London properties vary hugely in terms of age, design, fixtures and amenities.
Questions to consider include:
- How many rooms do you need?
- Do you need a furnished or unfurnished property?
- Do you need outside space?
- Do you need a parking space?
- Do you have any pets?
Property types and terms
There are a number of different types of property to choose from:
- Flat. An apartment in a larger block or house, with full private facilities.
- Studio flat. An apartment in which the kitchen area, living space and bedroom is all contained in a single room, with only the bathroom separate.
- Rent a room/flat share. A bedroom within a property, sharing all other rooms and facilities.
- Bedsit. Typiclly a room within a larger property which will be both a bedroom and kitchen, with shared toilet and bathroom facilities.
- Share with friends or colleagues. Unlike renting a room individully, groups can rent a whole property.
- Terraced. A house in a row of houses, attached on either side.
- Semi-detached. A house attached to another property on only one side.
- Maisonette. A flat occupying two or more floors of a larger building and often having its own entrance from outside.
- Lower-ground. Refers to a basement flat with some windows.
- Attic. Refers to rooms in the roof of a property, sometimes with narrow staircases.
Go to a jargon-busting website to help understand British terminology.