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Accommodation

Updated: 9 July 2020


 

Can I book a room in a King’s halls of residence?

We currently have limited availability in our residences for the 2020/21 academic year.


What is the deadline for confirming my place in a residency?

Rooms within King's Residences are subject to availability and are confirmed at the time of booking when a contract will be issued for you to review and accept.


If I am staying in a King’s residences what support will you offer me if I have to quarantine on arrival?

If you have a contract for accommodation in a King's residence and are required to quarantine on arrival in the UK you will be able to quarantine free of charge up to the start of the standard contract start date of 19 September.

If you arrive in the UK and at King's after the start of term in September and need to quarantine you will need to pay for your accommodation in accordance with your contractual agreement. 

All students in a King's residence who need to quarantine will be provided with the appropriate support such as assistance with food provision, deliveries brought to flats, Welfare support and Community facilitators available on line to assist and you will still be able to access our online teaching and services.


What safety measures will be in place in residences?

We are putting a number of measures in place to keep students safe in our residences:

  • Residents will be asked to book arrival slots to support safe distancing
  • All bedrooms, bathrooms and shared kitchens will be cleaned and santisised ready for your arrival
  • Safe distancing will be encouraged in communal areas in line with UK Government guidance
  • Across all areas of residences we have an enhanced cleaning regime to ensure communal areas remain safe during your stay
  • To minimise the risk of transfer of the virus a limited number of people will be able to use communal spaces
  • One way systems have been introduced
  • Residents in the flat you will be living in will be considered as a household unit and will be expected to follow UK Government guidelines for households
  • Welfare Support activity will be provided at your halls of residence.

Will my accommodation be guaranteed if I am not able to be in London for the start of term in September?

For those students unable to arrive in London for the start of term in September, we will be offering flexible accommodation contract start dates in King's residences. If you have booked our accommodation you will be given the option to amend your contract start date to one of the following dates:

  • 19 September
  • 31 October
  • 9 January 2021

You will only be charged for your accommodation from the contract start date you have selected and you are able to book an arrival slot for this date onwards. More information on how to request a flexible accommodation contract start will be provided shortly.


 

What happens if I develop COVID-19 symptoms while I'm in quarantine?

You will need to report through the King's self-reporting tool and the residences team will provide the appropriate support whilst you are self-isolating such as assistance with food provision, deliveries brought to flats, Welfare support and Community facilitators available on line to assist and you will still be able to access our online teaching and services.


What options are available for students with a January 2021 start date or on a 15 month programme?

Students on these programmes who have booked a place in our residences and who opt for a January start or will arrive in January on a 15 month course, will be provided with a 12-month accommodation contract from January 2021 unless you prefer to still arrive on the standard contract start date of 19 September.


Will students have to pay a deposit to secure their accommodation in a King's residence?

If you have requested a flexible accommodation start contract, you will need to make a one-month payment at your rental rate, payable before 19 September to secure your accommodation. This will be instead of our usual cancellation fee. The accommodation team will contact you.


When should I book private accommodation?

Unless you are already living in London and need to move in the next 4-6 weeks, we would advise you to think very carefully before committing yourself to a housing contract for next academic year at this stage. It is important that you sign up for accommodation only after fully considering if it meets your needs, and when you will be realistically able to move.

Please be assured that London has a vast and fluid housing market and tenants usually look for somewhere to live around 4-6 weeks before they need to move in. The University of London Housing Service will launch their new property platform on Tuesday 11 August and share their list of available properties at the online housing fair on Thursday 13 August.

Remember you can speak to the University of London Housing Service or the Housing Advisers, in Advice & Guidance if you wish to check the terms of your tenancy agreement.