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Finding low cost rental accommodation in London

Meet Tim. He's 26, a graduate property surveyor and temporarily homeless. He's on a mission to find out what alternatives London has to offer people on median incomes.
Over the next four months he'll be moving every three weeks to test out different rental options for under £500 per month.
Follow Tim's progress here and on Twitter.
Let us know if you have any ideas for where Tim should go next. Contact us here.

First stop: an abandoned office building

Watch: Take a tour of Tim's first stop, a converted, abandoned office building above a Kwik Fit in North London.

Lowe Cost Living: video diaries

Keep up to date with Tim Lowe's quest for Lowe Cost Living with his regular video diaries

The verdict: the abandoned office building

The Gospel according to Tim: Graduate surveyor Tim Lowe reports back on his first stay - as a live-in guardian in Gospel Oak. Read the full story here

Second stop: luxury living at The Collective

WATCH: Tim arrive at his second destination as he seeks out rental accommodation in London for under £500 per month. His second stop is The Collective in Camden.

The verdict: luxury living at The Collective?

The Lowe down on Tim's stay at The Collection: 'like going from a backpacker hostel to  hotel upgrade'. Read all about it here. Follow Tim's experience here on Twitter

Third stop: The houseboat

Watch: take a tour of Tim's next stop, a houseboat in East London


The verdict: houseboat, not plain sailing

Basic living on one of London's canal boats, read Tim's verdict on the houseboat option here

Four & fifth stops: Y-Cube & the £100 renting option

Tim reports on his weekend at the Y-Cube and then his move to become a caretaker at a former halfway house for young offenders. Read his full report here. Keep up to date with Tim's progress on Twitter here

Sixth stop: co-operative living

Watch: Tim's penultimate destination, a housing co-op in South Bank where he lives with three generations of one family

The last stop: a converted horsebox

Watch: Tim's final destination, a converted horsebox

Follow Tim on Twitter

Lowe-Cost-Living Kit List

ALT TEXT HERE Tim’s essentials include: airbed, kitchen utensils, books, ironing board, clock, clothes and coffee grinder. Find out more here

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