So you’ve just received the great news that the Olympic Games are making its way to London, England for the year 2012. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. For people living in Great Britain, it is no problem. But if you are traveling from another country, the first thing that you will be looking for is a place to stay. Hotels in London are always an option but if you’re on a concentrated budget, if you really wish to save money, Olympic Rental Houses could be a more economical alternative.
If you don't know a soul then you'll probably find yourself at a backpacker's hostel forking over anywhere from £70 to £100 a week to share a room with 3 or more strangers. It might seem bad at first as you watch your hard earned savings line the pockets of your hostel's owner, but it's not all bad. Hostels are great places to meet other new London arrivals that are as excited about the Olympic Games as you are. The trick is finding a good house rental full of long-term residents, so look at affordable London accommodations online before you arrive to hunt down the best place to stay.
Next, you’ll need to decide if you want your own room or if you’re happy sharing. Room sharing will help you distribute the amount of money that you need to pay for the rent but you’ll also lose out on privacy so you’ll need to weigh up whether the savings are worth it. Living in a big house with a lot of people will be cheaper than a place with only three rooms and three housemates so you need to think about what’s more important – comfort or saving money.
There are classified newspapers that cost £2 and have a large rental section with less of a focus on rental houses. For a small registration fee you can gain access to properties at Easy Roommate and Flatmate Click. There is likely to be less competition for places listed on these sites. There are also sites with lots of houses on offer and where most people tend to look for flat mates. It's a good idea to post an ad of your own with your ideal location and price and you will probably have people get in touch with you that saves time.
Finding a place to live in London might seem a bit confusing before you arrive but once you get there and are able to find a great house rental near the Olympic arena, you'll see that the city if full of travelers and is very well set up to make the transition for new arrivals for the big event really easy.