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Disability and Dyslexia Service

Accessibility and Accommodation

Please contact the SOAS Disability Advisor to discuss your particular accessibility and accommodation requirements prior to application.

Accessibility

Information about accessibility of all buildings at SOAS 

Accommodation for SOAS students in 2014/15

There are a number of different accommodation options for SOAS undergraduates and postgraduates. All new students from outside London are advised to apply for a place in a student residence, and if we are unable to offer you campus housing we will provide the help and advice you need to find accommodation elsewhere.
All halls of residence are wheelchair accessible and have specially adapted rooms. We would encourage students with disabilities to contact the SOAS disability advisors to discuss their requirements and to visit the halls prior to application (See 'How do I apply' below).

SOAS Hall of Residence - Dinwiddy House

SOAS students (mainly undergraduates) have exclusive access to Dinwiddy House, located on Pentonville Road, adjacent to Vernon Square campus and a 20-minute walk from Russell Square campus.

  • Mixed residence, self-catering510 single en-suite rooms (cluster flats of 5-7 people) with telephone and Internet points
  • Shared kitchen/dining areas, TV/DVD room, pool table, vending machines, laundry, secure bike shed
  • Bed linen not provided but available for purchase
  • Wheelchair access and rooms specially equipped for students with disabilities
  • Fee per week for a single en-suite room for academic year 2014/15: £147.28
  • Contracts for 38 weeks (includes Christmas and Easter vacation) and extendable
SOAS Hall of Residence – Paul Robeson House

SOAS postgraduate students have exclusive access to Paul Robeson House, located on Penton Rise, adjacent to Vernon Square campus and a 20-minute walk from Russell Square campus.

  • Mixed residence, self-catering
  • 252 single and 7 double en-suite rooms (cluster flats of 5-7 people) with telephone and internet points, 1 one-bed flat for student couples
  • Shared kitchen/dining areas, TV/DVD room, vending machines, laundry, secure bike shed
  • Bed linen not provided but available for purchase
  • Wheelchair access and rooms specially equipped for students with disabilities
  • Fee per week for a single en-suite room for academic year 2014–2015: £147.28
  • Contracts for 38 weeks (includes Christmas and Easter vacation) and extendable.
Intercollegiate Student Residences

SOAS students are also entitled to apply for a place in one of the seven intercollegiate residences owned and maintained by the University of London (107 places have been allocated to SOAS students in 2014/15). This offers a valuable opportunity to mix with students from other colleges of the University. These halls provide catering, offering breakfast and evening meals on weekdays and all meals at weekends.  

Buildings tend to be older than those of the SOAS residences but have been modernised. They do not all have updated conveniences such as en-suite facilities, however many rooms do now include these, as well as personal telephones and data points for internet connection. The costs vary but are inclusive of the vacation periods. Most of the halls are in closer proximity to the SOAS Russell Square campus (see map below).

The intercollegiate halls vary considerably in style of accommodation. Students with special needs are advised to discuss them with individual residences and the SOAS Disability Advisors  prior to making application choices.

How do I apply and how are the places in halls allocated?

Once you have accepted your offer you will be sent a serial number from the Admissions department which will allow you to apply for a place in SOAS or Intercollegiate Halls.   Sanctuary Management Services manage Dinwiddy House and Paul Robeson House and also allocate places reserved for SOAS students in the Intercollegiate Halls. For more information on the residences and to apply online visit their website www.smsstudent.co.uk . For enquiries phone 020 7841 0480 or email student@sanctuary-housing.co.uk

Students who are new to SOAS and whose permanent home address is outside of the M25 will be prioritized and this applies equally to home as well as international students. After that, offers are made on a first come, first served basis.

Disabled students will also be given priority and should contact the SOAS Disability Advisors as early as possible on 020 7074 5018 or email disabilities@soas.ac.uk to discuss their requirements in confidence and make accommodation requests. The advisors can write in support of your application and help you to arrange visits and liaise with individual hall managers for information on the type of adapted facilities in different halls.

The deadline for Intercollegiate Halls applications is the 30th June 2014. There is no official deadline for SOAS halls and applications can made as late as the end of August. However, as allocation rounds take place over summer, the sooner you apply, the more chance you have of being allocated a place. Clearing students and late applicants should apply as soon as possible and can register on the waiting list from the end of September 2014 if places are not available immediately.
Continuing students (those currently enrolled and continuing on the same programme) must apply before 31st March 2014. Returning students (those currently or previously enrolled, and starting a different study programme) must apply by 30th June 2014.

Further accommodation information for Study Abroad, JYA, Erasmus and IFCELS students.

Private Accommodation

If you prefer to live in the private sector, the University of London Housing Services offers guidance to new students. It publishes the London Student Housing Guide and maintains a database of private sector and University-owned accommodation including rooms in private homes, flat-shares, rooms with meals, flats and houses for groups of two or more students and couples, with or without families, whole blocks of self-catering flats for up to 136 students, lists of hotels, hostels and accommodation agencies. It also includes information on finding temporary accommodation while viewing properties.

For more information visit their website www.housing.london.ac.uk or contact them at University of London Housing Services, University of London Union, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HY, tel: +44 (0)20 7862 8880, email: housing@lon.ac.uk The office is open to personal callers, preferably by appointment, Mon, Wed, Thurs, Frid 10.00am–5.00pm, Tues 11.00am-5.00pm and on Saturdays in September from 9.30am–2pm.

SOAS Students Union also offers help and advice on finding accommodation. Contact them at suwelfare@soas.ac.uk or drop in to their office just off the JCR at the Russell Square Campus. Visit the Students' Union website for information including Student Union Housing Top Tips and useful links, for example, facebook groups for students who do not have a place in a hall of residence and who are seeking potential housemates.

Independent Halls

London also has a range of independent halls, many of which are close to SOAS, for example. For a complete up to date list please go to the University of London Housing Services website

More information

For more information about alternative housing options please see the SOAS Accommodation page.