My friend is coming over from sydney in a couple of weeks on a work visa. she can only stay with me for just over a week though. i live in the suburbs so i dont really know decent cheap areas to stay in London. She wont want to commute in and out every day. its a bit expensive. she'll want a to flat share though and i know there are places to look at on gumtree.com
Anyone know some decent areas? any ideas would be good because she doesnt know where her first job will be. could be anywhere.
Also which are the best hostels in London? ive never stayed in any.
As for best hostels, I have stayed in a couple but by far the best one I have stayed at is Piccadilly Backpackers. It is just off Piccadilly Circus and if you book in advance and get in to the large dorm room, it is one of the cheapest hostels in London with a great location. For that hostel it'd be best to book in advance for at least a few days as one time I booked 3 weeks in advance and already missed out on the cheap room. Room prices vary considerably so after the cheapest room the next cheapest if a few pounds more pricey. I have no ideas of good areas to live as I've never lived there, but a couple of weeks ago on this site someone asked a similar question, so if you looked a few pages back you'd probably find it mentioned.
Look up St Christopher's Inns. There's a few around the UK (3 in London I think) + they're really good youth hostels - sociable, clean, good fun (well, the 3 I've been to) + about as cheap as any accommodation you're going to find in London.
I've been at the Smart Hyde Park and found it quite nice. It's in Bayswater, where lots of backpackers end up, and it's got good tube and bus connections.