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    Hi, I will start my postgraduate studies mid-September in London (near Russell Square / Bloomsbury) and don't have any accommodation yet. I know I'm late so I guess I need to find something rather quickly and therefore I could need some advice as I'm not very familiar with the market. I’ve been in London a couple of years ago as an exchange student but I stayed in the official student halls (in Islington). I really liked it that it was so close to Brick Lane / Shoreditch but except for the exchange students the entire house was full of freshman students, which was okay then but now I feel like the age difference have become quite big (no offence, I’m mid-late 20s). However, it would still be nice to meet some new people and therefore I thought a shared flat would probably be the best option. I looked at some of the ads on gumtree and other websites and it seems that most room are available within 3-4 weeks or less (so probably I’m not that late after all). However, I have no idea how it works with shared flats in London. In my home town people usually simply give a visiting date / hours and the person the tenants think fits best as a subtenant gets the room. Hence people that don’t show up in person usually have low chances. Is it the same in London? I could fly to London for a weekend but that would costs me at least GBP 350 and therefore only makes sense if the chances are good that I can acutely find something.

    Another option would be the private student accommodations, which offer shared-flat-like rooms too. But I think most of them are either booked out or appear to be very expensive. Also I don’t want to be with five 18 year olds that get drunk every day (again, no problem with younger people and probably I’m a bit traumatized from my last experience; I like to get drunk too, but don’t want to stay in a “party” house this time and just go out from time to time), however I think some accommodations offer rooms for graduate students (?). Any recommendations?

    Location wise, I’m a bit unsure too. Obviously Bloomsbury or something close to the campus such as Camden would be optimal. As I said, I liked Shoreditch too, however, I’m not sure whether these are still good places to live as they were very popular years ago and prices must have increased in the last years (?). Are those still places that you could recommend or have a lot of people already move on to different places (and probably the nightlife and so on with it) that are more affordable?

    Any advice from some that lives in London (or used to) would be much appreciated!
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    Hi, welcome to London!

    Gumtree does usually work with viewings, but some places do accept deposits without viewings. Wouldn't recommend it as it's risky though. A good option would be to stay in a cheap hostel for a few days whilst you investigate Gumtree and others. If you want Camden or Shoreditch you're looking at £600/cm minimum without lounge.

    Private halls are another option, but they're astronomical in comparison, you're looking at £200 a week minimum. They don't have to be party venues though, and will be in far, far better condition than a room rented for £600 a month in a poky Camden flat. After umpteen broken cookers, mould on ceilings and chipboard beds, I know. You also have more privacy in a private hall.
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    (Original post by whitepalms)
    Hi, I will start my postgraduate studies mid-September in London (near Russell Square / Bloomsbury) and don't have any accommodation yet. I know I'm late so I guess I need to find something rather quickly and therefore I could need some advice as I'm not very familiar with the market. I’ve been in London a couple of years ago as an exchange student but I stayed in the official student halls (in Islington). I really liked it that it was so close to Brick Lane / Shoreditch but except for the exchange students the entire house was full of freshman students, which was okay then but now I feel like the age difference have become quite big (no offence, I’m mid-late 20s). However, it would still be nice to meet some new people and therefore I thought a shared flat would probably be the best option. I looked at some of the ads on gumtree and other websites and it seems that most room are available within 3-4 weeks or less (so probably I’m not that late after all). However, I have no idea how it works with shared flats in London. In my home town people usually simply give a visiting date / hours and the person the tenants think fits best as a subtenant gets the room. Hence people that don’t show up in person usually have low chances. Is it the same in London? I could fly to London for a weekend but that would costs me at least GBP 350 and therefore only makes sense if the chances are good that I can acutely find something.

    Another option would be the private student accommodations, which offer shared-flat-like rooms too. But I think most of them are either booked out or appear to be very expensive. Also I don’t want to be with five 18 year olds that get drunk every day (again, no problem with younger people and probably I’m a bit traumatized from my last experience; I like to get drunk too, but don’t want to stay in a “party” house this time and just go out from time to time), however I think some accommodations offer rooms for graduate students (?). Any recommendations?

    Location wise, I’m a bit unsure too. Obviously Bloomsbury or something close to the campus such as Camden would be optimal. As I said, I liked Shoreditch too, however, I’m not sure whether these are still good places to live as they were very popular years ago and prices must have increased in the last years (?). Are those still places that you could recommend or have a lot of people already move on to different places (and probably the nightlife and so on with it) that are more affordable?

    Any advice from some that lives in London (or used to) would be much appreciated!
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    (Original post by whitepalms)
    Hi, I will start my postgraduate studies mid-September in London (near Russell Square / Bloomsbury) and don't have any accommodation yet. I know I'm late so I guess I need to find something rather quickly and therefore I could need some advice as I'm not very familiar with the market. I’ve been in London a couple of years ago as an exchange student but I stayed in the official student halls (in Islington). I really liked it that it was so close to Brick Lane / Shoreditch but except for the exchange students the entire house was full of freshman students, which was okay then but now I feel like the age difference have become quite big (no offence, I’m mid-late 20s). However, it would still be nice to meet some new people and therefore I thought a shared flat would probably be the best option. I looked at some of the ads on gumtree and other websites and it seems that most room are available within 3-4 weeks or less (so probably I’m not that late after all). However, I have no idea how it works with shared flats in London. In my home town people usually simply give a visiting date / hours and the person the tenants think fits best as a subtenant gets the room. Hence people that don’t show up in person usually have low chances. Is it the same in London? I could fly to London for a weekend but that would costs me at least GBP 350 and therefore only makes sense if the chances are good that I can acutely find something.

    Another option would be the private student accommodations, which offer shared-flat-like rooms too. But I think most of them are either booked out or appear to be very expensive. Also I don’t want to be with five 18 year olds that get drunk every day (again, no problem with younger people and probably I’m a bit traumatized from my last experience; I like to get drunk too, but don’t want to stay in a “party” house this time and just go out from time to time), however I think some accommodations offer rooms for graduate students (?). Any recommendations?

    Location wise, I’m a bit unsure too. Obviously Bloomsbury or something close to the campus such as Camden would be optimal. As I said, I liked Shoreditch too, however, I’m not sure whether these are still good places to live as they were very popular years ago and prices must have increased in the last years (?). Are those still places that you could recommend or have a lot of people already move on to different places (and probably the nightlife and so on with it) that are more affordable?

    Any advice from some that lives in London (or used to) would be much appreciated!
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