What a £600-a-month rental apartment in Edinburgh looks like compared to five other capitals

Edinburgh is not known for its affordable property prices, either to buy or to rent.

It’s a competitive market and rental prices reflect this, with the average rental price in Edinburgh coming in at around £1,200.

Although we love the capital, we were curious to see what else we could get for our money elsewhere.

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Capitals are naturally more expensive than outskirts or villages, but we’ve compared what we could get for £600 a month in London, Paris, Berlin, Cardiff and Dublin.

For anything listed at £600 or less in Edinburgh, the majority of adverts were for ‘rooms to let’ rather than one-bed apartments with a number of garages and parking spaces listed around £200.

Meanwhile, if we stretch the budget to around £800 per month or less, which is still a very generous amount to spend on self-catering, there were 158 properties listed on Zoopla.


We were lucky enough to stumble upon the studio for £600 in Edinburgh

For £600 a month, when most adverts were for rooms to let, we found this one bed apartment on Drum Street in Gilmerton. It consists of a kitchen, a bathroom and a double bedroom.

Estate agent, Pure Property Management, describes it as follows: “Large and comfortable newly refurbished ground floor 1 bedroom apartment with open plan kitchen/living room. This apartment would be ideal for a single person or a couple.

“The apartment is set back from the main road with a good bus route to the town centre. The apartment is located close to a large Morrisons & Lidl. Free street parking is also available. It has a modern open-plan kitchen with all essential white goods. The bathroom is also modern and clean with bath and shower over the bath.”

You can see more here.


a very small studio
The studio in London is suitable for one person.

In London, it emerged that the majority, if not all, of the adverts were for a ‘room to let’ for anything £600 and under.

For something around £600 and under, room sizes and arguably quality varied, from bright and airy double rooms to ‘studios’ where you could almost touch the sink from your bed.

For £575 we stumbled upon this studio apartment on London’s High Road in the city’s Whetstone area.

This studio is described as a “self contained” apartment which includes a single bed, wardrobe, table and chair and “equipped kitchen”. The kitchen area is integrated into the corner of the room and consists of two kitchen cupboards above, a sink, a refrigerator and a microwave. There is also a bathroom with toilet, sink and shower.

The rental agent also adds that energy and water bills are included in the rent.

You can see more here.


A house
The apartment in Cardiff offers a large living room full of traditional features.

While rooms to let are also common for this price, we found this bright one-bed apartment to rent for £595.

With a large living room with traditional features, bathroom, bedroom and kitchen, you can certainly get more for your money in Wales compared to other capital cities.

Estate agent Matthews adds: “A very well presented ground floor studio located close to a wide range of local amenities including: Roath Park Lake, Pleasure Gardens and Recreation Ground, Very popular shopping areas of Wellfield and Albany Road, local schools, public houses, churches, Cardiff University and much more.”

See more details here.


A sofa bed and a small kitchen in a small apartment in Paris
There is no washing machine, freezer, toaster or double glazing.

Paris is said to be the city of love – but not for big rental apartments if you’re on a budget.

For £600 a month we have the same in this ‘studio’ which includes a living/kitchen area and bathroom. The description and photos suggest that the kitchen chair folds out into a bed.

Said kitchen, similar to that of London, is composed of a sink, a refrigerator and a cupboard.

There is no washing machine, freezer, toaster or double glazing.

You can see more details here.


a small kitchen and shower on the left
Berlin has an average monthly rent of £795.90.

In Europe, if you wish to venture this way, Berlin has an average monthly rent of £795.90.

Keeping our budget low, we found a few studios in our bracket.

In Rudower Chaussee we came across a studio for £589.

The estate agent adds: “The living room is also a bedroom and awaits the tenant with a comfortable single bed. A compact table with seats offers enough space for eating or working. In addition, clothes can be easily stored in the cupboard.

“The practical little kitchen has a lot to offer: a fridge, microwave and stove for cooking. In addition, there is enough space for the tenant’s crockery, cutlery and supplies.

“The modern bathroom offers a shower, a toilet, a mirror and a shelf for hygiene products.”

You can see more details here.

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