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Revealed: UK's top 10 locations for rental house-shares

Bristol is the best city for house shares, according to new research by specialist rental sector broadband and utilities provider Glide.

The research ranked the biggest UK cities on a range of measures, including the number of house shares in the city, number of job opportunities advertised, the cost of rent, university rankings and broadband speed.

Bristol came top of the ranking scoring the best overall by just one point. 


The West Country city ranked fifth for the number of house shares available with 945, and whilst rents were third highest in the list, the city also boasts high university rankings, 229 jobs advertised per 10,000 people and high Wi Fi and broadband speeds.

Nottingham’s consistency across the rankings meant the city came in second with its job opportunities, broadband speeds and university rankings all scoring in the top ten, it was only let down by relatively high rental costs. 

Birmingham made up the top three locations, with its comparably low rents helping it to score well, but was let down by having only 145 job opportunities per 10,000 people currently advertised.

The rest of the top 10 consisted of, in this order, Manchester, Liverpool, Derby, Southampton, Brighton and Hove, Leicester, and Portsmouth.

London was the best location for variety of house share opportunities, with over 19,000 rooms available, however with the average monthly rent six times higher than the most affordable city to live in (average rent in London is £3,278 pcm, compared to £499 in Bradford), the capital ranked 17th overall.

London, Edinburgh, Manchester were the top three cities for university rankings, with the cities all boasting institutions in the top 10 of the UK University Rankings 2019. 

When looking at available job opportunities, York, Coventry and Derby were the top three ranked cities, with 470, 408 and 382 jobs available per 10,000 people.


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