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1. Posted by luciana08 (Inactive 2 posts) 8y

Hi everybody!

I am a student from Sweden and i am going to London in september i have to find an accommodation and have no idea were to look. I have tried to find something on google but i cant seem to find anything that fits me and it so much that i dont even go threw everything.

Can anybody help me? suggest a website that is easy?

thanks

Lucy

2. Posted by Mag Latus (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

Hi,

well, finding a nice place in London certainly isn't one of the easiest things to do, especially if you're not there. For how long are you planning to stay if I may ask? Are you just looking for a hostel for a week, a place to live for a couple of months or something in-between? Lot's of people here use Gumtree, which is a free community site where people put up their adds, often just to let their rooms for a couple of days/weeks when they go travel themselves, but be aware of scam if you have a gaze onto something... if you tell us more about your plans I'm sure somebody can provide you with further directions though.

Good luck ;)

3. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 8y

If you're thinking about a hostel look at Palmer's Lodge

P.S. And you could always click the Accommodations tab on the left hand side of this page

[ Edit: Edited on Aug 13, 2008, at 4:56 PM by Wonkerer ]

4. Posted by luciana08 (Inactive 2 posts) 8y

Hi,

Thx for your answer.

I want to stay in London for at least six months... and if I decide to stay longer i want to be able to lengthen my contract, so i dont have to find another place... is this possible?

Thx

Lucy

5. Posted by Mag Latus (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

If you're planning to stay so long I think your best bet is to go with a hostel for the first, say, two weeks and look for a nice flat (if you're rich) or flatshare (if you're wealthy)... expect a small flat to be around 150 Pounds a week, you get a room in a flatshare from I think 70-80 Pounds/week onwards, most of the people here live in shared houses or flats. As for the hostel go with the Accomodation section here or have a look in this very forum, you'll find plenty of recommendations.

Once you are in London the best is take two or three days to get around and get a basic feeling for the different areas, then, if you go for a whole flat, go with a couple of agents (they are everywhere, no worry finding them), or for a flatshare check out the pinboards in hostels and little shops wherever you see one and have a look on before-mentioned Gumtree.

Be aware of scam, I can only say it again. Do never pay anything upfront, more often then not people who ask you to do so are just after your money, not after a tenant. What's typical however is to pay a holding fee once you found you're new domicile, that is usually half a week's rent up to one week's rent, but here again, don't pay instantly; if you like the place wait a couple of hours, then call the landlord and say you want to go for it.. so you can reflect over it and be more objective. Often people try to talk you into something and you only realise it an hour later or so - even if that would not be scam, would you wan't to live with them anyway?

Once you are about to move in they will ask you to pay the first rent and a deposit, usually of two to four week's rent on the day you move in, you should receive the key then and your tenancy agreement should already be signed. Most tenancy agreements are either 6 or 12 months, or 12 months with a 6 month break clause, make sure you are fine with that and ask how your living there works afterwards: weekly payment, monthly? How much notice to leave? New contract? &c...

So yeah, that's I think all I can tell you :) When I came here myself I didn't know anything about that stuff, led myself into some doubtful tenencies and yet I have survived and am happy with it, so no worries just get here and be wary, then you'll have no problems ;)

[ Edit: Edited on Aug 14, 2008, at 4:02 AM by Mag Latus ]

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