While rent prices in the UK continue to rise, the number of Brits renting is increasing; this makes for a competitive rental market, and can make it difficult to find an affordable place to live.
If you're looking to move out outside of London, however, Kent is becoming increasingly affordable, with many areas combining great value for money with a more relaxed, less fast-paced lifestyle. Whether you're looking for a one-bedroom flat or a family-sized home, there are plenty of underrated towns in Kent that'll have something to suit your budget. Here's our breakdown of the cheapest places to rent in Kent, and what each has to offer:
If value is your primary concern, Dover is one of the most affordable places to rent in Kent. It offers a range of housing options, from small one-bedroom flats to family houses, all of which are offered at reasonable prices. There are many rental properties located close to local amenities and transport links for easy commuting, and Dover also has plenty of leisure activities and attractions, such as the iconic White Cliffs of Dover, that make it a great place to live.
If you're commuting to London, however, Dover might not be the best option; as it's situated on the coastline, the journey time into the capital can be quite lengthy. Renting in Dover is best suited to those based in Kent or working remotely.
Sheerness is another coastal town in Kent that offers reasonable rental options for those looking for affordability. Like Dover, there are plenty of housing choices, ranging from small studios to larger homes best suited to families, as well as good transport links and a range of amenities nearby. Sheerness also boasts some stunning views of the sea and countryside, so if you're a fan of long walks on a Sunday afternoon, this town offers both affordability and a more serene alternative to the bustling centre of Kent or London.
Snodland is a small town in Kent that offers some of the most affordable rental properties in the area. It's close to several larger towns, such as Rochester and Maidstone, so it has good transport links and plenty of amenities nearby. Snodland is also home to some of the most beautiful countryside views in the Southeast, so you're sure to enjoy the tranquillity of the area if you're tired of the buzz of London.
Remember - if you’re looking to move from London to Kent, get in touch with our removals team in Kent. We offer removals to all major Kent towns including Maidstone removals through to Sevenoaks removals.
Situated in the Medway area of Kent, Chatham is another great option for those seeking affordable rentals, with some one-bedroom flats offered for as little as £600 per month. Chatham is also situated close to local amenities and has decent links to transport, so it's easy to get around. The town itself also offers plenty of shops, restaurants and entertainment options, as well as a beautifully restored dockyard that is perfect for exploring on the weekend.
For London-based professionals, Gillingham in Kent might be the most attractive option if you're looking for an affordable rented property. With housing options for all budgets, an easy commute into London (around 1 hour by train) as well as its own bustling town centre, you'll enjoy all the amenities of the capital - without the sky-high rental prices! One-bedroom flats can be found for as little as £650 per month, and you can find larger, 3-bedroom family homes for around £1200 to £1400 per month.
Sittingbourne is another great option for those looking to rent cheaply in Kent, with rental prices much lower than those found in central London. One-bedroom flats can be rented here from as little as £500 per month, and family homes start at around £800 to £1000 per month. The town centre contains plenty of shops, pubs and restaurants, as well as a cinema and theatre, so there's plenty to see and do during your downtime. And if you're looking for an easy commute into London, Sittingbourne station is just over an hour away by train.
Famous for its historic links to both Henry VIII and the River Thames, Erith is a great option for those looking to rent a property in Kent without breaking the bank. With its proximity to the centre of London, it offers an easy commute to the capital, and one-bedroom flats can be rented for as little as £500 per month. With a beautiful stretch of the Thames running through it, Erith is a perfect spot for riverside walks and amazingly beautiful sunset views.
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