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So you’ve bagged yourself a job in London, you've got your graduate budget in place, and now it's time to start thinking about where to live in London.
Don’t stress! We’ve compiled a list of the best places to live in London, even on a graduate budget:
Sat on the Central line, Leyton is populated by young professionals looking for a lively area in close proximity to the City. With plenty of things to do at the weekend, The Olympic Park and bustling Westfield Stratford City shopping centre are both within walking distance, making Leyton one of the best places to live in London, and a great choice for graduates.
Recently voted one of London’s happiest places to live, Bromley also happens to be one of the cheapest places to live in London. It's close to the border of Kent, boasts a rich history and an abundance of green spaces. It might surprise you, then, that it takes a mere 15 minutes on the train to central London (pretty handy for those who've scored graduate jobs in London Bridge!) Plus, it’s perfect if you’re looking for somewhere to escape from the bustle of the City when your working day is over.
Well-connected, vibrant and diverse, Holloway has been undergoing huge regeneration for the last few years – and is becoming an increasingly desirable area for recent graduates. 9 out of 10 of Holloway renters are young professionals looking for an affordable area of London – and as a result the area is teeming with cool cafes, shops and bars to keep you occupied if you're looking for places to go in London in your down time.
As a recent grad, you might not be able to afford trendy Balham or Clapham just yet, but never fear – if you’re looking for a social hub with a smaller price tag, look no further than Tooting. This Zone 3 haunt is a short ride on the Northern line to London Bridge, and only 25 minutes to Old Street (which you might have heard called “Silicon Roundabout” or “Tech City”) - and its vast array of graduate jobs. On our list of the best places to live, this is one of the cheapest places to live in London - perfect if you're on a graduate budget, but don't want to miss out on a social life.
A bustling urban hub, the North London hotspot of Wood Green is remarkably well-connected – a speedy 13 minutes to King’s Cross station on the Piccadilly line. What’s more, it boasts a good selection of shops and amenities including ‘The Mall’ shopping centre, and is within walking distance to the legendary Alexandra Palace. It might not be somewhere you've heard much about before, but take our word for it - it's fast becoming one of the best places to live in London on a budget.
Home to the iconic former BBC Television centre, the renowned O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire and the convenient White City shopping centre, you might be surprised to know that Shepherd’s Bush is actually one of the cheapest areas of London. Close to the City and bursting with amenities to fill your hours outside of the office, Shepherd’s Bush is somewhere to consider on your search for the perfect pad - especially for those who have landed graduate jobs in West London, and are looking for cheap places to live.
A lively, cosmopolitan area occupied by a vibrant mix of residents, Acton is serviced by four different tube stations – and in 2019 will also benefit from a stop on the Elizabeth line. A top tip - if you want to go for a large house share, check out North and West Acton, where the houses tend to be much bigger. As cheap places to live in London go, there's not as much to do as some of our other picks - but if you don't mind commuting into Central London, you'll find Acton an affordable area to call your home.
An up-and-coming area of South-West London, with three different tube stations – you’ll be well-connected no matter where you work in London. As one of the cheapest and best areas to live in London, you will never be short of things to do in Streatham at the weekend. Why not spend your Sunday taking a walk around the picturesque Streatham Common (and when you get tired of that, relax in one of the many pubs surrounding it)?
Served by an efficient Overground that’ll have you racing around the city, Forest Gate is especially convenient if you land a graduate job in one of the London's outer boroughs or in trendy East London. Forest Gate is also teaming with curry houses, coffee shops and traditional pubs to keep you busy in your down-time - so as cheap places to live in London go, it's a winner all-round.
As one of the most expensive cities in the world, moving to London on a super-tight budget can be a scary thought. But if you're on the hunt for graduate jobs in London, or you've already landed your perfect role, check out these 9 cheap places to live in London that won't compromise on your social life.
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