Private accommodation refers to rooms or whole properties let by a private landlord, offering more independent living than a halls of residence. Finding a home in the private rental market can seem daunting, especially if you are renting for the first time or new to London, but SOAS will provide support and advice including contract checking to help you find the right place to live.
Before getting started, take a look at the University of London Private Housing Guide, packed with all the information you need to find a place to live in private rented accommodation, including tips about where to look, a house viewing checklist and budgeting advice.
Many SOAS students live in private rented accommodation
Many SOAS students live in private rented accommodation and commute an average of 20-40 minutes to SOAS. Private renting may offer more privacy, independence and cheaper rents than halls of residence, but also means more responsibility and can increase your transport costs
Houses are advertised 4-8 weeks before they are available
To find somewhere to live, you should come to London before the start of the academic session to view houses. Houses are usually advertised 4-8 weeks before they are available and it takes at least 1 – 2 weeks to find a place that you are happy with, so think about coming to London between August and September. Dinwiddy House offers affordable short stay accommodation during the summer; its central location makes it a good place to start your search.
There is a University of London Housing Fair which takes place on the 05 May 2017. A mix of university managed properties and accredited private rented properties will also be made available online if you are unable to attend.
Makes sure to read through the information presented to you in this section it can make the challenge of finding the right place to live easier.