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Subject: Need Apartment in London
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: marshaul-ga
List Price: $200.00
Posted: 01 Sep 2004 17:41 PDT
Expires: 01 Oct 2004 17:41 PDT
Question ID: 395822
I am starting school in london at King's College on the Strand on
September 20. I need an apartment by then.

What I am looking for:

Necessary:
Reasonable access (not too far by tube) to King's College, non-shared
apartment, broadband internet access (Wi-Fi preferred, but not by any
means necessary).

Preferrable: Kitchenette, withing walking range of the college, central heating

I will need this apartment until June 5, and my current price cap is 900.

Of course at this point some details above can be smudged, but this
will provide guidelines. Feel free to ask for clarification about any
point.

Clarification of Question by marshaul-ga on 01 Sep 2004 17:44 PDT
The price I was referring to is 900.

Request for Question Clarification by jbf777-ga on 02 Sep 2004 07:58 PDT
Hello -

Is this 900 per month or per week?

Thanks,

jbf777

Request for Question Clarification by jbf777-ga on 02 Sep 2004 09:33 PDT
(Search strategies are apparently weekly or monthly based.)

Also, with regard to broadband Internet access, are you willing to
find an apartment that lets you have broadband installed?  Or must it
be something preinstalled?

jbf777

Clarification of Question by marshaul-ga on 02 Sep 2004 23:52 PDT
Silly me. I meant 900/month. As for the broadband, I suppose it would
be alright to have it installed if that is necessary.

Request for Question Clarification by jbf777-ga on 03 Sep 2004 07:29 PDT
Is 900 your absolute cap, or are you able to do a little higher than
that?  900 works out to 207 a week (they work it on a weekly basis
over a year rather than dividing by 4 for the month)...  Are you able
to do something like 250 a week?
Also, how many minutes is considered reasonable access by tube?  

Thanks,

jbf777
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Subject: Re: Need Apartment in London
Answered By: jbf777-ga on 03 Sep 2004 12:02 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
 
Hello -

You can disregard my last clarification request.  If you require any
additional assistance or clarification, please don't hesitate to ask.

There is an excellent, free service called "LetIt" that lists
properties available for rent within a given distance from a specific
postal code.  It presently lists 924 properties available in the
100-250 per week range (there are a few under 100 as well). 
Depending on how geographically far out you want to go, you might be
able to find more properties in neighboring postal codes.  Multiple
pictures are normally included, along with the distance from the
postal code (starting at .2km away), as well as landlord contact
information.  The following link will take you directly to the
listings surrounding King's College WC2R postal code:

100-250
http://www.letit.net/property/results.srf?p=1&n=10&x=530539&y=180917&r=50000&mt=2&b=-1&min=100&max=250&rp=1&sortorder=1

Under 100
http://www.letit.net/property/results.srf?p=1&n=10&x=530539&y=180917&r=50000&mt=2&b=-1&min=-1&max=100&rp=1&sortorder=1

A great way to get to this database is through the streetmap.co.uk
online service.  This allows you to view maps using various criteria;
once you're on the map of your choice, you can then segue to the LetIt
service to find properties on that map.

http://www.streetmap.co.uk/

Because broadband Internet access is normally akin to installing cable
TV, there shouldn't be a problem in most apartments.  One realtor I
spoke to said this is generally the case, provided that you pay for
any damage incurred from any installations.

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The University of London Accommodation Office is a public service
who's mission is to "support students and staff who are looking for or
living in private sector accommodation."  They maintain an
accommodation database of properties for letting, as well as landlords
and estate agents.  King's College is among
the many schools around which the office keeps property listings.  See
the "Search our Accommodation Database Find a Flat, House or Room"
first link on the left side of the following page:

http://www.housing.lon.ac.uk/

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Here are three web hotspots for finding properties, some recommended
to me by more than one estate agent:

The Gum Tree
www.thegumtree.com

Primelocation
http://www.primelocation.com/

Find A Property
http://www.findaproperty.com

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Additional Link:
You can find estate agents belonging to the Association of Residential
Letting Agents at this link:

http://www.arla.co.uk/search/search.asp

You can find them based on a variety of geographic search criteria;
some of these might not have properties under 250 per week.

jbf777
Researcher
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Search strategy:
  Street maps london
  london estate agent
marshaul-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Found a bunch of search services I could not. Quite useful - I'm in a time crunch!

Comments  
Subject: Re: Need Apartment in London
From: jbf777-ga on 04 Sep 2004 13:42 PDT
 
marshaul -

Glad the answer was helpful!  Thanks for the rating.  Please stop by again!

jbf777

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