What I Rent: Tide, £750 a month for a one-bedroom flat in Leith, Scotland

What I Rent: Tide, £750 a month for a one-bedroom flat in Leith, Scotland - Tide sitting on sofa in living room

What I Rent is back after a brief break (Picture: Katielee Arrowsmith SWNS/Metro.co.uk)

Oh, hey there.

Fans of What I Rent might have noticed there hasn’t been an edition for a while – we had a short summer break and are now back with a bang. We hope you didn’t miss us too much.

For those not in the know, What I Rent is our weekly renting series.

Every Tuesday, we take you around someone’s rented home, and see how they’ve made it their own.

Last time, we were in Branston, Lincolnshire, with Rebecca, who pays £795 a month for a three-bed bungalow she’s turned into a gloriously eclectic ode to black paint.

This week, we’re up in Leith, in Edinburgh, Scotland, with Tide (Tea) Adesanya, a 25-year-old artist, content creator, and lead creative at Communia.

Six months ago she moved to Edinburgh on a whim and started renting this place. We chatted with her about her experience so far.

Hi Tide! How much do you pay to live here?

I pay £750 a month without bills. With bills it goes up to roughly to £1,000.

And what do you get for what you pay?

It’s a one bed apartment. That includes an open plan living room and kitchen, one bedroom and one bathroom.

What I Rent: Tide, £750 a month for a one-bedroom flat in Leith, Scotland - tide standing in her doorway

Meet Tide (also known as Tea), an artist and content creator renting a one-bedroom flat in Leith (Picture: Katielee Arrowsmith SWNS/Metro.co.uk)

Do you feel like you have a good deal?

Coming from paying £1,000 for a studio in London, yes, absolutely.

Whereabouts is your home based? What do you think of the area?

My home is based in Leith, I think Leith is a great area!

I’m yet to fully explore it, mainly because it’s got such a large array of food places, shops and hidden gems.

I recently stumbled upon the shore, which is such a beautiful spot to have a drink in the sun (the rare moments it’s sunny).

What I Rent: Tide, £750 a month for a one-bedroom flat in Leith, Scotland - Tide sitting on her reading nook window

Tide moved to Edinburgh from London six months ago (Picture: Katielee Arrowsmith SWNS/Metro.co.uk)

What I Rent: Tide, £750 a month for a one-bedroom flat in Leith, Scotland - framed image of the cover of vile bodies by evelyn waugh

Rent is £750 a month (Picture: Katielee Arrowsmith SWNS/Metro.co.uk)

How did you find this flat?

Found it on Spareroom late at night! I felt so enamored with those exposed bricks that I bought the early bird pass to reach out for a viewing.

How have you made the flat feel like home?

I splash a lot of colour! Yellow, pink, patterns… you name it.

Then I pray it all comes together as cute and eclectic and not messy and weird!

I also plan on making it feel homely by making or buying more prints and art.

What I Rent: Tide, £750 a month for a one-bedroom flat in Leith, Scotland - Tide's painted canvases leant up against a wall

Tide feels she has a great deal – especially after paying £1,000 a month for a studio flat in London (Picture: Katielee Arrowsmith SWNS/Metro.co.uk)

Have you found it difficult to decorate when renting? Is your landlord happy with you doing bits?

My landlord is super accommodating and supportive of me making this place a home – so no problems there. I’ve asked if I can drill holes to put decor up and he’s all for it… as long as it’s done respectfully, of course!

Do you feel like you have enough space?

More than enough space. Like I said, coming from London where I paid Bank for a compact studio, I feel almost overwhelmed (in a good way) with having more than one room.

I have to remind myself that I don’t have to be cooped up in my bedroom and that I actually have a whole other room I can live in. Crazy, huh?

What I Rent: Tide, £750 a month for a one-bedroom flat in Leith, Scotland -framed print that reads: 'I love that you exist'

Tide’s interiors style? Lots of color (Picture: Katielee Arrowsmith SWNS/Metro.co.uk)

Are there any problems with the home you have to deal with?

I had a little bit of drainage issue a few months in, but my landlord was great and got in a plumber asap and got it fixed.

Do you have plans to move again any time soon?

I will probably move in the future, but I don’t know what the future holds.

Do you want to own a place some day or are you happy to rent?

I’d definitely love to buy a place eventually!

Shall we take a look around?

What I Rent: Tide, £750 a month for a one-bedroom flat in Leith, Scotland - the living room

‘I pray it all comes together as cute and eclectic and not messy and weird,’ says Tide (Picture: Katielee Arrowsmith SWNS/Metro.co.uk)

What I Rent: Tide, £750 a month for a one-bedroom flat in Leith, Scotland - sunflowers in yellow vase and painting of two people embracing on a shelf

You’ll spot lots of artwork around the flat (Picture: Katielee Arrowsmith SWNS/Metro.co.uk)

What I Rent: Tide, £750 a month for a one-bedroom flat in Leith, Scotland - window seat

cosy! (Picture: Katielee Arrowsmith SWNS)

What I Rent: Tide, £750 a month for a one-bedroom flat in Leith, Scotland - living room view from the side

There’s an open plan living room and kitchen (Picture: Katielee Arrowsmith SWNS/Metro.co.uk)

What I Rent: Tide, £750 a month for a one-bedroom flat in Leith, Scotland - kitchen and living room

Tide was a big fan of the exposed brick when she first saw the flat (Picture: Katielee Arrowsmith SWNS/Metro.co.uk)

What I Rent: Tide, £750 a month for a one-bedroom flat in Leith, Scotland - books on a shelf with boat style bookend

A v cute bookend (Picture: Katielee Arrowsmith SWNS)

What I Rent: Tide, £750 a month for a one-bedroom flat in Leith, Scotland - kitchen and living room with fireplace

We like all the pops of yellow (Picture: Katielee Arrowsmith SWNS/Metro.co.uk)

What I Rent: Tide, £750 a month for a one-bedroom flat in Leith, Scotland - kitchen

The kitchen – even the fruit is colour-coordinated (Picture: Katielee Arrowsmith SWNS/Metro.co.uk)

What I Rent: Tide, £750 a month for a one-bedroom flat in Leith, Scotland tree of mugs

Good vibes only (Picture: Katielee Arrowsmith SWNS/Metro.co.uk)

What I Rent: Tide, £750 a month for a one-bedroom flat in Leith, Scotland hallway with shelves and table

A beautifully painted hallway (Picture: Katielee Arrowsmith SWNS/Metro.co.uk)

What I Rent: Tide, £750 a month for a one-bedroom flat in Leith, Scotland gluggle jug filled with roses

With more fresh flowers (Picture: Katielee Arrowsmith SWNS/Metro.co.uk)

What I Rent: Tide, £750 a month for a one-bedroom flat in Leith, Scotland - hallway view of Tide in her bedroom reading

Tide says she often has to remind herself that she has a living room, not just a bedroom (Picture: Katielee Arrowsmith SWNS/Metro.co.uk)

What I Rent: Tide, £750 a month for a one-bedroom flat in Leith, Scotland - bedroom

But the bedroom is nice, to be fair (Picture: Katielee Arrowsmith SWNS/Metro.co.uk)

What I Rent: Tide, £750 a month for a one-bedroom flat in Leith, Scotland - rail of clothing

A neat clothing rail (Picture: Katielee Arrowsmith SWNS/Metro.co.uk)

What I Rent: Tide, £750 a month for a one-bedroom flat in Leith, Scotland - fireplace in bedroom and window

Another fireplace (Picture: Katielee Arrowsmith SWNS/Metro.co.uk)

What I Rent: Tide, £750 a month for a one-bedroom flat in Leith, Scotland - Tide sitting on her bed

Yes, those are Crocs you spy (Picture: Katielee Arrowsmith SWNS/Metro.co.uk)

What I Rent: Tide, £750 a month for a one-bedroom flat in Leith, Scotland - bathroom shower and open cupboard above sink

Finally, the bathroom (Picture: Katielee Arrowsmith SWNS/Metro.co.uk)

What I Rent: Tide, £750 a month for a one-bedroom flat in Leith, Scotland - shower in bathroom plus artwork on walls

Big fans of the faux greenery (Picture: Katielee Arrowsmith SWNS/Metro.co.uk)

What I Rent: Tide, £750 a month for a one-bedroom flat in Leith, Scotland - toilet in bathroom

And all the bathroom artwork (Picture: Katielee Arrowsmith SWNS/Metro.co.uk)

What I Rent: Tide, £750 a month for a one-bedroom flat in Leith, Scotland - aroma diffuser, room spray, and a book of brainteasers sitting on the toilet cistern

A great host has brainteasers in their bathroom (Picture: Katielee Arrowsmith SWNS/Metro.co.uk)

What I Rent: Tide, £750 a month for a one-bedroom flat in Leith, Scotland - a pink toothbrush

And here’s the obligatory toothbrush shot, this time with a very cute holder (Picture: Katielee Arrowsmith SWNS/Metro.co.uk)

What I Rent is a weekly series that’s out every Tuesday at 10am.

Check back next week to have another nose around a rented property.


How to get involved in What I Rent

What I Rent is Metro.co.uk’s weekly series that takes you inside the places people are renting, to give us all a better sense of what’s normal and how much we should be paying.

If you fancy taking part, please email whatirent@metro.co.uk. You’ll need to take pictures of your kitchen, living room, bathroom, and bedroom, plus a few photos of you in your bedroom or living area.

Make sure you get permission from your housemates! You’ll also need to be okay with sharing how much you’re paying for rent, as that’s pretty important.

We’re not just after the most beautiful places out there, by the way. We want the reality of renting, so if you’re currently renting a place you hate, we’d love to see that too (and sympathize greatly!).

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