Hello there. I'm new to the site. I'm in the RAF at the moment and hopefully moving down to work at the MOD soon. Any tips on what the rent for 2/3 bedroom flats are in the area would be great. Think they will be way over my budget but you never know..
How can people afford to live here? Are the job wages taht much greater in London than rest of the UK?
People do struggle to afford to live here. I think you can expect to pay £1300/month and upwards for a newish 2-bed near to the tube. There's a mix of places around here, though, and I expect there's a real range of rents that you can pay.
Try the property websites (findaproperty is one, I think) where you can search by postcode. They will give you a good idea of market rents. If you get a decent map of London (Stamfords in Long Acre, Covent Garden, will be able to sell you one with the the A-Z of the whole of inner London on one A1 piece of paper, showing all the postcodes) then that will also help you with seeing where the train lines and tube lines go, and you'll be able to see that parts of SE1 are more expensive than others.
The nearer you are to the tube, the more expensive it tends to get. There are some ex-council available for rent but again, not all equally nice. You may also want to consider SE16 (Bermondsey/Rotehrhite) or SE11 (Lambeth) as an alternative. Findaproperty.com also allows you to put a minimum and maximum amount you are willing to pay.
Thanks all for your help everyone. Being in the Air Force I am on a fixed salary of about 32k plus what ever the going rate in london would be for my wife who works in conveyancing in legal firms. So no idea what the wages are for her yet. After reading in the paper about a large percentage of homeless people being
Ex Armed Forces, I can see from the rent prices I could well be joining them!! I take it that child care is greater in the area too? No need to be near a tube really as I intend to cycle to work. Or is that unwise with amount of traffic etc?
Carmenes82... If you know of any jobs going for 100 k let me know ... I would go AWOL for that amount....Lol
Just at the end of a 4 month tour in the hot and sandy place that is always on the news.. I will be glad to get back to some rain.. I haven't seen any in the four months!!
Thanks for the reply. I already am on the housing market but that is up in Lincoln. And have about 250 k as a deposit if i needed to use that. But that is not what I am looking at for the moment.As fingers crossed a job beckons in Las Vegas in 4 years time..
I am just looking for rentals at the moment.