Most affordable London boroughs revealed for graduates of Class of 2017

  • As thousands of graduates across the country move to London to begin their first job, many will be looking for an affordable place to live
  • Graduates renting in London spend upwards of 45 per cent of monthly take home pay on rent, with those in a three bed property spending 45 per cent and those in a two bed spending 49 per cent. Those attempting to live alone face spending almost three quarters (75 per cent) of monthly take home pay
  • Bexley (£1,004), Sutton (£1,506), Havering (£1,072), Croydon (£1,125) and Bromley (£1,169) offer the most affordable rents for graduates looking to move to London

Cash-strapped graduates renting in London are spending upwards of 45 per cent of their take home pay on rental payments, according to the latest Landbay Rental Index, powered by MIAC.

As thousands of graduates across the country flock to the capital to begin their first job this month, many will be looking for an affordable place to live. Despite London’s infamously high rents, the capital is home to a quarter of all new graduates who move within six months of finishing their degree. Those hoping to live alone face spending 73 per cent of a London graduate’s average post-tax income of £1,972 on £1,445 of rent. In a shared house of two people, overall rent of £1,917 adds up to 49 per cent of each tenant’s income, while those co-habiting in a three-bed property would each spend 45 per cent of their monthly take home pay on rent of £2,683.

Of the London Boroughs, the most affordable average residential rents of properties are found in Bexley (£1,004), Sutton (£1,506), Havering (£1,072), Croydon (£1,125) and Bromley (£1,169). Bexley has seen the strongest rental growth of all the boroughs with a 1.98 per cent rise in average rents over the last year. A growing demand for property in outer London has clearly already impacted these outer regions.

For those seeking greater proximity to the city and with the coveted London postcode, Lewisham is the most viable option. Average rental prices of £1,232 make it the eigth most affordable London borough, also being just 15 minutes via train from the City of London.

At the other end of the spectrum, the most expensive average rents are unsurprisingly found in the traditionally ‘desirable’ regions. Kensington & Chelsea (£3,042), Westminster (£2,891), Camden (£2,219), City of London (£2,074) and Hammersmith & Fulham (£1,886) were found to be the most expensive boroughs to rent in with prices being well out of reach for those on a starting salary. It’s telling that all five have seen rents fall over the last year by -2.36 per cent, -2.38 per cent, -1.13 per cent, -2.35 per cent and -1.67 per cent respectively as prime locations have suffered a fall in demand in both sale and rental markets.

John Goodall, CEO and founder of Landbay, said:

“Faced with record high student debt levels and the rising cost of living, it will be little surprise to see graduates starting to look elsewhere from the traditional young professional hot spots such as Fulham and Camden when they come to London. Surrounding areas are clearly worth the longer commute to reduce the rent burden and give them any hope of saving for a deposit on a house of their own one day.

“There are of course a number of factors at play, but as returns fall in the more central locations, landlords may look to the outer boroughs to seek more attractive yields.”

UK Rental Index

AUGUST 17 YoY (per cent) MoM (per cent) Av. £
UK 0.67 0.09 1,194
England 0.61 0.08 1,225
Scotland 1.41 0.21 728
Wales 1.42 0.13 640
Northern Ireland 0.38 0.10 561
London -0.94 -0.02 1,874
UK without London 1.56 0.15 757

 

UK Rental Index by number of beds

One bed Two bed Three bed
YoY

(per cent)

MoM

(per cent)

Av. £ YoY

(per cent)

MoM

(per cent)

Av. £ YoY

(per cent)

MoM

(per cent)

Av. £
UK 0.37 0.08 1,013 0.63 0.10 1,156 1.13 0.13 1,329
England 0.29 0.07 1,047 0.57 0.10 1,191 1.07 0.12 1,349
Scotland 1.23 0.19 549 1.26 0.11 692 1.83 0.22 1,124
Wales 1.48 0.16 544 1.24 0.11 656 1.93 0.20 616
Northern Ireland -0.92 0.21 438 1.12 0.24 544 0.51 0.06 573
London -1.03 -0.03 1,445 -1.07 0.00 1,917 -0.72 0.00 2,683
UK without London 1.51 0.16 597 1.51 0.16 714 1.77 0.17 824

 

Rental Index by London Borough

Ranking London Borough YoY (per cent) Av. £
1 Bexley 1.98 1,004
2 Sutton -0.23 1,056
3 Havering 1.59 1,072
4 Croydon 0.02 1,125
5 Bromley -0.47 1,169
6 Hillingdon 0.38 1,192
7 Barking and Dagenham 1.49 1,203
8 Lewisham -0.16 1,232
9 Redbridge 1.08 1,249
10 Enfield 0.88 1,252
11 Waltham Forest 1.66 1,255
12 Kingston upon Thames -0.77 1,280
13 Greenwich -0.33 1,308
14 Harrow -0.01 1,324
15 Hounslow -0.37 1,393
16 Haringey -0.10 1,398
17 Brent -0.45 1,442
18 Ealing -1.57 1,461
19 Merton -0.47 1,475
20 Newham -0.42 1,476
21 Barnet -1.06% 1,481
22 Richmond upon Thames -1.00 1,575
23 Lambeth -0.07 1,652
24 Southwark -0.25 1,690
25 Wandsworth -1.46 1,721
26 Hackney -1.12 1,728
27 Tower Hamlets -1.23 1,734
28 Islington -1.31 1,839
29 Hammersmith and Fulham -1.67 1,886
30 City of London -2.35 2,074
31 Camden -1.13 2,219
32 Westminster -2.38 2,891
33 Kensington and Chelsea -2.36 3,042