heard anything back. I've also tried the number for overseas recruiting but it goes through to voicemail.

What might pose a bit of a problem is getting a letter with regards to my reserve liability with the NZ Army. I've got to contact the NZ Chief of Army and ask for a waiver but to do that I need proof that I'm joining the RM - bit of a catch 22 there.
 
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