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A quick guide to looking for accommodation

Do you want to live with other people?

If so, you should focus on a flat-share in private accommodation, Student Homes, private halls or residence or intercollegiate hall of residence.

Want to live alone?

Some halls of residence offer studio-flat type accommodation, with a small kitchenette and en-suite bathroom.  Alternatively, a studio flat, although relatively expensive, is an option – this would contain a small kitchen area in the main living space.

Decide your budget

Depending on what you are used to, London can seem moderately or hugely expensive so you should be realistic about what you can afford.  Household bills (gas, electricity etc) are generally not included in the price.  Typical private rents (for a room in a shared house) start at £90 per week (the average being £135 per week).  A room in an inexpensive hall of residence starts at around £175 per week. As a rule, living further from the centre will be cheaper (including factoring in travel costs).

What accommodation does the School provide?

We have an allocation of 55 rooms in the University of London Intercollegiate Halls, offering a range of different options – catered and un-catered accommodation, en-suite rooms, studios and single bedrooms. 

LSHTM students also have access to the private accommodation via the Student Homes scheme which offers rooms in private houses comprising 3 or 4 bedrooms.

Where to live?

If you’re not familiar with London it can be hard to know where to start your search.  Take a look at our area guide, and familiarise yourself with London’s public transport network.  Bear in mind that most Londoners don’t live in zone 1 – it’s very normal to live in zone 2 and beyond.

Is there anything I should have with me when looking for accommodation?

Before you leave for the UK:

Sufficient funds to pay your deposit (usually one month’s rent) and the first month’s rent

References from previous landlords (in English ideally) - not essential, but a good idea

Bank statements (again not essential, but a good idea)

Once you are in London:

  • Tube map (available at all underground stations, as an app, and on the TFL website)
  • A-Z map of London available from most newsagents, or an app on your phone eg Citymapper
  • Oystercard (see the Transport section)
  • UK mobile (cell) phone or a phone card
  • Internet access (or bring your laptop – many cafes offer free wi-fi)