I am a new member as of today. We are travelling to the UK next year (April) and planning to stay and work for around 6 months. I want to find out what is the best area to stay around London? Dont want to pay too much for accommodation but realise its not that cheap.
A good area of london for aussies to stay in is Shepherds bush. It is in west london and is easy to get to central london on the tube. Nearly all the aussies i seem to meet stay in that area, so you will meet alot of people from home.
I have no idea of how much it costs to live there but if everyone else is doing it, it cant be that expensive. they have got some good pubs and bars there to!!
hope that helps
West London is indeed a good place to live in and it's true that there are a lot of aussies there. One of their hang-out places is the Redback, in Acton. Acton is cheap and there are heaps of shared houses. You can have browse the gumtree site for free classifieds.
There is a free magazine availabe at some underground stations and at various other locations in London. I cant remember the name of it. Maybe somebody else here can name it, and tell u where u can pick up a copy.
It lists accomodatin available, amongst other information. I think the best thing to do is to pick up a copy of that, and then phone the budget accomodation listed.
When I lived in London, there was a guy doing up and appartment block. He let me and other backpackers who were working London stay in the appartments he had not done up yet, very cheaply. Maybe there will be someplace like that available for u to live.
How crowded do you want your accomodation? Some antipodeans money-savers double up 2 to a room, that makes it pretty cheap.
I notice you haven't specified that you want to be around others from the Southern hemisphere. If you do, Hammersmith-Shepherds Bush-Acton would be spot on. If you're not quite so fussed, Wimbledon, Hornsey, Streatham or Bow might be OK bets too (all cheap-ish and OK).
[ Edit: Edited on Sep 24, 2007, at 11:35 AM by magykal1 ]