Living in London, Canada:
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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit London, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked 13 people living in London what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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A person moving to the city of London should know how busy the city really is and the nightlife the city can have. London is known for the shopping, bars and other businesses it has available. Once you have lived in the city with its wonderful mix of nightlife and countryside you will fall in love with it.

Nathalie, says: 2020

Everyone should consider moving to London, Ontario. It is a beautiful small city with many trees and green spaces for leisure activities. We have a university and a community college. Our city is culturally diverse and provides many opportunities for friendly interaction. We are halfway way between Toronto and Windsor.

Feyikemi, says: 2020

London is a city of rampant homelessness and political uncertainty. To live here is to accept that you are in a constant in-between state of one side versus another. That is to say, living here is to accept two sides of a similar coin. The coin is constantly flipped and you must accept the fate.

London is a historic city and known as forest city coz’ of wide range of forests here. If somebody wants to move here, he/she should be eco-friendly person. The next thing he/she should check a wide opportunity list that London is giving for people having their future making jobs.

Katherine, says: 2020

As its name implies, London, Ontario, is modelled after the renowned city of London, England. Lovingly referred to as “the Forest City” – because of the many trees conservation areas and parks that abound in the city – London is a quiet, yet busily commercial city that has a lot to offer to everyone.

Christian, says: 2020

London is an interesting place, filled with a plethora of unique individuals. we have a wide variety of food, culture, and music represented here. people should know London is very diverse, and it is because of its diversity that it flourishes. Despite this diversity, it is still filled with racism.

There are two things that London is best known for, one being that it is a forest city and two is being a retirement city. It is not the place if you have a tree phobia since most streets are lined with them. There is an abundance of bike and walking trails along the river making London an ideal spot for the outdoor enthusiast. The low key atmosphere makes this city a great place to retire, however, there is very little nightlife in the downtown core. If late night fun is what you are looking for, Toronto might be a better choice.

My city has excellent hospitals. There are three hospitals in total, one of which is on the university campus and offers experimental treatments. My city is also known for its verdant scenery. Sometimes called the “Forest City”, my city has many mature trees in most neighbourhoods, in addition to numerous parks and green spaces.

Muhammad, says: 2020

London, Ontario, is a wonderful city. London is about two hours west of the GTA, which provides convenience for people who want to be in a metropolitan city while being close to urban places. There are a lot of places to explore, from indoor activities such as museums to outdoor ones like the Springbank.

Christine, says: 2020

London is called the forest city. It’s known for her family oriented ambiance and safety. The weather is one of the best in Canada. People are very friendly here and welcome immigrants into their communities. It is a great place to raise your kids. Summer days are great for barbeque.

Fatima, says: 2020

London is a beautiful city with plenty of foliage and displays of Canadian culture. There are many post-secondary institutions in my city; newcomers should be aware of the large student-based population. London is also the home of many seasonal festivals that bring different communities together and promote inclusivity. Lastly, a newcomer should keep in mind that London has a lot of history. This is especially evident in the downtown core, Richmond Row, a name coined by locals.

London is mid-size town offering a world-class university and specialized medical services. Also, it is known as the ‘Forest City’ because every tree that falls naturally or cut-down intentionally is replaced immediately by planting a new tree. London is the perfect city for raising a family. It has low-crime, all essential amenities, and quiet parks.

Consider your ability to adapt to quick weather changes. The weather in London, Ontario, tends to be unpredictable. Bring layered clothing for cold winters to be able to adapt to the transition of outdoor temperatures and indoor temperatures during winter. Another key thing regarding winter is to have proper winter boots to keep their feet warm.

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