London is a huge, vibrant city with a lot to offer, but finding your perfect room can be tough, especially if you’re new to the city.
With this in mind, we’ve put together some tips on how to find a room in London.
Know what you want
Before you start looking to find a room in London, take some time to think about what’s important to you. Deciding what you want before you start your hunt will make the process a whole lot easier.
For example, would you prefer a room with an en-suite? How many people would you like to live with? What is the maximum time you want to commute to work?
Create a shortlist of areas
Each part of London is different to the next one. Start with Smart City Rooms’ London area guides for inspiration.
Think about your budget too. Whilst living right in the thick of the action would be exciting, you’ll save money by renting in areas outside of the city centre.
Be flexible, and move quickly
Make yourself readily available for viewings. Demand is high and rooms in London get snapped up quickly, especially the nice ones. It’s not unusual for rooms to go off the market on the same day they were added.
On the flipside, patience can sometimes be needed – some rooms go on the market earlier than when they’re actually available for the new tenant to move into, so be prepared for the possibility of playing the waiting game for your dream room.
Start saving early
Following on from tip number 3, as the market can move quickly, you’ll need to have your funds ready to go. Have money set aside for your rental deposit and any additional referencing charges. This will avoid delaying the process and the possibility of missing out on the room.
Be aware of hidden costs
Sometimes the rent advertised won’t include expenses such as council tax or utility bills, so don’t get caught out. Smart City Rooms offer an all inclusive rental fee, so all of your bills are included in your rent – a much more convenient way of living.
Ready to find a room in London? Use Smart City Rooms’ room search tool to see our latest availability. Alternatively, give our friendly team a call on 020 7078 0215 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll get right back to you.