“Why would someone leave London for Frankfurt?” Is what you may be thinking. Truth is, it was more than just the city that brought me here, but although there are a few things I wish I could have brought with me, I just can’t justify moving back to London right now. Here’s why:
Small fish in a big pond
You don’t realise how big London is until you leave. Not that that’s a bad thing but in London it’s pretty much the norm to travel for an hour (or more) just to get from A to B. I didn’t think it was a big deal either, but now that I rarely travel any longer than 30 minutes to get around, I have come to value my time so much more! More time for me, more time for exercise, socialising and personal projects, and there’s even time to do a few things before work if you can get yourself out of bed!
Trains and tubes
Frankfurt’s public transport system is more reliable and significantly cheaper than what TFL are charging.* Yes, there are sometimes delays (not everything can be perfect) but the chances are you’ll have a seat and someone won’t be making themselves comfortable in your personal space whilst trying to get home from work. The London Underground system is amazing, but wouldn’t it be great if the wifi was more reliable? Luckily, Frankfurt’s equivalent (U-bahn) doesn’t quite go as far underground, which means you can still get an internet connection.
As in any major city, the flat hunt is rarely simple. I am quite fussy though and had a lot of boxes to tick, which is probably why mine took longer than yours would, but there are plenty of websites and Facebook pages so you can get your flat hunt started. I live a 4 minute U-Bahn journey away from the city centre and pay at least half of what I would pay for a similar location in London.*
Frankfurt is Germany’s most international city and it’s full of expats! There are plenty of people who either are or have been newbies who are trying to find their feet. People are generally open-minded and very welcoming. Being in a small city (from someone who comes from London) it’s quick and easy to get from one place to another and you’d be surprised how quickly you click with others based on your relocation experience alone.**
But I’ve never heard anything amazing about Frankfurt
Neither had I 🙂 But despite the rumours, Frankfurt has been ranked #7 for quality of life worldwide for the second year in a row*** and I can definitely see why: Amongst other things, Frankfurt offers an extremely good standard of living and owns Germany’s only skyline. But even though we get approximately 100 more days of sunshine than London per year, if do you fancy heading home for a weekend, you can catch a flight every hour!
See you around!
*For more on prices and the nitty gritty visit Frankfurt’s most popular expat blog.
** Internations has a popular expat community in Frankfurt.
*** Business Insider quality of life ranking.
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