Where to Live in London for Less Rent

  • Areas of London to consider for housing your younger UK assignees

  • Within an easy 30 minute commute of “Zone 1”

  • Via the fantastic “Tube” system

The costs to rent a London home can be eye-watering especially if you work in Zone 1 of the fantastic underground train system referred to locally as The Tube. 

But there are less expensive places to rent that are within an easy 30-minute commute via The Tube.  You’ll get more for your rent, you’ll still get to experience all the history and culture that London has to offer – and you’ll have some money left over for travel across the Channel.

London Underground and National Rail train stations are assigned to 9 fare zones.  Fare zone 1 covers the central area of London, while fare zones 2-6 form concentric rings around it.

Based on four areas in each corner of Zone 1 that are common for businesses, we’ve worked out where you can live more affordably but still be within a 30 minute commute of Zone 1.

From Kensington to King’s Cross, Victoria to Bank, you have the ability to live in a fantastic area with a reasonable commute.

Direction map in Kensington to King’s Cross, Victoria to Bank

If you work in Kensington, consider…


The Piccadilly Line with a switch to either Circle or District will take you from Hammersmith, Brook Green or Stamford Brook to High Street Kensington in about 13 minutes.

Shepherd’s Bush

Home to the Westfield shopping centre, Shepherd’s Bush has undergone major revival over the past few years and is increasing in attractiveness amongst renters.  It’s only about 9 minutes on the Central Line to Circle or District for Kensington.


About 24 minutes on the Piccadilly Line takes you to the Kensington area, where you can then switch to either the Circle or District Lines for the High Street Kensington station located mere minutes away from Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.

Average 1 bedroom accommodation starts around £1,500 per month versus £2,600 in Kensington.


If you work in King’s Cross, consider…


Exceedingly trendy and popular, Islington and nearby Angel and Shoreditch are just a 6 minute commute on the Northern Line.


Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the Westfield Stratford City mall are draws for Stratford which has enjoyed increased attractiveness since it hosted the London 2012 Olympics.  Take a Southeastern train to be in King’s Cross in 8 minutes.

Wembley Park

Home to the Wembley ‘complex,’ Wembley Park hosts England’s primary football stadium and major entertainment venue as well as SSE Arena for concerts.  It’s only 23 minutes from King’s Cross on the Metropolitan Line.

Average 1 bedrooms accommodation starts around £1,100 per month versus £2,100 in King’s Cross.


If you work in Victoria, consider…


A spacious common, accessibility and Europe’s busiest railway station right on your doorstep are all reasons to love Clapham.  Only 7 minutes on a Southern train!


A bit further out, Streatham has nevertheless grown in popularity thanks to its green open spaces, good schools and family friendly environment.  17 minutes on Southern Rail takes you to Victoria.  


Another neighbourhood undergoing regeneration recently, Croydon is increasing in popularity thanks to its range of amenities.  Southern Rail will have you to Victoria in 16 minutes.

Average 1 bedroom accommodation starts around £970 per month versus £2,600 in Victoria.


If you work in Bank, consider…


Home of time at the Meridian Line, the O2 Arena and the Royal Observatory, Greenwich is popular with young professionals making the commute into Canary Wharf and Bank. Southeastern will have you to the City of London in 17 minutes.


Likened as the next Shoreditch thanks to its large numbers of younger generations and growing art scene.  DLR will have you to the City of London in 23 minutes.


Set between the River Thames and Canada Water, Rotherhithe has become well-known with families thanks to its fantastic selection of schools.  Expect to spend about 13 minutes on the London Overground and then DLR.

Average 1 bedroom accommodation starts around £1,300 per month versus £2,200 in Bank.

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