Discussion in 'London and the South East' started by smmudge, May 28, 2012.
Effectively on my own. I say effectively because you can get places where you share facilities like a bathroom but you got your own kitchenette and that would still be fine as long as I'm not expected to actually socialise with anyone!
and size of your mind?
£500-600pcm. There seems to be a few in that range, might go check them out...
I used to live in tooting as a 19 year old, but I also spent a lot of time there as an ickle kid. My mum loves it to bits because its so diverse and ting, I was never quite sold on it.
If i was looking at moving to saaaaaaaaaf london I'd be thinking brixton, dulwhich or streatham
Infact I'd like to move back up that way, and thats where i've considered (or a houseboat on the river)...... Need to get a proper proper job though first *fingers crossed, just sent application* (and rent my gaff out too).
For that budget you're probably looking at a decent room in a shared house or a less salubrious bedsit/studio sort of thing. Possibly a 1 bed flat if you're not fussed about being out in zone 3/4.
Depending on whether the £500-£600 is to also cover bills or not.
I can only speak for Greenwich borough and the surrounding areas, but I'd be surprised if you could get a one-bed flat there for £600 unless you were prepared to live in the unpleasant - and zone 4 - depths of Woolwich, and even then it'd be marginal. Certainly, when I thought I might have to move again this summer I didn't spot anything for that kind of money. £700 and upwards looks like the going rate for one-beds in Charlton (which is inoffensive enough but dull), and Greenwich is costlier still. Deptford, New Cross, Lewisham or Peckham might be just about doable, but I suspect for £600 you'd be getting a shoebox in a slightly insalubrious area.
London is offensively expensive tbf.
I will take dingy single bedsit over sharing again any day!
I don't expect £600 to cover bills but some of them cover a bit like council tax, water etc.
What's Streatham like now a days then?
Last time I went it had cleaned up a bit, I think it went through a period of becoming commuterville, for a while. Around the common has always been nice.
Is wandsworth a bit far out for you? Wandsworth common is lurvely.
What are these slightly insalubrious areas and what is slightly insalubrious about them?
Yeah Wandsworth has always appealed to me, it's just not been a very convenient location yet!
I guess it depends on where you work?
I once gave a friend a lift back from uni, uni, and he'd been implying he lived in a rough area of south london, got him back there and it was just of wandsworth high street
Weirdly I've just been speaking to someone else who's trying to decide whether she'd like to do a graduate training scheme down this way, or stick oop north.
I just meant the kind of places where you might not feel very comfortable walking home late at night.
Peckham is a bit dodgy late at night, in an our life in their hands kind of way.
Innit? I pay more rent for a small Housing Association terraced house in London than my sister pays for her mortgage for a house three times the size oop North (she seems to think all social housing is free for the tenants, but that's another story).
There's a mahoosive difference between north and south though, as in MASSIVE.
But thats the balance of mortgage vs renting, i pay £650 a month morgage payment on my 3 bed gaff in redhill. My close mates who live 2 doors down in a 2 bed version of my house pay £825 a month. I guess with renting though you never ever have to do DIY, which is a benefit.
I'm guessing smmudgeh is looking at renting not buying though, I cant see the first page of the thread as my work computer deems it as offensive.
Oh yes find a job. I plan to do that too.
Bloody hell that's cheap! I'm guessing you must have bought a while ago because my friend's just bought a place and she had to go down towards the Haywards Heath area so she get more for her money than in Redhill.
I'd be inclined to rephrase that slightly and say that there's a massive difference between London and its commuter belt and the rest of the country. Parts of southern England, out of reach of London and not holiday destinations, are little more expensive than anywhere else.
Even that's a vast oversimplification, though, for 'the north' varies a lot too. Some cities - Leeds especially - have really shot up in price as their economies have strengthened, with knock-on effects in their surrounding areas, whereas others are struggling economically and are very cheap. Same can be said for the Midlands. The other big factors you need to consider are tourism and the second home market, which have their effects in various parts of the country. AFAIK the greatest disparity between house prices and average earnings is in Cornwall.
I'd be inclined to rephrase that slightly and say that there's a massive difference between London and the uncivilised, barbaric, cousin marrying, troglodyte infested rest of the country.
I bought 5 years ago, had a big deposit saved up though.
I looked into haywards heath, but considering im a real croydon boy at heart it was just a bit too far away from my beloved fairfield halls, it'd be alright if i worked in brighton though.
In all fairness, i do regret buying in redhill a little bit, but its always going to be a good bolthole if i manage to cock my life up somehow. The plan is to get a better job up in town, or maybe down in brighton (although im not ruling out bristol or york tbh), and then rent out my current house and move somewhere else.
I promised myself I'd move to barcelona by the time i was 30, only 1 year to go then
Fixed it for you.
I've been to Hull, remember? I've seen how bad it gets...
I've been a council tenant and a Housing Association tenant. If you want repairs done, in my experience, do them yourself or you'll die waiting.
When you realise that your diet consists of a bag of scraps from the chippie and a pint of sammy smiths 3 times a day, you can only live in hull.
Sorry, I could take the piss out of hull allllllll day long, my family mostly from there, and the ones still there dont really like talking to us as mum apparently turned her back by moving away...... it doesnt help my dads from haywards heath and I was born in st albans.
The great thing about this thread is that it exposes the posters with good taste. Danski, Oryx - any more?!
(Brockley urban meet-up in the Barge, anyone?!)
And craigxcraig. The list grows
Brockley park is where j-day used to end up innit?
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