Renting rooms and apartments for your workforce in London
A nightmare or a piece of cake?
Working abroad is certainly exciting and appealing to most people. Whether it be to complete a project or to expand a business, travelling for a job overseas is now common practice in many sectors and no longer restricted to a very small number of people as it used to be.
From a business point of view, however, this could represent a difficult challenge when it comes to moving the workforce to another Country. No matter which area a business operates in, everyone relies on people. And people need homes. The problem is that in London good homes are hard to find.
Every responsible entrepreneur or business person should keep two things in mind at all times:
- the safety and well-being of their staff on one hand
- and the budget on the other.
How to choose
When budget is not a problem, then London could be one of the world’s best places to work in.
There is no limit to the amount of amenities, luxury and comfort that a large amount of money could buy in the UK’s capital. But if you are not Apple, Google, or other names as such, things may be a bit different. After all, London is the most expensive city in Europe (and in the top 5 worldwide).
Hotels and Apartments
Platforms like AirBnb and Booking.com are well-known and easy to use: you can find some apartments to rent for a short period or some hotel rooms if your employees will not have to stay long.
Do not be discouraged by the prices: apartments and hotels are notoriously expensive, especially if you are looking around central London (zones 1/2) or you require meals to be part of the offer. Shopping for the best deal takes time, so don’t stop looking at the first couple of options: a good bargain takes time to be found.
It is also worth noting that travelling is a big part of London’s routine, so keeping an eye on the location is essential: you don’t want your employees stranded across town trying not to get lost on their way to work!
If you need to find an accommodation for less than 5 people, you could choose to go for a serviced apartment. Your staff can enjoy each other’s company at the end of the working day, they will be able to cook meals and go to/come back from work together.
Another great option are rooms in flatsharing: this is definitely the best fit for any budget and it could accommodate any number of people. Your employees will probably not in the position to live together, but you can enjoy a considerable saving on the rent expense (up to 50% on average) while your staff will still be able to sleep, cook and enjoy their apartment alongside with 2 or 3 more people with whom they will share the kitchen and the bathroom. With some additional research (and, being London, a bit of luck) you will even manage to find rooms in the same area.
Hotel rooms are a great solution if your staff is staying for – say – less than a week. Serviced apartments are a valid option for short stays (1 or 2 weeks).
Should you need an accommodation for a longer period, you can rely on professional relocation Companies such as Room Club to handle the whole process from start to finish. Such Companies will be able to present you with a range of opportunities according to your preferences (location, budget, number of employees, type of project, etc.).
After choosing the best option, the relocation Company will handle the payments, the check-in, the key delivery, all the documentations, etc. for your complete peace of mind. You will also have a point of contact at all times before, during and after your employees’ stay, to answer all your questions.
With no research, no hassle, no worries, all you have to do is make sure that your work project goes well: that is your job, and we are more than happy to help you do it by doing ours.