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 17YoY (per cent)MoM (per cent)Av. £
UK0.670.091,194
England0.610.081,225
Scotland1.410.21728
Wales1.420.13640
Northern Ireland0.380.10561
London-0.94-0.021,874
UK without London1.560.15757

 

UK Rental Index by number of beds

One bedTwo bedThree bed
YoY

(per cent)

MoM

(per cent)

Av. £YoY

(per cent)

MoM

(per cent)

Av. £YoY

(per cent)

MoM

(per cent)

Av. £
UK0.370.081,0130.630.101,1561.130.131,329
England0.290.071,0470.570.101,1911.070.121,349
Scotland1.230.195491.260.116921.830.221,124
Wales1.480.165441.240.116561.930.20616
Northern Ireland-0.920.214381.120.245440.510.06573
London-1.03-0.031,445-1.070.001,917-0.720.002,683
UK without London1.510.165971.510.167141.770.17824

 

Rental Index by London Borough

RankingLondon BoroughYoY (per cent)Av. £
1Bexley1.981,004
2Sutton-0.231,056
3Havering1.591,072
4Croydon0.021,125
5Bromley-0.471,169
6Hillingdon0.381,192
7Barking and Dagenham1.491,203
8Lewisham-0.161,232
9Redbridge1.081,249
10Enfield0.881,252
11Waltham Forest1.661,255
12Kingston upon Thames-0.771,280
13Greenwich-0.331,308
14Harrow-0.011,324
15Hounslow-0.371,393
16Haringey-0.101,398
17Brent-0.451,442
18Ealing-1.571,461
19Merton-0.471,475
20Newham-0.421,476
21Barnet-1.06%1,481
22Richmond upon Thames-1.001,575
23Lambeth-0.071,652
24Southwark-0.251,690
25Wandsworth-1.461,721
26Hackney-1.121,728
27Tower Hamlets-1.231,734
28Islington-1.311,839
29Hammersmith and Fulham-1.671,886
30City of London-2.352,074
31Camden-1.132,219
32Westminster-2.382,891
33Kensington and Chelsea-2.363,042