I'm starting a job in London October 9th and need to find a room in a shared house/flat but don't know where the best place to look is, both in terms of listings and location.
So, what are the good websites, newspapers etc?
Most importantly, what areas of London should I avoid? I will be working near Moorgate station, so I want tube access to work and would prefer to be no further than zone 4 out.
There are lots of accomidation listings.
The most common ones to look at are
2 TNT magazine (this is also handy for other travel info too)
3 Agencies (usually don't do room shares though)
As for location, Moorgate being on the Northern and District/Cerntral/Bakerloo tube lines is easily acceccable from most areas of london.
There are quite a few areas that are not the nicest, but when it comes down to it travel time and costs of accomidation are two of the key's nowdays.
Take your time, and check out the areas before agreeing on anything.
You can have a look at the http://www.gumtree.com/
Quite a good website as you can look at the pics.
I lived in east London (leytonstone, wanstead on the central line) Not the best reputation but i never had any problem and i lived there for around 6 years coming back from work at past midnight.
Islington is a really popular area these days but a bit more expensive . As Jase said everything depends of your budget.
ps: the tnt website http://www.tntmagazine.com/uk/ Excellent magazine as is the SAnews ans the kiwinews.
[ Edit: Edited at Sep 20, 2006 12:57 AM by flo jo ]
Here are some web sites to browse through, it is important to check the accommodation and the people you will be sharing with before signing any long lease agreement, ask if you can have a week's accommodation to try it out before you sign up.
You could consider going there before the start date, stay at the hostel in Piccadilly http://www.piccadillyhotel.net/and visit likely places from there.
try searching the web for sharing flats in London.
Really nice areas of London include Hampstead, Crouch End, Blackheath and Ealing Common.
Unfortunately when in London, like most Londoners, I could never afford to live anywhere like that - I lived in Turnpike Lane and in Lewisham, neither of which I would recommend particularly.
Good compromises might be Greenwich, Woodford or Hammersmith all of which are OK and not so expensive.
It pays to look around though, there are some nice places in Lewisham and some 'orrible bits of Chelsea!