If you’re about to move to London, or even if you already live here, chances are you will at some point be looking to move into a flatshare or houseshare. Sharing a home with others is definitely the most affordable way to live in the capital, and if you are new to the city, a flatshare in London is a great way of meeting some new friends. If you are looking to live somewhere with a partner, a flatshare can be a great way to save some cash- even if you commit just one year to housesharing before getting your own one bedroom rental. Here I have put together a list of websites which I have found most useful when searching for the perfect flatshare in London.
Spareroom.com is the flatshare giant and new rooms and properties are added daily to this site which has a huge amount of users. Whether you need to find a new tenant for your room that you are moving out of, or you are looking to find a new place for yourself- spareroom.com should be your first port of call. You can narrow down your search by area or postcode, and then further by specific categories such as age range and gender of other tenants, smoking or non-smoking, bedroom size and of course price. Lots of adverts will have some information that has been provided by the current tenants, which might tell you about what the current housemates are like- this can help you make a decision on whether you feel like this would be your perfect houseshare.
Spareroom also has a function where people look to ‘buddy-up,’ with others. This can be a great idea as once you have buddied up, you can look for a rental through websites such as Rightmove or Gumtree. This can sometimes be a great way to save more money, especially if you are a couple, as many rooms on Spareroom will stipulate that they don’t allow couples, or couples need to pay double the price of the room! If you go through an agency it means that the rental price for a 3 bedroom flat is usually the same whether 3 people live there or 6 people live there.
As mentioned in the point above, Rightmove is a great place to look for flatshares if you are doing a ‘buddy-up.’ You can filter results by area and postcode, bedrooms and price. I would say from my own experience that you will find a nice flat or house at a better price using this method than you would going through the Spareroom listings, especially if you are a couple looking to houseshare. That said, I found a wonderful houseshare at a reasonable price on Spareroom when I first moved to London and made some great friends- sometimes it can be luck of the draw.
Gumtree works in a similar way to Rightmove and Spareroom, and you can filter by price, room type and location to find your perfect flatshare. There aren’t as many listings on Gumtree as there are on Spareroom, but you can set a ‘search alert’ so that you are notified by email if any new listings are added in your area.
Facebook can be a great tool to find rooms, especially if you already know a lot of people in London- I have found that Facebook friends often share when they are looking for a new housemate or perhaps when they know someone else who is looking for a housemate. There are also dedicated groups such as ‘Kiwis in London’ and ‘Aussies in London,’ where rooms are often advertised if you are heading to London from Down Under! One of my previous flatmates was a Kiwi, and found another Kiwi to replace him in this group.