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Alliance House

General

Alliance House is offered exclusively to City, University of London students by social landlord Sanctuary Students. Students who are offered accommodation at Alliance House will sign an agreement with Sanctuary Students and not with City, University of London, and will therefore be bound by Sanctuary Students' terms and conditions of residence.

Main features

  • Alliance House offers 191 single study 10 m2 bedrooms with en-suite shower, wash basin and toilet. These rooms are arranged in cluster flats of five to eight single rooms with a shared kitchen.
  • In addition, Alliance House offers 18 single 10 m2 rooms arranged in two and three bedroom flats with shared bathroom and kitchen, which are a great option for groups of friends who prefer 'apartment' style living.
  • There are also 4 self-contained one bedroom flats.
  • Every study bedroom has telephone, data and television aerial points. Telephone service is provided by Keycom.
  • There is a common room available to all residents with television and DVD player, a quiet sitting room and bicycle storage.
  • Located in the residential area of Newington Green, approximately 30 minutes' travel on public transport from City, University of London's main building at Northampton Square.

In addition, all halls have the following features:

  • Self-catered
  • Non-smoking
  • On-site management and staffed reception during business hours
  • 24-hour CCTV in operation and security guard on duty out of hours
  • Free 12 mb/s Wifi
  • Coin-operated laundry facilities.
  • Bicycle storage

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Cost

Prices for 2020/21

Room TypeContract StartContract EndPrice per WeekTotal PriceDeposit
En Suite06 September 202041 Weeks - 20 June 2021

51 Weeks - 28 August 2021
£177.32£7,270.12 (41 weeks)

£9,043.32 (51 weeks)
£400 (£325 reservation fee credited
towards the first instalment + £75 non-refundable admin fee).
Shared Cluster Flat*06 September 202028 August 2021£177.32£9,043.32£400 (£325 reservation fee credited
towards the first instalment + £75 non-refundable admin fee).
One Bedroom Flat06 September 202028 August 2021£258.65£13,191.15£400 (£325 reservation fee credited
towards the first instalment + £75 non-refundable admin fee).
 

Prices for 2019/20

Room TypeContract StartContract EndPrice per WeekTotal PriceDeposit
En Suite08 September 2019 30 August 2020£173.51£7,113.91 (41 weeks)

£8,849.01(51 weeks)
£400 (£325 reservation fee credited
towards the first instalment + £75 non-refundable admin fee).
Shared Cluster Flat*08 September 201930 August 2020£173.51£8,849.01£400 (£325 reservation fee credited
towards the first instalment + £75 non-refundable admin fee).
One Bedroom Flat08 September 201930 August 2020£253.08£12,907.08£400 (£325 reservation fee credited
towards the first instalment + £75 non-refundable admin fee).
 

*Shared Cluster Flat - shared kitchen and bathroom between 2, 3 & 4 students. All rooms are for single occupancy.

If you need to arrive before the start date of the contract, you can arrange a direct let stay with Alliance House. Please follow this link to their website for further information. Please check their terms and conditions before booking, and speak directly with Alliance House if you have any questions specifically about an early arrival.

What is included in the cost of the rent?

  • Utility bills (water, electricity, heating)
  • Internet access provided by Keycom
  • Contents insurance provided by Cover4Students

What is not included?

  • Telephone bill
  • TV licence (please see the TV Licensing website for information on if you need a license and how to obtain one)
  • Bedding (sheets, pillow, duvet etc.)
  • Cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery in kitchens

All Halls of Residence are self-catered, therefore students are responsible for their own food.

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Location

Alliance House is located in a quiet courtyard just off Newington Green in North London, an area which has a variety of local shops, cafes and bars and a pleasant community atmosphere.

Many residents in Alliance House use one of the regular bus services to get to and from City and benefit from the discounted 18+ Oyster card available to eligible students.

Other students choose to cycle. The Hall offers free secure bike storage. Please also see the City’s Cycling and Green Travel page for details on the free secure bike storage and cycling support on offer to students at City, University of London.

Nearest stations: Newington Green (bus), Canonbury (Overground)

Approximate distance from City, University of London's main buildings: 30 minutes (including travel on public transport)

For international student’s information on how to get to the City, University of London from major London airports please click here.

Maps on where the halls are relative to City, University of London can be found here.

London public transport uses a top up card system called an ‘Oyster Card’, these can be purchased at most stations, for more information please refer to the TFL’s website.

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Frequently asked questions

Instalment Related

What are the rent instalment dates and amounts?

Site Details

Room Type

Length of Contract

1st Instalment

2nd Instalment

3rd Instalment

Due Date

Amount

Due Date

Amount

Due Date

Amount

Alliance House

Single Standard En Suite

41 weeks

20/08/2020

£3,191.76

07/01/2021

£2,127.84

02/04/2021

£1,950.52

Alliance House

Single Standard En Suite

51 weeks

20/08/2020

£3,191.76

07/01/2021

£3,014.44

02/04/2021

£2,837.12

Alliance House

Single Standard Shared Flat

51 weeks

20/08/2020

£3,191.76

07/01/2021

£3,014.44

02/04/2021

£2,837.12

Alliance House

One Bedroom Flat

51 weeks

20/08/2020

£4,655.70

07/01/2021

£4,397.05

02/04/2021

£4,138.40

How many instalments is the rent paid?

Rent can be paid in one or three instalments

Can I pay in instalments if I'm an international student?

Yes, three instalments is the maximum

If you are intending to pay via a US, UK or Canadian loan you will be required to pay the following rates excluding £400 deposit to reserve your room:

Single en-suite - £400.00 prepayment of rent and the remainder of the 1st instalment will then be deducted from the individual student recurring card payment account 3 weeks prior to the arrival date.

Single shared flat - £400.00 prepayment of rent and the remainder of the 1st instalment will then be deducted from the individual student recurring card payment account 3 weeks prior to the arrival date.

One Bed Flat – £400.00 prepayment of rent and the remainder of the 1st instalment will then be deducted from the individual student recurring card payment account 3 weeks prior to the arrival date.

How much do I need to pay for each instalment?

2018/19:

2018/19 1st instalment 2nd instalment 3rd instalment
Contract length 41 weeks 51 weeks 41 weeks 51 weeks 41 weeks 51 weeks
Standard En-Suite £3,026.34 £3,026.34 £2,185.69 £2,858.21 £1,681.30 £2,690.08
Standard Shared - £3,026.34 - £2,858.21 - £2,690.08
One Bedroom Flat - £4,414.32 - £4,169.08 - £3,923.84

Do you need an UK Guarantor to pay instalments?

No, a guarantor is not required.

Payments

What do I need to pay to reserve my room?

Applications for accommodation are received and processed by the City, University of London Student Centre. Once your application is successful with City, University of London, you will be nominated to Sanctuary Students’ Accommodation Office, who will then email you with further details on how to complete your room reservation. Please ensure you have £400 pre-payment of rent to accept the terms of the licence agreement or the 1st instalment of rent if you are booking on or after the 24th August 2020. We also advise you read the Sanctuary Students’ Accommodation cancellation policy before you make any financial commitments.

Please ensure you have £400 to reserve your room or the 1st instalment of rent if you are booking on or after the 24th August 2018. We also advise you

How can I pay for my rent?

Rent can be paid using the following methods:

  • Most credit and debit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, etc.) for online, telephone and in-person payments
  • GBP banker's drafts (must be issued by bank with a branch or institutional partner in the UK)
  • GBP travellers' cheques (for in person payments only)
  • Unfortunately, you cannot pay using American Express credit cards, personal cheques or cash.
  • At the time of confirming your booking, a £400.00 pre-payment of rent is required. When you make this payment a recurring card payment is set up for the installment payments to be taken using the same bank card details you used to set up your student account.

Can I pay via bank transfer?

Yes, please email the Accommodation Office at london.students@sanctuary-students.com or alliance.house@sanctuary-students.com who will be happy to send the bank details to you.

Are there charges for paying by credit card?

Sanctuary Students do not charge for credit card payments but your provider may charge you.

I can't pay my 1st instalment as I'm waiting for my student loan to be confirmed, can I still move into my room?

You will be given the option to make a reduced payment, by providing the Accommodation Office with proof of your student loan, either in person at the hall reception or via email to london.students@sanctuary-students.com. Then the remainder of the 1st instalment to be made when your student loan is paid to you.

If you are intending to pay via a US or Canadian loan you will be required to pay the following rates excluding £400 deposit to reserve your room:

Single on suite –  Details to be confirmed + £400 pre-payment of rent

Single shared flat - Details to be confirmed + £400 pre-payment of rent

One Bed Flat -  Details to be confirmed + £400 pre-payment of rent

The remainder of the 1st instalment will then be deducted from the individual students recurring card payment on the agreed date made by Sanctuary Students accommodation team.

If you think that your funding will arrive after this, please either call the Accommodation Office on or email london.students@sanctuary-students.com who will then assess your situation and make changes to your rent instalment schedule if necessary

Is there a discount if I pay for my accommodation in full?

Unfortunately, there is no discount for paying for your accommodation in full.

I'm getting external funding to pay for my accommodation, can I defer my first rent instalment to a later date?

All students are required to pay a £400 pre-payment of rent to secure the room booking.  Under the terms of the license agreement the first instalment is due three weeks prior to arrival.  If you are unable to make the first instalment payment, please provide Sanctuary Students accommodation team proof of your loan/funding by emailing london.students@sanctuary-students.com who will suggest a minimum amount to be made until your loan is in payment, normally around 28th September.

Single on suite - £400.00 prepayment of rent and the remainder of the 1st instalment will then be deducted from the individual student recurring card payment account 3 weeks prior to the arrival date.

Single shared flat - £400.00 prepayment of rent and the remainder of the 1st instalment will then be deducted from the individual student recurring card payment account 3 weeks prior to the arrival date.

One Bed Flat - £400.00 prepayment of rent and the remainder of the 1st instalment will then be deducted from the individual student recurring card payment account 3 weeks prior to the arrival date.

Remainder of the 1st instalment will then be deducted from the individual students recurring card payment account on

Can I extend my stay after my contract has ended?

If you have booked a 41 week contract, you will be able to extend to a 51 week contract subject to availability

Cancellations

Can I cancel my room reservation before my contract starts?

Up to and including 45 days before the start of your Licence Agreement

You can cancel at any time during this period. If you cancel within 45 days, you will receive a refund of any monies paid less Sanctuary Students right to recover any reasonable costs incurred in making and cancelling the Licence.

During the last 45 days before the start of your tenancy – you will only be able to cancel this agreement if a suitable and eligible replacement tenant is found and you have informed our Accommodation Office by calling 0300 123 5050 or emailing london.students@sanctuary-students.com. If a suitable replacement is found, Sanctuary Students have the right to recover any reasonable costs incurred in making and cancelling the Licence.

Can I cancel my contract after I have moved in to the room?

Please see the staff at the Front Desk to advise of your departure, and email the Sanctuary Accommodation Support Team at london.students@sanctuary-students.com will advise City of your departure plans and efforts will be made to find a suitable replacement to take over your contract. Please remember that you will also need to complete City’s departure form too- this is available from the Student Centre.

Be aware that you will still be financially liable for the room until a suitable replacement has been found.

Can I cancel my contract if I withdraw from my course?

If the student withdraws from their course at university or City University and the management at Alliance House mutually authorise an early termination, the student only remains liable for 28 days. After 1st April, the student is liable until the end of the licence, or until replaced.

How long before I receive a refund of rent if another student takes over my contract?

Refunds are processed within 28 days of the termination of your contract.

Housing Related

Can I have guests stay over in my room?

One overnight guest is allowed at a time and can stay up to three nights in any seven nights.

Specific Requests

Students who have any specific room requests (e.g. certain floor/double bed etc.) must ensure they request this at the time of booking or as soon as possible. Please note, although the halls of residences will do their best to accommodate this, due to availability this is not always possible. With the stress that this is not always possible students that do put in a request should not assume this is automatically guaranteed because they have requested it. If a student wishes to discuss a preference please contact the hall of residence directly for further information.

If I don't like the room I have been assigned to can I move to another room?

There is a charge for room moves however this is subject to availability. Once you are allocated a room it is unlikely for it to be changed unless student has a genuine medical issue.

Is there any additional items I need to bring to the hall?

Bedding and kitchen packs can be sold to students on site however you must email 4 weeks prior to arriving to arrange the items to be ordered. Kettles, toasters, irons are not provided.

What will happen if get into financial difficulty and cannot pay my rent?

Student need to contact site immediately to discuss issues and provide any supporting evidence. Each case will be looked at on an individual basis and if we deem the situation to be legitimate we will aid students in the best possible way. This may include a steady payment plan.

Can I bring a TV with me?

You can bring a television with you, however it is your responsibility to make sure you have paid for a TV license.

Can I arrive before my contract start date?

Yes, in some circumstances depending on availability. Refer to the hall directly for daily charges.

What if I am unhappy with my room, can I change?

No.

What if I want to extend my stay?

Yes, only if student is on 41 weeks contract, at same weekly rent..

Is there a cleaning service available?

No

What are the laundry charges?

The costs are £3.00 per wash and £1.20 per dry.

Terms and Conditions

Terms & Conditions

Cancellation Policy- Please refer to section 4 in the Terms & Conditions

Additional & Damage Costs - Please refer to section 3 clause 3.13

Please note all information was current as of the 18th April 2019