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How to find student accommodation in London

London is known for its rich history, vibrant culture, and is a perfect destination for many students. However, along with the excitement of studying in the big city comes the challenge of finding suitable accommodation. With many options available, navigating through the maze of student housing can be daunting. But fear not, as we’ve compiled a thorough guide to help you find the perfect place to call home during your academic journey in London.

Start Early

The key to finding great student accommodation in London is to start your search as early as possible. Competition for housing can be fierce, especially in popular areas close to universities, so give yourself plenty of time to explore your options. International Students House has just opened its accommodation portal for the 2024/25 academic year so you might want to check it out as soon as possible.

Set a Budget

Before diving into your search, establish a realistic budget. Consider not only the rent, but additional expenses such as utilities, transportation, and groceries. Look for accommodation that aligns with your budget to avoid financial strain during your studies. If you can’t afford a room all by yourself, consider sharing options. Some student accommodation places like ours offer twin rooms (two people sharing) or quad rooms (four people sharing). Read more about the advantages of having a roommate here. 

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It’s important to ensure you have an accommodation that fits your finances. You have got to remember you are going to be living on your own so, you would need money for food and travel etc. Photo by Towfiqu barbhuiya on Unsplash

Location

London is a vast city with distinct neighbourhoods, each offering its unique charm and facilities. Consider factors such as proximity to your university, public transportation access, safety, and nearby facilities like grocery stores and restaurants when choosing a location. Living as close to your university is ideal but if not, try to find accommodation that is along a train or bus line that leads to your university. International Students House is a favourite among students because it is within walking distance of several London universities.

Research Your Options

Explore different types of accommodation, including student halls, shared apartments, private rentals, and homestays. Websites like Spare Room, Rightmove, and Zoopla are great resources for finding available properties. Additionally, many universities help in finding accommodation, so be sure to check with your university for support and guidance.

Think about your living preferences and lifestyle. Do you prefer living alone or with roommates? Are you looking for a furnished or unfurnished place? Consider factors such as the size of the room, kitchen facilities, laundry access, and internet connectivity when evaluating potential accommodations.

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It’s essential to know what you would like when looking for accommodation. You should take time and make a checklist of what you would like and see if a room would be the perfect fit for you.

Attend Viewings

Once you’ve shortlisted a few options, arrange viewings to get a feel for the properties first-hand. Take note of the condition of the property, the cleanliness of communal areas, and any potential red flags. Don’t hesitate to ask questions about the tenancy agreement, deposit requirements, and house rules during the viewing.

Check Reviews and References

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Learning about the accommodation by reading reviews and doing your own research is a key factor in finding your perfect room. reading reviews gives you information your landlord may not tell you about the property.

Before committing to a property, do some research online to see if there are any reviews from previous tenants. This can provide valuable insights into the landlord’s reliability, the condition of the property, and the overall living experience. As you may not be able to view the property if you live abroad, it’s important to know the all the information about the house form previous tenants. I have come to realise form my own personal search of looking for accommodation is the previous tenants will tell you exactly what you want to know, even if it is bad.

Understand the Tenancy Agreement

Before signing any contracts, carefully read and understand the terms of the tenancy agreement. Pay attention to details such as rent payment schedules, notice periods, and any additional fees or charges. If you’re unsure about anything, don’t hesitate to seek clarification from the landlord or letting agent.

Be Prepared for Competition

London’s rental market can be highly competitive, especially during peak times like the start of the academic year. Be prepared to act quickly and decisively when you find a property that meets your criteria. Having all the necessary documents and funds ready can give you an edge over other prospective tenants as it may take a while to get all your documents in place.

Stay Flexible

Finally, remain flexible and open-minded throughout your search. You may not find the perfect accommodation right away, but with patience and perseverance, you’ll eventually find a place that feels like home. However, if you don’t find what you were hoping for that is okay too as everything happens for a reason.

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Finding you perfect home for the year can take longer than expected but when you do find a place you won’t regret it.

Finding student accommodation in London can be a challenging process, but with planning and research, you can secure a comfortable and suitable place to live during your time as a student in this vibrant city. Start your search early, set a realistic budget, consider your preferences, and don’t hesitate to seek support from your university or online resources. With determination and a bit of luck, you’ll soon be settled into your new London home, ready to embark on an unforgettable academic adventure.


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