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Our housing database is temporarily unavailable from 31st January until late April 2020. Please note if you are looking for accommodation for the academic year 2020/21, we would not advise beginning your accommodation search before May 2020.

Soon you will be able to use our brand new property platform app to find accommodation. Sign up to our mailing list to keep updated on this. Until then, here’s some tips for when you’re looking. 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 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

Since June 2019, agents and landlords cannot charge fees in relation to new tenancies. So charges for referencing and drawing up a contract are now a thing of the past for tenants. 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