For those coming from another country like America the question of how to find apartments for rent in London is a big concern.  There are, of course, the standard ways of finding housing like newspapers and flyers, but without knowing the city and the differences between London neighborhoods, going solo may not be the best way to go.  Below are some options for getting the process started if you don’t know your way around London and don’t have the luxury of taking your time to find the  perfect home.

  • Turn to Forums – as social media has exploded in growth people are beginning to forget the power of forums.  There are forums devoted to just about any topic you can think of – apartments for rent in London just one of them.  There are even forums for American expats looking for housing.  By searching forum archives and asking questions you can learn a lot about what to do and what not to do when going flat hunting.
  • Compare Prices – anyone who has ever searched for an apartment understands that you get what you pay for.  That could not be more true than in London.  Prices are very high in London compared to most US cities but deals can be found.  After getting an idea of which neighborhoods you want to live in, start researching what you will actually be getting for the amount you are willing to pay.  This will help you further narrow down your search and keep you grounded in reality.
  • Be Prepared to Act – London flat letting is a competitive business so when you find an apartment for rent you like you need to have the money available to get it that day.  No waiting. No sleeping on it.  You may feel rushed but you will feel even worse if you let your perfect home slip away.
  • Turn to Professionals – Those moving here from another country have many disadvantages in the apartment renting game.  By using relocation agents you get an insider’s help navigating the system, negotiating power and your own tour guide to advise you on culture and neighborhoods.  It may cost more than going it alone but the result will be well worth it.

Finding a place to live can be difficult and when you are on a time crunch and have only a few days to find a place and move in you must be prepared to search and put down a deposit quickly.  Not knowing neighborhoods, not understanding the rental culture and not understanding rental laws will prolong the process and possibly cost you thousands.  We recommend that all Americans moving here hire a professional relocation service when searching for apartments for rent.