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Count on us to find you a London hospitality job before you leave home

Do you want to live and work in London without any worries? Let us find you a pre-arranged hospitality job in London before you leave home to ensure that you'll be able to enjoy the London scene and your new friendships stress-free. No experience needed - all training provided.

At a glance:

Working in a popular London hostel chain

Accommodation: Onsite shared accomodation

Meals: Breakfast included

Dates: All year

Minimum stay: 3 months


About the London hospitality jobs:

We take care of all of the hard work of supporting yourself during your London stay by pairing you with a trendy and upbeat hostel. Instead of enduring job interviews while you still have jet lag, you'll be able to sink into your own bed at a hostel and start working for good pay immediately.

This job opportunity provides Kiwis with a way to get to know locals and fellow travellers from across the world, and it provides financial security while you enjoy your adventure abroad.

Here’s what you’ll get from us: 

  • A guaranteed hospitality job in a London backpacker hostel for three months or more within a matter of days or weeks after you apply and are approved
  • Assistance in setting up a new UK bank account
  • A national insurance number that you'll give your employer and use to track your taxes
  • Your choice of a UK SIM card
  • Logistical assistance is provided whether you need help finding flights, insurance, or general guidance on the best ways to enjoy your stay in the UK
  • Free Wi-Fi access and support at our London base
  • Membership with a London social events club
  • Meet and greet party soon after arrival
  • Free pub crawl that includes access to five different bars, a free drink at each venue, and fun souvenirs
  • Trial membership at a local gym
  • Employment resources to help you find a new job when your hospitality gig is over
  • Placement in the same hostel as your friend or partner
  • Total confidence that you know where you'll be working, staying, and eating every day during your trip

What will I be doing in the Hospitality Live In Job?

You'll have your choice between full-time and part-time jobs at your hostel. Pay rates from April 2019 are £8.21 for Over 25’s and £7.70 for Under 25’s. There are two different types of jobs that are available:

  • Receptionist: Your duties will include greeting guests and helping them on their way, and you'll serve as the face of your hostel. Guests will rely on you to help them with their problems and provide them with a feeling of comfort throughout their stay.
  • Housekeeper: It will be your job to make sure that guest rooms at your hostel are clean and inviting. You'll also be counted on to provide excellent customer service, and you might be offered reception shifts at your hostel or hospitality shifts at local pubs to help boost your UK job earnings.

Your main duties as a receptionist will include:

  • Greeting guests and adding their data to the hostel computer system
  • Taking payment and providing hostel facility information
  • Assisting guests in finding their rooms and moving their belongings
  • Handling cash at the till and reconciling the balance at the end of your shift
  • Using the proper channels to relay messages and solve problems

Your main duties as a housekeeper will include:

  • Making sure that the common areas, kitchen, rooms, toilets, showers, and other areas are clean
  • Reporting any issues to the head cleaner
  • Changing beds with attention to detail
  • Engaging with guests as you perform your cleaning duties

    NOTE: In some cases, the receptionist and housekeeper roles may overlap.

Personal Requirements:

  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Good memory.
  • Efficiency and speed.
  • Enjoy working with people.
  • Good personal presentation.
  • Prepare to work evenings and weekends.
  • Good cash handling skills.
  • Able to stand for long periods.

Locations include:

You will be provided with guaranteed work at one of these four popular London hostels:

  • Hyde Park (181 beds)
  • Victoria (191 beds)
  • Kensington (96 beds)
  • The Museum (112 beds)

All are in London: you will be placed where there are vacancies - everything is close by by tube or bus. 

Training is provided - no experience is required to be able to apply 


This job is a live-in position. Staff accommodations at your hostel only cost £49 per week, and this price includes free breakfast. Most staff accommodations are shared with 4-8 other staff members, and toilet and shower facilities are shared with guests. In most cases, staff have separate fridges and cupboard spaces for food, but you'll share kitchen and common area facilities with guests.



    Free breakfast is included every day, and you'll use your wages to provide other meals.

     The UK Hospitality Live In Job Package also includes:

    • UK Bank Account Opening
    • Unlimited Fee Free Money Transfers
    • Choice of UK SIM Card
    • National Insurance Number
    • Arrival Info Party
    • 5 Day Gym Trial
    • Walkabout Pub Discounts
    • Discounted entry to the legendary ‘Church’ Bar/Club1 Big Night Out Pub Crawl
    • Camden Pub Crawl
    • Discounted entry to the Ministry of Sound
    • Discounted entry to the Monopoly Pub Crawl
    • Membership to our social events club
    • Free WIFI Access at our London Base (where you'll collect your BRP on arrival)
    • No Expiry Open Door Policy for everyone at our Fulham base - for however long you need London)


    What you'll need:
    • Willingness to learn and help guests
    • Enthusiasm about living in the UK and immersing yourself in the culture, public transportation, museums, and nightlife of London
    • Application submission at least six weeks before you want to arrive in the UK
    • Purchase of the Hospitality Job package
    • Completion of third-party police check ($12)
    • No previous experience is needed
    • Training is provided​

         Application and Assessment Process:

        • Fill in the form below and pay the program fee
        • We will contact you for some further documents and also to arrange an interview
        • We will send your file to the UK
        • We will be in touch regarding a job as soon as we have one for you
        • We will set you up with our support system - and can help you with your visa if needed


        Are you ready? 

        The great thing about working in a Live In Job in London is it costs you hardly anything to 'live' - enabling you to save your wages for much more exciting things like seeing Europe, concerts and shopping!.Thanks so much for finding me this awesome job - I just love it - the people are friendly, the pub is really nice and I am saving heaps - you made it all so easy!! Erin B - Whakatane


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        "Thanks - I couldn't have done it without you guys. The job's going really well! Great team of people which is what makes any job I think. That's no problem don't mind at all” Ash Davison

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