So, after leaving her job to pursue another degree in a field that she loves and having been out of work (or studying) for nearly 3 years my other half has been offered the job of her dreams. Yay!
Unfortunately we're in Yorkshire and the job is in South West London, and the job is (initially at least) a 7 month short term contract. So she needs accommodation.
Now I've worked in London a lot, but not in that part of London and I've always been on substantially more than this job pays, so I've always stayed in cheap-ish hotels, but this won't sustain that.
I've looked through the past London accommodation threads and wanted London Mefites feedback on a few things.
We need a room in a shared house or possibly a studio apartment for a non-smoking 30-something female, max of about £600pcm including bills, within a sane distance of Richmond/Kew by public transport, quiet, safe, secure and not somewhere that expects you to move all your stuff out at weekends (although we would consider agreeing not to be there at weekends).
We're going to be looking on:
Some of the areas we're thinking of looking at are:
And of course Kew and Richmond
Would you avoid any of those sites? Are there any others to try?
Are there any agents to avoid?
Any other areas to look at, ideally within 20 minutes commute.
Do we stand a reasonable chance of finding somewhere without actually being in London, or is a B&B / hotel for a week or two going to help?
We're aware of a few of the scams people try, and we're not going to pay anything up front and definitely not wiring anything via Western Union to anyone, is there anything else we should be looking out for?
And a long shot, do any London Mefites have a room to let in those areas?
Thanks for your help.