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.
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.
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.
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.
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.