Welcome to London
Ready to go to a pub? You better check this out before.
How to rent a flat in London?
Platforms to search on:
On these two sites you need to register (it is free), then you can enter your requests, consult the ads and directly contact advertisers.
The name says it all, a room which is spare in a house, it depends who will be your room-mates rather than where exactly you will be living!
Use social media groups, sometimes provided by your school, outgoing students will often post housing offers and information.
It is the most used site in the UK to search for houses and / or rooms to rent (but also to buy).
It is managed by real estate agencies.
It’s a generic ad site. It is used frequently to search for rooms and apartments:
anyone can post an ad and anyone can reply. However, we can not always quality control as it is not possible to establish the honesty of advertisers. In other words, keep your eyes open for scams.
List of documents:
– Copy of Visa
– Official letter (like utility bill) as a proof of identity (address and name)
– Electoral register
If you are employed:
– Recent pay slips for the last three – six months
– A current employment contract
– A tax return for the most recent tax year
If you are self employed:
– Evidence of income (for one – three years) via bank statements or invoice records, company details (such as a certificate and tax returns)
If you are a student:
– guarantor with his/her information
In the UK, it is expected to check the tenants character, hence it is recommended to have references
(from a previous landlord or an employer)
Where to live:
Camden / Hampstead – good nightlife / restaurants, feels happening, still close to central (Northern line), Hampstead is a bit posher but if you go a bit further it is very affordable by London standards.
Shoreditch – fun, young hipster vibes, really cool bars and clubs. If that’s a bit out of price range, Bethnal Green right next door is also a good alternative (also better connected with central line).
Dalton – the new shoreditch, a bit cheaper probably but still feels very trendy, not directly on the tube but you’re on the east London overground line so it’s not best for commuting, but still manageable and that’s reflected in the price.
– Kensington and Chelsea (posh and expensive but definitely the best and if you look for it you can find good deals)
– Fulham which is near Chelsea but cheaper and let’s say Hammersmith too but surely places not too far near Fulham
– Battersea (Clapham Junction station) which is south side of the Thames but really nice to live and lots of people are moving there cause it’s cheaper and mostly new, connections are really good even if there’s no underground but you have trains and overground every few mins
-Vauxhall, again it’s in the south but I love the connections with the centre
Understandably, the center is the most expensive, in general we suggest you stay in West London or central London if it’s suitable for you budget.
Looking at your guarantor:
They should earn three times the rent, have full-time employment, and own their own home
(the strictness of these requirements depends on the agency).