London Life: House shares

Thursday, 27 March 2014


Let's talk house shares. Having lived in London house shares for almost 4 years I thought I’d pass some wisdom on to any of you newbie’s out there.


A London house share can be a daunting experience, especially if you are new to Town. House shares in London are the norm; the majority of young professionals are living with random people they have met through spareroom.com or easyroommate.co.uk. So even though your friends back home might not understand and think you are weird, it’s going to be ok. Everybody’s at it! 

I have been extremely lucky in my house shares and can honestly say that some of my best friends in London are girls I have met through spareroom.com.

Here’s my top 5 tips for a happy home


Cost


You need to get over this – pronto. It’s never going to be enjoyable paying around £650 a month for a room in a shared house. Never work out how much you could have saved in a year or naively go on Rightmove to see the mansion you could be renting in Manchester for the same dollar. This will just have you running back to mum and dad within a month.

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Research


Are you cool and trendy (East London) or a sporty graduate with your first job in the city (Clapham)? Ok, that is a total generalisation but it’s likely you will enjoy your house share more if you go to an area of London where you like to spend time. Clapham, for example is an extension of a student life. It's filled with young professionals, playing sport, eating out and partying. Do your research.

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Location


If you like an area but can’t afford it then go a couple of tube stops away so you’ll still be
 close by. Can you get there quickly on a night bus? If no, then don't live there. 

If you want Clapham then try Brixton, Balham or Tooting . 
If you want Highbury then try Finsbury Park, Arsenal or Archway. 
If you want Shoreditch then try Hackney or Stoke Newington.

You get the idea.

If you want Covent Garden….. then lower your expectations, princess! 

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Be picky


There are LOADS of people hunting for house shares in London and it’s really competitive so be prepared to face an interview style panel when viewing houses. Don’t let the pressure push you into making the wrong decision. Hold out for great house mates.

A swanky pad with people you have nothing in common with will not make you happy.
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You must have a cleaner. 


This rule will save endless rows. A cleaner split between 4 people is nothing but the dirt of 4 people is disgusting. If you are a clean freak then you will end up doing all the cleaning and living in constant frustration, and if you are a filthy animal then your housemates will bad
mouth you.
Save all the hassle and get a cleaner. You’re welcome!

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To finish, I’ll share a little story:

Let me set the scene, you come downstairs in the night to use the loo. The bathroom door is shut with the loudest rumbling sound you have ever heard coming from inside.
 

What could this be?! A bear? A train!?

You wake up your housemate for backup. She seems a pro at this and grabs a coin to undo the lock. Inside you find your drunk housemate slumped on the toilet, pants around her ankles snoring her little heart out. She’d been on a first date and obviously filled herself with the courage of the Dutch!! She never lived this down! 

Now if hilarious midnight adventures like that don’t make you want to live in a house share then I don’t know what will!


Always remember, London is the greatest city in the world so it’s all worth it in the end. If you choose well, you’ll get a great bunch of new friends and a lovely home.

Good luck. Now off you go my lovelies and find your piece of home in the Big City!

Little London Girl x


5 comments:

  1. I remember searching for a place to stay in London two years ago and how desperate/fed up i was....This is a great post thanks for sharing :)
    xo
    Anastasia
    http://natbeesfashion.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Anastasia - it can be really tough!! x

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  2. I'm actually going to be looking for a place in the next few weeks and have been strongly leaning towards a share house. I'm a dual citizen(U.S/U.K) coming from California. Thanks for the read, definitely gave me some insight.

    Jonathan
    Jonathanparkinson.com

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  3. Love this post, just I wish I'd read it five years ago when I first moved to LDN!

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