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Finding a place to live One of your first considerations when moving to London should be what type of accommodation you will need, where you want to live and, importantly, what you can afford.

In Cork it took me a few days to find accommodation… I’m nearly a month and a half looking here… There are plenty of houses, but it’s just there are so many people that get there before you.

Although accessing accommodation is comparable to Ireland, what struck most people we spoke to was the high cost of privately rented accommodation, the level of competition, and large differences in price from one area to another. This section provides essential information on where to live, price guidelines, dealing with your landlord, council tax and social housing.

Some useful facts Private renting rates in Central London can be double those of outer boroughs2. According to Homelet in August 2011, London tenants paid an average of £1,202 per month in rent. This is an increase of 12.2 per cent compared to the same time in 20103. The average house price in London was £343,000 in March 2011, up 5.6 per cent in the last 12 months4. Nearly half of London’s households live in flats, compared to 14 per cent in the rest of England5.


Moving to London; A Practical Companion for Irish People  
Moving to London; A Practical Companion for Irish People  

A helpful, practical and comprehensive guide to Moving to London for Irish people. Published by the London Irish Centre in May 2012.