Students with family or partner

Halls of residence

Most of the halls of residence will not take children or partners, but the following halls do accept children and / or partners: International Students HouseInternational Hall* (flats only), Goodenough CollegeNansen Village and Zebra Housing. In addition to the above, Lillian Penson Hall* and College Hall* will accept applications from students who wish to live with their partner (does not have to be a student). However, these halls cannot cater for children.

* these halls are part of the University of London Intercollegiate Halls. Find out more about the Intercollegiate Halls and how to apply.

Private accommodation

If you are planning to live in private accommodation, there are usually no restrictions about bringing your partner and / or children, but you should be clear with the landlord about who will be living with you.

Make sure that you think about your budget as living with your partner and/or children will increase the amount of rent you have to spend. You may want to consider living further away from the school (Zones 2 onwards) as this will usually mean you pay a more reasonable amount of rent.

You should refer to the Private accommodation section  to find out more about how to go about your search.

Council tax

Adults in private accommodation are usually expected to pay council tax but full-time students are exempt from paying council tax for the period they are studying. If your partner has a visa as your dependant, then they will also be exempt from paying. If you have any queries about this once you begin the course, you should contact the Student Adviser.

Childcare and schools

If you have children, where you live may also be influenced by childcare and schooling options. Download our information sheet on Childcare options near to LSHTM but please be aware that these will be very popular so you may need to explore other options. Most children from around the age of 4 will be eligible for a free school place (in a UK state school).  Younger children will need to be in paid child-care (nursery, child minder or nanny) - and childcare in London is notoriously expensive so be prepared!