Moving to London? Then you’re in for a treat! The English capital is right up there with the most culturally diverse, exciting and opportunity-filled cities in the world. Before you get to all the good stuff though, you’ll need to find somewhere to live.
London has some brilliant neighbourhoods to choose from but the rental market is notoriously difficult to navigate. That’s why we’ve put together this pricing guide to help you spot deals that are too good to be true, deals that are way too expensive and need negotiating and, of course, deals that are spot on!
Before we take you through the average prices in a few of our favourite neighbourhoods, check out this handy overview of average prices by zone:
The first thing you’ll probably notice is that Zone 1 is wildly expensive. We’d recommend prioritising other neighbourhoods in your flat search and saving Zone 1 for weekend visits and tourist routes for when your friends and family come to visit.
Still want to live here? We understand, it may not be the most practical area to live, but there’s no denying it’s cool. Despite our opinions, it’s often the first stop for newcomers to London. That, sadly, also makes it a popular choice for scammers. So be weary, if you find the room of your dreams in Zone 1 priced at £700 per month, move on, it’s almost definitely a scam.
Our first recommended neighbourhood for Zone 1 is Notting Hill. As long as you’re not put off by the high Zone 1 prices, it’s a great place to live and slightly calmer than other parts of Zone 1. It’s still a popular place for tourists though, so if calm and relaxing is your thing, you should probably consider another zone.
The average prices in Notting Hill are:
Our second Zone 1 recommendation is Shoreditch. This is for you if you prefer a more alternative or hipster vibe. What it lacks in green spaces it more than makes up for in its huge variety of bars, restaurants and clubs. Another big advantage it holds is that it’s within easy walking distance from the city of London.
The average prices in Shoreditch are:
Next up is Zone 2, the price drops a little but it’s still by no means cheap. It’s a good compromise though if you’re looking for somewhere with a slightly more local feel while remaining just a short tube ride to the centre.
You can also expect to benefit from a good-sized local park in most areas of Zone 2, while the same can’t be said for a lot of Zone 1 areas.
Our first recommendation in Zone 2 is Clapham. Especially popular with young professionals, it has a very up-market feel to it with plenty of boutique brunch spots, restaurants and bars to choose from. It also boasts a great park, Clapham Common, which is ideal for exercise, walks or just lazing around in the summer.
The average prices in Clapham are:
Next up for Zone 2 is the famous Camden. It’s brilliantly buzzy all the time with tourists and locals alike flocking to the famous Camden market and surrounding bars, cafes and restaurants.
The average prices are:
Our third Zone 2 recommendation is Brixton. The area has changed immeasurably over the last decade or so and has quickly become one of London’s most popular and diverse places to live. Arguably even more buzzy and vibrant than Hackney, if you love nights out and an edgier feel, then Brixton could well be the place for you.
The average prices in Brixton are:
Now down to Zone 3, this is where you’ll really begin to see the benefit in your wallet at the end of each month. As ever with flat hunting, it depends on your individual priorities and tastes, but you’re also likely to find more authentic and laid-back neighbourhoods here when compared to Zones 1 and 2.
A lot of our favourite London neighbourhoods are in Zone 3, so we think it’s worth spending a little longer on your commute each day. Not only will you save some money on rent, but you’re also more likely to live in a more comfortable neighbourhood.
Our first Zone 3 recommendation is Tooting. This up-and-coming neighbourhood is a great place to live. Although it has seen an explosion of new restaurants, bars and shops in the last few years, it remains authentic to its roots. It’s still a bustling multicultural area, where you can arguably find the best curry houses in London. Tooting has also been named one of the top 10 coolest neighbourhoods on Earth by Lonely Planet.
The average prices in Tooting are:
Our second recommendation in Zone 3 is Highgate. This leafy residential area of North London feels like a quaint village but is only a short commute to Central London.
If you’d like to live in a peaceful neighbourhood with a strong sense of community and beautiful historic architecture, this could be the place for you.
That brings our breakdown of the London rental market prices by zones to an end. Hopefully you’re feeling well equipped to go out there and make the right choices in your flat hunt. If you’re still undecided on where you’d like to live, check out our neighbourhood guides on the Badi blog. Or better even, get out there and visit some of these neighbourhoods for yourself! And once you do, head over to Badi and book your room safely and easily, in a few simple clicks.