Time is Money: The impact of journey time on weekly rent in London

It’s one of the biggest dilemmas of urban living. We all want to live a bit closer to work, but still want to find somewhere affordable to call home.

But how much will Londoners have to pay to trim a few minutes off their travel time? We’ve recreated the Tube map showing the impact of journey time on average weekly rent prices around London Underground stations.

Use our map to see how much it could cost you to get an extra few minutes in bed each morning.

The research shows that Londoners will pay an average of £6.60 for each minute shaved off their journey time.

If you are concerned about your weekly rent budget but want to spend less time on the tube each day, here are the ten cheapest places to live that are between five and 40 minutes away from central London and the most expensive station on their respective lines.

Station Minutes From Line's Most Expensive Station Weekly Rent (£) Underground Line
Mile End 16 215 Central
Seven Sisters 17 224 Victoria
Tottenham Hale 20 205 Victoria
Preston Road 16 233 Metropolitan
Bethnal Green 14 258 Central
Northwick Park 18 242 Metropolitan
Eastcote 27 188 Metropolitan
Mile End 23 215 Hammersmith & City
Harrow-on-the-Hill 20 246 Metropolitan
Fairlop 38 129 Central

While it appears that you need to earn a lot of money to be able to enjoy a lie-in each day, there are a few areas in the capital that offer more affordable rent prices and shorter commutes. For example, you can get from Tottenham Hale to Oxford Circus in a mere 20 minutes, yet the average rent near the station is only £205 per week - relatively low for London.

Here are each line's cheapest and most expensive stations to live near.


Underground Line
Station Weekly Rent (£)
Central Fairlop 129
District Dagenham East 119
Victoria Tottenham Hale 205
Piccadilly Eastcote 188
Jubilee Kingsbury 260
Hammersmith & City Upton Park 176
Circle Shepherd’s Bush Market 326
Metropolitan Eastcote 188
Northern Edgware 214
Bakerloo Stonebridge Park 233

Most Expensive

Underground Line
Station Weekly Rent (£)
Central Oxford Circus 594
District South Kensington 542
Victoria Green Park 613
Piccadilly Sloane Square 534
Jubilee Green Park 613
Hammersmith & City Great Portland Street 516
Circle South Kensington 542
Metropolitan Baker Street 490
Northern Goodge Street 515
Bakerloo Oxford Circus 594


The best and worst value stations for travel time vs rent

Use our interactive tool to see which London Underground stations offer the best average rent price vs travel time.

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The data: Every station’s rent and travel time from central London