Student accommodation in London
On Student.com you can easily find and compare student accommodation in London. We list around 40,000 rooms, studios and flats in hundreds of student properties across London. So whether you’re looking for a private studio or a flatshare, you’ll surely find it on Student.com. Check out the map feature at the top of this page to see what properties are located close to your university or in the area of London you would like to live in. You can also use the filters to narrow down your search and find the right place just for you.
Many properties we list offer both shared and private rooms, so whether you like to share with friends or prefer your own privacy, we’ve got you covered. If you need help with choosing, don’t hesitate to give us a call or talk to us via live chat and one of our booking consultants will be happy to give you more information. Once you know the area you’re interested in and have a rough idea of your accommodation budget, it will be a lot easier to narrow down the options and find the right one for you.
If you're looking to book student accommodation in London, you won't want to waste any time! The earlier you book your accommodation, the more options you'll have available, as many places will get sold out the closer we get to your move-in date. Many properties we list in London are already open for September 2023 bookings!
Get to know London
A sprawling city of culture, iconic landmarks and music, it’s easy to see why London is a popular destination for students from all over the world. The famous university rating company QS has ranked London as the best student city in the world.
London has a long history
London can trace its origins to Roman times. It has been a major settlement for over two thousand years and over the centuries it has grown to become the largest city and the capital of the United Kingdom.
During the Middle Ages, London became a major centre of government when most of the government functions were centred around Westminster in the 12th century. Difficult times came in the mid-17th century when London was first hit by the Great Plague in 1665-1666 and soon after the Great Fire of London destroyed a large part of the city, with rebuilding taking over ten years.
With the start of the Industrial Revolution, major urbanisation happened in the 19th century and London grew rapidly. It was the largest city in the world for almost 100 years, up until 1925. The population density was high and especially in the East End, huge amounts of people lived in a relatively small area.
The first half of the 20th century brought two world wars, but also the 1948 Olympics at Wembley Stadium. Wembley also hosted the World Cup final in 1966, when England won its first, and so far only, World Cup. Today London is one of the most important cities in the world. In the classification of global cities, London is one of only two cities, along with New York City, placed in the highest Alpha ++ category.
London is one of the most interesting cities in the world
London is truly one of the most interesting cities in the world, where there is always something going on. It’s one of the most iconic world cities, one which has the perfect blend of old and new. Historic landmarks like Westminster Abbey and Big Ben share a skyline with the iconic London Eye and the skyscrapers of the City.
London is also famous for its many distinct neighbourhoods, each with their own unique attractions and atmosphere. The West End is famous for its plays and musicals, while Westminster is home to the government. East End is nowadays famous for its hipster scene while Knightsbridge offers luxury shopping. No matter where you live in this vibrant city, each neighbourhood will have something for you. Thanks to the great public transport system in London, travelling between the different parts of the city is also quick and easy.
Student life in London
Student living in London can be an incredible experience. From green spaces and quaint pubs in Kensington & Chelsea, to the creative haven of Shoreditch, students can explore the city’s network of neighbourhoods, each hugely diverse in their own distinct character. Kings Cross is jam-packed full of food and music venues, thanks to its close proximity to many of London’s top universities, while the City of London dazzles with its array of iconic skyscrapers. Borough Market next to London Bridge is a great spot for any food lovers, having served Londoners since the 12th century.
When the weather is beautiful, you can enjoy it in one of London’s many green spaces. Be sure to check out Hyde Park and Regent’s Park, as well as the fantastic views from the top of Primrose Hill. When it comes to shopping, you can find everything in London. Head to Oxford Street to shop ‘til you drop. Make sure to catch a West End show or a Premier League football match during your time in the British capital, both great experiences even for people who are not normally fans of theatre or football.
When you’ve spent a few months in London, you’ll want to see things outside the city centre as well. London has some great neighbourhoods and attractions also outside the fare zone 1 of the London Underground network. Every week, Camden Market attracts about 250,000 visitors looking for great finds in the many small shops. Greenwich is a wonderful neighbourhood in South East London and also home to the famous Greenwich Observatory and the zero meridian. If you like beautiful flowers and nature, Kew Gardens near Richmond is not to be missed.
Universities in London
With an urban population of about 10 million, it’s not surprising that London has a long list of universities to serve its student population. There are currently 40 universities and other institutions of higher education in London (excluding foreign universities with branches in London) and a student population of about 400,000, a large number of them international students.
This means that if you want to spend your student years in the UK’s capital city, you have a huge array of options to choose from. Here are only a few of the most famous ones.
University College London
University College London was established in 1826 as London University. It was the first university in London and the first in England to admit students of any religion. Today UCL is the second-largest university in the UK by total enrolment (behind only the Open University) and a world-leading institution of higher learning. The QS 2023 World University Rankings ranks UCL as the 8th best university in the world.
UCL also has a great location, with the main campus being in the Central London area of Bloomsbury. The university offers more than 400 different degree programmes and has students from over 150 countries, so if you’re looking for a university that offers a wide range of things to study and an international atmosphere, look no further than the University College London.
King’s College London
King’s College London was founded in 1829, but the earliest records of medical teaching in the St Thomas Hospital date all the way back to 1561. KCL has a great location, thanks to its several campuses in Central London. In the QS World University Rankings for the year 2023 it was ranked as the 37th best university in the world and the 7th best in the United Kingdom. The university has about 31,000 students from 150 different countries. KCL staff and alumni have won more than 10 Nobel prizes and have contributed to the discovery of things such as the DNA structure, Hepatitis C and the Higgs boson (named after KCL alumnus Peter Higgs).
Imperial College London
Imperial College London was founded in 1907. In the course of its over 100 years of history, it has become one of the leading universities in the world. In the 2023 QS World University Rankings it was ranked as the 6th best university in the world, the third best in the United Kingdom and the best one in London. ICL focuses exclusively on science, technology, medicine and business. The main campus is in a great location in South Kensington, right between two world-famous landmarks, the Natural History Museum and the Royal Albert Hall.
London School of Economics
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) was established in 1895. Its reputation might be that of a business school, but in reality LSE offers a lot more than just that. The university has produced many notable alumni not just in economics but also in fields as varied as law, politics, literature, history and media. It is especially strong in producing successful people in the world of business though, and is the alma mater of more billionaires than any other university in Europe.
LSE is ranked as the 56th best university in the world by the 2023 QS World University Rankings. This makes it the 8th best university in the UK and the 4th best in London. The campus has a great location in Westminster in the heart of London.
Dozens of other universities
In addition to the ones mentioned above, London is home to dozens of other great universities. Whatever you want to study, you’ll surely find a university and a degree programme that is right for you. Some notable ones include the University of the Arts London, which is a federation of six arts colleges, Goldsmiths University, which specialises in arts and design, the University of West London and the University of Greenwich.
Frequently asked questions about student housing in London
How do I apply for student accommodation in London?
Applying for student accommodation with Student.com is very simple. First you need to figure out which property you’d like to live in. To help with choosing, you can use our filters to find a property that suits your needs and the map function at the top of this page to find properties in the particular area of London you’re interested in.
After choosing your preferred property, click ‘View rooms’ to go to the property page. On the property page you can choose your preferred room type and click ‘Book Now’ or ‘Enquire’ if you’d like some more information. One of our booking consultants will then contact you to set up the rental contract or answer any questions you may have. If you have any questions about your options, you can always also call or or talk to us on the live chat.
You don’t have to worry about costs as Student.com does not charge you anything for this service: you’ll only need to pay the rent to your chosen landlord.
What options are there for contract length? Can I book summer accommodation as well for example?
Most contracts last for one academic year. If you would like to stay for a longer or a shorter time, contact us and our booking consultants will be able to give you information about which landlords are currently accepting stays of different lengths. If you’d like to stay in your accommodation over the summer as well, this can usually be arranged as many of the properties we list also accept bookings for summer accommodation.
What are the different room types you offer?
We currently offer three different types of student rooms in London.
A Shared Room has two or more people sleeping in the same bedroom. Other living spaces, like kitchens, bathrooms and living rooms are shared with occupants of other rooms.
In a Private Room you have a private bedroom just for yourself. Depending on the property, you might also get a private bathroom. Other facilities are shared with other tenants.
In an Entire Place, you get a fully self-contained studio property. This means no sharing, as your bedroom and all other facilities in your flat are just for you, including a private bathroom and a private kitchenette for cooking meals.
Are bills included in my rent?
This depends on the property you rent, but most of our properties in London have all bills included, so you’ll only have to pay the rent and nothing else. Remember to make sure if this is the case with the property you’ve chosen though. You can see what bills are included on the property page of every property.
Is it safe to rent student accommodation in the private sector?
We carefully vet all the landlords we feature and only list properties from trusted student accommodation providers to ensure that all the housing options we feature are trustworthy and safe.
Many of our PBSAs (purpose-built student accommodations) have safety features like controlled-access gates and 24/7 onsite security.
Can I see the property before moving in?
If you’ll be in London before moving in, this can be arranged with our booking consultants. Many of the properties we list have excellent photos and videos available on the property pages though, so even if you won’t be able to get to London before your move-in date, you will be able to get a good idea of what your accommodation will look like.
What is a guarantor and will I need one?
A guarantor is a person who signs the rental contract with you and commits to paying your rent if you can’t. A guarantor is most typically a family member, but it can be anyone. Most UK landlords want you to have a guarantor, so you’ll most likely need one in London.
What if I didn’t get an answer to my question here?
If you have any other questions, you can check our FAQ page or contact one of our booking consultants by phone or live chat. They are always happy to help!