I have found an amazing lovely house in the Brighton Laines, seems perfect (haven't been to see it yet though). The rent would cost me £550 per month (this includes all bills), which is half of my monthly salary. Does this seem a bit excessive?
My other fixed outgoings each month would be phone (£16) and Lovefilm subscription (£16), maybe gym membership as well if I can find a good deal.
So in short - does spending half of a £18k salary on rent sound normal or excessive to you?