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profile member asked on Nov 24, 2016

Cheap accommodation near London

Hello! I'm travelling to London this Saturday, but I don't have a place to stay yet. I will be in London for 1 month and I was wondering if you recommend any location near London where it might be cheaper, or if you know of any Web page in which people offer rooms for short term accommodation. Thank you so much!


8 Answers

answered on 11/24/16 by
Mary Smith from Leicester

I'm afraid 'cheap' and 'accommodation' simply do not go together in London. I find it worrying that you are going to London for a month, from tomorrow, and haven't yet organised somewhere to stay.

If you are only staying in London for a month you'll find many short-term lets won't be available and may also find that people who e.g. share houses won't want someone just for a month.

But this is urgent: you need somewhere to stay on Saturday night at least. Look at the London hostels first because they will be your cheapest option:

and also look at airbnb:

The further away from the centre the cheaper the accomm (though it is never really 'cheap').....and then you'll have to pay for travelling into and out of the centre every day (if that is what you plan to do).

You can also try some of these sites:

There are lots more if you google 'short let london' or 'house share london' or 'flat share london'...but please do be very cautious.

answered on 11/24/16 by
a VT member from Stanford le Hope

Great info given to you.
However I am amazed that you have planned your trip without accommodation.
Maybe it would be an idea to book a hotel for couple of nights just so that you have somewhere warm and safe.
[original link]
Though London is generally a safe place I hate the idea of someone wandering around with luggage looking for somewhere to stay and being open to any scammers!

answered on 11/24/16 by
a VT member

Thank you both so much. I know it seems really silly, but in my defence I have to say that I booked in a room, or at least I tought I did, because I haven't recieved any confirmation, so I need a B plan. I will check those Web sites, Your help has been priceless :D

answered on 11/24/16 by
Mary Smith from Leicester

You don't need to defend yourself. We are not ctriticising... we are simply rather concerned.

Was the room you booked at a hotel/hostel or in private ownership?

answered on 11/25/16 by
a VT member from Ealing

I agree with leics that your best bet for a quick solution is a hostel. As well as the hostel world site she has given you, look at [original link] which is London-specific - and I note they are currently saying they have some vacancies for short stays. The YHA are also always worth a look - [original link]

Once in a hostel you can take a bit more time to find something to suit you better, if hostels aren't really your thing, but they do usually represent the cheapest option in London which is a very expensive city on the whole

answered on 11/26/16 by
a VT member from Charlotte

Travelodge hotels are normally cheaper. You can check in the website for deals.

answered on 11/27/16 by
a VT member from Israel

As mentioned above, try airbnb [original link] I found a very cheap room in zone 1, And that certainly saved a lot of money.

answered on 12/2/16 by
a VT member

Hmm, one month is a tricky time. I stayed at innLondon ([original link]) which does cheap and excellent short-term accommodation but not sure if they do one month (which is in between short-term and long-term, in a way!). You could go right ahead and ask them, their website is helpful and my friends have also always had a great time there.

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