I'm planning a trip to London, UK during early July and haven't been able to find any type of cheap (~15€/night/person for three nights) accommodation, preferably not that far from, or connected to in some form (metro, bus) to Victoria Station (where we get from and depart to the airport).

We're two friends that are travelling there and we'll meet with another (not living in London), so we'll need accommodation for three people for three days. Booking.com/KAYAK/ all give big star hotels or far, far away (>15km) inns but none shows the typical Bed & Breakfast, Youth Hostels/Inns, or similar.

We would prefer not to share a dorm with other people (because one of us snores a lot) but it's a possibility.

Airbnb is too expensive as in London city it lists almost only these kind of rent spaces with cozy beds and stuffed carpets.


IS there any portal, website, or center, or place you know we could use, that usual travel portals do not list or filter?

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    It's likely that your plans have been misconceived. This would explain why you are having difficulty. GBP 11 times 3 is GBP 33 with acco for 3 is unrealistic. Do you need a "formal" answer before the question is closed out as a WANTA question? meta.travel.stackexchange.com/q/1445/793 – Gayot Fow May 25 '16 at 6:49
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    @CptEric No, London is just that expensive. (Although it's not very different in Paris) – CMaster May 25 '16 at 8:37
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    Can you bring a tent? £14.00 per pitch at 20 km from central London, or twice that amount closer to the centre. – gerrit May 25 '16 at 10:02
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    hi @CptEric Something to consider is that London is literally one of the top three most expensive places on Earth for accommodation, and indeed all other expenses. (You'll be stunned at the cost of transport, etc.) Second fact, it's the worst place on Earth. If you're young, cool, people (without much money on hand) perhaps it's worth considering for a moment - why go to London in particular? The three of you have a collection of incredible places you could go in Europe or even in the UK. London today's just a city for billionaires to have $5000 lunches. – Fattie May 25 '16 at 12:57
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    @JoeBlow Did an oligarch spill your pint or something? London is unquestionably one of the greatest cities in the world. – TheMathemagician May 25 '16 at 14:56

You need the Youth Hostel Association:


Central London beds from £15/person/night - not quite as cheap as you asked for but probably one of the cheapest you're likely to get, short of a tent or a homeless shelter.

Actually, looking on Airbnb there are a couple of places offering beds for as low as £7, and a couple of them are in what I'd consider central London. Use the price filter to find them, and I suspect you'll need to book way ahead of time.


Update: I'm looking at Airbnb again later the same day and the central London places I saw offering beds for for £7 are no longer showing as listed - perhaps because they're all booked up? I don't know. There's still a few places showing at that price in outer London - but I guess the moral is that it's worth checking airbnb more than once because places go in and out of availability, even if you're not searching for specific dates.

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  • No reason to restrict to YHA only. Any hostel organisation would do. – CMaster May 25 '16 at 11:42
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    An interesting question these days is "What is cheaper, youth hostels, or the AirBNB option?" – Fattie May 25 '16 at 12:57
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    will look at it and at similar things. i didn't know YHA existed. will look at airB&B too, i discarded it at first because i saw over 60gpb places when i first looked at it a week ago. – CptEric May 25 '16 at 13:14
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    this is what i was looking for, i found a YHA related website with more youth hostels and they are damn cheap! accepted :P – CptEric May 25 '16 at 13:23

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