“You can go other places, all right - you can live on the other side of the world, but you can't ever leave home”
― Sue Monk Kidd, The Mermaid Chair
|Your local council makes the decisions closest to you. Tower Hamlets is in charge of East-London; http://www.towerhamletshomes.org.uk/|
|Bicycle Hire is great here, saves a lot of money as well! Consider if you don't travel that far anyway. Oh, and mind the crazy drivers, hahah.|
I promised to post about renting a place in London. Here you go:
1. Student housing is private here, which makes it quite expensive comparing to Finland, for example, where HOAS (the student apartment provider) takes care of everything in Helsinki. Therefore I would be careful with those, you might end up living quite far and paying for something you could get better yourself. Some student accommodation might cost 200-300 pounds per week, with that money you will get nicer places with usually better locations. On the other hand, you will probably get to know other students there, and some student houses include gym etc. in the rent, which is good.
2. Once you are looking for a place, remember to check the bathroom! Water pressure is horrible in some areas, right now I take 30 minutes to shower because of that. It might be faster to go outside in the rain and wait to get wet...
3. Ask about additional costs; Council Tax (students don't have to pay that), Gas, Electricity, Internet, TV-licence etc...
4. Ask to put your deposit in a protected scheme. If something goes wrong and your money wasn't protected, there is no one to blame but yourself. Your landlord shouldn't charge for it!
5. Consider how many people you want to share with --> Some 'rooms' in shared flat might have more than just one person there, and it is not nice to wait every morning to use shower after 6 other people. If you are on a small budget, this might be your only choice in London though.
6. Know your rights! Here are some pages that are worth having a look at:
7. Good luck!