Accommodation and commuting

There are generally three options for living while studying in London: live in student accommodation, commute from home or live in a shared flat or house. 

Private student halls of residence

North Greenwich has a vibrant student community and there are many accommodation providers in the area or a short journey away. Some providers popular with students are listed below.  

Top tips:

  • To be sure of the overall annual cost, check how long your accommodation contract is. Some providers advertise a lower weekly rent which is only available on a longer contract, up to 51 weeks. A longer contract than you planned, however, may be cheaper overall, as the shorter the contract, the higher the weekly rent is in a lot of cases. 

  • Undergraduate applicants are invited to join a Discord server where you can get to know other applicants. This is a great place to discuss accommodation and find flatmates if you want to rent in groups. 

University of London Housing Services (ULHS)

The ULHS is a private housing service for London students. Our students and offer holders can freely access the service. There is also an app on the App Store and Google Play.

How can the ULHS help? 

  • Helping you find accommodation
    The ULHS have registration schemes for landlords, letting agents, private halls and other student accommodation providers. These providers advertise properties on the ULHS online database.

  • Find a flatmate
    ULHS run a Flatmate Finder Facebook group where you can post ads for rooms in your student homes or find students to go flat hunting with.

  • Contract Checking
    Before signing tenancy contracts, the Housing Advice Team can give guidance on what to look out for when you are renting and check contracts for unfair clauses which may cause problems.

  • Legal Advice
    The Housing Advice Team also supports students who experience problems in private accommodation and offers advice on issues including deposit disputes, disrepair and problems with letting agents.

T: 0207 862 8880

Instagram: uolhousing
Facebook: UoLHousingServices
Twitter: @ULHS

Some students opt to rent a room in a shared flat or house from year one. Here are some sites you can use for help with shared properties.

Please note: Escape Studios do not vet properties/landlords/flatmates etc. If you require assistance, you can get in touch with the University of London Housing Services listed above.

Commuting from home

Living at home or with relatives/friends can be more affordable than accommodation. Most of our students chose to live at home with family for their first year.

 Our advice to commuters

  • Invest in a 16-25 railcard
    Railcards save 1/3 on off-peak fares on national rail and the tube! Over-25s in full-time study can also get this railcard. A one-year railcard is £30, or a three-year railcard is £70.

  • Get a Student Oyster card (if you travel a lot within London)
    A Student Oyster saves 30% on weekly, monthly or annual travelcards for tube/bus/trams.

  • Book your train tickets early
    Prices get higher closer to your travel date, so book early to really help with costs.

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