So, you’re going to college in London? Congratulations! England’s capital is one of the best university cities in the world, with its combination of world-class universities, beautiful parks, business districts, and entertainment options. Now, you only have to find a place to live.
Student housing in London like LHA London isn’t very difficult to locate. The best thing to do is to start searching early, as all the best properties get snapped up quickly. But even if you only have a few weeks left to find a home, don’t worry. You’re not going to sleep on the streets.
Here are your options.
Contact your university’s housing office.
University-owned student halls often keep a batch of rooms for latecomers like you, so call your university’s housing office and tell them calmly you need a home. If all spaces are taken, ask to join the waiting list. Someone could drop out at the last minute.
Get in touch with the student union.
Some universities have student unions that offer to help people like you find accommodation in the city. These vary from school to school. Some unions actively provide housing advice, while others, at best, can give personal recommendations about where people on campus live.
Visit private student halls.
Private student halls have fancier features, such as in-house gyms, terrace gardens, and weekly cleaners. They’re located outside the university, giving you more access to London life. Naturally, private student halls charge more than university-owned housing.
Share a flat/house.
If you can afford it, you can decide to go private and live in your own flat or house. There’s also the option of sharing the property with a roommate, such as a friend or someone you find through TheStudentRoom or FlatShare. Note that this option requires that you get all documents ready and deal with a landlord
Once you find housing that looks good to you, contact the administrator or landlord immediately and ask to view the property. Don’t forget to air your concerns and ask questions about the place. Remember, this is your future home we’re talking about.