If you are looking to move into the city soon but don’t quite know where the best place for you is, this is a short guide to some things to consider when finding accommodation in London.
There are many different types of housing options to think about, from flat shares to renting rooms, buying properties or simply letting a room. There is also a lot of options you have in terms of who you choose to help you make your decision a little easier and less stressful. Estate agents such as Leo Newman specialised in letting out properties in central London and do most of the work for you.
The first and probably most important thing to consider when choosing where to live is the budget you have available to you. It’s no secret that generally, real estate prices in London are extortionate. According to your needs, the price will typically vary between £450 and £2000 per month and often fluctuate depending on the type of accommodation (rooms for rent, flat share, individual studio, etc). A big factor in price is also dependent on the area of your place of residence. If you’re familiar with the London Underground, you’ll understand that it works within zones. Housing located in zones 1 and 2 will usually be more expensive than those located in zones 3, 4, 5 and 6. This is because the higher the zone number, the further away from London you are moving out!
Here is quick guide of the different areas of London to help you to find the best area for you to live in:
Central London is the heart of everything London with so much to do and see! It is home to some of the most beautiful houses, flats, and apartments, but that also means some of the priciest.
Some of the most popular areas to live in North London are Islington and Camden with them being residential friendly. Camden is a fun and unique area, famous for its market and bars, keeping its bohemian and hippie styles. Neighbourhoods such as Angel are also an increasingly popular area to reside.
South London has the reputation for being the most popular neighbourhood. But you need to know that tube lines are poorly developed and the bus remains the preferred means of transport.
West London is known to be the richest and plushest area of London. This is where the TV show ‘Made in Chelsea’ is filmed, and if you watch that you’ll know what kind of people you’ll find living here! The nicest but most expensive places to live in this region are the areas Chelsea, Kensington, and Notting Hill.
Since the 2012 London Olympics in Stratford, East London has become more and more of an industrial neighbourhood and residential area. Due to the sporting event however, it has also meant that house and rent prices have gone through the roof! Some of East London’s best known places are Brick Lane and Whitechapel.
With the brief area guide, it is also important to note that when totaling everything up, often the prices do not include other essentials such as water and electricity bills.
It is also imperative that you visit the where you plan to move into before you commit, especially in regards to the roommates is you are sharing accommodation. The wrong roommate will have a huge impact on your living experience!
Once you have considered all of the above (it’s not as much as you think), you can enjoy the wonders that living in London has to offer!