Where to look
There are a number of platforms students can use to look for accommodation in the private rented sector; some which are specifically available to King's students, and other general resources.
Remember, always take note of our safety tips before going for a viewing or putting any money down.
Due to COVID19, the University of London Housing Services have delayed launching their new database until July 2020.
You can sign up to their mailing list here to receive updates on the launch.
You can also find details of their virtual housing fair.
King's Students will be able to register for free to use The University of London Housing Services (ULHS) database once the new platform is launched.
Landlords and letting agents who use the site agree to sign up to one of the ULHS Codes of Good Practice and complaints can be handled by the ULHS.
On this database you will find a variety of accommodation:
- complete flats/houses
- individual rooms in shared flats/houses
- rooms with a resident landlord
- rooms in larger developments/private halls of residence
Websites and Newspapers
A limited number of properties are available under this scheme for King's students. The University of London will be your landlord, and King's acts as guarantor. All properties are managed by the University of London, who acts as your landlord, so you won't need to have contact with the property owner.
Find out more about renting properties directly from the University of London.
If you rent a property under this scheme you:
- do not need a guarantor
- have a landlord you can rely on
- will have a Gas Maintenance contract (so your boiler will be speedily repaired if it breaks down)
Properties become available for the new academic year in May.
Student Homes website | Email | Tel: 020 7664 4836
There are many different websites and newspapers students can use to look for accommodation. Some of the popular ones are listed in our Useful Resources PDF.
Unfortunately there are a number of scams and you should read carefully through the safety information on these pages, as well as on the websites. If you have any concerns seek advice.
Be sure to pick up these newspapers on the date of publication. If you like the look of anything that’s on offer, telephone straight away – otherwise someone else will!
Searching for accommodation through a letting agent can give you access to a large number of rental properties. A good agent should listen to your requirements (i.e.: location, budget, number of bedrooms etc.) and contact you with suitable properties to view. Find out more about letting agents and their fees in our Letting Agents PDF.
Visit many different agents within the area(s) you would like to live. This way, you will be able to view a greater selection of properties and get a feel for what does and does not represent good value in that particular location.
A list of Letting Agents that are registered with the University of London Housing Services is available here.
Word of mouth can be a good way to find accommodation. By talking to other students currently living in the private rented sector you can get a good idea of what it’s like to live in a particular area.
King's Flatmate Finder
You can join the ‘KCL Flatmate Finder’ group on Facebook. This group is for students looking for accommodation as well as for those with spare rooms to offer. You can group-up with others looking for private accommodation or just swap your house-hunting tips. In order to join the group, please complete the form online and send a joining request through Facebook. We will then accept your request as soon as possible.
University of London Flatmate Finder
You can join the UoL Flatmate Finder here.
This page is for information purposes only. King's College London accepts no liability or responsibility for any of the external/3rd party websites or accommodation providers mentioned or linked to on this web-page.