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Student Accommodation in London: What You Need to Consider

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Whether you’re looking to stay in student halls, a shared apartment or another form of accommodation, there are a few things you’ll want to consider before settling on your student housing. London offers such a wide range of student accommodation options that there is bound to be something that suits you. Give yourself plenty of time and you’ll no doubt find your perfect property.

Take these important factors into consideration and you’re sure to feel a lot happier with your housing choice in the long run.

Location

This is one of the most vital decisions you will have to make regarding your accommodation choice, as it will massively affect your student experience if you end up living too far from your college or your soon-to-be friends. There will no doubt be plenty of housing options surrounding school, but those who want to venture further afield will have to be mindful of transport links and costs.

When choosing your accommodation, make sure you are within walking distance of an underground station – this is sure to make your living experience much simpler.

Cost

It is also important to bear in mind that with most student housing, London’s prices are slightly higher than other cities. The fluctuating cost of student living often causes issues for
students, so it is recommended that all potential expenses are considered before signing any contracts. Remember: some student housing associations or landlords do not include water and electricity bills in the overall cost, whereas others do.

Additionally, try to remember that tube travel can be quite expensive (although students do get a discount) and take general living expenses into consideration too. Choosing somewhere that suits your budget is of upmost importance if you want to be able to eat well and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Living Standards

It’s often useful to view your potential accommodation in person before you decide whether you would like to stay there, but this is rather difficult for international students! If you’re unable to visit, make sure you have regular correspondence with the property owner or landlord so that they can respond to any questions you might have – they may even be able to send over more pictures.

Some important things to consider are whether the property has Wi-Fi, laundry facilities or any other appliances you think you might need. It is also worth finding out where the nearest grocery shops and transport links are.

When you’re choosing student housing, London may overwhelm you with choice, but once you have narrowed down your options you’re sure to find the right place in no time. Though living in London for the first time can be nerve-wracking, the wealth of activities and attractions on offer will provide the perfect distraction. Plus, if you’re in the ideal accommodation, you’ll soon feel right at home.
About author: Desiree Michels

Sophie Smith works as an independent consultant, specialising in offering advice on London student housing. London offers an unbeatable experience for international students, and Sophie has many suggestions to make sure that their time in the city is positive, safe and enjoyable.

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