THE APARTMENTS NIGHTMARE IN LONDON
Moving to London requires a good preparation. Looking for a home is just one of the many step that await you.
Whether you are a student, an intern, traveling, or you decide to take the big step and settle in the British capital, finding an apartment is not an easy thing to do in London. Rents are very expensive and rental agencies are not necessarily reliable.
But don’t panic, we’re here to guide you to facilitate your arrival in this beautiful city of London.
You are at home, sitting on your sofa, in front of your computer typing on the Google search bar “renting an apartment in London”. And there! Bingo! You find a beautiful room in a Penthouse in the center of London in your prices. You arrive all happy, and you end up in a wet apartment in the bottom of nowhere with Scabbers as a roommate. (What do you mean you didn’t read Harry Potter?).
In London, it is imperative to be on site to visit the apartments, unless someone you trust represent you. You must check all the details to be sure that everything is consistent with the information given on the site. And most importantly, never, ever, send money in advance. Nothing is paid until you sign the lease.
BUT, ARE THERE ANY SOLUTIONS?
Well, I guess we’re starting to stress you. But keep calm, there are still some secure and specialized sites in renting accommodation in London. On ad sites such as SpareRoom or Gumtree, you can find shared accommodations or room in private houses.
And know that you can also find interesting ads on Facebook. Indeed, there are groups in which the French settled in London leave housing announcements for the future new Londoners. Among the best known are the FRENCH SOCIETY of LONDON or FRANÇAIS A LONDRES (logement, job, stage, cours d’anglais), on which you can find fuller of good plan.
But if you panic at the thought of doing all the research alone, there are agencies who are there to help you. HOUSE LONDON TRIP’s aim is to help you find your home. In fact, it is the apartment hunters who do all the research unlimited according to the location you want, your budget and your requirements. They make the visits with you and if you are not there, make you visit the apartment by video call! Yeah, so classy!
THE CRUCIAL CHOICE OF THE AREA
London does 1 572 km² of area (it’s 15 times bigger than Paris so yes, believe us, you’ll lose yourself at least once… or five), it is cut into 9 zones. And inevitably the closer we get to Zone 1, which is the center, and the more expensive it is.
WHAT TYPE OF ACCOMMODATION TO CHOOSE ?
The value of real estate in London is one of the strongest in the world, demand is very important, which increases the price of goods. There are several choices available to you, a studio or a complete apartment to have your own home, this choice remains the most expensive. One of the alternatives is the room “En Suite”, so you are in a collocation but have a private bathroom. Then come the classic collocation with a single or double room. Not only do you make some savings, but you will also can make interesting meetings among your roommates. Finally, the cheapest solution is the twin room, so you will share a room in a collocation with another person (possibility to have either 1 large double bed or 2 single bed).
Price Estimation, Zone 1 and 2. This is done to give you an idea of the London market, prices depend on areas, districts and times of the year. So, they are constantly changing.
1 Bed Flat
En suite Room
From £350 per person
PUBLIC TRANSPORT! THIS GREAT PLEASURE FORGETS!
Now we start getting the London transport and more particularly to this famous Oyster Card. London is a very big city and for you move it you will have to use public transport. Plus, you can’t expect to have a car in London. Traffic is way too bad, parking spaces are scarce, and we don’t speak you about the traffic taxes.
The best solution is to buy an Oyster Card for only £5.
Then you will have the possibility either to load it on every trip or also to take an unlimited rechargeable package every week, every month or every year.
The advantage is that the card can be bought and reloaded in different places. You can just go in the metros, in the small shops that has the acronym of the Oyster Card or via internet, and there even are an application to follow your journeys histories and your expenses.
Here are the prices of the Oyster Card Tram and Bus:
|ZONE 1 to 2||£34,10||£131,00|
|ZONE 1 to 3||£40,00||£153,60|
|ZONE 1 to 4||£49,00||£188,20|
|ZONE 1 to 5||£58,20||£223,50|
|ZONE 1 to 6||£62,30||£239,30|
|ZONE 1 to 7||£67,70||£260,00|
|ZONE 1 to 8||£80,00||£307,20|
|ZONE 1 to 9||£88,70||£340,70|
The most economical means to move in London is the bus. The price’s ticket, for all the zone, is £1,50. With the Oyster Card, you can take a suscription.
Coming to London is perhaps an obstacle course, but once all the formalities have passed, all you must do is to enjoy this multi-cultural city, in which no neighborhood is alike.
But if you don’t know how to do it, or where to start, click here.