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May 3rd, 2024

The ultimate guide to finding your ideal private accommodation in London

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Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

Lola

May 3rd, 2024

The ultimate guide to finding your ideal private accommodation in London

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Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

Looking for accommodation as a student can be both exciting and daunting. Luckily, in this guide, I’ll break down the essential steps and considerations to help you find your perfect place to call home in London. 

1. The basics: know your budget and start searching early

Finding your perfect place to live in London as a student requires a well-thought-out strategy. The first crucial step is to know your budget. London is known for its diverse and vibrant neighbourhoods, but it can also be an expensive city to live in. Before you embark on your house-hunting adventure, take the time to carefully assess your financial situation. Consider your sources of income, including student loans, scholarships, or financial support from family. Once you’ve gained a clear idea of your monthly budget, deduct estimated expenses for rent, utilities, groceries, transportation, and other necessities; the remaining amount will give you a realistic figure for your monthly rent.

What’s equally important is to start your search early. London’s housing market can be particularly competitive during peak student “moving-in” periods. To find accommodation that best fits your budget and preferences, aim to begin your search as soon as possible. For me, I arrived in London a month before my programme began to look around. For others, you may want to take advantage of virtual viewings (these are more popular nowadays, and most realtors are willing to accommodate).

2. Types of accommodation: shared and university housing

As a student, two popular options for accommodation in London are shared housing and university housing.

Living with housemates in shared accommodation is not only an excellent way to save money, but also an opportunity for you to make new friends and create lasting memories. Flat shares and house shares are common amongst students in London, and websites, such as SpareRoom and RightMove offer listings for shared accommodation in various neighbourhoods. Personally, I know friends who’ve reached out to other prospective LSE students before moving here and found amazing roommates to live with! Just make sure that before finalising a shared housing arrangement, you’re clear about your preferences and expectations to ensure a harmonious living environment.

LSE also offers university housing for its students. LSE halls of residence provides a convenient and safe option, especially if it’s your first year in London. These accommodations often come with additional amenities, close proximity to campus, and support from university staff. Be sure to check out the LSE student accommodation webpage early to explore your available options, application process, as well as relevant dates and deadlines.

3. Ideal location: combining location and transportation links

Choosing an ideal location for your student accommodation is crucial, as it significantly impacts your overall experience in London. Consider several factors, including the proximity to LSE, the neighbourhood’s reputation, safety, and nearby amenities such as grocery stores, cafés, parks, and the overall atmosphere. In addition, a well-connected public transportation system is a lifeline for students. When evaluating locations, pay attention to nearby transportation links, including buses, the Tube and train lines. I’d even recommend mapping out your route from your potential location to LSE campus; this may help you decide whether it’s a journey that’s convenient enough for you.

All of this information can help you in assessing whether the neighbourhood matches your lifestyle and academic requirements. By starting your search well in advance, understanding your financial budget, exploring various accommodation options, and considering location and transportation links, you’re setting the stage for a smooth transition into your new life in London.

Feel free to follow the tips mentioned above, or if you’d like, let me know what housing tips you have up your sleeve below. 

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Lola

My name is Lola Idowu, a master’s student from New York, studying Behavioural Science. Aside from my interest in human behaviour, I also love to read, try out new restaurants, and shop at local markets or boutiques.

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