So, how does one live affordably and on their own in overpriced London?

With great difficulty. I spent most of my single-life house-sharing with Uni friends to live within Zone 4. Had a mate who comfortably bought a tiny flat in Amersham/Zone 9 though, so probably depends on how close to the city you want to be!

@ProperDave Yes, it ain't easy. I'd happily buy far, far out of town. For the short term at least i'll need to be closer in, and my comfort needs are few, yet specific so there's some range, it seems. But it takes some, ah, self expectation management.

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