Find your own accommodation in London  

Cheap accommodation 

Here are links to some cheap accommodation options in central London that our students use. We cannot book these options for you, but you can book them yourself.


What you need to know when choosing your own accommodation 

Many of our long-term students organise their own accommodation once they arrive in London. However, there are many important questions you need to consider before booking accommodation or signing a contract. For example: 

  • Where is the accommodation? 

  • Are there links to public transport? 

  • What transport zone is the accommodation in? 

  • What is included in the rent? (e.g gas, electricity, Council Tax, water rates, telephone, internet) 

  • Is there a deposit payable? Does this go in the Tenancy Deposit Scheme? 

  • What day is the rent due? 

  • Do I need a guarantor? (A guarantor is someone who legally has to pay the rent if the student doesn’t pay.) 

  • Do I need contents insurance? 

  • What are the legal implications if I sign a joint contract? 


Further information

Our Support Team can give you information and advice about finding suitable accommodation. Please also visit this link to get information about finding accommodation in London. www.ukcisa.org.uk/International-Students/When-you-arrive/Choosing-accommodation/  


What are the advantages/disadvantages of the different types of accommodation? 

Homestays

  • Pros: choosing a homestay means you will experience the British way of life.

  • Cons: you may feel you want the freedom to come and go as you wish and not commit to a dinner time.

Residences & Hostels

  • Pros: sociable.

  • Cons: shared spaces can sometimes be messy.

Student Houses & Flat Shares

  • Pros: sociable, can be cheap.

  • Cons: shared spaces can sometimes be messy.

Single Apartments & Bedsits

  • Pros: freedom to come and go as you please

  • Cons: living on your own can be lonely and is probably more expensive.