So you’ve decided London is the city for you, but where are you going to live? With over 20 universities in one city, the choices for new students are seemingly endless.
When it comes to a city like London, what becomes important is balancing convenience with cost. While some halls can offer relative luxury compared with other student accommodation, they could also put a strain on an average student’s budget, while cheaper halls could be just too far away from campus to commute comfortably every day. Remember, what seems like a nice stroll in the August sunshine might feel a little bit harder on dark winter mornings in December!
University Halls of Residence
We have a look at some of the options for the biggest universities in the city.
Imperial College London
All halls at Imperial College London are self catered, and many are shared with other nearby universities and colleges. This means that, while some residences like Beit Hall are less than five minutes walk from the university’s main South Kensington campus, other halls, like the Woodward Buildings and the Costume Store, are over an hour by bus. Because of this, it is important to consider where you will be spending most of your time studying before choosing somewhere to live.
King’s College London
Kings College London offers students a wide selection of self catered accommodation, all of which include heating, electricity and water bills – and even free wifi. King’s is based across five campuses spread throughout the city, and so, like with Imperial, every new student needs to consider which residence is best placed for the subject they’re studying.
Bernard Myers and Champion Hill are both just a 10 minute walk from Denmark Hill, while Wolfson House and Orchard Lisle and Iris Brook are both a short 5 minute walk away from Guy’s Campus. Meanwhile Stamford Street is the closest to Strand, with a 15 minute walk to the campus.
University College London
University College London offers three options when choosing where to live, all of which are within walking distance of the university’s main Bloomsbury campus. While Astor College is closed for the 2017/18 academic year, Ifor Evans Hall and Ramsay Hall both offer catered accommodation to undergraduates.
Another option for students looking to study at UCL to consider is the Intercollegiate Halls, which are open to students studying at any college in the University of London. UCL receives an allocation of rooms in each of these colleges, with College Hall, Connaught Hall, Garden Halls and International Hall all offering catered and self-catered accommodation close to the main UCL campus. These intercollegiate halls can give students a chance to meet people from outside their college, helping to make the most of their time studying in London.