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Affordability

Rent setting at King's Residences 

King’s Residences and KCLSU work together in an unique setting to discuss how rents will be set for the following academic year, taking into account utility costs (heating, water, electricity, WI-FI), the service costs (24/7 reception, security and pastoral care staff), the features of the property, the location of each site and transport costs to campus, where applicable.

The work carried out each year is guided by our Rent Setting Policy.

 

No Deposits

Since 2015 King’s College London has scraped the requirement for deposits to be paid to secure accommodation. This initiative aims to reduce the costs at the start of the term for all students joining King’s Residences.

This does not apply for Intercollegiate Halls however, as those residences are not managed by King’s directly.

King’s Affordable Accommodation Scheme (KAAS)

KAAS is a rent model discussed with student representatives to ensure we maximise the number of rooms are priced at the lowest possible rates to allow students from more challenging financial backgrounds to access accommodation.

For the 19/20 academic year, the university has once again agreed to support the scheme by allowing King’s Residences to:

  • Increase the number of beds capped below £169 from 934 in 2017/18 to 1,345 in 2018/19
  • Pilot extending KAAS to returning and international undergraduate students

The 1,345 KAAS rooms available for 2019/20 are split into quotas to the following groups:

  • Returning undergraduate students: 75 for home and EU and 45 for international students
  • First year undergraduate students: 940 for home and EU and 285 for international students.

KAAS Eligibility Criteria

 - You must be a full time undergraduate student, first year or returning in the 19/20 academic year

 - Confirmation that your family income is below £42,875 per annum

 - A statement explaining the reasons why you feel you should be allocated a KAAS room

Applications submitted without this information will not be considered.  

How to Apply for KAAS

The KAAS application form is contained at the end of the online accommodation application

KAAS Rooms Allocation Process

In the event of us receiving more applications than our current availability for KAAS

1. Disconsider all incomplete applications (i.e. missing the personal statement or household income information). 

2. Put on hold all applications that are eligible to or currently in receipt o bursaries available at King’s and those declaring household income over the set threshold. These applications may be considered once all other applications have been processed and if there are KAAS rooms still available at that stage.

The remaining applications will be allocated in the following order of priority:

Priority 1: applicants with evidence of being estranged from family and/or with a declared disability.

Priority 2: applicants below the household income threshold, not in receipt of King’s bursary and based outside London

Priority 3: applicants below the household income threshold, not in receipt of King’s bursary and based in London

Priority 4: applicants below the household income threshold, in receipt of King’s bursary and based outside London

Priority 5: applicants below the household income threshold, in receipt of King’s bursary and based in London

All other remaining applications may be given merit if there are still KAAS rooms available following the allocation of applicants within the 5 priority groups above and have compelling personal statements to enable us to understand why they should be allocated a KAAS room.

It is important to note:

- You may not be allocated to a KAAS room if these have been allocated in their entirety to applicants in a higher priority group, even if you are eligible to KAAS rooms. These is because we must work within the quotas set each year. If these rooms become available, we may contact applicants that had not been allocated to a KAAS room to inform them of changed availability.

If you are allocated to a KAAS room, your offer of accommodation will reflect the discounted room rate. 

Requests for reconsideration

If your circumstances have changed since applying for accommodation you can submit, you can ask us to reconsider your application, however there is no guarantee we will be able to help you, particularly if all KAAS rooms have already been allocated or if you failed to submit the required information at the time your application was reviewed.

To request to be reconsidered, please read KAAS Reconsideration Request Policy and fill out the form below. 

  • Please note: Applications rejected on the ground of missing supporting documentation (personal statement or/and household income information) have no right to appeal.
  • Contact information
  • Ground for appeal

Additional Support

If you are unsure of what other financial assistance is available to you, King’s Student Funding can help you access a wider range of initiatives, including the King’s Living Bursary.


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