For anyone living and working in London, the cost of commuting is a big factor when deciding on a location. Now, the map of the London Underground has been redrawn to reflect the cheapest places to live if you’re heading into the office by Tube.
Put together by TotallyMoney, the map looks at the cost of rent in the vicinity of each Tube station and the time it gets to the most central locations on the line. Weighing these factors up, a league table of the top ten locations was created.
At the top was Seven Sisters on the Victoria line. Commuters living in this area of northeast London can expect to pay an average weekly rent of £209, while their journey to Oxford Circus station takes around 15 minutes.
While the relatively low average weekly rent of £146 at Greenford acted in its favour, this was mitigated by the journey time to Oxford Circus. This location is 26 minutes away on the Central line and therefore pushed Greenford into second place.
On the same line is North Acton, which made the third spot in the table, at a distance of 19 minutes from Oxford Circus. Despite being closer to this desirable location, with weekly rents standing at £214, there’s a higher price to pay than in the area next to Greenford station.
The rest of the top ten was made up of: Kingsbury on the Jubilee line; Marylebone (Bakerloo); Edgware Road (Hammersmith & City); Edgware Road (Bakerloo); East Acton (Central); Redbridge (Central); and Hatton Cross (Piccadilly).
When it comes to the most expensive locations on the Tube map, west London’s Hammersmith took the crown. Residents can expect to pay around £484 in rent a week in this exclusive area, with the commute to Great Portland Street on the Hammersmith and City line taking as long as 25 minutes.
While the redrawn map is a useful reference for anyone thinking about moving to London and commuting to work, specific factors will impact the true cost and time ratio. These will include the destination of your office and the mode of transport used.
Of course, if you want to save more money on your London lifestyle, you could decide to commute by coach. Not only will you bypass the Underground and rail networks, but you may find you can live further out of the capital and still make it into work on time each day.
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