Every year 400,000 international students from over 200 countries choose to study in London and, because of this huge number, there is a wide variety of different accommodation options available to choose from. Finding somewhere safe and comfortable to live with low rent makes the study experience even richer.
If you’re new to London, it can be daunting finding the right location to call home during your stay in the city. But the UK capital is full of fantastic areas which provide great transport links, exciting shops, restaurants and bars and a world of history. Learn more about our top tips for finding your dream student home in London below.
Tips for finding Student Accommodation in London
- Find the right location
The closer you are to the centre of London, the more expensive things are, including rent. For that reason it is important to think about where exactly you want to live in the capital and consider the following:
- Distance from the university campus
- Travel costs and budget
Areas such as Deptford, Woolwich, Leytonstone and Stratford are all popular with students, offering direct transport into central London, cheap rent and and thriving student hubs, but they are further out. If you want to be in the centre of the city, fashionable locations such as Spitalfields, Portobello and Islington offer something different.
- Do your research and be prepared
Have you considered what type of student accommodation you want to stay in? Halls of residence (owned, managed and maintained by universities), private halls (similar to traditional halls but with better facilities) and private renting (wholly independent living) are the three broad options for students and it is important to be fully aware of the pros and cons of each option.
Once you have decided what type of accommodation you want to live in, research different areas close to where your classes will be, decide if you want to share or not and make a note of anything else you wish to enquire about when viewing properties.
- Act quickly
Whilst there are lots of accommodation options available to students, they are also in demand the closer you get to your enrolment date. The earlier you can begin looking at properties the better and if you see an apartment or room that appeals to you, arrange a viewing as soon as possible.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help
London is a large city, and it can seem daunting when considering where to live for the first time. You do not have to do it alone though you can ask from help from the university accommodation office or from independent providers who are offering consultations and assistance regarding finding somewhere to live.
SI-UK Recommends: Londonist
Are you looking for someone to take the stress out of finding student accommodation in London? Londonist can help students find short term and long term accommodation at 12 different residencies across London, in zones 1, 2, and 3, including Kings Cross, Spitalfields, Portobello, Highbury, Islington and more.
If you are a student who is coming to the UK for September intake, Londonist will start New Academic Year bookings from 1st September 2019.
Why choose Londonist?
- 12 different residencies across London which offer studio and en-suite rooms (all fully furnished) Kings Cross, Spitalfields, Portobello, Highbury, Islington, Lewisham, Finsbury, White City, Aldgate, Camden, Station
- Premium rooms available with city views of London
- Twin sharing options for friends in Camden and Spitalfields (Two-bed apartment)
- All bills and Wi-Fi, as well as study and social spaces, onsite gyms and cinema rooms are cost inclusive
- 24-hour security on site and reception for safety for students
- Close locations to all tube stations and local shops and restaurants
- Weekly social events where you can meet new friends
Londonist Student Accommodation
If you are seeking high quality and safe accommodation in London, look no further than Londonist. Enquire today to learn more.