Rent a room, rent a bedsit or rent a studio in London?

Most of our tenants here at Red Residential come from outside of London so often describe accommodation in different ways. Do you want to rent a room, rent a bedsit or rent a studio?!

In this blog post we will try and explain the difference and help you to choose what is best for you.

Rent a room in London

rent a room

In London it is possible to rent a room in a shared house or flat. These houses or flats will have shared facilities such as kitchens and bathrooms. Also they usually have shared communal areas like sitting rooms. Because all facilities are shared the prices are much cheaper than renting a bedsit or renting a studio.

Often these rooms will be let (or sublet) by the the other tenants in the property, and they will decide on who they are happy to rent to. The benefit of this is that they will require less references.

Often the deposit required to rent a room in a house is much lower than if you want to rent a bedsit or a studio. However usually tenants who rent a room in a house won’t have an official contact so won’t have many or any legal rights or protections.

Rent a bedsit in London

Rent a bedsit in London

If renting a room in a shared flat or house doesn’t appeal than the next option is to rent a bedsit.

A bedsit is a private room that has some of it’s own facilities but shares others. Bedsits usually have their own kitchenettes and share bathrooms with other bedsits.  Check out this blog post for more info:

Renting a studio flat in London- a glossary of terms

If you rent a bedsit you will get a bit more privacy than if you rent a room so the prices are usually a bit higher, but not much. Often there is no shared communal space but you should get a contract.

Your contact should be an Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement. This is a legal document that sets out your rights and responsibilities as the tenant when you rent a bedsit and those of the landlord too.

Rent a studio in London

rent a studio

The main difference between a room a bedsit and a studio is that a studio is completely self contained. If you rent a studio in london you should expect to have a room that has a en suite bathroom and either a kitchenette in the room or sometimes a separate kitchen off the room.

For a detailed definition please check out this post:

Renting a studio flat in London- a glossary of terms

So the main benefit of renting a studio is that you don’t share anything. There is usually no access to any communal space when you rent a studio, but like a bedsit you should have a proper contract, an Assured Shorthold Tenancy agreement. This gives you legal protection and rights.

Most of our tenants prefer to rent a studio rather than a bedsit or a room because it gives them:

  • privacy
  • a legal contact
  • their own facilities
  • a bit more space

Where to search

Not many agencies deal with renting rooms in London, and the Landlords or tenants will deal with it directly, often on Gumtree.com

Red Residential are London’s studio flat specialists and we also deal with bedsits too! Check out our latest studios and bedsits to rent and if there isn’t anything quite right register your details with us and we will get in touch as soon as we have something for you.

Feel free to email us or comment below if you have any questions or comments on this subject!