The Best Cheapest Places to Live

Along the Central Tube Line in London

Prioritized by Fast Commutes and Good Housing Value

All within 30 minutes of Oxford Circus!

By Ann Dinsdale, GMS,

West London can be expensive for renters, but is immensely desirable as it has fast commutes, good value homes and a great social scene.

Just outside of Zone 1 on London’s underground ‘tube’ system are areas like Shepherd’s Bush, Acton and Ealing which are all fantastic options for commuters to Central London (See map below).

We’ve worked out where you can live affordably just outside of Zone 1 within a quick commute of Central London.

Shepherd’s Bush:

Shepherd’s Bush is a popular Zone 2 choice for west London renters looking for a convenient commute – it’s only 12 minutes to Oxford Circus, 15 minutes to Holborn and 25 minutes to Liverpool Street on the Central Line.

There’s a fantastic social scene, thanks in part to the area’s historic association with young Aussies. There are gigs at the Shepherds Bush Empire and plays at the Bush theatre, while the area’s Middle Eastern canteens won’t break the bank.

You can find a one-bedroom flat for well under £1,500 per month close to the Tube and Westfield shopping centre, with a separate kitchen and lounge.


Up and coming Acton has three stations on the Central line: West, North and East.  Oxford Circus is 22 minutes from West Acton, 19 minutes from North Acton and just 17 minutes from East Acton.

The forthcoming Crossrail link at Acton mainline station has given the area a big boost as well, with a new leisure centre in the town centre and a Curzon cinema going in the old library.

Renters with £1,500 a month can pick up a two double bedroom flat in a gated development complete with concierge, with only a 10-minute walk from East Acton station.  Or for the same price you can have a three-bedroom apartment set in a development in the middle of enormous communal gardens and just five minutes’ walk from West Acton station.


A bit further out in Zone 3, Ealing is a 29 minute commute from Holborn and 30 minutes to Oxford Circus.

For £1,450 per month, you could rent a pretty one-bedroom cottage just a few minutes' walk from Ealing Broadway station.  Or you can have a recently refurbished three-bedroom flat set in a development with pool and tennis courts for £2,095 a month.


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