SOAS University of London

Information for Students

Private Accommodation

Private accommodation bedroom

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 our Guide to Finding Private Rented Accommodation, 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.

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55% of SOAS students live in private rented accommodation

Most SOAS students live in private rented accommodation and commute an average of 20-40 minutes to SOAS. Private renting can 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.