How to Find Student Accommodation in London

If you’re planning to study abroad in London, finding accommodation is probably the most important task you’ll face. I’ve got some tips to save you time, money and stress.

London is one of the most amazing cities in the world and, if you choose to study abroad here, I can guarantee the experience is not only valuable in terms of education, it will also be one of the best times of your life.

But in a city this size, I know from my own experiences that can be quite challenging when you start your search for student housing. London has so many options, and it’s quite often difficult to know where to start.

I’ve compiled the following tips that I think will help answer many of your questions.

Simplifying the Search

There are lots of factors you need to consider when you begin your search for student housing. London is a vast city, so location is a very important consideration, but so is the kind of accommodation on offer.


The decision on where you stay is partly going to be based on where your college or university is, of course, but you’ll also have to consider your budget and a few other things.

Staying closer to the centre of the city is more expensive than staying further out, but you also need to include the cost of your transport. While staying somewhere located in zones 3-6 rather than in zones 1-2 may save you money, the cost of your weekly train/bus/tube ticket will be more expensive so you’ll need to factor that in.

Transport isn’t the only aspect to consider when deciding on your student housing. London’s suburbs vary greatly in what they offer, so I’ve found that it’s a good idea to take the time to research the local area’s amenities, safety record and general student-friendliness as well.

Type of Accommodation

You’ve got several choices when it comes to the type of accommodation available.

  • A homestay: You stay as a guest in the private home of a host family. They will generally be located close to transport anywhere in zones 1-5. Benefits of a homestay include immersing yourself in an authentic British home environment, having a chance to practise your English with native speakers and being able to learn the local way of living.
  • Halls of residence: The most common choice, this option offers furnished rooms and communal living areas for an independent lifestyle in a very social atmosphere with other students. They are usually in zones 1 or 2, and you can pick between university-owned and private halls. The benefits of private halls of residence include extra facilities such as an onsite gym, lounges and better-quality rooms. Chapter Spitalfields, for example, features a cinema, karaoke room and a lounge on the 32nd floor.
  • House share: Rented by the room or bed in a modern private house or apartment with other students. While traditional estate agents usually require you commit to at least a one-year contract, student accommodation providers specialise in helping you find short-stay student letting. This option also tends to be great value for money.

Fast Final Tips

  • Know what suits your style: homestay, halls of residence, house share etc.
  • Do your research on the location
  • Know what’s included (in terms of meals etc.)
  • Be prepared, have all your documentation ready
  • Start looking early
  • Be ready to make a decision quickly as competition is fierce
  • Use a reputable student services agency

With my tips above, you don’t have to be overwhelmed by your search for student housing. London may be big, but it doesn’t have to be scary. Just like I discovered, studying abroad in the UK should be one of the most amazing experiences of your life!

When you’ve made the exciting decision to study abroad in London, one of the first things you need to organise is your accommodation. At Britannia Student Services we can help you find all types of student accommodation in London. Our team of expert, knowledgeable advisors are always on hand to help you make the right decisions, so don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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