King's College London
Student accommodation near King’s College London
Thanks to its top-rated academic programs, great location in central London, a beautiful campus, and a wide selection of campus clubs, many students from the UK and around the world choose to study at King's College London.
Once you decide this is where you want to study and live, you’ll have no problem finding accommodation near King’s College London with Student.com.
We offer a wide range of residences close to KCL, whether it’s private housing or shared apartments near the King’s College London campuses or whatever part of London you want to live in.
Choose from some of the best student accommodation in some of the city’s trendiest neighbourhoods including South Bank, Waterloo, Clerkenwell, or Bloomsbury. Most of the hundreds of residences we list are located in central London with easy access to public transportation, world-class dining, and entertainment.
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Where is King’s College London located?
With four of its five campuses being located very close to each other in the heart of the city, KCL can be called the most central university in London.
If you decide to study at KCL you will also become part of one of the most dynamic cities in the world. With the city being an extension of the campus, students will have constant opportunities to explore and enjoy this incredible city.
This ‘London advantage’ provides students with a tremendous opportunity to take advantage of one of the world’s most iconic cities. London has topped several noteworthy best student city rankings including QS where it has been ranked as the world’s number one student city in 2019 and 2020 respectively.
One of the main reasons London scores so high on QS’s desirability and student view indicators is because it is an academic hotspot. London has by far the most universities in the United Kingdom. Of its 17 universities, four consistently ranks in the top 50 globally.
At KCL you’ll study in a truly global city
If you’re worried about feeling homesick, London has a large international community with citizens and students from all over the globe.
With 36.7 percent of its residents born outside of the UK a large portion of London is made up of other cultures. This means that living and studying in one of the most diverse cities in the world, you are sure to find other people who share your culture and your native cuisine.
A global hub, London attracts the best from around the world in regards to culture, arts, business, entertainment, media and sports among other things. Moreover, you will also have lots of company in the classroom as London has a huge student population of around 300,000 students.
London has a wealth of museums and galleries of which a large number are free so you can easily get your culture fix and extend your learning beyond your studies at King’s College London. The city is home to some of the best museums in the world, including the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Imperial War Museum.
The city is so large and so diverse that you won’t be living in a ‘student bubble.’ With one of the best nightlife experiences in Europe, London is buzzing at night with people coming from all over the UK to enjoy nights out.
London is a great city for students but also for graduates.
The city is the European and global hub for many industries, primarily finance, with the headquarters of several major banks such as Barclays located there. Graduates from London universities are well sought-after as many international companies such as Google and Amazon recruit in London. Therefore, it’s no surprise that the city comes third in the 2020 QS rankings for Employer Activity.
Studying at KCL
This public research university is the fourth oldest university in England and is a founding college and member institution of the federal University of London.
It’s a top 10 UK university and was ranked 31st in the 2021 QS and 35th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings respectively. The UK’s leading publication for higher education also ranked KCL 7th in the UK for teaching and research environments, research influence, income, and international outlook.
Its world-class cutting-edge research was recognised in the 2020 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rankings, placing 7th. 84% of research at KCL was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. REF takes into account the quality and quantity of research activity of British higher education institutions.
If you choose to study at KCL, you’ll be doing so at a prestigious university with a history of excellence. Its staff and alumni from 172 countries include 14 Nobel laureates, contributors to the discovery of the DNA structure, the development of radio, television and mobile phones as well as the advancement of radar.
KCL alumni also include recipients of multiple Oscars, Grammys, and an Emmy award, heads of states and governments and members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords in the UK parliament.
A reputation for excellence in academics
KCL is a world leader in research but also has a reputation for excellence in academics. The university is a member of several academic organisations including the Russell Group, the European University Association, and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
With its globally respected courses and state-of-the-art facilities KCL offers its students a unique academic experience that can stay with them for the rest of their lives.
The university has a distinguished reputation in the humanities, law and the sciences, including health such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing, and dentistry as well as social sciences, including international affairs.
It was also in the 2018/19 Complete University Guide's top ten for several subject areas such as biological sciences, business & management studies, dentistry, food science, French and law.
Health and medicine
Health is a major focus at KCL. The faculties are responsible for the education of more than 10,000 health professions students. It’s the largest centre for the education and training of healthcare professionals in Europe.
KCL is highly respected in a wide range of health areas including medicine, nursing, dentistry and psychiatry. It is also internationally recognised for excellence in biomedical and health research and training.
The university’s world-leading research has influenced ground-breaking discoveries and advances that have shaped modern life such as the discovery of the structure of DNA, Hepatitis C and the Higgs boson, in-vitro fertilisation, stem cell/mammal cloning, antiseptic surgery and palliative care and the modern hospice movement.
It is home to six Medical Research Council centres and is the largest European centre for graduate and post-graduate medical teaching and biomedical research. It also has the world's first nursing school, the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, as an academic faculty.
KCL has in place a careers service and study abroad programme to enhance its students’ skills and employability.
Its students benefit from the university’s strong reputation in providing opportunities for local and global connections with employers, business and industry, government organisations and universities.
With a continued investment in postgraduate studies, KCL has a wide range of taught and research postgraduate programmes helping its students to build a solid foundation for their future professional careers.
Over 90 percent of its master’s graduates are in full-time work within six months of graduating. This helps to make it one of the best universities in the UK for graduate employment, ranking 3rd for employer activity (2020 QS rankings) and 4th in the UK for global employability (2019 Times Higher Education).
KCL student life
You can expect more than just an enriching academic experience while at KCL.
The university has a diverse and active student community, with almost 30,000 students (over 12,000 postgraduates) enrolled from 150 countries worldwide. With an award-winning students’ union that has over 250 societies and sports clubs and a range of student services, KCL provides support to its students to expand their horizons beyond academics.
The KCL Students' Union
Every student is automatically a member of Kings College London Students’ Union (KCLSU). Membership is free and it comes with a number of opportunities to get the most out of your time at the university.
Its wide range of support services offers practical and professional advice and guidance to its students before, during and after their time at KCL. The support, which includes general management of day-to-day life such as finances, logistics, relationships, and responsibilities, complements students’ academic studies.
KCLSU organises social, sporting, and cultural events that provide opportunities for students to develop skills and get involved in sport and physical activities.
There are well over 100 societies to join, varying from politics to debate and from comedy, musical theatre, student volunteering, media and campaigning to sports. This provides students with tons of opportunities to get involved and be part of the student community, make friends, and just have fun.
KCLSU provides five awesome venues for students to have a drink, eat good food, and just chill out with friends.
Each university campus also has catering services that offer a range of main meals, sandwiches, snacks and desserts as well as vegetarian and vegan food.
KCLSU has three bars - The Vault and Philosophy Bar located on the Strand Campus and Guy’s Bar on Guy’s Campus. These bars have a friendly atmosphere and they are great places to hang out. They host various events throughout the week and have daily food deals, including quiz nights, karaoke and curry nights.
KCLSU’s two cafés, The Shack café on the Strand Campus and The Shed on the Guy’s Campus, are great places to chill out with friends or even get some studying done. They are home to a huge range of hot drinks and delicious food.
History of King’s College London
King’s College London's history dates back to at least 1561 with the first known records of medical instruction at St Thomas’ Hospital that forms part of its school of medicine today.
The university itself was established in 1829 by King George IV and Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington following the theological controversy surrounding the founding of London University (University College London) in 1826 when it received its first royal charter (as a university college).
However, the seeds of the idea for KCL were planted in a sermon in October 1826 by then Christian Advocate at the University of Cambridge Hugh James Rose, who later became the second Principal of KCL.
KCL thereafter became one of the two founding colleges of the University of London when it was established in 1836. While part of the university, KCL has enjoyed financial and academic autonomy since 1994 and has awarded its own degrees since 2008.
The university on its own spans over 190 years, making it one of the oldest universities in England.
It has since grown and developed through a series of mergers with several institutions in the late 20th century including Queen Elizabeth College and Chelsea College of Science and Technology (in 1985), the Institute of Psychiatry (in 1997), the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals and the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery (in 1998).
Frequently asked questions about King’s College London residences
Why should I choose to live in private housing instead of KCL dorms?
Living in a PBSA (purpose-built student accommodation) is a great alternative to living in university halls. You can share a bedroom with a roommate or you can choose to have a private bedroom. If you really value your privacy, you can even book a fully self-contained studio flat. Many PBSAs also offer great amenities likes games rooms, in-house gyms and cinema rooms for their occupants to spend their free time in and hang out with their new friends.
How do I apply for an apartment near King’s College London?
Student.com makes it easy for KCL students to book their accommodation.
After comparing the wide range of residences we list, click ‘View rooms’ to go to the property page. Choose the room type you prefer and click ‘Enquire’ or ‘Book Now.’
One of our booking consultants will then be in touch with you informing you of the next steps and answer any further questions you may have. A contract will be prepared for you to sign once you are ready to book your accommodation.
What are the different room types you offer for accommodation in Central London?
We offer three different room types:
1. Shared Rooms comprise of two or more people sharing the same bedroom. They also share other living spaces with tenants from other rooms.
2. Private Rooms offer a private bedroom and in some properties a private bathroom as well. Other living spaces are shared with tenants from other rooms.
3. Entire Place is a fully self-contained studio property with a private bedroom, bathroom and cooking facilities.
My friend and I will both be attending KCL and would like to live together. Is this possible?
Sure! After submitting your application, log into our system, and go to ‘manage your preferences’. There you can add a note saying you’d like to live with your friend. Make sure that they do the same and add a note saying they’d like to live with you.
Will I have to pay a deposit to secure my booking?
Yes, you’ll have to pay a deposit to secure your booking in our London properties.
Can you arrange a viewing of the residence for me before I book?
If you want to see the property before booking and will be in London before your move in date, this can be arranged. Most of the properties we list have a great selection of photos, videos and even VR to show you what the building and rooms will look like though, so you can often get you a good idea of what your living space will be like even if you can’t see the room for yourself.