Living In A Steel Box: Londoners Live In Shipping Containers Due To Soaring Rents

Tyler Durden's picture

With even Bank of England head Mark Carney admitting UK housing prices may be a little bubbley (and affordability plumbing new depths), RT reports that a hostel in east London has come up with the ingenious idea, to try and solve homelessness amid soaring rents in the British capital, of converting a shipping container from China into a tiny low cost home for hard up and desperate Londoners. The boxes, called mYpads, cost GBP75 per week - around one-quarter of the rent of most distant yet commutable borough in London - and are affordable for even those on minimum wage.



Via RT,

Although it’s only a steel box, they are calling it mYpad, as notwithstanding how small it is, it’s a compact home with a tiny kitchen, bathroom and living quarters complete with a flat screen TV and a single bed.

Lying on your bed, you could almost imagine you were in a bunk on a ship, perhaps the one on which the containers were transported.

But as rents in London continue to soar, putting most flats and houses out of reach of many people on low incomes or benefits, these may be part of the solution.


Screenshot from RT video


A mYpad costs just £75 a week. While in some parts of the UK this is cheap but not a giveaway, in London it’s unheard of. In the British capital the average rent, even in a distant borough where oligarchs wouldn’t venture, alive or dead, is around £300 a week.

At 30% of the minimum wage, mYpad is affordable to those who need it most. Louise Stephenson used to live in a hostel but will be one of the first mYpad tenants.

“I think it’s difficult for anyone right now to get comfortable accommodation at a good price, without paying extortionate amounts of rent,” she told RT’s Sarah Firth.

MYpad is the brainchild of Timothy Pain and the YMCA Forest hostel in Walthhamstow East London.  The containers get shipped to Tilbury from China and are then sent to a company for fitting out.


Screenshot from RT video


“Society takes the carpet out from under them, because the moment they get into work, they can’t afford to live in a hostel and they can’t afford to live anywhere else. It doesn’t make any moral or economic sense,” Pain told RT.

Each container costs £20,000 and to start with they will be built at just two sites in 2014, both of which are connected to the Forest Hostel and are only for young people the charity is working with. 

But with some funding from the Greater London Authority, it is hoped that more charitable housing associations will take them on.

While there are plans to build thirty more mYpads next year, this is not even a drop in the ocean. Unless Britain increases the rate at which it is building affordable, new homes, then by 2020 there will be a shortfall of 2 million homes in the UK.

In London this means that some people may never be able to afford a home of their own.

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Mercury's picture

Nonetheless, these things make great beach houses, club houses and work shops.

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

"In London this means that some people may never be able to afford a home of their own."

1) No outrageous property taxes paid to fund statist indoctrination at shitty schools

2) No HOA assholes

3) No mortgage

4) No mortgage default

5) No foreclosure

6) No shitty credit score

7) No weird neighbor for the next 20 years

8) No roof replacement

9) No HVAC replacement

10) No fix or repair daily

Joe Davola's picture

It's fun to stay at the


C'mon admit it, you at least thought of making the letters with your arms like back in our ill spent youth.

SafelyGraze's picture

"The boxes .. are affordable for even those on minimum wage."

this is *great* news!

now the minimum wage can be reduced.

and property taxes can be increased to recover the amounts needed to support the current high-level services we all demand

regulations will need to be revised, of course, to force these cheap boxes to be upgraded to the kind of dwellings that neighbors will proud of 

JackT's picture

Let's get some MSAs on those puppies!

TruthInSunshine's picture

Never gets old, nor has it been as relevant in a long, long time:

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only."

JackT's picture

Let's get some MBSs on those puppies!

financial apocalyptic contagion's picture

hahahha retards

in vietnam i can stay at the best party hostel in hanoi for a week, eat good food, drink, smoke and fuck fellow backpackers and still pay less than 75 pounds a week

this is pathetic

Pegasus Muse's picture

A little humor courtesy of the Daily Paul:


Gay Obama

Chupacabra-322's picture

The Republican and Democratic internationalist leadership, along with their special interest parasites of crony capitalists, socialists and central bankers, promised so so much with "free trade" agreements. They opened up China, created NAFTA, CAFTA, ---, and now they seek to finalize the TTP in secret. It is clear that current leadership of the Republican and Democratic parties, especially at the very top, are more interested in the status quo direction which has ruined our economy and culture. Todays version of the leadership clique still aims to do an end run around our country and people and give enormous power and riches to the few- their buddies. They are disgusting and real flesh and blood traitors who seek protection from the masses with the emerging military/police/surveillance state. The people are the enemy and as far as they are concerned need be left in the dark, dumbed down, and left with false choices.

Pegasus Muse's picture

A perceptive guy who frequents ZH came up with this one some time ago.  I use it often. 

"It's a Criminal system, built by Criminals for Criminals. The business of America used to be business. Now the businesses of Amerika are war, theft, mass murder, and police state crackdown on anyone who objects."

MachoMan's picture

So when america was being built on the back of slave labor, was that theft?  What about these wars?

Please stop with the ancestor worship...  they are the same all singing, all dancing crap of the earth as we are...

Gavrikon's picture

My forebearers were po' white trash precisly because of the cheap imported labor from africa.

THe more things change . . .

Tim_'s picture

The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews

Jewish Owned Slave Ships

"The following is a partial listing of ships that are recorded as having Jewish owners and are known to have transported slaves. This list, it must be emphasized, is indeed a partial list" (p. 138).

The list is too long to include here.

Jews and the Rape of Black Women

"Jews engaged in the widespread practice of the sexual exploitation of dependent [female] slaves. Such was the practice of jews since the Middle Ages - a practice which required religious legislation to abate. Slave women were employed primarily for domestic and agricultural service in the households of the jewish upper classes" (p. 141).

Chupacabra-322's picture

Checkmate, and my I add very astute observation as that perceptive "guy" who wrote that was none other than myself.

Imitation is the highest form of flattery so Thank you.


By the way,

My best description or term I continue to use to describe the Criminal (s) system is:

The Global Criminal Oligarch Cabal Bankster Intelligence Crime Syndicate. Long winded, I know. I believe it decribes the Globalist to a T.

suicidalpsychologist's picture

news flash in the animal specie known as mankind, stronger, faster, smarter individuals lead the mass and stay at the top of the pyramid while enslaving everyone else who wish they could get up there too. It's a game called life, and the rules are simple; you struggle to survive daily against the competition and you can only dominate, submit, cooperate -when domination is impossible and mutual destruction is threatening, people "choose" to cooperate- or..flee. You can also refuse to play the game anymore and kill yourself tho.

chubbar's picture

Here is another front of the war on the american people by our gov't.


One late night, I was going over my notes and discovered that there were four areas impacted by the Air Force in Arizona in terms of going after individual property rights. The four areas consisted of my area north of Surprise, parts of Tucson, Gila Bend and Yuma. Adjacent to my notes, was a news release telling Arizona how wonderful the CANAMEX Highway would be for travel and corporate profit when the construction was complete. I discovered at that moment that the four areas under fire from the Air Force identically matched the four planned CANAMEX routes into Arizona.

The CANAMEX is the transportation corridor of the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). CAFTA represents a free trade agreement which has resulted in the loss of protective tariffs and the flight of manufacturing and jobs to foreign markets in search of cheap labor. Subsequently, another goal of the Air Force is to use its mission to drive out homeowners in the vicinity of a CANAMEX corridor in order to suppress property values. The land needed by the globalists for their highway is funded 50% by the state and local government and 50% by the Federal Highway Transportation Administration. Their goal is to make that land acquisition as cheap as possible. The Air Force’s mission, of ensuring the profitability of Lockheed Martin, is also being used to make land acquisition costs along these planned CANAMEX Highways as cheap as possible. I ran the odds of these four coincidences being due to mere luck (I used to teach statistics at the undergraduate level), and the odds were calculated at 65 million to one! There can be little doubt, that this is a conspiracy involving the bankers and the Air Force. By the way, who do you think is behind the CANAMEX and CAFTA? It is some of the same bankers that own the military industrial complex. These people are unquestionably brilliant.

I further discovered that CAFTA and NAFTA were about destroying American sovereignty through the creation of the over-arching Security, Prosperity Partnership (SPP). This is the North American Union. I learned very quickly that the stories being told by alternative media writers and talk show hosts about how a small group of men were attempting to control world finance and  wanted to eventually create a world government, were indeed true!! I subsequently became engaged in this fight and have not looked back.

The CANAMEX and the NAFTA Superhighway  will encompass 80 current highway corridors in America. The millions of Americans along these planned routes will have trouble with the military, not realizing the real goal is the expansion of the North American Union. These free trade agreements spell the death of America because of the loss of jobs and the continued influx of millions of unskilled workers into America which serves to break the backs of our infrastructure and is destroying the wages of the American middle class.".........

NaN's picture

Adjust your paranoia: the "world government" you fear is the US which is controlled by oligarchs.

Chupacabra-322's picture

The Global Criminal Oligarch Cabal Bankster Intelligence Crime Syndicate to be more exact.

Crash Overide's picture

I would live in one... errr I mean like 6-8 of them connected together.

Mercury's picture

It's more like put it on a fast tractor trailer after the beach party and before the Department of Environmental Resources shows up.

I know a guy who converted one of these into a repair shop/parts warehouse/ auxiliary living quarters for his yacht crew and then shipped both to Spain for the America's Cup.  The boatyard guys he took with him were afraid they wouldn’t have a steady supply of Budweiser on foreign soil so a special rack/dispenser was constructed in the corner for 50 30-paks.


hedgeless_horseman's picture



American women leading us out of this Great Recession.

A California woman builds a home in a shipping container and lives in it with her daughter.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



It appears that link may no longer work, but here it is...


Four chan's picture

bitches can make anything nice <--jelous

Harbanger's picture

I have the same water heater for a mobile emergency.  The only thing saving this woman right now from being locked out of her home by the auhtorities and put in a shelter, is that it would be very bad PR for the regulators.  But the fact is, her home is completely illegal and in violation of many codes and ordinances.

WOAR's picture

Yep. If you saw a well-off white guy do it, they would have to abide by all the regulations, which means that it would never happen.

Harbanger's picture

I don't want to be overly cynical but something tells me we don't know the whole story.  Someone gave her the container for free but who put up the wall studs, sheetrock and taping? She did all the construction work herself, ok. it's possible but very unlikely.  Where's the baby daddy to her kids?  Out working the land for food? You know she's on public assistance.

suicidalpsychologist's picture

isnt she paying anything for the land she settled on? doesnt she work, doesnt she have to drive for hours to get to the city/town nearby?

Good luck defending yourself if some random weirdo finds out where you live all alone with your daughters.


Hipster bullshit as usual. Im sure she only lives there on the week ends and is suported by someone else who lives in the city and bought the land.

Sokhmate's picture

You'll be a hero of the neighborhood
Nobody knows that you left for good
You're in the army containor now
Oh, ooo oh you're in the army containor. Now

BandGap's picture

Shit, Steinbeck had characters living like this 100 years ago.

Wyatt Junker's picture

In Malibu, my choices were few.

1) An old schoolbus with all the seats ripped out on the edge of a cliff.

2) A rusty camper trailer.

3) A modified caboose.


I chose the camper trailer.  An 8 x 10.  Lived in it for 3 years.  Manually flushed dookies with a couple pots and pans.

Best time of my life ever.

Harbanger's picture

Ah the good ole days.  I can only now affford to live like a hippie but now it's not safe because of the increase in crime.  I also got beat out of the no-condom free-love days because then AIDS became prevalent.   I tell ya, life is just not fair.

Rafferty's picture

More than half of London's population is now non British.  Any connection?

Agent P's picture

The largest English speaking city in the world where nobody speaks English. 

El Tuco's picture

More than a Trillion dollars leaves developing nations every year. Russia being the largest with almost 200 billion being smuggled out (can anyone say Mafia/Oligarchs). How much of it ends up in London real estate? probably a lot since the laws favor foreign ownership.





toady's picture

And their bulletproof.

SilverRhino's picture

Not even close actually. 

NaN's picture

At least they are rat proof.

A Nanny Moose's picture

No. They can however, make a nice Faraday Cage. Keeping the NSA at bay.

Harbanger's picture

You mean protecting against an EMP.  It has no effect on the NSA.

robertsgt40's picture

I'm guessing a high roller can get a two story flat.

XAU XAG's picture

Sorry Guys and Gals


This is old news.............been at least 3 times this has come arround in the last 25 years.


Nothing to see move along


hence this add




This is a much better story

Relentless's picture

The govt going to incresing lengths to rip that tax money out of your arses.


Jlasoon's picture

God Bless those retired Brits here in Florida driving around in their convertible Corvettes while society decays all around them and the younger generation is fucked out of existence. 

frankTHE COIN's picture

There are a few of these in Venice California , as Art , two blocks from the beach.