Teach in Havering, London
The London borough of Havering sits north-east of the City of London, on the London/Essex border. It is an excellent place to live and teach, as it offers all the benefits of London, with a lower cost of living and immediate access to the glorious English countryside.
Getting Around when you live and teach in Havering
Many people choose cycling as their main mode of transport around Havering, as the borough boasts miles of cycle paths and scenic routes and contains an extensive network low-traffic roads which form part of the National Cycle Network. Check out the Cyclestreets journey planner which works out quick and safe cycling routes for you.
Travel into and around London is extremely easy on public transport. Havering is serviced by the London Underground (the ‘tube’), the Overground, rail and buses. You can use the Transport for London journey planner to plan travel routes and see journey times.
Getting Away when you live and teach in Havering
Being a London borough, Havering has fantastic, inexpensive, short haul airport links to Europe and North Africa. The two closes airports are London Stansted and London City, which have multiple European flights each day, serviced by British Airways, Ryan Air, Easy Jet, Flybe, CItyJet, and many other airlines.
“The most essential factor that has made my overall teaching experience in Havering an extremely favourable one is the constant support, encouragement and effective management of my consultant, Bridget Hicks. It is because of these positive, personal experiences that I would highly recommend other teachers to pursue a career teaching in Havering, working under the guidance and support provided by Bridget & Teach In.”
Melissa Mennie, Australian
Where to live in Havering
The main towns in Havering are Romford, Upminster, Hornchurch and Rainham.
Romford is a large town of historical significance. It is one of the largest entertainment, retail and leisure precincts outside central London. It has excellent shopping options, and the must-visit, bustling Romford Market. Because it has such a vibrant nightlife it also has developed a reputation for the wilder side of life. People who prefer a quieter place to live may prefer the beautiful towns of Hornchurch, and Upminster. They are well served by the London Underground (District Line), have excellent schools, and offer beautiful parks, gardens and country walks in addition to cosy pubs, independent shops and boutiques, and a friendly local population. Hornchurch has a particularly vibrant town centre with over 150 shops and restaurants, Queens Theatre, and the Fairkytes Arts Centre. All of these areas are also easily accessible to excellent schools with short and long term teaching opportunities.
If you decide to move to Havering, you may require some short term accommodation when you first arrive. We recommend the following establishments, although please note that hotel quality can change over time, so make sure you have a look on Trip Advisor before you book anything!
- Innkeeper’s Lodge in Hornchurch, Havering.
- Thurrock East Premier Inn Hotel
- Harefield Manor, Romford
- Travel Lodge Romford
- Montrose Guest House
- Airbnb – great link for cheap rooms and for larger groups
Things to do when you live & teach in Havering
Nature lovers will be spoilt for choice with a variety of picturesque options. Belhus Woods, Rainham Marshes and Hornchurch Country Park offer interesting walks, flora and fauna. Leigh on Sea and Southend on Sea are charming seaside hotspots a short train ride away.
There are a range of arts and entertainment options on offer, from theatres and cinemas, football (soccer) matches and even an Adventure Island, with roller coasters and other rides.
What our teachers say about living and teaching in Havering
Teaching in London is something I’d always known I was going to do. When it came time to apply with an agency, Teach In, for many reasons, really stood out for me. From the initial contact right through to my very last day I know that someone (Bridget in my case) had my back and was there to support me no matter what. I also knew that my best interests were the priority of Teach In and that they were there to give me the best opportunities possible but also find the best fit possibly for me. There was no problem too big or too small for Bridget, and if I ended up on the phone for half an hour describing how my half term was going, she would listen and support. She was always, always there for me. This is how I ended up having the greatest two years of my life.
I wanted that ‘London experience’ without the London expenses that went along with it. Havering, being a London borough, was the perfect fit for me. I got to live in an incredible location, directly behind a tube station, making central London a breeze to access. I got to experience teaching at two amazing, but very different schools in the borough, both of which were easily accessed using the fantastic Havering public transport system (much better than anything I have access to in Australia). Finally, I got the extra pay rate offered to those teachers in London, without having to pay the astronomical rent prices central London attracts. As I said, Havering was the perfect fit, and gave me my perfect London experience.
I would not hesitate to encourage anyone to take the opportunity to live and teach in Havering (in fact, I have recommended this to almost anyone who I chat with and has even a slight interest in doing this). Not only did this opportunity provide me with two years of valuable classroom experience that I would have struggled to find at home (honestly, this in itself was rewarding enough) but I was able to travel to at least 12 different countries, if not many more, across two different continents (staying on the Asian side of Istanbul definitely counts as the second continent). And travel was so easy, just a hop, skip and a jump away. Some high school French teachers I knew even got to take their kids on a day trip to Paris. Travel was just that easy and everything was just that close.
So if I can leave you with anything it is this… Take this opportunity, grasp it with both hands and make the most of it. Sometimes it will be hard, but someone will always be there to help you when you need it. And hey, if it’s not hard, then it’s not worth doing, being a challenge is what makes it such a rewarding experience. Trust me, if London was any closer to Australia I would still be there, living in my little flat in Hornchurch, teaching at my wonderful school in Upminster and making the most of any opportunity that came my way.
Anna, Australian Teacher – Havering