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North London for Renters: Everything you Need to Know

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North London is incredibly vibrant and rich in character, with a hugely diverse cultural environment. Home to the boroughs of Enfield, Barnet and Haringey, north London offers its residents the best of both worlds: refreshing, open green spaces, as well as thriving urban areas. Living in north London means you will always have a plethora of restaurants, cafes, social and cultural activities to choose from.

The property rental market is on the rise for the first time since the 1930s, because of low supply and rising house prices. To help you find a property to rent in north London, we have created a guide to the boroughs of Enfield, Barnet and Haringey, giving you a general overview of the areas, the transport links, and the cheapest areas to rent.

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Enfield

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Enfield is London’s most northern borough, and dates to the 1300s as a market town. Now, it’s one of the cheapest places to rent within London, and offers a pleasing combination of countryside, shopping centres and markets.

Along with the usual chain restaurants, Enfield also offers several independent options for food and drink. Residents can also get their heart pumping at the Lee Valley White-Water Centre, where they can go kayaking, white water rafting and canoeing, to name the few.

For a more cultural night out, the Chicken Shed Theatre is worth a visit; founded in an abandoned chicken shed in the 1970s, this quirky theatre has every kind of performance, from mimes to musicals.

Enfield has good connections to public transport, with the National Rail, Overground and Piccadilly Line as well as regular bus routes. Routes to central London via the Piccadilly Line and the Underground service will have you in Leicester Square within 30 minutes.

The cost of living in Enfield is also low, especially compared to other areas in north London.

The cheapest areas to rent are:

Enfield Lock

  • One-bed: £663 per month
  • Two-bed: £850 per month
  • Three-bed: £1035 per month

Ponders End

  • One bed: £720 per month
  • Two bed: £923 per month
  • Three bed: £1123 per month

Lower Edmonton

  • One bed: £720 per month
  • Two bed: £923 per month
  • Three bed: £1123 per month

The low cost of living and good transport links have made Enfield a sought-after commuter town for people employed in central London. If you’re employed near the centre and looking for somewhere to rent, Enfield is the place.

Barnet

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Formed in 1965 from the counties of Middlesex and Hertfordshire, this north London borough is the second largest by population and the fourth largest by area.

Barnet is quite similar with Enfield in terms of its countryside feel, but more expensive. It has several parks and open spaces, as well as eight nature reserves for you to enjoy. The area is perfect for families and older demographics looking to move away from the chaos of the city.

The cheapest areas are:

New Barnet

  • One bed: £875 per month
  • Two bed: £1140 per month
  • Three bed: £1448 per month

Edgwarebury

  • One bed: £1029 per month
  • Two bed: £1340 per month
  • Three bed: £1689 per month

Burnt Oak

  • One bed: £717 per month
  • Two bed: £932 per month
  • Three bed: £1168 per month

Transport is more limited in Barnet compared to other parts of north London. Any area that is near to or linked to the Underground, Northern and Piccadilly Lines is in high demand as they are approximately 30 minutes to central London.

Haringey

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Covering over 11 square miles, Haringey is one of the most diverse areas in London, with an estimated 193 languages spoken. It is also home to local landmarks including Alexandra Palace, Bruce Castle, and if you are a fan of football, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.

Haringey offers a pleasant combination of both countryside and urban areas. There are open, green spaces around Highgate and Muswell Hill, while the more dense, urban areas lie to the east.

Located near central London, Haringey is made up of mostly young professionals and young families. The average resident is in their mid-thirties, and usually employed in management, administration, business or media sectors.

If this demographic appeals to you, the cheapest places in Haringey to rent are:

Seven Sisters:

  • One bed: £766 per month
  • Two bed: £943 per month
  • Three bed: £1133 per month

Tottenham

  • One bed: £729 per month
  • Two bed: £897 per month
  • Three bed: £1078 per month

Wood Green

  • One bed: £935 per month
  • Two bed: £1151 per month
  • Three bed: £1383 per month

(all rental prices accurate as of October 2016. http://london.gov.uk/)

Living in north London will give you the benefit of a lot of open, green space, as well as the lively and vibrant city atmosphere. Enfield, Barnet and Haringey have plenty to offer; affordable renting opportunities coupled with useful transport links make it easy to commute into central London, or stay within your borough.

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Image sources:

Enfield – Source: geograph.org.uk

Barnet – Source: theguardian.com

Haringey – Source: ptpcycle-europe.eu