Have you been looking for a cheap room for the last 5 hours without finding anything that does not look like shoes box? Don’t worry, everyone here knows that feeling.

We just have to accept that our budget, regardless how high is it, will not be enough to rent something in London that meets our expectations.

So, now that we have established that it’s a real mission impossible for you to find a cheap room in London and that we’ll have to accept some compromises, let’s have a look of the average rental prices per post code in London

Average rental prices in London by post code – 2020

Area Post code Average weekly rent Monthly
Abbey Wood SE2 £120.00 £520.00
Bounds Green N11 £128.00 £554.67
Tottenham N17 £135.00 £585.00
Leyton E10 £138.00 £598.00
Lewisham SE13 £147.00 £637.00
Finsbury Park N4 £157.00 £680.33
Ealing W5-W13 £160.00 £694.00
Brixton SW9 £167.00 £723.67
Canary Wharf E14 £176.00 £762.67
Hackney E8 £180.00 £780.33
Clapham SW4-SW11 £186.00 £806.00
Greenwich SE10 £198.00 £858.00
London Bridge SE1 £202.00 £875.33
Camden NW1 £205.00 £888.33
Shoreditch EC2A £206.00 £892.67
West End WC1 – WC2 £223.00 £966.33
Chelsea SW3 £225.00 £975.00
Westminster SW1 £229.00 £992.33
South Kensington SW7 £243.00 £1,053.00
The City EC2-EC3-EC4 £247.00 £1,070.33

Source: 23,489 ads on RoomClub.com Prices for a double room for single use, per week, with bills and council tax included.

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Staring too much at the average rental prices in London won’t make you feel better.

So I’m really sorry to be the one to tell you that you need a great salary in order to afford to rent a room in London. But this is the sad true.

At the same time London is an amazing place where to live and the minimum wage has been growing at incredible rate of 5% yoy (almost…)

Statistic: National minimum wage in the United Kingdom (UK) from 1999 to 2020, by wage category (in GBP per hour) | Statista
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And what about the rent growth year over year in central London? is it now cheaper to rent a room than it was before? what’s the average price?

Of course prices went up to the roof in the last decade!

Last decade comparison – average rent of a room in London


2010 2020 % Raise   Last 10 years’ inflation
Single room in zone 1 £150 £205 36.6% 27%
Single Room in zone 2 £115 £165 43.4%
Single room in zone 3 £95 £130 36.8%
Twin (double) room in zone 1 £200 £260 30%
Twin (double) room in zone 2 £170 £220 29.4%
Twin (double) room in zone 3 £145 £190 31%

Prices are per week, with bills and council tax included, rounded to the nearest £5.

So if we compare the increase of how much it cost to rent a room in London in the last decade, and how the minimum wage went up for the same period, we can find out that:

  • rent price increase: 35%
  • minimum wage increase: 50%

so yes, the wage has increased of 50% whilst the rent went up “only” 35%. is it a good news, isn’t it?

considering that everything else has increased at the same time we can’t hardly define ourselves richer now than what we were 10 years ago.

It is well known that the minimum wage is just the minimum that you can get paid for covering all your expenses.

A full time job, with 37.5 worked hours a week, will set you to a gross income of £17,000 per year.

This means £1,258 in your pocket a month.

So if you compare it with the average rental price per post code, you can easily figure it out yourself that South Kensington, Oxford Street and Liverpool street are well out of your budget.

Even trendy areas such as Camden Town and Shoreditch are quite out of your possibilities. So forget your idea of living in zone 1 and focus your attention to the zone 2 of London (don’t forget that the monthly travelcard price is exactly the same, so no extra expenses for traveling)

This is why more and more people are looking for rooms to rent in Kilburn or Battersea area.

And you, how much are you paying for renting your room in central London?

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