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Finding somewhere to live

How to find your own home if you’re over 18.

Finding housing

In Hounslow and London there is a shortage of housing making rents expensive.

Renting a room in a shared house is usually the most affordable option.

Usually this means you would rent a bedroom and share other facilities like bathroom, kitchen and living rooms too.

How to budget

As well as the cost of rent, you also need to consider other essential costs.

Does your rent include any bills? These can be charges like electricity/ gas bills, council tax and water rates.

You can work out your budget using this calculator.

Paying your deposit

Landlords take a deposit before you move in just in case you don’t pay your rent.

This is usually equal to a month’s rent. Sometimes it’s more.

Getting a reference

Most landlords and estate agents will ask for a reference from your previous landlord.

If this is your first time renting, you could ask for a reference from an employer or close friend.

Depending on your circumstances, the landlord may ask for a guarantor. This is someone who has to pay the rent if you can’t pay it yourself.


If you’re homeless, or threatened with homelessness, please contact us immediately for support

Telephone 0208 583 3842

Online get homeless support from Hounslow council

If you need support to live independently 

Contact the My independence service

They can support you with:

  • budgeting
  • access to support workers
  • skills to live independently
  • registering for housing

Telephone 0208 583 3942

Further information