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Beware of London Rental Pitfalls! An Introduction to London Rental Areas Suitable for Students

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People living abroad always need to address their housing needs, and this is especially true for students studying abroad for several years. When choosing a place to live, one should think twice. London has always been popular among international students, but not all students may want to stay in university dormitories, or they may wish to rent a property with friends in London. The rental process is complex, involving legal procedures, and students should be particularly careful before signing a rental agreement, paying attention to its terms and conditions. Which areas in London are suitable for renting? What kind of traps might you encounter when renting in London? If you are planning or considering renting in London, don't miss the following information.
Big Ben and Westminster Bridge in London

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Where is better for international students to rent? Common London rental areas include these!

London is known to have one of the highest costs of living in the UK, and rent is no exception. According to the UK rental website HomeLet, the average monthly rent outside London is £1,061, while the average monthly rent in London is £2,179. [1]

Data from the UK rental website GoodLord Rental (as of September 2023) show that London's rental areas are mainly concentrated in the City of London, Southeast, Southwest, Northwest, East, West, and Northeast. Overall, the average monthly rent in London is about £1,346. [2] 
London rent rate by district

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The rent in the City of London, Southeast, and Southwest is higher than the average rent in London, while in other areas, it is lower. Rent is determined by factors such as distance from the city center, convenience, living environment, and type of housing. Therefore, the mentioned rents for these London areas are for reference only, and the actual situation may vary.

Are there traps in London rentals? Tenants only need to pay these fees

When renting a property, tenants must sign a standard form contract with the landlord, binding both parties. The offeror may propose a few amendments to the terms and conditions of the contract. 


When it comes to the most common rental traps in London, it's probably the fees charged to tenants. In Hong Kong, tenants need to pay "two deposits and one month's rent in advance," but according to the guidance of the UK Tenant Fee Acts, tenants must pay the following fees:  

  • - Rent 
  • - If the annual rent is less than £50,000, landlords or agents cannot require more than a five-week refundable tenancy deposit; if the annual rent is more than £50,000, up to six weeks' rent can be requested for the refundable tenancy deposit. 
  • - A refundable holding deposit (reservation deposit) must not exceed one week's rent. 
  • - If the tenant requests a change to the lease terms, the modification fee is capped at £50 or more depending on the situation. 
  • - Compensation for early termination of the lease. 
  • - Utilities such as water, electricity, gas, sewage fees, communication services, TV Licence Fee, and Council Tax. 
  • - Fines for late payment of rent and costs for replacing lost keys or security devices. 


If a landlord or agent charges any fees beyond the above list, it is illegal. In other words, students renting in London or other areas in the UK should not pay any agency fees, and remember not to fall into this London rental trap. 

Woman Giving House Key to Renter

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Is there a difference between weekly and monthly rent? Pay attention to how rent is calculated

As is well known, rent in Hong Kong is settled monthly, meaning tenants must pay a fixed rent regardless of the number of days in the month. However, in the UK, besides monthly rent, there is also the option to pay rent weekly, meaning tenants pay rent every seven days. 


Although most people consider four weeks as a month, it is important to note that four weeks' rent does not equate to a month's rent. Except for February, most months are 30 to 31 days, so there will be a 2 to 3 days' difference if rent is calculated weekly. For example, if an apartment's weekly rent is £392, but the monthly rent is £1,700, the total annual rent calculated weekly would be £40 more than if calculated monthly. Therefore, if students plan to rent long-term, it is recommended to pay attention to the method of rent collection and negotiate with the landlord. 


Additionally, students or their parents may attempt to bypass agents and negotiate and sign contracts directly with landlords to reduce overall housing expenses. However, this is not recommended because, in case of accidents, tenants may not be protected by law. Rental traps in London are not uncommon; therefore, students and parents should be fully alert before renting in London to avoid potential losses. Want to know more about studying in the UK? Contact us immediately, and Cyclopes will provide a suitable study abroad plan according to your situation. 





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