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I've lived in London in flats for 4 years - but am travelling at the moment. When I return, I'll need some accommodation for 2-4 weeks - just short term. Hostels are one option, but they're per night, dorms etc - if there's some cheapish short-term accommodation with a private room, that would be perfect. Will have had enough of dorms after 3.5 months backpacking ;)

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    Will this be during University term time, or in the vacation? If the latter, then Uni accommodation is an option – Gagravarr Jul 22 '11 at 11:00
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    Um....Mid August to Mid September? – Mark Mayo Jul 22 '11 at 15:06
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    @Mark Then you should look at uni accommodation, you can get private accommodation pretty cheap because many uni terms start in October. – Ankur Banerjee Jul 22 '11 at 16:19
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you could try couchsurfing.org or hospitalityclub.org ; people there often have a spare room, and if you can pay for it they might be happy to give you a place for a few weeks and not just for a few days. Otherwise try gumtree.co.uk , or http://www.spareroom.co.uk/.

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    Most people (that I know) do couchsurfing for completely different motives than earning money, so I seriously doubt putting money on the table will make it easy to find a room through CS or similar services. Instead, something like airbnb.com might work better. – Jonik Sep 12 '11 at 18:50
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Airbnb worked a treat for us in London, there's plenty of choice in all price brackets. (No affiliation, just a happy customer.)

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  • This is what I used for my nearly 2-month stay in London, and again for a weekend. I moved every week or every other week, as availability is not always predictable, but I met many people that way, and saved a ton of money versus hotels. – Flimzy Jul 7 '14 at 23:58
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In addition to the sites already mentioned, you may have some luck with Craigslist's London rooms section also.

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