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Finding accommodation in London can be really overwhelming. It’s really important that you get access to unbiased, factual information to help you find a place to call home.
Good places get snapped up quickly, so it’s important to be organised, but don’t rush it. Renting accommodation is an expensive decision that you want to be sure you’ve got right.
We’ve collected some reliable resources to help you get started with your search. If you’ve got any questions, get in touch with King’s Accommodation Services. They hold drop-in sessions every Monday to Friday from 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm. You can also call them on 020 7848 2759.
Check out the University of London Housing Services pages for tips, advice and current vacancies.
University of London Housing Services have put together a comprehensive guide on finding student housing in London.
Which area of London is best for you? These resources from the College should help you decide:
Types of housing
Find out about flat sharing or living with a resident landlord, living alone, private halls of residence, or lodging on the College’s Accommodation pages.
Want to find out about housing for students with disabilities? University of London Housing Services have some advice.
Searching for a property
Once you’ve decided what sort of accommodation you want, it’s time to start looking! We’ve put together a list of websites that should help:
Sharing can often be the most affordable option, and it can be fun to live with other people with similar interests.
Living alone can be more expensive, but if it’s peace and tranquillity you’re after, it might be the best option for you.
Private Halls of Residence
Private Halls can cost more, but if you enjoy the halls community experience and want a more supported environment, it could just what you need.
This option is especially popular with international students who’d like to live with someone in their home to have a more personal experience.
There are a few practical things to think about once you've found accommodation, such as flatmates, Letting Agents, budgeting, and of course, the move itself!
You might need to find flatmates. It’s important to discuss budgets and what sort of accommodation you might want, as incompatibility can lead to unnecessary stress later on. Keep an eye on the events section of our website for Flatmate events. The following should also help:
Make sure you deal with approved Letting Agents to make the process as smooth as possible. Be aware that Letting Agents charge extra fees – find out what these are before you commit.
The College have a list of Letting Agents that are registered with the University of London Housing Services, as well as helpful advice.
There are also some websites where you can search for estate agents within a particular area or post code:
It’s important to keep on top of the costs of your accommodation to keep within your budget.
The London Rent Map is a useful way of finding out how much it costs to live in different areas of London.
The College has a guide on Council Tax which you should have a look through. Full-time students living in private sector accommodation need to find out if they’re exempt from Council Tax, you should do this as soon as possible.
Accommodation for Students has some great advice on establishing your accommodation budget.
There’ll be quite a few documents and processes to navigate once you’ve decided on a place. We’ve put together a list of the best advice to deal with them:
Get in touch with The Compass if you need help with accommodation. Shelter also offers great advice on private renting.
University of London Housing Service also provides face to face, telephone or email advice and has pages on the following areas: