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Wednesday 7 January 2015

What to Look for When Renting in London Temporarily

So you’ve decided to stay in a flat in London - but you’re not sure what to look for. With so many options for temporary accommodation it can be confusing - if you have an idea of what is most important when choosing a room or flat, it will be easier. We have our favorites - here's some great rooms in London for 3 months, and some lovely London studios for 6 months.

Of course there are personal likes & dislikes you may have - so make sure that whichever room or flat you choose has an en-suite, cable television, or provided wifi if those are important to you. On FlatClub you can message hosts before you make a booking to iron out the details.

Some of the other things you should look out for follow:
  • How close is it to the tube?
    This is important for traveling around London. While being near a tube station in Zone 1 can be mighty expensive, you can save money by staying in Zone 3, for example, but near the tube station. Take full advantage of London’s great public transportation network! Listings on FlatClub display the nearest tube station, bus stop, or Overground train service on all flats & rooms.
  • How close it to your office/campus/points of interest?
    While using public transportation is a fact of life for many in London, it is possible to find a flat where you may walk to campus, your office, or any other area of interest for you. FlatClub will show you exactly how far in kilometres any room or flat is from your specified location. For instance, if you want to find a flat near the London Business School campus, search ‘London Business School’ and every flat that is brought up will show you the distance from LBS.

    You can sort by distance on your search results, as well.

  • What household goods are provided (linens, towels, cutlery, et cetera)?
    If you’ll be staying for an extended period of time in a property, it’s worth your while to find out exactly what is provided for day-to-day life. In the amenities section of the listing on FlatClub, you will see whether or not linens & towels, kitchenware, and other such goods are provided. If you still have any questions, you can always ask the host. Many hosts are also open to providing these goods for you during your stay, if they are not currently in the property.
  • What time can you check in?
    This is a great question to ask your host. As check in times can be so flexible, we don’t require our hosts to provide this information in their descriptions although some do. To be sure, write to your host and find out what sort of time can work for the two of you.
  • Will your host be staying with you - if so, what is their lifestyle like?
    Of course it’s important to know whether or not the host will be staying with you in the property - some people are more comfortable being left by themselves to figure out things, while others prefer to know there is someone waiting at home, as temporary as it might be. Many of our FlatClub host's write a brief description of themselves on their profiles, but feel free to message with any further questions!
These are some of the main things to look for when renting a property in London. Do you have any other advice for those looking to stay in London for a month or two? Let us know and we’ll share it on the blog & Twitter!