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Are there any other reliable ways to find cheap, hostel like accommodation last minute, without using hostel world or hostel bookers?
I'm currently finding all accommodation booked up on these two sites :-\
If you are going to Scotland you can use http://www.hostel-scotland.co.uk/ for independent hostels
and http://www.syha.org.uk/ for Scottish Youth Hostels (you don't have to be young to use these).
For other countries you can use Hostelling International http://www.hihostels.com