London Bubble

A commuter finds it is cheaper to rent a 3-bedroom apartment in Barcelona and commute to London everyday, by air, than to rent a 1-bedroom in London.

The cost of renting a one-bedroom flat in West Hampstead is £1,505, according to Zoopla.

“I chose West Hampstead because I know and like the area, and it doesn’t seem a stretch to suggest that a young professional may afford to live there,” commented Sam, a social media manager.

He then added in council tax at approximately £75 and a zone 1-2 travelcard to get to his job in the City (£116.80), making a total of £1,697 or €1,979 a month….

….That’s fixed commuting costs of €57 a day, 4 days a week, for 4 weeks a month, which gives us €912. Add on rent of €680 a month and the cost of living in Barcelona and commuting to London comes to €1,592 a month.

To say nothing of sun, beaches and great food…

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