London Housing/Houseshare Costs - information seeking

(4 Posts)
EternalSunshine820 Fri 08-Jan-16 20:07:07

Hi, I moved out of London when DD was born and am weighing up options including potentially moving back to London/South East. However, I'm not sure whether living costs would make this unwise or impossible and wondering whether any LPs in London would be willing to share an outline budget for a) renting alone with DC b) flat or house sharing. No great rush, I'll be making the decision some time this year.

I'd be interested to know how much space you get for the price you pay, and how the space is divided up for the cost if you share with others.

To give a comparison, my costs where I am now (further north) are roughly:
£500 rent for a small 2-bedroom house (plus bills), with a decent size garden and large shed, and 2 parking spaces in front
£1000 nursery fees per month
£100 per month travel to and from work by car, to the nearest city

Whereas, when I was in London before, I was paying:
£1000+ rent for a tiny, tiny 1-room flat (that wouldn't be suitable for me and DD now), in a basement with a tiny patio facing a brick wall, no parking
No nursery fees (because I wasn't a mum yet)
£160 per month tube travel (zones 1-4)

If anyone is willing to share information, for living within the tube map and/or outside with the cost of commuting in, it would be useful, thanks. I'm trying to figure out what the minimum salary I would be able to survive on is. I don't get any benefits.

Artandco Fri 08-Jan-16 20:11:47

It will be much more expensive

As a comparison

1 bed flat here : £1850 a month
Childcare full time for one :£1400 a month
Travel: £120 a month (just zone 1-2), more outside

EternalSunshine820 Sat 09-Jan-16 09:30:47

I had a 1-bed flat in Crouch End for £1000 (separate kitchen, bathroom with bath), what size is yours and what part of London? Also is there a parking cost or do you just not have a car in that zone (I didn't, before)

Artandco Sat 09-Jan-16 10:13:31

Large 1 bed. No parking.

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