Off topic: cheap accommodation in London
Thread poster: Buflitel
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Jun 5, 2010

Hi, everybody! Could anyone help me with cheap accommodation in London/Oxford? I shall be attending two conferences there in September (8-14, 18-24). Thank you

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A contradiction in terms? Jun 5, 2010

Cheap accommodation in London sounds like a contradiction in terms. Will be interested to see what "cheap" looks like London-style.


[Edited at 2010-06-05 12:29 GMT]


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Manuela Junghans  Identity Verified
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A contradiction indeed Jun 5, 2010

I´m completely with writeaway on this one. Cheap and London don´t really go together.

But maybe you want to check gumtree.com for short-term flat shares.


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Alexandre Chetrite
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Gumtree.com Jun 5, 2010

Yes,

Gumtree.com is the web site I used when in London back on 2004-2005..It was already expensive at that time, and today it is just outrageous, but that's the way it is..

Paris seems "cheap" compared to London and to New York.:-)

If you look for long-term stay and don't mind sharing with 2 guys from Syria, 2 girls from Guatemala, and 1 from Pakistan, well have fun..I experienced that and I could barely sleep sometimes (not mentioning coackroaches in the cereals..:-( )

Then I moved to a much better flat...Only 3 people living in there, which was "luxury" in London zone 2...:-)

Let me tell you: I was happy to get back to southern France after this long experience!

Oh and did I mentioned I got screwed by a placing agency called "London Job"? I paid a substantive fee to get a job (restaurants, hotels, others) and some place to sleep on arrival and ended up in a 8 people dorm flat the first night and no job interview at all or the employers didn't expect me!
Well, I was young at that time..I had to go through this



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Vicky Nash  Identity Verified
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Try a youth hostel Jun 5, 2010

Hi,

There are several youth hostels in London that offer reasonably priced accommodation - from £18.00 a night(ish). There'll be a small premium if you're not a member, but to be honest you'll probably cover the cost of a membership with the premium. They are all well located and they aren't like they used to be! Some have private rooms, in London they all have excellent facilities (i.e. internet/wifi) and can provide breakfast and evening meals.

www.yha.org.uk

I haven't stayed in a London one, but they are the best of the hostels and the ones I have stayed in outside London have all been very pleasant, clean and modern (you don't have to help with the chores any more!)

Hope that helps,

Vicky


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Lindsay Sabadosa  Identity Verified
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Couch surfing Jun 5, 2010

Never tried it but if you aren't fussy and are looking for cheap, it might be a good option.

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Dan Bradley  Identity Verified
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Hostelworld? Jun 5, 2010

I know friends who have had very good (and free) experiences with couch surfing in cities around the UK and Europe. I have also used the Hostelworld website for places in London several times and found rooms from about £10 a night for dorms.

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LEXpert  Identity Verified
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University residence halls outside of term Jun 5, 2010

Times may have changed in the intervening decade and half since I was a post-grad at LSE, but at the time many of the university residence halls operated at least partially as commercial/hostel-type accommodation during the summer. Some of the newer ones were quite nice as I recall. Not sure if that's still case but perhaps worth checking out.


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Buflitel
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thank you Jun 6, 2010

your suggestions are most helpful. thanks, everyone!

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