Finding somewhere to rent

Article reviewed: 2013/01/22 | Next review due: 2014/08/10

Whether you're looking for housing before you arrive in London, or once you’re here, the best way of finding a new place is through the classified ads. Thanks to the Internet, you can find literally thousands of properties available. One of the most sites for London is gumtree, where you can find flats for rent, flatsharers, rooms available, everything you could need to find somewhere to move into.

You must first consider your budget for living in London. Renting in London is quite expensive, with prices anywhere between £450-£2,000 per month. Prices vary depending on the type of accommodation (rooms for rent, flatsharing, sole property), the size of the property, and it’s location.

Central or suburbs?

Accommodation in Zones 1 and 2 will always be more expensive than in Zones 3, 4 or 5. Zones 1 and 2 cover Central London, with the zones moving progressively further and further out of central London. It is important to note whether the ad is showing the price in a weekly or monthly amount, as sites often vary.

Check what's included

Some flats may also have bills included in the rental price, so check in the ad what is included, this can include all or none of: electricity, water, gas, council tax, TV Licence and internet.

Once you’ve worked out your budget and which area you want to live, you can start hunting! As well as websites, there are also many letting agencies throughout London. They are very efficient at finding accommodation for you, but there are fees involved with going through an agency.

It is easier to find a place to live once you’ve actually arrived in London, as it is not always a good idea to confirm these arrangements long distance until you have actually seen the flat and the area. This is especially true if you are flatsharing as it is important to get along with your future flatmates.

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