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1. University of London Housing Services

University of London Housing Services  offer a comprehensive service to all University of London, including UCL, students. They have a range of properties that they rent out themselves and they have a database of accommodation  which is regularly updated on their website. They also have a list of registered letting agents .

They publish a very useful booklet – London Student Housing Guide (pdf version)  - which covers all aspects of finding and living in private rented accommodation. The London Student Housing Guide website  includes a flatsharing messageboard. 

University of London Housing Services 
University of London Union
4th Floor
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HY

Tel: 020 7862 8880
Fax: 020 7862 8084

2. Stay UCL

UCL Student Accomodation office is open for enquiries about UCL student housing from 9:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday.

UCL Student Accomodation 
University College London
117 Gower Street
London WC1E 6AP

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 6322
Fax: +44 (0)20 7383 0407

3. Letting agents / accommodation agencies

Many properties are rented through agencies, so you get a bigger choice BUT some agencies are better than others. It is worth checking whether the agency is a member of a professional body. You can check this on the following websites (these are the most reputable):

You can also use one of the University of London Housing Services’ registered letting agencies

Many agencies also advertise through websites and local papers.

4. Newspapers

If you know which area of London you want to live in, then the local newspapers can be useful. Loot is another useful paper with properties from landlords, agencies and tenants looking for flatmates.

The advantages of newspapers are that there are good offers but there are no checks or control over the accommodation, so you need to check everything carefully yourself. Properties can also go very quickly, so you need to get the paper on the day it comes out and if you find something you are interested in, then phone immediately.

If a landlord is accredited with the London Landlord Accreditation Scheme (LLAS) , they can display the logo and this is evidence of good quality accommodation.

5. Websites

There are many accommodation websites used by landlords, agencies and private individuals. These can be useful but as above, there are no checks on the safety or quality of the accommodation and you need to be careful.

6. Notices and word of mouth

Notices, whether on noticeboards around the university or in shop windows, can be a useful way to find good offers. Be aware of landlords who put up notices direct to students on university noticeboards. They should be registered with the university. Check yourself and be wary if they are not. Accommodation found by word of mouth can also be good but is not necessarily better than that found in any other way.

7. Private halls of residence

There is an increasing amount of accommodation available in private halls and they cater to a variety of needs. They tend to be slightly more expensive but have good facilities. The University of London Housing Services has a list of Private Halls. You could also look at Unite, which is a large organisation providing student accommodation.

When to look

You cannot normally arrange accommodation more than 4-6 weeks in advance so most students look for private rented accommodation in August and September. If you are thinking of private Halls, you may need to look earlier.

Camden Federation of Private Tenants

You may also be interested to know of the Camden Federation of Private Tenants  who work to improve the housing conditions of private tenants in the London Borough of Camden, by working with and supporting them to organise and campaign for better protection, rights and services. They also signpost people to advice agencies, and provide information, support and basic advice on a wide variety of tenancy-related issues.