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hosteling availability in the uk - uh-oh?

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1. Posted by Buttfish (Respected Member 298 posts) 9y


i'm going to the uk with a few friends in august '08. we will be leaving about 4 august '08, and will stay there for a month and a half or so, before going on elsewhere. my worry is the accomodation - we'll be staying in hostels and the lot, but the timing...i'm wondering about how long a time ahead you would need to book a hostel in the uk (just on average, since we'll be going all over) during august - so two days ahead, 5 days, not a chance...? such. i think september should be less crazy, considering it's september and that's what it does. but that's just me assuming things for the sake of assuming. any info would be much appreciated!!

thanks :)


2. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 9y

It sounds like you know what to expect. During August, you'd be well advised to book a week in advance, particularly in very touristy places and on weekends. During September, particularly during the week, you can usually just turn up - worth ringing ahead though in case a group have booked out the whole hostel or something crazy.

3. Posted by Buttfish (Respected Member 298 posts) 9y

Hi! Yeah, I had an idea, but I wasn't sure...I never went there for that long, after all; I've had availability issues with a hostel in Seattle..but that was also because it's the only hostel in the city - I didn't know how much time was required for one in the UK. Thanks so much for your input! It helps a lot. Hope you have a good day :)

4. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 9y

Be warned: The cheapest available accomodation in London books out months in advance, especially in popular places like the Generator Hostel. You'll need to reserve around Christmas for these places. Doesn't mean that you won't find anything if you reserve only a week in advance, but you will have to pay more for the beds in the 4-bed private room instead of getting the cheaper ones in the 12-bed dorm.

5. Posted by Buttfish (Respected Member 298 posts) 9y

Nuts...but i guess life isn't perfect. Thanks!!!