What can you rent for £589 per month?

There’s no denying renting in the UK is expensive, even flatsharing – the most affordable option – is getting pricier by the day. The average room rent for a flatshare in the UK in March was £589, that’s up 11% from £530 a year ago.

With prices rising at this rate, getting value for money becomes even more important. We took a look at the rooms available on SpareRoom.co.uk to see what £589 per month can get you across the UK. Lucky average rent doesn’t have to mean average accommodation – there are plenty of great houseshares out there.

When we looked, 71% of all ads come in at the average UK rent or less. That said, if you’re looking in larger cities, the number of rooms available on budget falls – in London, just one in four rooms comes in under £589. One such room can be found in Wimbledon. For £585 per month, plus bills, you could find yourself in this bright maisonette, complete with original Victorian ceilings and fireplaces.

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It’s a spacious double, with built-in storage, tasteful kitchen and garden (a luxury in London).

Staying in the South East, in Reading you can rent this luxurious double room for £550 per month, including bills.

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You won’t be surprised to hear that your money will go further in Manchester. If you’re happy with a Monday to Friday rental, this place comes in at £580 per month, including bills.

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It’s an old warehouse conversion with original exposed beams and redbrick walls, located in the heart of the Northern Quarter.

In Aberdeen you’ll find plenty of rooms on offer – according to SpareRoom data it’s seen 140% increase in people taking in lodgers in the last two years. With plenty of rooms available, the standard is high – for £585 you can rent a furnished room in this two bedroom flat. It’s not just any room either – you get a walk in wardrobe, ensuite and parking space all included in the package.

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So there you have it, a selection of rooms for £589. Not bad are they? You’d hope so too at more than a quarter of the average salary.

What’s the average room rent in your area? Download SpareRoom’s Rental Index to find out.