Leading flat sharing platform, ideal flatmate, has released its Room Rental Index for Q1 looking at the cost of renting a room across the UK’s major cities.

ideal flatmate analysed the cost of thousands of spare rooms listed on its platform looking at the differing cost of renting across each major UK city, each borough of the capital, and how this has changed.

The latest index shows that the average UK room rental cost is currently £535 per month, up 11% since Q1 of last year.

The current most expensive location when renting is the capital, with the average room in London costing £745 per month. Glasgow ranked second with a cost of £588, along with Bournemouth (£575), Cambridge (£562) and Leeds (£548).

While only ranking as the fifth most expensive, Leeds tops the table for both quarterly and yearly growth, with room rental costs up 32% and 50% respectively.

London ranks second for the largest quarterly and annual growth, with rental prices in Portsmouth and Glasgow up 24% since the last quarter, the third largest increase. Liverpool has seen the third largest annual increase at 35%.

Looking at the capital, the largest room rental cost is found in the City of London at £1,167. Prime London is also predictably home to some of the highest rental costs with Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster, Camden and Hammersmith and Fulham home to some of the highest room rents.

The cheapest is in Havering with an average room rental cost of just £565, joined by Bexley, Enfield, Sutton and Kingston as some of the most affordable spots in the capital to rent a single room.

Co-founder of ideal flatmate, Tom Gatzen, commented:

“A new year but a similar story where the UK rental market is concerned with the cost ofrenting continuing to climb as a result of the imbalance between high demand and insufficient stock levels.

“This trend is almost certain to persist over the coming year and the impending tenant fee ban could see this growth spike further as rental cost are used to recoup lost revenue.

“London remains the most expensive city in the UK driven largely by the high-end market, However, even the most affordable London borough is more expensive than the majority of alternative UK cities which demonstrates the tough task facing tenants in the city.

“Outside of London, we’re seeing strong regional growth in areas such as Leeds, Portsmouth, Liverpool and Glasgow and while they remain much more affordable, it demonstrates the diversity of the UK rental market and the growing pockets of popularity that stretch across it.”

Highest Room Rental Costs
City Q1 2019
London £745
Glasgow £588
Bournemouth £575
Cambridge £562
Leeds £548
Southampton £546
Oxford £544
Bristol £534
Edinburgh £525
Portsmouth £515
Manchester £464
Leicester £441
Liverpool £438
Sheffield £428
Nottingham £412
Plymouth £401
Cardiff £399
Birmingham £364
Newcastle £350
Belfast £270
Aberdeen £266
UK £535


Largest Quarterly Change
City % Change
Leeds 32%
London 31%
Portsmouth 24%
Glasgow 24%
Bournemouth 15%
Southampton 12%
Sheffield 11%
Leicester 11%
Edinburgh 6%
Plymouth 6%
Manchester 3%
Bristol -1%
Cardiff -3%
Newcastle -3%
Cambridge -4%
Nottingham -8%
Belfast -13%
Birmingham -15%
Liverpool -22%
Oxford -24%
Aberdeen -47%
UK 2%


Largest Annual Change
City YOY % Change
Leeds 50%
London 48%
Liverpool 35%
Portsmouth 32%
Leicester 27%
Glasgow 24%
Cambridge 21%
Bournemouth 21%
Southampton 16%
Edinburgh 14%
Bristol 13%
Manchester 10%
Nottingham 8%
Oxford -5%
Birmingham -5%
Plymouth -8%
Belfast -9%
Cardiff -10%
Newcastle -18%
Aberdeen -19%
Sheffield -22%
UK 11%


London Boroughs
London Rental Cost

City of London £1,167
Kensington and Chelsea £1,057
Westminster £1,026
Camden £992
Hammersmith and Fulham £914
Islington £872
Wandsworth £811
Tower Hamlets £798
Hackney £796
Lambeth £796
Southwark £794
Brent £769
Richmond upon Thames £725
Ealing £719
Hounslow £711
Merton £701
Greenwich £700
Barnet £695
Haringey £668
Newham £654
Lewisham £641
Bromley £639
Croydon £632
Redbridge £627
Waltham Forest £626
Harrow £610
Kingston upon Thames £602
Sutton £600
Enfield £590
Bexley £583
Havering £565

Housing Management & Maintenance (HMM). 2019. ideal flatmate.
Available at: https://www.housingmmonline.co.uk/companies/ideal-flatmate/