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Hi, I just accepted a job offer in London and I am looking for a place to live now. What areas do you guys recommend? (the job will be in the city)

Also anyone looking for a roommate?

Thanks for your replies!

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Feb 7, 2017

What industry?/How Old?

Wherever you choose make sure you look how long your door to door commute will be, using the City Mapper app (make sure you set the time to rush hour to account for traffic) - this is crucial!

The beauty of working in the city is you can live almost anywhere..

My choice would be Angel/Islington, not the cheapest but so much going on. The triangle between Essex Road/Angel/Highbury & Islington would be my choice.

If you want to live where all the young preppy types are when they first move to London, Clapham etc is good (it's gotten expensive though), although tube in the morning is a nightmare - really popular with new movers.

Brixton is awesome, but gritty and links to city aren't super super quick.

East London is cheaper and grittier, Mile End or Bethnal Green are on the central line which helps.

West London is expensive and posh, transport links are a bit shit around Chelsea etc.

London Bridge is close/convenient but can get expensive, it's a bit quieter & has nice bars/food etc. (Would choose if a bit older).

Feb 7, 2017

Excellent! Thanks for the recommendations I will look into them.

Banking, I am 24.

I do not want to commute more than 30 mins to be honest. What about areas like Aldgate, Marylebone, Kensington? Are these areas with good social/night life?

And what would you say would be a reasonable rent?

Feb 7, 2017

I'm based in London and I wouldn't recommend staying somewhere that is 30 mins away. I did that last year and do regret it. You don't want to spend 30 mins on the tube in the morning and then ~35 mins on the taxi in the night/morning. Now I live somewhere that is 15 mins walk/tube away and there is a massive difference as I don't waste any time waiting for the taxi (trust me - they can be unreliable) and it is a good way for me to get some fresh air, especially when I'm gonna be working 70-100++ hours pw in the office.

IMO find somewhere that is 15 mins walk/tube (or even less) because time will become v valuable and you'll need the extra sleep.

May I ask if you will be working in the city or Canary Wharf? I've worked at both places so can help.

Feb 7, 2017

Kensington will be a stretch time-wise and budget wise, it's a great area but v. expensive, your money wont go far there (i.e you will be able to get a place but will pay a ton for a matchbox). Nightlife is good but hideously expensive, but then you're in banking so should be set. Commute biggest issue here.

Aldgate is very central, so would be a good location travel wise- unsure on rents here, have you checked them? Imagine they would be pretty high..

Marylebone, boring, avoid like the plague!

The website Spareroom is good for getting a grip on how much you'd have to pay for houseshares etc.

Usually you can find an very decent place in a house share for PS800 + bills, if you're willing to spend a bit more say PS1000+ bills the calibre of room increases pretty sharply. It's so variable though (eg. I have seen really decent rooms go for PS2000/m in Kensington, but you can get something for PS900 all in if you're willing to compromise on accessibility/size).

Shoreditch might be an option, good nightlife, good food/pop ups etc. You'd pay a premium here though. Decent links to city if you're in the right spot.

Feb 11, 2017

I've lived in London a couple times, warning about Kensington, when I lived there, I paid 1000 pounds a month for a shoebox. Lovely neighborhood, but there are plenty of other places. Frankly if you stay near the tube travel times drop significantly. Later I lived in Angel. A ways away, a lot cheaper, but the tube made things much faster, I could still get into central London in 30 minutes. Doppelanger may be right, but I didn't mind a commute, enjoyed the time to read. Much better than the commute I had a few years later in DC

Feb 9, 2017

Barbican, Old Street, Angel, London Bridge for those working in the City are the best value for money/commute choices.
Tube in the morning is a nightmare, and being able to commute fast to and from work is a luxury you should allow yourself if you're when you're working 12-15 hrs a day .

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Feb 9, 2017

Thanks!

U think a 20 min commute from Clapham is a good option?

Feb 9, 2017

Not ideal, but maybe it's because I'm biased.
Clapham is not my cup of tea.
I like the East Central postcode because, besides the convenient commute, it gives you move options to go out in your little free time too.

Feb 9, 2017

Highly recommend Bethnal Green. Great nightlife, bars, restaurants and the transport links are fantastic.

1 stop to Liverpool Street, 2 stops to Bank. You could walk to bank in 25 minutes if you choose. Shoreditch is just down the road and Hackney is just up the road. Very safe as well - I have staggered back from the pub in such a state a four year old could nick my wallet multiple times. No one ever has!

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Feb 9, 2017

I back this 100%, I love the place & everything you said is true, but it definitely is not everyones cup of tea, so to speak.

Feb 9, 2017

True, my cousin is renting a place there, it's actually pretty nice and very cheap for LDN standards! like circa PS650/PS700 a month! Shoreditch is key, Queen of Hoxton is a cool and Fabric will be re opening soon!!

Feb 9, 2017

South Ken all the way!

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Feb 10, 2017

hAvent read much of the above, but here is my 2 cents after living here for 6 years (across pretty much the entire city)

The one thing I would warn about, London is extremely patchy. Its less a case of neighbourhoods, and more street to street can make the difference between one of the most beautiful streets you have seen and a really dodgy council estate. Before signing anything I would always go walk around the area, or if you cant then try to find someone that really knows the areas. I cant stress this enough, I used to live in Maida Vale which is considered quite wealthy, but if you go too much west (past SHirland Road) it gets dodgy VERY quickly. You need to be careful about this

If you want walking distance to the city (where exactly) then you are either looking at:
-Aldgate: kind of sh1tty,commercial road is loud as fck
-Old Street/Shoreditch: bit grimy/hipsterish if thats your thing
-Near Tower Bridge (i.e. St Katherines Dock): quite nice but pricey
-Note that the actual city is absolutely DEAD on the weekend, just fyi

The other areas from experience:
-Clapham: very young/fun, pretty much all recent college grads and lots of student type bars/clubs. You outgrow it once you get past 25. Commute from there is not fun in the slightest, the Northern Line is an absolute nightmare. But then it feels like a great area as you dont feel too claustrophobic as there are a lot of open/green spaces

-Near Canary Wharf: you get a lot for your money, but again its dead on the weekends and has extremly little soul. Also you need to know what you are doing as crossing one road may mean difference between luxury flats and being offered drugs on the corner. I lived in limehouse for a bit and used to take DLR to bank, which was fairly easy, but never felt completley stress free. However, we paid 300 gbp/week for a large 2 bed flat which is decent.

-Greenwich: lived here for a bit, extremely peaceful area (as long as you are near Cutty Sark DLR, if you go too far you hit some very dodgy areas), commute was tough but then you got a much nicer living environent. I wouldnt do this until you are a bit older though.

-Marylebone: really nice area, but obviously very expensive, 2 bed flat will be at least 600 GBP/week. But obviously commute to city is a bit tougher, the Central line is horrendous, and you go from Bond Street which is tourist central.

-Fulham/Chelsea: really nice and residential, can find some nice places for not huge amounts of money (more Fulham). Kings road is good fun and has lots of young people. But the downside is the transport links are terrible out there, especially into the city. I work in Marylebone and even I never moved out there as it was just too tricky

-Angel/Islington/Bloomsbury: very buzzing and fun, I tend to recommend for most people coming to London as you will have generally a good experience. Good mix of people from students all the way to professionals

-London Bridge/Waterloo: very convenient in terms of transport links, but also feels extremely cold. I stayed with a friend for a couple weeks here and just never felt like I could feel at home

-Maida Vale/St Johns Wood/Hampstead: very residential and expensive, I lived here for a couple years and was really nice and calm, but you dont feel like you live in London. The American school is here and so tons of families, not that much to do.

-Notting Hill: despite the fact most people think its very posh, be careful there are lots of dodgy areas, and anything north of Ladbroke Grove tube is very sketchy.

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Feb 11, 2017

Thanks for ur feedback!

How's Aldgate east? I've seen its really close to Aldgate, but some of my friends said some very good things about it

Feb 10, 2017

If you're working in the Wharf I suggest:

  • Westferry / Limehouse (very quick access, developing nicely)
  • South Quay (boring AF but quick access and new)
  • Canada Water
  • London Bridge / Southwark / Bermondsey
  • Maybe Stratford

If you're in the City:
- Aldgate
- Limehouse
- London Bridge / Southwark
- Angel / Islington

Feb 10, 2017

As a junior, I highly recommend closer to the office over everything else. For the first few months while you're getting up to speed you won't need nightlife or proximity to anything not work related. Take a one year lease as close to the office as you can get. After you've been bumped to Analyst 2, you will know the city a little better and can figure out where you want to move to.

My first flat in London was a c. 3 minute walk from the office and it was amazing... I could leave the office at 3:00, and be in bed by 3:30, get up at 8:45, and be in the office by 9:00, still got my five hours of sleep.

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Feb 11, 2017

Thanks everyone for the feedback.

Which one would you pick: Clapham or Aldgate East?

Feb 11, 2017

For your first time in London I would pick Aldgate over Clapham (although the vibe is good there). In Aldgate you are close to the office (you could go to work with a 5mins bike ride or 20-25 walk) and you are also really close to the east-London action of shoreditch and sorroundings

Feb 11, 2017

Sounds good thanks. I am leaning toward Aldgate tbh. Would you say spending 25-35% of your salary for accommodation is about right in London?

Feb 11, 2017

Battersea (near Clapham Junction) or Wandsworth. You can be in the City in 25-30 minutes (South West Trains to Waterloo, then Waterloo and City to Bank), it's got a nice village-y feel to it, with loads of great pubs and parks and stuff, and it's comparatively cheaper than, say, Fulham or Chelsea (though it's just over the river if you're the kind of person who likes to go out on KR).

Rent should set you back maybe PS1600-PS2000 PCM, plus ~PS125 PCM for your travelcard (Zone 1-2).

Feb 11, 2017

Hi

You've got some thorough replies so far so I'll be quick, just wanted to add that it also depends on the quality of life you expect. Lots of people have advised against "long" commute of like 30/40 minutes but if you like having space and comfort you might want to think twice before staying within walkable distance of the City since it's always busy, noisy, and sometimes ugly. In this case think St John's Wood, Clapham, Kennington... Otherwise yes go for something close. But personally I like having a big park where I can run, just 2 minutes from where I live

Feb 19, 2017

Everybody seems to be hating on the underground. It's not bad at all - if it's completely packed on your ride to work, it simply means you're late.

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Feb 19, 2017

Oh and this is for a one bedroom/studio.

Feb 19, 2017

Look around Russell Square. There should be a decent selection of studios for the price range, though as you say the quality won't be that great when you're on that budget

Feb 19, 2017

Why Not live off the Northern Line? Camden area is a fun, eclectic area to live in. Jump on the Camden High street Northern Line and you'll be in the square mile within 20 minutes.

Feb 19, 2017

Goldman are going to pump you hard, so you'll never have time to appreciate a nice flat anyway. The last thing you need to deal with is tubes. I lived in Southwark last Summer and it's a walk into work that wakes you up without knackering you out.

Feb 19, 2017

Hahah, did you really think no one's going to figure out you'll be at Goldman from the location you described!!

I'm going to be working near Bank so I'm going to be looking at Islington, Russell Square, Shoreditch, Tower Hill docks (Wapping), Farringdon and Barbican. You could walk or take a bus from any of the above. If you're looking for a single studio and in the city, you may have to increase your budget to around PS250/week excl utilities. On the Central, check out Shepherd's Bush, its a good area and you could get a 'cheaper' deal there. I'd also consider Putney, i know someone here will probably point out that its the suburbs and almost Surrey, but its 30mins on the District Line to Temple/Mansion House stations and you can get a good deal for PS200.

Someone mentioned Camden and Southwark. I would personally steer clear of Camden; I stayed there for about a year- the place was very rowdy and my flatmate got mugged and lost his iPhone. Have also stayed in Southwark - some kid got stabbed (and died) on the street corner next to where I was staying. But hey that could happen anywhere in London.

Feb 19, 2017

Yea Camden is shady at times, but if you leave around the edges of Camden Town (ie: border of Primrose Hill and Camden) you can be down to the City in 25 minutes, live in a nice place real close to what some would call "a real beehive of activity".

Honestly have no clue how much it costs there though, as when I lived there I didn't pay rent.

Feb 19, 2017

start a shared flat that way you can actually live in a nice neighbourhood. you will only use the tube in the morning (asuming you are in IBD) so at night the car takes you home and your costs wont be much. 200 per week is cutting it a bit close but i recommend all the northside of hyde park (lancaster gate all the way to notting hill gate) or south ken, sloan square and the likes. you can even find studios there but more in the 250-300 per week range. check gumtree.co.uk

yeah you wont be inside of the place a lot but believe me it will relax you a lot more if you have a nice place in a quite area as opposed to some rotten flat in camden.

Feb 19, 2017

Thanks a lot for the advice. Seems that a lot of people think that 250 per week (excluding bills) is a more standard price for a first year analyst?

I'll check out the areas mentioned. Quite liking the sound of around Russell Square/Bloomsbury area? Though might just be out of walking range. Also thanks acs and GBB for the more westward Central line suggestions, since it's quite a few stops I didn't realise that even Lancaster gate to Chancery Lane is only 10mins tube so that becomes more viable.

Feb 19, 2017

I lived in Russell Square and walked to the LSE pretty much every day, which is about 10 minutes from Goldman. Depending on where around Russell Square you are, it should be about 25 minutes to GS once you learn the shortcuts. I really dislike taking the tube in the morning because it is crowded and you have to add in buffer time for delays. Of course, walking you have to deal with rain, but it isn't as bad or frequent as you'd think.

Feb 19, 2017

@Drexel - Will you be working in London or the US when you graduate? I'm not sure if that was you but there was someone on TSR a while ago with a similar username as yours who had accepted an offer at UBS London. That you?

Feb 19, 2017

No, I don't use TSR. I work in London though.

Feb 19, 2017

well if you work in IBD the tube is mostly empty when you go to work so no hustle really. and the 15 minutes to go to chancery lane from somewhere in central london is really not bad. canary wharf rides suck though, agreed.

a good walk in the morning has its benefits i can see that too.

Feb 19, 2017
GBB_19NHS:

well if you work in IBD the tube is mostly empty when you go to work so no hustle really. and the 15 minutes to go to chancery lane from somewhere in central london is really not bad. canary wharf rides suck though, agreed.

a good walk in the morning has its benefits i can see that too.

Unless its in Hackney or similair

Feb 19, 2017

haha well if you dont mind having no sleep and substituting that with walking then there you go.

Feb 19, 2017

PS200 a week for a studio is gonna be very very tough to do, youll have to up to PS250 per week or live further away from the office.

Feb 19, 2017

Someone mentioned Islington earlier, avoid.

Sharing with someone will greatly lower your cost, and for 250 per person you could find a pretty nice place.

Feb 19, 2017

^ Well to each his own I guess. I live in Angel/Islington right now and I quite like the area plus its comparatively cheap, I share a decent 2 bed apartment for PS180 incl utilities (no council tax, still a student).

Other good areas to try are St John's Wood (You can get a very decent place if you share for about PS220-250) and Marylebone-Paddington (avoid Edgware Road)

Feb 19, 2017

Well Canary wharf is technically in Essex ;-) But its handy, if you go towards the city rent is more expensive. If you go away from the city its a lot cheaper.

So you can easily move to the cheaper area's but still be within a very quick commute. It's only if you're considering west london when it gets to be a pain.

Check out Wapping really nice place.

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Feb 19, 2017

I live in Wapping at the moment and don't really like it though there r nice places here. I can walk to work in the city though in around 20 minutes which is nice.

One important pount to consider is that the tube station is being shut in December so you would have to take the DLR from shadwell (really not a very nice area) to get to work or the bus so is that your thing?

Tequila wharf in Limehouse is pretty nice I'm told by some bankers and is easy access from Limehouse to the city and the wharf, again not the nicest area though.

I used to live in Canary Wharf when I worked there and some really nice propery is available - check out Ontario Tower and New Providence Wharf, pretty nice apartments with gym, swimming pool etc built in but the place is depressing at weekends - also a pain to get back to from central london.

Hope this helps!

Feb 19, 2017

Are there villages/towns nearby, e.g slough equivalents...and accessible by train.
The canary wharf properties are incredibly cramped and prohibitively expensive..more than 400 gbp per week for one bedroom is just too much.
Any idea about specific areas in docklands??

BTW when u say not a nice area is it crime or development/amenities. Its crime and the hoodies that bother me for most part, rest is not much of a problem when you leave at 9 and come back at 2...

Feb 19, 2017

How old are you. Presumably if you are looking to buy at 250k then not joining as an analyst? The problem with canary wharf is that it's dull and surrounded for the most part by shitholes. Anybody I know (all renters) who lived near there to be close to work have moved westwards and put up with a longer commute in order to live in a nicer and more lively area.
Also why would you want to buy at the moment. The jury's still out on a crash but property is definately peaking and you can rent for way less than the repayments on the mortgage for the same place. There is nowhere in any half decent part of London that you can find a decent 2bed for 250k which isn't in an ex local authority block.

Feb 19, 2017

I am well into twenties and joining as an associate. There are 2 beds for close to 300 k in St. John's wood area which is pretty nice for most part hence i thought about 250k as reference.
As for local council estates, they are everywhere and which is why most of London is pretty much a shithole to live in as far as crime situation goes. Just can't avoid them and hence i was asking about any villages etc. nearby.
As for property market crash, it has been coming for many years and prices have only risen. Many areas would be pretty inelastic as far as price goes. The rent may be lower than mortgage payments but as far as sale prices go there is appreciation nevertheless.

Feb 19, 2017

Live anywhere on the Jubilee tube line. You'll be fine!

Feb 19, 2017

Knightsbridge
Belgravia
Notting Hill
Chelsea
South Kensington

Feb 19, 2017

They're on the wrong end of london for CW. The thing about london is there are council flats in every area so they can make the place look cheap or dodgy. I own a place in limehouse, it's a nice area. Tequila wharf isn't the best - but if you're new to london its fine.

All the flats will be cramped unless you move out to zone 3 or 4. You're better off renting with someone else. I rent my place out for 1400 a month, its a 2 bed flat. Room's are very large (its not a new build).

Basically once you get in with someone else your money goes so much further.

Feb 19, 2017

Canary Wharf isn't in Essex, it's in Zone 2, London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

Feb 19, 2017
fp175:

Canary Wharf isn't in Essex, it's in Zone 2, London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

I consider anything beyond E2 Essex, the attitude is the same, thats why I love it! :-)

As for renting a 1 bed place for 150 a week I think that may be a dream. If you're not taking any bills what so ever (Council tax, water etc.) into account it'll do I guess.

If you can hack the commute go for clapham. Great place. As someone said the Angel way is meant to be "Trendy". Does have some life to it but I don't like it so much.

Someone else suggested stick to the jubilee line. Thats also a good idea as its by far the best line in London and goes all over the place. Places south of the river are meant to have a higher crime rate.

Feb 19, 2017

Gosh, I couldn't stand living in C. Wharf - my mate lives in Southwark.

I don't see the point of living in chelsea if you're working in C. Wharf because that would be an awful commute and swinging your residential dong around doesn't really make that much sense as a first year.

Feb 19, 2017

where is the suburb that most young singles live in? I'm not too interested sharing a place, i am looking in zone2-3.

obviously, i would not want to pay more than 150GBP/wk.

Feb 19, 2017

Angel/Clapham/Earl's Court

Feb 19, 2017

Angel/Old street is probably best because it's lively and pretty trendy with a good mix of people but still v. close to the city and c. wharf. Though you wont get a 1 bed for 150. Basically if you want to live on your own with a budget of 150pw you have to compromise on something because you can't find a place that's in a nice area popular with singles, away from scumbags, and in easy commute of c. wharf for that price. As others have said, if you lived with another person then you could. Otherwise you'll probably need 200pw min.

Feb 19, 2017

Oh haha OK...well I think CW has a bit more class than Essex. For the Americans, the "Essex" people are a bit like Bridge and Tunnelers.

I need a place to live, as I'm moving up from my student flat in S London. Is Bermondsey OK? Seems to have some nice flats but doesn't seem like much is going on over there.

Feb 19, 2017

Bermondsey Street,next to London Bridge tube station,is a a lovely and trendy area to live in.There are few developments of lofts in old warehouses that seem really cool.And there are some parks and a lot of cool cafes..

Concerning the area called Bermondsey(which is a bit more on the east of London Bridge,direction Canada Water)I haven't heard good stuff;personally I wouldn't live there.

Otherwise Limehouse is quite nice and convenient,Shadwell sucks.

Feb 19, 2017

So you actually want to live outside London? Well you should probably look in Kent and Essex if you'll be working in CW. There are actually nice places in London, but it is a city. It's no more a shithole than Manhattan in my opinion. And crime--umm you won't be surrounded by crime in any well-off suburb outside of Zone 1.

Feb 19, 2017

I'm in Angel -it's pretty money, but the bars close at 11 which sucks balls - but shoreditch is around the corner and that is open pretty late.

Angel is mad fun, and so is the womans

Feb 19, 2017

with all these hypes, how do the non-bankers normal population survive in london? it seems even with 37k it's quite difficult to make a living... where do normal graduates live? or how do they live?

Feb 19, 2017

One reason why people blow away most of their earnings (young pros) is that there is no better alternative, no way can you afford a house etc. so they spend it all away. Most young pros share apartment, many a times couples share apartments with other couples and so on.
I even came across partners being swapped/divorced and remarried and then sharing the same apartment for another 2 years.
taxes are not low, even to watch a tv u need a license of 220 USD annual fees. Its mindboggling and crazy. Like most european big cities there seems to be no future for the young.

Feb 19, 2017

They live in houses with 3/4 other people paying 500 a month and they actually have to think about their outgoings.
As for IB - 36k gives you 2200 net/month, enough to live on in my opinion.

Feb 19, 2017
Oconnor:

They live in houses with 3/4 other people paying 500 a month and they actually have to think about their outgoings.
As for IB - 36k gives you 2200 net/month, enough to live on in my opinion.

How much are you paying in rent if you don't mind - I'm on the same base - what are you throwing down for rent?

Feb 19, 2017

I'm only starting in July but aiming for 750pm max sharing with a friend, so 1500 for 2bed. Had a look in easter hols and saw some decent places for that price. A few of my mates who are already working at banks pay approximately that so I've got my figures from them.
Was thinking about spending less but thought what would you do with an extra 150 quid a month. That and I want to feel like I'm moving up in the world from my shit student accommodation situation, would rather not have to live in a "party house".
How about you, how much do you pay/plan to pay?

Feb 19, 2017

I'm 685 all in - I live with 2 others, but the location is prime and 2 bathrooms. I basically am not going to spend any of my bonus and live off my base (which is very comfortable)

Feb 19, 2017

Yup once you live with 1 other person everything else becomes managable. As for other graduates and so on - I don't know. I never met anyone in London that didnt work in a bank!

Thats why the place is so boring :-)

Feb 19, 2017

try imperial college housing...

if he wants to live in zone one, the only shot at 500 is in college accomondation. Usually a room in a flat (shared) in zone one starts at around 600-800....

THere are studios for 500 but I would not recommend them! It should make you curious that the average studio in zone oine is approaching 1000 so any offer for 500 might have serious shortcomings.

Summarising: college rooms, spend more money, move to zone 2. Those are your option id argue

Feb 19, 2017

LSE bankside house is close to the city, as well as King's College's. You can try Nido spitalfields too. But they're all A LOT more expensive than 500 quid per month, and I don't think they will still have rooms available. More like 200-300 per week. There is another college residence in the old street area, although I don't remember which, google it. For 500 a month you won't find anything rat-free int he city. Although if you are in MS or some other of the banks in the canary wharf area you might find smth cheap and close. If you can't spend more money just look for a place that has direct tube line and go to a cheaper area. Like I said Canary wharf is not far, so if it's a direct tube line it might take you 15min.

Feb 19, 2017

500pw is going to be impossible in central london, especially on a short term let.

Start thinking 800plus in decent shared flats in central london.

Have a look into university halls those tend to accomodate short term lets and are somewhat more affordable.

Feb 19, 2017

500pw is going to be impossible in central london, especially on a short term let.

Start thinking 800plus in decent shared flats in central london.

Have a look into university halls those tend to accomodate short term lets and are somewhat more affordable.

Feb 19, 2017

DON'T go to NIDO, its a total rip off... False marketing, you don't have internet because it doesnt work 90% of the time, you dont get heating even though there are radiators, most of the drains dont work and they dont even bother to fix it... so you get a room with no internet, heat and lots of flooding..

Feb 19, 2017
thor1000:

DON'T go to NIDO, its a total rip off... False marketing, you don't have internet because it doesnt work 90% of the time, you dont get heating even though there are radiators, most of the drains dont work and they dont even bother to fix it... so you get a room with no internet, heat and lots of flooding..

When did you stay there? My experience was pretty good actually, at least everything worked lol. It is expensive like said above, but depending on where your bank is you can save quite some money on transportation, and being close to the office is good considering the hours.
BTW, a friend of mine just looked at LSE bankside and wharf and they're fully booked.

Feb 19, 2017

try international house, in bloomsbury. its a non-college specific dorm in zone 1 (near russel sq tube station) and i know it does short summer lets. Not sure how much it is, but should be close to your limit i think.

its got plenty of onsite facilities (not that you'll have much time to use them) and the area is lively, safe, central. rooms are basic but clean.

Feb 19, 2017
curlyarmstrong:

try international house, in bloomsbury. its a non-college specific dorm in zone 1 (near russel sq tube station) and i know it does short summer lets. Not sure how much it is, but should be close to your limit i think.

its got plenty of onsite facilities (not that you'll have much time to use them) and the area is lively, safe, central. rooms are basic but clean.

second this, its in a great area and on the piccadilly line

Feb 19, 2017

LOL 500 pw flat in Kensington?

for that you will have to be outside of central London. University accomodation will run you at least 170-200+ per week.

Feb 19, 2017

Try Goodenough College. Good location, reasonable rent

Steer clear of Nido's, ridiculously expensive.

Have a look around Edgeware Road as well, you get good places for very good prices.

Otherwise, agree with above posters, seek university accommodation. They will be available for summer school students so get there fast. Look at UCL, LSE and Queen Mary.

Feb 19, 2017

lot of good info hear. goodenough has the best reputation from what i have heard.

the best for central location, ie, range to city and canary wharf is butlers wharf (LSE), and Bankside (LSE).

the Bloomsbury residence for UCL is also in good location for going out/meeting people...easy commute to city or west end, and getting to the wharf is not bad.

However, all of these were circa 200-270gbp per week and give preference to students who attend during the year. The ONLY student accomodation that I know of in your price range IS in ZONE 1 and is associated with the LSE. Its called Sidney Web House, and is in SE1(read South East london) which is not the nicest or most convenient area in the world. The accommodations are pretty shit ( i lived there for 12 months and hated every minute of it). That being said, it was like 130/week a few years ago so it might be do-able on your budget. It is also has good access to the city and canary wharf. About a 10 minute walk to London Bridge Station.

SE1 is not a bad area, in fact i still live there, but this particular location is not the best....full disclosure.

Feb 19, 2017

I live right by LSE Bankside but in an apartment. If he lives there it'll be ideal for getting into work - he'll not incur any travel costs at all.

Feb 19, 2017

Sidney Webb isn't available to non-LSE students during the summer break. Bankside and part of Butler's Wharf residences are but they're ridiculously expensive. Look up gumtree, there are plenty of people who sub-let for the summer because they go away on vacations.

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