SOAS University of London

International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies

Student Halls of Residence

Accommodation for all IFCELS students on courses beginning at the start of the academic year is centrally managed by 'Sanctuary Students'.

When you have accepted your offer of a place on an IFCELS course and have paid the deposit, you will be sent an accommodation information pack which includes a leaflet containing a unique serial number. This serial number allows you access to an online application system via Sanctuary Students . Please ensure you apply as soon as possible as accommodation in the halls of residence is in great demand and allocation of rooms works on a first come, first served basis.

The accommodation information pack is usually sent within 1- 2 weeks from the date you accept the offer, or slightly longer during busier periods. If you do not receive the accommodation pack within this period , you should e-mail
We strongly advise that students do not delay in applying for their accommodation, as university accommodation is not guaranteed for all applicants.

Students should not wait until they have had confirmation of their visas as this will only delay the process further.  In the unfortunate event that a student is unsuccessful in getting a visa, then the accommodation application can be withdrawn before any deposit being paid.  This is preferable to waiting until a student has a visa and then perhaps being too late to apply for a room.  
It is also not necessary to send a deposit with the initial accommodation application – this does not increase the chance of getting a place in a hall of residence.  A deposit for the accommodation should only be sent once an offer of accommodation has been made.
If you are successful in getting a place at one of the residences, you will receive an offer by e-mail containing detailed information about the contract, how to accept the offer and how to make a deposit payment.

Dinwiddy House 

has single rooms with en-suite shower, toilet and washbasin. Each room has a bed, wardrobe, desk with drawers, chair and bookcase. The rooms are grouped together in flats with 5, 6 or 7 students living in each flat containing a shared kitchen/dining area.

Paul Robeson House 

offers similar accommodation but for FDPS and postgraduate students only.


20 minutes walk from SOAS. Nearest underground is Kings Cross on the Piccadilly Line. Areas such as Soho, Oxford Street, Covent Garden etc. are within 45 minutes walk and 20 minutes by public transport.

For more information about both residences please go to Sanctuary Students

A broadband internet service is available in rooms - full details.

Price per week

Self-Catering single en-suite rooms are available from September for full academic year only. Fees for the 2015-16 academic year are 151.43 GBP per week. Occasionally rooms in SOAS residences are available for 1 or 2 terms.

Further details about the SOAS residences

University of London Intercollegiate Halls of Residence

The Inter-collegiate Halls of residence are maintained by the University of London and are for students from other colleges of the University of London as well as SOAS students. There are 8 inter-collegiate halls of residence. All,with the exception of Lillian Pension Hall, provide breakfast and evening meal which are included in the price. Lillian Pension Hall provides meals on a 'pay-as-you-eat' basis.

Most of the halls offer single or shared rooms which are available from September for the full academic year only.


Most University of London halls are within easy walking distance of SOAS.

Price per week

179.00-277.00 GBP (average) for a single room , depending on location and facilities.

Further details on the intercollegiate halls

Please note that  all of our residences are smoke free in accordance with Government legislation. This means that smoking is not permitted in any part of the building including rooms, kitchens, communal areas, courtyards and outside spaces.