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Finding and Securing Housing in the UK

Finding accommodation is one of the most pressing issues for many students preparing to study in the UK. Some students find accommodation prior to arriving in the UK, however many others travel to the UK with the intention of finding accommodation upon arrival.

General information and guidance on searching for accommodation prior to and upon arriving in the UK can be found on the main Housing Support section.

Finding Housing in the UK – Short Stay Accommodation

If you intend to travel to the UK and find accommodation upon arrival, you will need to make sure that you have suitable short-term accommodation for the period that you are house hunting.

Many students opt to stay in hotels for this period. If you find yourself without accommodation when you first arrive, the London Tourist Board will be able to help you book a hotel or room. There are Tourist Information Centres all over London, including ones at Heathrow Airport and Victoria Station. For more information and to book a hotel online see the Visit London website or to book a hotel over the phone call the Expedia reservations department on +44 (0)203 564 5657.

However if your search takes longer than expected, staying in a hotel can end up being very costly. In order to avoid spending large amounts of money on hotels you may find it useful to consider one of the following options:

Short Stay Hostels

The maximum length of stay is usually two weeks, however this is often negotiable if you need a little longer.

Indian Student YMCA

YHA St Pancras

YHA St Pauls

YHA Earls Court

YHA Holland Park

YHA London Thameside


London Hostels Association Belsize House

Meininger Hostel

Journeys Kings Cross

Homestay Accommodation

Flexible accommodation with a family in London. This is a good option for students who are looking for a secure family environment until they find somewhere more long term.

HFS London

Hosts International

Short Term Renting

Flexible accommodation aimed at students that can be rented on a nightly basis.


Please note: due to the number of students arriving in London in September, short-term accommodation fills up very quickly. You are therefore advised to book accommodation as far in advance as possible in order to avoid disappointment.

Also when booking accommodation make sure you are clear about the terms and conditions of the agreement, especially in relation to cancellations, extending your stay or leaving early.


Student Support Office

+44 (0)20 7590 4140

[email protected]

"You are advised to book accommodation as far in advance as possible in order to avoid disappointment."