If you’re moving to London for the first time, it’s only natural to feel a little intimidated. It’s one of the largest cities in Europe, and one of the most expensive. If you’re trying to find a home there, the fast moving housing market can be confusing. Finding somewhere to live isn’t just a matter of finding a room at the right price. You need to know the different areas of the city, how they’re connected, and whether it’s a good fit for your and your needs.
Today we’re looking at how to rent in London, for anyone who’s starting the process of finding a home here and needs a little guidance.
The most important thing you need to consider is how your home is linked to the city around it. Your commute is the beginning and end of your day and if you can make a little easier on yourself you’ll improve the quality of your life immeasurably!
Look at where you’ll be working (if you know that yet!), and work backwards to find the best areas to get you there – some online lettings agents include journey time calculator tools to help you this as you browse.
Also bear in mind that if you live near the end of a line (in Walthamstow, for example or Stratford), while your journey to work may take a little longer but you’re far more likely to get a seat – and that means you don’t just have a more comfortable journey. You could use it to work, read and catch up on Instagram!
Finding a Home
It’s also important to make sure you feel at home in the place you eventually choose. Try to spend some time there before you make a firm commitment: this isn’t just where you come home to at the end of the day. It’s where you spend your weekends, do your shopping and invite people back to! If you don’t feel at home there, you won’t be able to relax and find yourself suffering from more and more stress.
If you can, try putting your stuff in storage and staying with friends while you explore the city to find a place that really feels like home. Visit byStored for more details on the options available!
This gives you the flexibility to find a part of London you can afford, with the buses and trains to get you to work on time and that really feels like home!