Apartments for Cheap

Questions and Answers

Your Questions About Studio Apartment London

May 25, 2013

Nancy asks…

Why do Americans want to move to London?

Ever seen some of the questions here? Do they not realize that London is one of the most expensive cities in the world, and that an apartment alone would cost about 300,000 pounds? I saw a recent post from a fellow American inquiring about employment as a nurse in London and owning a vehicle and “a studio flat.” Won’t that be a little too much too afford with a 20,000 pounds salary?

I’m American. Why are the majority of our citizens so deluded?

Administrator answers:

Yeah but its the experience of being in London its a brilliant place I’m British and i know plenty of people who have or want to move to new york city just for the experience of being there and new yorks hardly cheap.
All i can say to you is if you dont like it here dont ever come
i can see where your coming from but you sound like a typical ignorant american . This country is different to yours yeah it is extremely exspensive here but you dont see us moaning about it all the time and anyway why are you so worried about this for have you ever been to lonodon.

Sandra asks…

Eighteen year old American considering moving to London. Tips?

I’m eighteen years old, living in Florida, and about to graduate high school. The move probably won’t be a permanent or immediate thing, but I’d like to have an idea of what I’m getting into before I start into it. Likely I’ll spend some time living on my own upstate, save some money up, and then make the move, but I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice. Job availability for someone like myself, how much the move will cost to make initially, etc.

Keep in mind I’m not hugely picky about where I live so long as it’s relatively safe and relatively convenient. I could be perfectly content with a studio apartment.

All constructive advice appreciated.

Administrator answers:

London is one of the most expensive cities in the world to live. A small studio apartment in a safe part of London would cost around $350K – $400K (nice areas you would be looking closer to the $1 million plus range). In a bad part of London you are still looking at around $200K. The cost of Living is double in the UK compared to the USA, (GAS $7.20, Levi Jeans $80 – $120, Medium Domino’s Pizza $24, etc)

One of the advantage of living in London is that you wouldn’t need a car as the transit links are good (underground, bus, trains)

At 18 it will be hard to get a work permit and also getting a job that would pay good money, for example a RN gets paid $54K in the USA compared to £19K in the UK.

Remember also that the Dollar is a extremely weak currency so you wouldn’t get much out of your savings, £1 = $1.93 currently.

The experience would be worth all the trouble and London is one of the most cosmopolitan cities and an experience that everyone should try at least once.

Thomas asks…

Are there any estate agents in London which do very short lettings?

I used to live in London for 10 years and revisiting in this spring. Looking for a studio etc for around 40days.Think it’s safer to find it through the agents, and been surfing on the internet with no success finding them.(Serviced apartments are plenty, but too expensive…)I just want to find out one or two reliable estate agents.
Please help me!!

Administrator answers:

The minimum tenancy by law in the UK is 6 mths. If you want less, then you need a holiday let. As serviced appartments are so expensive, why not rent a holiday home just outside London?

Carol asks…

Living in London for two years?

I have been offered a position in London for a couple of years at 30k GBP.

My office is in Haymarket London, walking distance from picadilly circus as well as victoria stations. So i will easily be able to get to office from a majority of the boroughs around london. Office hours will be hardly 9-10 hours so i can spend 1 hour or more in the commute. I am not much of a pub/club goer and would rather explore the country on weekends and holidays (as cheaply as i can ofcourse :P ) I don’t live very lavishly either, and prefer to cook simple stuff for myself most of the times.

Looking at this, what do you think would I be able to save? I checked out the taxes I will be paying and it looks like about 7-8k annually, leaving me with around 22k GBP in hand. From my estimates it seems like the bare min one can live on in london. Do you think it is worthwhile? I am looking forward to working in london but not if i end up saving nothing in 2 years.

How much do you think I should spend on acco? I am a bit circumspect about flat-share or bed-sits, small studio apartment will be ideal for me. Although if the meagre salary cannot afford it i will have no choice in this regard.

Administrator answers:

London is a horrible place. Horrible people, traffic, bombs, dirty, crowded, over priced. God just quit while your ahead and haven’t been stabbed

Mary asks…

Working in london for 2 years, visa no problem as will be sponsored.?

My office will be in Haymarket London, walking distance from picadilly circus as well as victoria stations. So i will easily be able to get to office from a majority of places around london via the tube. Office hours will be hardly 9-10 hours so i can spend 1 hour or more in the commute. I am not much of a pub/club goer and would rather explore the country on weekends and holidays (as cheaply as i can ofcourse :P ) I don’t live very lavishly either, and prefer to cook simple stuff for myself most of the times.

Looking at this, what do you think would I be able to save? I checked out the taxes I will be paying and it looks like about 7-8k annually, leaving me with around 22k GBP in hand. From my estimates it seems like the bare min one can live on in london.
How much do you think I should spend on acco? I am a bit circumspect about flat-share or bed-sits, a small studio apartment in a quiet place will be ideal for me. Although if the meagre salary cannot afford it i will have no choice in this regard.

Administrator answers:

Its quite difficult these days to get somewhere cheap to live in London – people move further and further out of the centre – look into flat shares – Timeout magazine used to be good for this – you can buy food cheap enough at supermarkets – meat veg etc so if you like cooking rather than convenient food that will help you save also you are near lots of cultural interests – it just depends on your luck in finding a good situation you could even look into free accommodation in return for a few errands or housework – check out The Lady magazine – that’s what I did good luck

Sandy asks…

Does everybody in london share a flat ?

Im gonna live in london only for a month to see my baby moms (i know) im from the usa , how much would a one bed room apartment be or a studio , idc if its in a bad area , i lived in columbian and im hispanic so ill kind of blend in , but how much you think it would be and cheapest area??

Administrator answers:

You probably won’t be able to rent a flat for only one month. But you can often find rooms in shared flats that are available for short periods due to the usual occupant being on holiday, travelling etc. Price depends on the quality of the flat or house, and the area of London it’s in. London is a big place – generally the further you are from the centre the cheaper it will be. You’ll probably be looking at between £100 and £200 per week for a decent room.

There are some rooms available for short lets at FastFlatshare.co.uk, other good sites are gumtree and spareroom.

Good luck!

Jenny asks…

Moving from london to Spain alone for an internship. First time living away from parents please read further?

Hi guys. Basically I am going to Spain for my gap year and I am learning Spanish and its conversational. I’m looking to live in a studio apartment so my family and friends will always visit. I am really scared that I might get depressed. For my internship I will be getting 400 euros a month and my parens will help me a little for accomodation and I will be saving before I leave in 5 months. I am scared I will get depressed and lonely I don’t drink I love to party though I have a few friends. Oh yeah and I’m only 19.

Anyone had similar experience?

Administrator answers:

I used to live very far f my parents but I never feel alone

James asks…

How do you make your apartment your default home on yoville?

How do you make your apartment your default home on yoville not your houses your apartment i bought 5 houses and i want my apartment to be my default home

Administrator answers:

Book Apartments in London – We are specialists in serviced apartments in London, experienced at dealing with corporate as well as leisure clients. Offering everything from spacious studios up to elegant four bedroom apartments in some of the capitals finest locations. Covering approximately all every corner in london, we provide best rates and deals to our visitors.

Whether you are staying for a day, a week or a year, we can tailor our service to suit your needs and budget. In our portfolio you´ll find a selection of some of the highest quality accommodations conveniently located in the Capital.

For more info visit: http://www.bookapartmentsinlondon.co.uk

Linda asks…

Im looking or a furnished studio apartment(flat) in the london area but coming up with nothing?

Im thinking maybe im not using the right terms, I know an “apartment” is called a flat in the UK but what about studio (just a room without a separate bedroom)? I also need it to be furnished because ill be starting university there in september for ill only be living there for about 7-8 months, is there a separate term for a place already being furnished? Does “for let” just mean for rent?
I have looked into the University residences but im pretty sure id have to be an actual student before theyd let me rent. Thats how it works over here anyway im not usre about the UK. But living at a university for a while before i attend the next academic year, would be AMAZING. Im just having trouble because i know very little about making such a move and have no help from parents or anyone really. ANY advice is appreciated.

Administrator answers:

Which university are you going to? Im currently at UCL, close to SOAS, Kings, Birkbeck and Kings. All Uni of London colleges.
If youre a student, or going to be one, then you have the right to apply for halls as long as you can prove that you will be a student come September. Do this through the university, they will have all your details and it should be on their website. I had people living in my flat last year that only stayed for a few months because they were on an exchange programme.
As for the flats then studios are just called studio flats/apartments. Furnished is ‘fully-furnished’. ‘To left’ means rent :)
I would say look into a flat share. Its much cheaper and there lots of websites for students looking for another housemate. My amazing French housemate met us on such a website, we met up for a coffee and volia!, she became our fourth housemate. Its a great way to meet new people too.
Main thing to take from this is contacting the uni about halls as I think you should be able to get into them as long as you contact them early so that they know who you are.
London is an amazing city, you’ll love it :)

Powered by Yahoo! Answers