It is a well known fact that London is an expensive area to stay in - while your internship in the city is an amazing opportunity and will be an experience you’ll never forget, you may be wondering where you can possibly afford to stay while here.
We have some advice on areas around London that are affordable, have good transport links, and have at least a few points of interest nearby.
First thing to keep in mind is that most people who live in London, whether it’s long-term or short-term, take full advantage of the great public transport here - like the Underground & the National Rail. It’s uncommon for someone to live within walking distance of their job or university, as this is often prohibitively expensive. That’s the nature of London. The average commute time for a Londoner is about 25 to 30 minutes. So keep your mind open while searching, and you’ll save money by spending just a little bit more time.
At just about 20 minutes exactly to get into Central London via Charing Cross, Catford is a superb option for those who are working in the very heart of London. Very affordable accommodation, nice variety of restaurants, and a lovely bit of green in Mountsfield Park. We’ve got a lot of hosts & properties in Catford, so take a look & find your new space!
These two areas are another superb choice for commuters working in East London, as it takes about 15 minutes to get into Liverpool Street and the surrounding areas. Not only that, but Leyton & Leytonstone are up-and-coming areas with cafes, restaurants, and green spaces like atheletic fields. We have tons of flats & rooms in Leyton, so grab a bargain as soon as you can.
Working on the east side of London, more in the City? Holloway Road, or Upper Holloway, may suit you best. Not only is there plenty to do and see as you walk along this shopping road, you can also easily get into Liverpool Street, and therefore the Bank, Moorgate, Aldgate and Old Street areas within about 25 minutes all told. Affordable & populated by other young professionals, this is a good choice for people working near the Silicon Roundabout or the financial center of London. We’ve got properties & rooms on Holloway Road, of course.
The extremely well connected Tottenham is a great homebase for people who plan to travel around London and the even rest of Europe during their internship. Tottenham Hale station is here, and is connected to Stansted Airport by train in just about 40 minutes, and central London within about 20 minutes.The more near you can be to Tottenham Hale, the better for transport - but anywhere in Tottenham means you’ll find some culture and a well priced room or flat. We have inexpensive property in Tottenham for interns, so check it out.
The entire area of West Hampstead going into Kilburn is a great area for interns in London. With a lot of connections & stations: bus stops, a few tube stations, and an overground - you can get everywhere you need to be from here within about 30 minutes. When you’re not in the office, enjoy the lovely green spaces of the area & the independent cafes. We have lots of property in West Hampstead & Kilburn, so take a look.