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London is the capital of the United Kingdom and one of the world's most exciting destinations. The city is incredibly multicultural and one of the world’s most important centres for commerce, design, fashion and culture.
Finding perfect 1 or 2 bed flats to rent in London in an area of the city that’s right for you might seem like a daunting task, especially if you're looking specifically for furnished options.
Furnished rooms to rent in London come in all shapes, sizes and prices. There’s no identifiable housing style as each borough has its own eclectic character. Due to the high demand, housing can be found almost anywhere, but generally most people live in flatshares. Furthermore, most terrace housing is subdivided into flats or studios. The majority of furnished flats have 1 or 2 bedrooms and it’s rare to find flats with 3 or 4 bedrooms. Often, people sacrifice a living room in order to create an additional bedroom. Although common, it’s worth checking with your landlord first as there may be certain safety restrictions.
Whether you favour the edginess of East London, the refinement of West London, a little more space across the river in South London or the mellower feel of North London, there's a spot for you.
Perhaps the biggest contrasts in London are to be found in the east of the city. Here you can find skyscrapers housing the big investment banks side by side the hipster hang outs along Brick Lane and into Hoxton. North of The City - London's financial heart - newer tech businesses cluster around Old Street and Silicon Roundabout in Shoreditch. Meanwhile, towards the river you can find not only the Tower of London - dating back as far as the Norman conquest of 1066 - but also a thriving asian community and fantastic food around Aldgate. If you want to be relatively central, but are still looking at cheap flats to rent, then East London is probably for you. It's gentrifying fast, but there are still bargains to be found.
West London includes Soho's warren of streets, a centre for fashion, film and advertising, and a vibrant spot for nightlife as well as the focus of London's gay community. At more or less the centre of London's underground network, it's a great place to meet up with friends for a few drinks, or dive into a nightclub for an eye-opening adventure. Head further west and you will find Hyde Park, with more than enough space for the Serpentine and its pleasure boats, morning jogs and lazy picnics in the summer. The west is also home to the posh neighbourhoods of garden squares and luxury boutiques of Chelsea and Kensington, as well as Notting Hill and the street festival of the same name. Here you can find London flats for rent long term that are elegant and historic on the outside, whilst being modern and beautifully designed on the inside; just be warned - property is in short supply, and they won't be cheap!
For many people, South London starts just across the river with the Southbank. From the iconic London Eye you can walk down past Shakespeare's Globe theatre and weekly food stalls to die for at Borough Market to another classic London landmark: Tower Bridge. There is however, much more to discover as you venture further from London's centre. In recent years Brixton has become renown for its eclectic selection of food and lively atmosphere, and if you head down towards Clapham Common and Richmond Park you'll find even more green space to enjoy - the latter complete with its own population of deer. If you don't mind a short commute, then this area is a great place to look at apartments for rent in London, as you can quickly reach anywhere in the city without paying quite so much. It's also popular for student accommodation in London given its easy access to the city's universities.
North London is home to Regents Park, the location of London Zoo, as well as the capital's most impressive stadium at Wembley, whose distinctive arch can be seen clearly across the city. It's worth exploring the canal and Little Venice, surrounded by quieter residential streets and intimate pubs, or climbing Primrose Hill for a view of the London skyline, from the Shard to the towers of Canary Wharf. Popular amongst families, if you live in this area you'll feel like a true Londoner in no time.
In a city of eight million people, prices are hard to measure. You’ll pay a lot more to live in Kensington than in Tower Hamlets, for example, but almost every area has it’s pricier and more affordable parts. For example ..
-property to rent in Battersea: 1 bedroom flat £340 per week
-flats to rent in Camden: 1 bedroom flat £370 per week
-flats to rent in Ealing: 1 bedroom flat £480 per week
-Westminster apartments to rent: 1 bedroom flat £500 per week
-flats to rent in Islington: 1 bedroom flat £400 per week
-flats to rent in Hackney: 1 bedroom flat £380 per week
-flats to rent in Greenwich: 1 bedroom flat £350 per week
Many people are looking to rent a flat in London because of the job opportunities available in the capital. London is a global city and one of the main centres of the world economy. The London Metropolitan Area generates about 30% of the UK’s entire GDP and is the location of the headquarters and offices of some of the world’s most important corporations. Wages in London are the highest in England and the UK as a whole and many companies offer ‘London weighting’, a higher rate of pay than in other parts of the UK to compensate for the high cost of living in the capital. Major industries in London include banking and finance, law, services, culture and tourism. Plenty of young professionals, especially those with families choose flats to rent in Fulham as the area is a little quieter than other and although rather far from central London, you can be in the West End in 20 minutes.
Documents required for renting student accommodation in London depends on the type of accommodation you choose. Typically, student halls require proof of enrollment from your University. Often students need to supply a guarantor form. Usually a parent, who agrees to pay your rent in case you fail to do so. All types of student accommodation will typically need at least one-month rents, as a deposit and proof of income or guarantor.
Using public transport in London is the best financial option for locals or newcomers. With an extensive underground map and array of night buses, it is the fastest option to cross town. The public transport system uses an electronic prepaid card named ‘Oyster Card'. This tap on tap of technology can be topped up pay as you go or automatically replenished.
An Oyster card is a Londoner's way of traveling (Apple Pay and Contactless are also options to), Universities offer ‘Student Oyster Cards', these cap daily costs for transport. Tube journeys range from £2 - £3.50, with all TFL bus journeys being a fixed price of £1.50. Uber and Black Cab's are also an option but at a higher cost, mostly used by students by occasion on weekend late nights.