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Inexpensive lodging in Kew for 4 months?

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Inexpensive lodging in Kew for 4 months?

I am a graduate student who will be doing research in Kew at the Public Records Office now called the National Archives for 4 to 5 months starting in January 2007. Would anyone have suggestions on places to rent or firms to contact that rent for these longer time periods. Being a student, price is a factor. I do need to be in the Kew area as transportation will be a factor as well.

Thank you for any advice.

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1. Re: Inexpensive lodging in Kew for 4 months?

Hm. Kew is not an inexpensive part of London in which to live - even Chiswick (across the river) is a des res centre these days.

Have a look at theartgirl's sticky on short stay flat dos and don'ts; granted, you'll be staying longer than two or three weeks, but there are some useful links and good info there. You could have a look at advertisements in Loot (www.loot.com) to give you an idea of what's available, as well.

On a recent trip to London I was given a flyer for a company called Interlet, which does short and long stay flats and bedsits, and lists what look like fairly promising places at decent prices. The catch is that one needs to register with the company to get more info on the flats - at a cost of about £70. The fee might be worth it, though, to get a decent place to live at a price you can afford.

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2. Re: Inexpensive lodging in Kew for 4 months?

National Archive slap bang in midst of some the most desirable real estate in London. e.g Kew, Chiswick, Richmond & even Brentwood.

If you need to be within walking distance of NA, then you may need to cut your cloth to renting smaller space than you might have expected.

You may find that one of the residential districts outlying NA & Kew may suit as you can use local buses to get to NA & the tube/rail networks at Kew or Richmond.

You might also ask the NA if they know of anyone who does B&B or flatshare.Possibly regular researchers stay a in a little haven a bus bus ride away.

Staying a stops away in somewhere like Ealing or Acton may work. Ealing has a large student population, so you may find a flatshare.

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3. Re: Inexpensive lodging in Kew for 4 months?

EmParr, I think you mean Brentford.

There are lots of house shares in the general area advertised in local newsagents, but you need to be here to read them. T I'm sure a basic house share or room would cost at least £80 per week including bills. Kingston, Brentford or even Chiswick (all a bus ride away) would be cheaper than Kew or Richmond.

Thinking creatively, there are also lots of elderly people in Kew etc who might be willing to take in an able-bodied lodger who could lend a hand. Would you be willing to do that? Are you male or female and how much can you afford?

If you can't come over and sort this out in advance, and if the National Archive can't help, you could also try calling the Botanical Gardens as they have lots of students and might share their contacts.

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