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Summer Accommodation in London

Summer’s here, and for many of us students, that means a few months of freedom before the grind starts again. Whether interning, taking summer courses, or just soaking up the vibrant culture, finding the right place to stay in London can be a game-changer. Here’s a rundown of some of the best options for student accommodation in this busy city during the sunny season.

1. Student Houses

Student halls are a fantastic option if you want to stay central and be surrounded by other students. Prices are often reasonable, and the facilities are good. Did you know that ISH offers summer accommodation for students? You are close to Great Portland Street station giving you easy access to popular spots. You can find more information about our accommodation here!

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International Students House provides affordable and friendly accommodation in Central London. There are a range of room types for one or two persons, or even the whole family.

2. Hostels

A classic budget option – hostels. London is home to many hostels scattered across the city, offering affordable university-like rooms and often a vibrant atmosphere perfect for meeting fellow travellers. Many hostels such as YMA and Travelodge are centrally located, providing easy access to iconic landmarks such as the British Museum, Tower of London, and Buckingham Palace. These hostels often feature communal spaces, including kitchens, lounges, and rooftop terraces, ideal for meeting fellow travellers. This option is affordable and great way to meet new people although you will have less privacy and basic facilities.

A picture of a bunkbed in a hostel
This is one of the cheaper options although if you are staying in London for a short period of time, its a good way to save money and still explore London. Photo by Marcus Loke on Unsplash

3. House Shares

Sites like Spare Room and Gumtree are gold mines for finding house shares. House shares in London are a popular and cost-effective option for summer accommodation, offering a more homely and personalized living experience. Living in a house share allows for a sense of community and the opportunity to make new friends, while also offering the flexibility to come and go as you please. With utilities and internet often included in the rent, house shares in London are a convenient and budget-friendly choice for anyone looking to enjoy the city’s diverse cultural and social scene during the summer months.

A group of student sin the kitchen
This option is more expensive however it can feel like your home away from home. Most people still like to have a homely feel and a serviced apartment will do just that.

4. Short-Term Rentals

Platforms like Airbnb offer short-term rentals which can be a good option if you’re only in London for a short period. While often more expensive than other options, they can provide a lot of flexibility and comfort. Some pros to staying at a short-term rental are the wide range of options to choose from and the rooms would most likely be fully equipped. This will help if you are only visiting for a short period as you would not need to buy much. Although, this can be quite expensive, and availability can be limited at peak times.

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Although this is one of the expensive options, you won’t need to worry about the hassle of wondering if you have home essentials such as a washing machine. Photo by Naomi Hébert on Unsplash

Tips for Finding the Perfect Summer Accommodation:

1. Book Early: The best spots go very quickly, so start your search as soon as you can.

2. Visit if Possible: If you’re in London or can visit beforehand, check out the place in person. Sometimes a room looks different to its pictures, so being able to visit in person will eliminate any worries you may have.

3. Read Reviews: Whether it’s a hostel or a private rental, reviews can give you a good idea of what to expect. This is a trusted source when looking for rooms.

4. Consider Transport Links: Make sure your accommodation is close to good transport links so you can easily explore the city. This would help you navigate London easier

5. Check for Student Discounts: Some places offer discounts for students, so always ask!

Summer in London is an incredible experience, with so much to see and do. From the parks and museums to the cafes and nightlife, there’s never a dull moment. With the right accommodation, you’ll have the perfect base to make the most of everything this amazing city has to offer.


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