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Classic kickstart package

Kick-start your life in the UK

We’ll help you open a UK bank account, get your National Insurance number, provide great discounts and vouchers and a Life in the UK guide.

 

Our famous Classic Kickstart Package is the original and best. It takes care of the admin involved in setting up your life in the UK, so you can start your adventure immediately.

With 20 years’ experience behind us, you can be sure you get everything you need to hit the ground running.

 

Here's what you get in your Classic Kickstart Package

 
 

A UK bank account

Opening a UK bank account is notoriously difficult for new arrivals in the UK. With our excellent relationships with major UK banks, we’re able to make it considerably easier for our clients. As anyone who has tried to open a UK bank account will tell you, it’s a more complicated process than you might hope for.

How 1st Contact can help

Red tape, residency requirements as well as mountains of forms and documents make opening a UK bank account incredibly difficult. Apart from the admin, most banks won’t even open an account for you unless you have lived in the UK for at least three months

We’ve established great relationships with top UK banks, allowing our customers to open UK bank accounts on the spot, hassle-free.

We’ve been assisting people with opening UK bank accounts for more than a decade. Many of our team members have lived and worked in the UK themselves; they understand the frustrations of relocation. We go out of our way to make your move to the UK as easy as possible.

The 1st Contact Kickstart team can help you:

  • Prepare the necessary documents
  • Book an appointment with a high street bank
  • Take care of any related admin

You’ll then be able to open your bank account on the spot, hassle-free.

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Job assistance

If you’re travelling to the UK to make a few Pounds and gain some work experience, we can assist you on your way.  We’ve built a network of recruitment agencies across various industries to assist you in finding employment as soon as possible.

Get all the help you need

The UK job market is as competitive as it is lucrative. With the 1st Contact Kickstart Package, you can have your CV seen by the UK's top recruitment agencies, giving you the best chance of finding a job.

The UK is an agency-based job market and candidates are usually employed through specialist recruitment agencies. You may find that this process is a little different to your home country.

Our experienced team checks your CV before sending it on to our network of over 50 recruitment agencies. If your CV needs to be updated, we will send you the UK’s preferred template to get it into tip-top shape. We can also connect you with the team at Career Consultants to ensure you are perfectly prepared to enter the job market.

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Discounts and vouchers

From tour discounts, to free drinks and burgers – we’ll help you get the most out of your first weeks in the UK.

View a list of our discount partners

  • Adventure Bar
  • Haggis Adventures
  • First Festival
  • Belushi’s
  • 1 Big Night Out London
  • Topdeck
  • Anderson Tours
  • Sail in Greece
  • Italy on a Budget
  • TravelTalk Tours
  • Contiki Holidays
  • Busabout
  • Stoke Travel
  • Go Sail Turkey
  • Backpax
  • Beats Travel
Find out more

 

 
 

Accommodation assistance

With our network of accommodation providers, you’ll be sure to find the perfect place to stay before you arrive in the UK. With discounted prices across hostels, flat shares, houses and more – we’ve got you covered.

Read more about your accommodation options

Trying to find accommodation in a new country can be overwhelming, especially if you’ve never been to the UK before or don’t have friends and family who are able to let you stay with them until you find a place of your own.

We’ve partnered with these accommodation providers to make sure you have somewhere comfortable to rest your head.

Ultimate Housing

Ultimate Housing is a high-end house-share provider, tailored for professionals and working holiday makers from around the globe. A variety of rooming options are available in clean, modern houses, conveniently based in the growing hotspots of South East London around Canada Water, Canary Wharf and the Docklands. Ultimate Housing offers affordable rent and flexible terms of stay, making them the ideal accommodation solution for newcomers to London who are finding their feet and looking to meet like-minded people.

When you purchase any of the Kickstart Packages, we give you a fantastic discount from Ultimate Housing. You will only need to supply a four week deposit instead of six and you don’t have to pay any admin fees.

Arrive Homes

Established in 2009, Arrive Homes has quickly grown into one of the city’s largest and most popular property lettings company. Specialising in providing shared accommodations, Arrive Homes lets over 40 properties across London, offering affordable, clean and spacious shared living for professionals.

Their friendly team will help you find the right room for your needs, and is on hand to meet you on your move-in day, or when you arrive in London. Arrive Homes will also ensure you’re introduced to the other tenants in the house, and assist with general queries, maintenance needs and repairs.

RoomMatesUK.com

RoomMatesUK.com is a house and flat sharing website that assists expats and international students looking for rooms to rent in London and other cities across the UK.

The website brings a unique social approach to flat sharing, allowing online chat between flatmates, detailed comparisons of members’ profiles, auto-matching listings, and many more advanced features that provide an easy solution for London newcomers. 

In addition to the accommodation listings on RoomMatesUK.com, their dedicated team will gladly also assist you in finding a room to rent in London for medium or long term periods, as they connect tenants and flatmates with trusted letting agencies in the UK.

EasyRoommate

EasyRoommate, the world's leading flat share website, was founded in 1999 with the aim of matching people advertising a spare room with those looking for a room. EasyRoommate will help you find the perfect roommate through their extensive search features. Over the last 18 years, they have served over 25 million customers and organised more than 5 million flat shares.

EasyRoommate offers a basic and a premium membership. There is no charge for the basic membership. For more information, head over to their website.

Movebubble

Movebubble is the app to find, view and rent properties in London. The Movebubble team are on a mission to make renting better for renters, and have designed an app with this in mind. You can book viewings, chat to agents, and make your offer, all within the app. Movebubble can also advise you on how to get the best rental price. What’s more, you get a free takeaway meal on your first night in your new home! Download the app today to get moving with Movebubble!

Do-it-yourself

If you’d prefer to find your own accommodation in London, there are a few helpful websites you can use:

www.gumtree.com
www.zoopla.co.uk
www.primelocation.com

If you can afford to spend a little extra, you can go through a real estate agent, who will be able to show you more exclusive options. It’s free to register with an agent, but keep in mind that if the agent that finds you a property you wish to rent, you will be charged an additional administration fee.

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Mobile SIM cards

Your Kickstart Package includes a mobile SIM card from some of the UK’s top network providers.  Once you’ve purchased our Kickstart pack, you will be able to select your provider of choice and obtain your new UK number before you’ve even arrived! 

It can be quite difficult to receive a mobile contract right off the bat when entering the UK.  You will need to create a credit history which can take a few months.  The SIM cards we provide are standard pay-as-you-go SIMs, buying talk time is as easy as purchasing online or visiting the nearest network store.

The SIM card will be sent to your UK address, along with the rest of your package, a few days before your UK arrival.  You’re also more than welcome to collect the pack at our offices in London.

Our Kickstart packages include a mobile SIM card from your choice of one of the following providers.

 

Lebara mobile

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How Lebara keeps you connected:
  • Instant connections (Vodafone network)
  • No hidden charges or access codes
  • High-quality network
  • Free multilingual services
  • Cheap international calls

My Lebara account allows Kickstart customers to:

  • View call and usage history
  • Set up auto top-up
  • Get exclusive access to special offers 

EE

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How EE keeps you connected:

  • Super fast, reliable connection wherever you go – EE network gives you the widest 4G coverage in the UK
  • Free EU roaming – use your minutes, texts and data across the EU at no extra cost
  • Wi-Fi calling – make calls, even when there’s no signal
  • UK and Ireland call centres

My EE account allows Kickstart customers to:

  • Manage their account quickly and easily
  • See remaining call credit
  • Top-up online 
Speak to a Kickstart adviser

O2

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How O2 keeps you connected:

  • A faster, smarter, stronger network
  • Free EU Roaming – use your minutes, texts and data across the EU at no extra cost
  • Make calls over Wi-Fi – make calls and send texts over Wi-Fi using O2’s Tu Go app
  • Free O2 Wi-Fi hotspots across the UK
  • Get help from an O2 guru – you can speak to them in store or online

My O2 account allows Kickstart customers to:

  • Manage your account 24/7 – check your bill, view your balance, add bolt-ons and more
  • Top-up online
Speak to a Kickstart adviser

Three

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How Three keeps you connected:

 

  • Network covers 98% of the UK population
  • Feel-at-home plan allows you to text and call the UK from abroad at no extra cost.  Available in 60 destinations
  • Pay-as-you-go SIM rates are the UK’s lowest

My Three account allows Kickstart customers to:

  • View itemised bills
  • Find out about existing customer deals
  • Update personal details
  • Top-up online
Speak to a Kickstart adviser

giffgaff

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How giffgaff keeps you connected:

  • Free EU roaming – use your data, minutes and texts in the EU at no extra cost
  • Choose a plan or top-up as you go
  • Free calls to giffgaff numbers with ‘goodybag’

My giffgaff account allows Kickstart customers to:

  • Top-up online
  • Change your plan
Speak to a Kickstart adviser

Vodafone

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How Vodafone keeps you connected:

  • Free EU roaming – use your data, minutes and texts in the EU at no extra cost
  • Get rewards every time you top up with Vodafone rewards
  • Highly-rated coverage – delivering 3G and 4G coverage to 98% of the UK population
  • Quick and easy set-up

My Vodafone account allows Kickstart customers to:

  • Top-up online
  • Manage and change details
  • See recent bills
  • Check credit, minutes, texts and data
Speak to a Kickstart adviser
 
 

 

Life in the UK guide

Your UK adventure starts here. If you’re going to make the most of your time there, you’re going to need a great guide – which is exactly what we’ve created for you. Many of our team are international citizens, so we know what it's like to start life in a new country. Using our first-hand experience, we’ve created a guidebook that will help you find your feet.

 

See what's in our life in the UK guides

Our Life in the UK Guide is a practical handbook that will see you through your first few weeks, as you settle in and make the UK your new home.

The Life in the UK Guide gives you tips and info on:

  • London
  • Finding a job
  • Money transfers
  • Your National Insurance (NI) number
  • Contracting vs. permanent work
  • Claiming your tax back
  • Accommodation
  • Staying healthy
  • Transport
  • The Oyster card
  • Communication
  • Travelling to Europe from the UK
  • Living like a London local
Speak to a Kickstart adviser

 

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