Top tips on finding a rental in London in 2024

With the world having opened up to international travel again and restrictions having eased, the amount of people wanting to travel and live abroad have skyrocketed, and one of the most common destinations for that is The United Kingdom.  

Home of Big Ben and Hyde Park, & renowned for its great pub scene as well as having Europe of its doorstep, it’s not a surprise the UK is at the top of people’s list!  

How do I find accommodation” is one of the questions we get asked a lot from our educators, wanting to make the move to the UK.  

There is no black or white answer to this unfortunately, but we have compiled a bunch of information below, with the help of Hannah, who is one of anzuk’s new London schools team account managers, as she has just moved over recently from Melbourne, to help give some insight into finding a rental in London! 

 

Things to organise before touching down in London:  

  • Once you have booked your flights, Hannah highly recommended booking 2-3 weeks of accommodation once you arrive, so you don’t have to stress about finding a place to stay or live whilst house hunting. 
  • Organising a sub-lease before you arrive is also a great idea, you can meet new people and they may know of a permanent room going.  
  • Organise your overseas travel card. See more info here.  
  • Get a proof of employment letter – anzuk can help provide you with one (please email compliance@anzuk.education or reach out to your UK Consultant)  
  • Do your research!! Make a list of your major preferences of what you’d love in a rental in London. Examples below: 
  • Think where you may want to live in London (see here for more info in our Area Guides). 
  • Works within your budget (more on this below)
  • Proximity to public transport or parks 
  • Shared living space  
  • Outdoor area or high ceilings  
  • Private bathroom  
  • Remain flexible to sacrifice a few things from the list, if the place ticks enough boxes for you!  

 

You should be allowing anywhere between 2-8 weeks to secure a place in London. Depending on the time of the year that you arrive, it could take less or more time than that. 

Booking somewhere to stay as soon as you have flights books, ensures that you are not paying a premium when booking accommodation last minute, and helps you feel settled as you will have a main base.  

That way you can hit as many flat/house viewings as you can! Air BnB (either a private room or a whole place) is a good start, otherwise a hostel, sublet or even a hotel. If you have friends in London, no harm in asking if you can stay on their couch either! 

 

Where to be looking for a rental? 

 

HOT TIP: Hannah mentioned that when messaging people about a room/house on Facebook, to include a bio about yourself and personalising the message to suit the ad eg.  

The post on Facebook mentions the flat all enjoy watching Game of Thrones – so include a comment in your message that you also enjoy watching GoT (if that is the case)!  

Sending the standard ‘Hey, is this available?’ looks like you have put no effort into the message, and you will likely not receive a response – treat it almost like you are applying for a job! 

 

What do I need to apply for a house? 

  • Proof of employment (anzuk can provide you with an employment letter) 
  • Copy of your passport/visa  
  • UK Bank account – (List of UK banks accounts you sign up to once in the UK are listed here) 
  • Rental history including references (if you haven’t lived out of home, a character reference can help here)  
  • Between 1-3 months of rent to be paid upfront. 
  • Roughly 6 weeks’ worth of rent for bond.  

 

How much can I expect to be paying per month?  

The rent will differ depending on the area you end up living in as well as the type of housing but expect around £ 650- £800 on average a month. 

Most share houses that are already established will be furnished, which can help cut down the initial cost.  

If you are moving into a brand-new place with no current tenants, it won’t typically be furnished, so you will need to front the cost of that yourself. Facebook Marketplace, IKEA and Primark will be your best friends in decking out your place.  

A reminder that some bills and council taxes are not included in rent, so be sure to set aside money for that as well! 

We breakdown how much you’ll ideally need to set-up yourself in London in more detail within our blog: 

https://anzuk.blog/how-much-money-do-you-really-need-to-travel-teach-in-the-uk/  

 

Quick fire round of questions for Hannah!  

Olivia: Any areas you would recommend living in? 

Hannah: I am bias as Southwest is the aussie/kiwi hotspot, so Tooting Bec/Broadway, Battersea and Clapham are great. East London (think Islington and Hackey) is also becoming increasingly popular! Other great areas include Stoke Newingham, Chelsea, Shepherds Bush and Fulham.  

If you are thinking outside of London, Surrey can be an amazing place too!  

Olivia: What is some advice you can give to people looking for a rental in London?  

Hannah: Don’t give up! Keep applying! It can be disheartening going to continuous inspections, but there will be a house out there for you! Give yourself a base for when you arrive – it’s a great way to figure out London and the different areas as well. Also – always go to the viewing on public transport, so you can figure out what transport is connected to that area.  

We hope that this blog has provided some insight into finding a rental in London & if you have any questions or concerns, reach out to either your Aus or UK based consultant who will be able to provide further guidance.  

 

Not looking to live in London?  

If you’ve decided that London isn’t where you want to start your UK adventure, we have office locations across Surrey, Bristol & South West England, Wales & Regional UK. All of which are amazing places to live & teach.  

If you haven’t yet registered with anzuk please click on the following link & we can chat further about your work preferences. 

 

Or, if you have any friends/peers who may be interested, we offer a $150 referral bonus following 10 days worked in the UK! 

https://anzuk.education/au/educators/refer-a-friend 

 

Please note, this blog is to be treated as “guidance only” from the anzuk Team. Rental requirements may differ depending on a variety of individual circumstances, or factors such as which real estate agent you are dealing with. Please speak with an agent directly for further advise when dealing with discussions around rental agreements.