We appreciate that where you live is a very important part of your life at the College and we recognise that meeting your needs as far as possible will help you to make the most of this new and exciting period in your life.
During your time at the College you will have the choice to either live in a hostel or in private rented accommodation. Our staff will offer you help and advice when required.
When you have accepted an offer of a place at the College and if require assistance with finding accommodation, please complete an Accommodation Registration Form.
We are unable to rent Flats or Houses on students’ behalf. Renting a Flat or a House requires you to sign a Contract or a Tenancy Agreement. If your preference is to stay in a privately rented House or a Flat we may arrange for a short term accommodation (2-4 weeks) until you find a suitable Flat or a House.
If you have friends or relatives in London, arrange to stay with them on a temporary basis while you look for somewhere to live. Don’t arrive in London without having arranged for somewhere to stay, at least for your first few nights.
An alternative to a place in Hostels is accommodation in the private sector, for example, staying in lodgings with a family, or sharing a house or flat with other students.
The following websites provide assistance with finding private rented accommodation:
There are different types of Private Accommodation; the most popular are as follows:
A Single or Double Room in which you live and sleep; the room is both a Bedroom and a Living Room.
The Cooking, Bathroom and Laundry areas are usually shared. Services such as cleaning and changing of sheets are often provided.
A Small Flat where the Living Room and Bedroom are combined (a flat is known as an “Apartment” in American English).
Usually the room has its own entrance and you are free to come and go when you want.
There is usually an open plan Kitchenette and a small Bathroom, but the latter may only contain a Basin, Toilet and Shower.
A “Flatshare” or “Houseshare” is when you share a flat with one or more other people. You may have your own room, or alternatively you may share a twin-bedded or double-bedded room with another person.
A “Student House” (sometimes called a “Student Dig”) usually refers to a Private House which is occupied by a group of students.
A Room, usually part of someone’s Home, which the owners are renting out to make some money.
Breakfast is provided, but no Evening Meal.
The Bathroom is usually en-suite but sometimes it is shared with other guests.
Contract: When you rent a Studio Flat or a Flat or a House you will normally be expected to sign a Contract or Tenancy Agreement. Contracts/Tenancy Agreements are usually signed for a period of 6 months (minimum) to 1 year. You may be required to pay a Security Deposit which will be retained by the Landlord until you have moved out provided there are no damages to a property and that you have given a sufficient notice to vacate your property.
Please check the following before signing a Contract or a Tenancy Agreement:
It is risky to rent somewhere without a Legal Agreement between you and the Landlord (or Accommodation Agency).
The most common type of agreement is known as an Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST). As long as you pay the rent and do not break the conditions in the Tenancy Agreement, you have the right to stay for 6 months. After 6 months, if your Landlord wants you to leave, he/she should give you details (in a written letter) at least 2 months before the date on which you are expected to leave.
If you have a Licence Agreement (you are living in the same place as the Landlord), the notice period may be shorter than for a Tenancy Agreement, for example 1 month.
You should read the Agreement carefully before you sign it. If you do not understand something, ask for someone to explain it to you.
Term/Period: Contracts/Tenancy Agreements are usually signed for a term (period) of 6 months (minimum) to 1 year.
Check the following before signing a Contract:
Check the following before signing a Contract/Tenancy Agreement:
Deposit and Inventory: You may be required to pay a Security Deposit which will be retained by the Landlord until you have moved out provided there are no damages to a property and that you have given a sufficient notice to vacate your property. You may be required to sign an Inventory (a list of all the items in the room/flat).
Check the following before signing a Contract or a Tenancy Agreement: