Property to Rent in the USA Today

Have you ever thought about renting a property in the UK but weren’t sure where to start? You’re not alone – renting property in a new country can feel daunting. But don’t worry, this guide will walk you through everything you need to know to find the perfect rental home in the UK. By the end, renting property abroad won’t seem so intimidating.

My Experience Renting in the UK

When I first moved to the UK from the US for a job five years ago, I had no idea how the rental process worked. Coming from a country where most young professionals rent apartments or houses, the idea of renting abroad seemed so foreign. Where would I even start looking for a place? How long would the rental process take? What paperwork or documents would I need? It was certainly an anxious time. But luckily, I was able to find a great rental agent who guided me through every step of the way.

Different Types of Rentals in the UK

The UK rental market offers several different types of properties to choose from. Here are the main options:


Rental houses are some of the most common options, especially for families. Houses in the UK can range from small two-bedroom homes to larger four or five-bedroom houses. Detached, semi-detached, terraced – there are many styles of houses available.


Flats or apartments are very popular rental options in cities and large towns. They generally come in studio, one-bedroom, or two-bedroom configurations. Flats can be located within larger apartment buildings or converted houses.


A bedsit is essentially a small studio-style rental, usually consisting of just one main living/sleeping area with a kitchenette. Bedsits are ideal for singles or couples on a tight budget.

How to Find Rental Properties

Now that you know the main property types, here are the best ways to start your rental search:

Rental Listing Sites

Browse popular property listing sites like Rightmove, Zoopla, or OnTheMarket to view thousands of rental properties in one place. You can search by location, price range, number of bedrooms, and more. Be sure to set up viewing appointments for any homes you like the look of.

Rental Agents

Work directly with a rental agent in your desired area. They’ll have access to unlisted rentals and can schedule viewings for you. A good agent is invaluable when it comes to navigating the application process as well.

Social Media

Groups on Facebook Marketplace are a useful resource, as are local Buy/Sell pages. You may also find properties through word of mouth from friends, family, or coworkers living in the UK.

Viewings and Applications

Once you’ve found potential rentals online or through an agent, it’s time to view properties in person. Take notes and be prepared to submit an application with references, employment details, and a holding deposit if you wish to apply…


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