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We will be launching a brand new Property Platform this summer to help students find accommodation for the academic year 20/21.  

Property viewings are not currently possible during the UK lockdown. It is also not clear when the lockdown will be lifted and how this could affect the start of the academic year.

We will look to launch the new platform at a time when students will be able to start planning for the next academic year but we cannot currently predict when this will might be.

Please sign up to our mailing list to receive regular updates on the launch of our new property platform.

 

This summer we will be hosting a Virtual Housing Fair which will allow you to speak directly to a wide range of accommodation providers offering accommodation for next academic year.

We will also be holding several webinars throughout the summer offering advice and practical tips on finding and securing accommodation in London, particularly in light of the current situation.

Check out the events section of our website for more information on these and our Virtual Housing Fair – see here

 

We do not advise that you secure accommodation now for the next academic year.

You must be confident that you will be able to commit to your contract as they are legally binding agreements and there is often no way to cancel them once they have been agreed. 

Until then, here’s some tips for when you’re able to safely commit to accommodation for next year. You can also use our Housing Guide for more detailed information.

Where To Look

There’s lots of options online for finding accommodation in London. You can use our Flatmate Finder Facebook group to buddy up with our students to find a place together. You can also check out our Student Homes properties if you’d like University-managed house and flat shares, or click here to find out about student halls.

If you’re looking for private accommodation, there is a list of websites you can use to find houses, flats, or rooms available to rent on our Other Private Accommodation websites page

Please be careful when responding to adverts for accommodation online. There are unfortunately people who target students in housing scams and it can be very difficult to get money back from scammers. Never send money to someone before you have viewed a property, and don’t use money transfer services like Western Union or Moneygram. 

Fees

Agents and landlords cannot charge fees in relation to new tenancies. If an agent or landlord tries to charge you a fee, they are probably breaking the law. For more info, see our Tenant Fees Act page

Letting Agents

If you use a letting agent when you’re looking for accommodation, make sure they’re a member of a redress scheme. Redress schemes are independent and can resolve disputes between letting agents and tenants. You can find out if they’re a member by searching on the Property Ombudsman and Property Redress Scheme websites. If an agent is not a member of one, they’re breaking the law, and we would strongly recommend you look elsewhere for accommodation. If something an agent is doing doesn’t seem right, you can always call us for advice. 

Contract Checking

We offer a Contract Checking Service – we’d recommend you get your contract looked at by an advisor before you sign it, so you can be sure there’s no problems with it. If you don’t have time for an appointment, you can also use our Contract Checking Guide.

Call Us!

If you’re still feeling lost, one of our team would be happy to speak to you about finding accommodation. You can give our office a ring on 020 7862 8880 or drop us an email on housing@london.ac.uk