If you are unable to secure permanent accommodation with City, or just need a short-term solution while you make arrangements, options are available to you.
Short-term housing can be essential and valuable if you haven't managed to secure somewhere to live at the beginning of your course or are waiting for your permanent accommodation to begin.
It can also be useful if you are travelling to London before your course begins to search for accommodation.
University of London
The University of London Housing Services (ULHS) has a variety of short term housing options available.
Options offered include rooms in halls of residence - both serviced by the University of London and options from private providers - and serviced apartments.
Hotels and hostels
There are a number of hotels and hostels located in the area around City. Hotels within two miles of City include:
- Premier Travel Inn (Islington)
- Hilton Hotel (Islington)
- Travelodge (King's Cross)
- MacDonald & Devon Hotel
- Holiday Inn (Kings Cross Bloomsbury)
- George Hotel
- Ruskin Hotel
- Travelodge (Farringdon)
- Gower House Hotel
- Thistle City Barbican
- Easy Hotel (London Old Street/Barbican).
Hostels in the local area include:
- Youth Hostel Association (YHA)
- London Hostel Association (LHA)
- The Hyelm Group (Old Street).
You can also use search engines to find alternatives, either with cheaper rates or in more convenient locations for you.
Charity and support groups
In an emergency or if you find yourself homeless, the housing charity Shelter has some good advice about what to do.
A homestay is a type of accommodation where you rent a room from a local host family and live as part of their household. The accommodation is normally cheaper than renting a room in a shared flat or house as you share facilities with your host family.
Homestays appeal to international students and students moving away from home for the first time as they allow you to live and learn the local lifestyle and language in a unique way. It is often described as a "home away from home".
Examples of homestay providers in London include:
University of London private housing advice
Students can also contact ULHS Private Housing Advisors on +44 (0)20 7862 8880 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. The University of London offers the following housing advice services:
- Online private housing guides
- Contract checking and legal housing advice
- House-hunting events and an annual housing fair.