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Most affordable places to rent in London revealed

Bexley in South East London has been identified as the most affordable place to rent in London, based on four people sharing, new figures show.

Divided equally, a four-bedroom property costs £408.38 a month on average, according to the data from OnTheMarket.com.

The property website says that this is 35% cheaper than the average cost of renting a room in London, which was found to be £629 per month according to the Government’s April 2017 – March 2018 Private Rental Market Summary Statistics.

Bexley station is situated in Travelcard zone 6 and is around 14 miles from London Charing Cross station – a journey time of 38 minutes while travelling on a Southeastern train.

A daily return journey costs up to £6.23, £62.30 for a weekly season ticket and £239.30 for a monthly season ticket.

This table below shows the cheapest scenarios in each area of London based on OnTheMarket.com data:

Most affordable places to rent in London revealed

The table below shows the most expensive scenarios in each area of London. (Assumes one person per bedroom and shows the amount in monthly rent payable per person.)

Most affordable places to rent in London revealed

Elsewhere in the capital, OnTheMarket’s data revealed that in North London, living as a group of four in Enfield is the cheapest scenario at an average of £521.84 for each of the four tenants.

In South London, renting as a group of four in Croydon provides the best value. The average monthly rental cost for each of the four tenants is £508.41.

And in West London, living as a group of three in Hillingdon is the most cost-effective way to rent with an average cost of £498.44 per month for each tenant. While in Central London, the cheapest scenario is to live as a group of four in Islington at an average rental cost of £895.85 per person.

There are some boroughs where it is cheaper to live as a group of three instead of four. These are Haringey, Havering, Bromley, Merton, Sutton, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Hillingdon, Hounslow and Richmond upon Thames.

There are also some London boroughs where it is cheaper to live as a group of two (one bedroom each). These are Camden, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster.  

Of course, there are ways to cuts costs further. If couples choose to occupy a property, they reduce the monthly rental costs up to half.

The most expensive boroughs to rent were unsurprisingly in Central London.

Helen Whiteley, Commercial Director at OntheMarket.com said: “The data shows that at a time when tenants in the capital are becoming increasingly stretched, they can potentially reduce their overall rental outgoings by examining different cost scenarios based on the number of flatmates.

“The findings also highlight that considering moving to a different borough can save notable amounts of money for the difference of just a few miles.”

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