Subsidised housing for new entrants to the book trade

Whetstone, N20

As part of our commitment to helping new entrants to the book trade we have refurbished six flats at our housing project in Whetstone, N20. All flats are currently occupied.
Each self-contained flat has its own kitchen and bathroom; three are offered as one bedroom plus living room for single occupation (with the possibility of two people if sharing the bedroom) plus three comprising two bed-sits, sharing the kitchen and bathroom between them.
Each property has been newly refurbished with modern appliances and comes fully furnished.
Transport links are excellent: it is equidistant between the Piccadilly line at Arnos Grove and the Northern line at Totteridge and Whetstone, with buses running close by and regularly to these stations.
Rent, eligibility & how to apply
£734 pcm for a one bedroom flat
£384 pcm per person for a bedsit

Both include wi-fi and utilities. Council Tax is not included.

Bedsits can be applied for as an individual if you are prepared to be assigned with a same sex flatmate or friends / colleagues can apply together to have a bedsit each in a shared flat.

The project is aimed at people in their first (or possibly second) full-time role in the trade, or on internships (minimum 6 months), on salaries of less than £25k and who could not otherwise afford to live in London and/or would find commuting too difficult (though if the only issue is the cost of travel, we do have a scheme for contributing to such costs, particularly for internships, of any length).

If you would like to be considered for this project please fill out the form below.

For further information please read the FAQs

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2 bedsit flat with shared kitchen & bathroom

1 bedroom flat


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Who we are

The Book Trade Charity (BTBS) was founded in 1837 to help those in need within the book trade. 180 years later we are still helping those in need both through our Grants and Housing.

Our primary work is to offer support to people who have worked in the Book Trade for over 12 months with grants for retraining, living with a disability, medical need and many other needs which those who have worked in the industry might find themselves facing because of redundancy, sickness or other life events.

More recently we have launched this scheme offering Book Trade Entry Support to give grants and funding to people looking to enter the book trade and those in the early stages of their careers.

For more information on the charity visit