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
We’re moving to a new campus in North Greenwich in September 2023. North Greenwich has a vibrant student community and there are many student accommodation providers in the area or a short journey away. Some providers popular with students are listed below.
Well Street Hall - Hackney
Well Street Hall is based in East London and offers 132 single occupancy bedrooms in shared flats for first year undergraduates.
8 stops using the Overground and Jubilee line (Homerton to North Greenwich approx. 40 mins travel).
Rooms start from £168 per week. Visit AA4S for the latest pricing.
Grand Felda House - Wembley (Zone 4)
Popular with Escape Studios current students, Grand Felda House offers studios and flats as well as a free gym and swimming membership to all residents.
18 stops on the Jubilee line (Wembley Park to North Greenwich approx. 45 mins travel).
Rooms start from £195 per week. Visit CRM students for the latest pricing.
The Valentine - Gants Hill
There are a range of room types available, from private studios to en-suite rooms in shared apartments.
8 stops using the Central and Jubilee lines (Gants Hill to North Greenwich approx. 20 mins travel)
Rooms start from £220 per week. Visit CRM students for the latest pricing.
Will Wyatt Court - Hoxton
Close to the tube station and based in vibrant Hoxton in East London. Will Wyatt Court offers a variety of modern en-suite rooms in central London.
8 stops using the Overground and Jubilee line (Hoxton to North Greenwich approx. 22 mins travel).
Rooms start from £293 per week. Visit IQ student accommodation for latest pricing.
Flinders House - North Greenwich
Flinders House offers student rooms and private studios in Southeast London by the O2 Arena.
It is walking distance to North Greenwich (approx. 10 mins travel).
Rooms start from £332 per week. Visit IQ student accommodation for latest pricing.
None of these take your fancy?
Search for rooms on mystudenthalls.com - the UK’s most comprehensive student accommodation search engine.
To be sure of the 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.
Once you’ve made an application to Escape Studios you will be invited to join our applicant Discord group where you can meet and chat with other applicants. This is a great place to discuss accommodation choices and find prospective flat mates if you want to rent in groups.
University of London Housing Services (ULHS)
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.
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.
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.
The ULHS is a private housing service for London students. Our current students and those with an offer to study with us can freely access the service. There is also an app on the App Store and Google Play.
How can the ULHS help?
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 staying in accommodation. In 2022, most of our new 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 photocard saves 30% on weekly, monthly, or annual travelcards for tube/bus and trams.
Book your train tickets early
Prices get higher closer to your travel date, so book early to really help with costs.