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Get advice on where to rent in London this Housing Week

Whether you are new to London or looking for your next place, our Money & Housing Advice Service and University of London Housing Service (ULHS) can help you to consider your options for private rented accommodation. 

Where to start?

Looking for a home to rent can feel overwhelming, especially if you are new to it. To help you get started, read our online guide to finding somewhere to live, covering setting a budget, finding people to live with, when to move and the practicalities to consider.

You can also find housing advice and guidance in the following articles on Student Services Online:

For more articles on housing, including council tax when you’re a student, visit Housing & accommodation support on Student Services Online.


Get involved in Housing Week, 9 – 12 May 2023

In-person events:

Flatmate Finder at Senate House, Tuesday 9 May 2023, 13.00 – 15.00

Join the University of London Housing Services (ULHS) for games and group ice-breakers. It’s a great chance to meet new people and buddy up for flat shares.

Housing Fair at Senate House, 11 May 2023, 11.00 – 15.00

Find out about the different types of accommodation that are available while picking up freebies along the way. No need to book, just bring your student ID on the day.

Online events:

Housing Webinar for King’s students, 4 May 2023, 10.00 – 11.00

Housing Webinar for King’s students, 23 May 2023, 16.00 – 17.00

Housing advisors from ULHS will explain how to rent a place in London, focusing on where to look, how much to pay and how to avoid scams. Please note this event is for current King’s students only. No need to sign up. Just join the webinar on the day.

Live Housing Advice Webinars, throughout Housing Week

Experienced housing advisors will be delivering a series of webinars about looking for accommodation and understanding tenancy agreements. Register via the ULHS website.



Where to look for somewhere to live

A quick search on Google will bring up an endless list of housing providers and platforms to search for accommodation, but how can you tell what is safe and what might be a potential scam?

You may wish to stick to the University of London property database and letting agents who are registered with a professional body.

Many students also use Spareroom Students, Rightmove Student and Zoopla to find accommodation in the private sector. We recommend that you read our guide to accommodation scams if you are looking for accommodation on these platforms, so that you can take reasonable steps to check the letting is genuine.

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Which area of London?

King's students live all over London, and your choice of location may depend on price, availability, distance from your campus or simply personal preference. Unlike other cities, there is no distinguishable 'student area'.

The best thing to do is have a look at a few areas that you are interested in. You may want to consider what shops are available, transport links and your compatibility with the neighbourhood.

King’s Student Money Mentors have shared their experiences of living in different areas around London which are popular with students. This may help you to find an area where you want to focus your search.

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Important things to consider

Think carefully about how and when you will view potential properties. Always try to do this in person before committing yourself to a lease for 12 months or more. Remember, once you sign up you are rarely able to cancel a tenancy, so you need to be sure it is the right property for you.

Many private landlords and letting agents request that a third party acts as a guarantor before they will agree to let a property to a student. This will usually be a UK-based parent or a guardian. This can be a problem for overseas students or for UK citizens who do not have a family support network. If you don’t have a guarantor, make sure you discuss this with your agency or landlord before you pay the holding deposit. If you do not have a guarantor in the UK, landlords and letting agents may ask you to pay more rent upfront (generally 6-12 months).

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Find a flatmate

Our new Flatmate Finder Hub on MS Teams is a great place to connect with other King’s students who are hunting for somewhere to live.

You can use this hub to meet future housemates, find rooms in existing house shares and find contract exchanges at King’s Residences. The hub replaces the previous Flatmate Finder Facebook group, which will close from the end of May.

Join now using your King’s email address.

Need further advice or support?

Take a look at our housing advice pages for more information and things to think about when finding private accommodation. You can also read the University of London Private Housing Guide. 

Not sure about your contract? You can make an appointment to check your housing contract with University of London Housing Services or the King’s Money & Housing Advice Service. 

You can also call the King’s Student Advice Line and select the housing option to speak to one of our advisers.