London: Working in Mayfair, where to live?
I start working in the Mayfair area in London and was wondering where to live. As the area is super expensive, I guess I can't afford to live somewhere in walking distance for a reasonable price. However, proximity to work is my main point when looking for a flat (walking would be perfect, but a short tube ride is fine as well). I'd also like to have good transportation links to the rest of London (f.e. when I want to go out East) and it would be nice to have some amenities like restaurants and pubs around, although this is definitely not my top priority. The area should be reasonably safe as well. I'd prefer not to spend more than GBP1000 per month as I want to pay down my debt as fast as possible.
Moreover, I'm totally fine with flatshares.
Is it possible to find something for less than GBP1000 with good links/proximity to Mayfair or is this totally unrealistic?
Where to live in London On A Budget
For less than GBP1000 a person would most likely need to have roommates to make it work. However, there are a few good options once you decide on that. Anywhere along a tube line will open the city up for you. London has pretty good public transportation.
Watch the video below about the cost of living in London from VICE News.
User @eyebeedee, who works in Mayfair, shares his experience:
I work in Mayfair myself, my commute is a 20-25 minute walk and I live opposite Big Ben for PS1063 per month. An amazing block with gym included etc. The area behind where I live is a complete dump (Lambeth estate) but being on the river and the area otherwise is pretty good. For nights out the Vauxhall area is good but could certainly benefit from better connections with East for when the opportunity to go out arises.
Easily could find somewhere within your budget in Pimlico. Also if you are prepared to take a bus, you could also find some nice places within your budget around Baker Street or as previously mentioned Marylebone.
If you have a look on Zoopla, the freehand area selection tool is quite good to see what you could find within your budget within a certain radius.
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