a hole in the sky in london
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Posted 26 June 2004 - 03:52 PM
Does anyone have ideas on subletting practices in central London? Am looking for a place to shack up for 3 and a half months this fall. Also, leads on dance / theatre / movement opportunities, butoh practitioners, contemporary art spaces, bossa nova spots and sundry other recommendations are welcome.
Thanks very much!
location, location, location
Posted 28 June 2004 - 06:57 AM
The housing market in London is relatively pricey but versatile and there's a huge market of apartments and houses to let - both short and long term, as well as flat shares which is more common than most cities. As you're only staying for a short period of time, I recommend you start with your academic institution/work (where flyers advertising flatshares are quite common), and then on to newspapers like The Guardian, Evening Standard on Wednesdays and the Loot. Estate agents are completely unreliable, and wouldn't bother with what you're looking for. For less than 6 mths, there are also corporate apartments in the City and around Westminster that are hotel-like in service. If you're studying, there are some student halls, UCL (the London uni umbrella) have them in Bloomsbury and Islington... good luck, you may need it if you're on a budget; we're talking 250 pounds/wk + utilities and council tax, two months deposit for a dodgy studio in west hampstead....
Posted 27 July 2004 - 03:58 PM
If you are only here for a short time don't bother going through all the big newspapers etc. You can find great places in the established media but the competition is fierce and you have to fight to find decent stuff, unless you have the money not to bother.
I found the best source of housing in London is http://www.gumtree.com/ - this is a big, but structured, site with tons of ads in all kinds of areas, originally aimed for antipodeans living in London but now a good place for all visitors (and locals) to check out when looking for something.