Imperial College Business School students live in a variety of properties and locations during their studies as London has a vast range of private accommodation providers. Some accommodation options include swimming pools, gyms and cinemas, with costs to reflect these facilities whilst others offer more modest accommodation, including the option to share a room with others, which is also reflected in their fees.
In the admissions team we often hear from students who are worried about financing the cost of living in London in addition to paying their tuition fees. To help, we’ve pulled together a summary of alternative accommodation options in London which are definitely worth considering, although it must be said that no one in the team has ever lived at any of the below options or is affiliated to them in any capacity. The majority of these centrally located options are offered by charitable organisations or religious groups who aim to provide cost effective accommodation for British, EU and international students who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford to study in the capital.
International Student House – a great social resource for London’s students
International Student House is a charitable organisation that promotes international friendship and understanding through provision of accommodation, social and support services for the international student community in London. They offer rooms in central London (zone one) at 40% less than the market rate. If you’re willing to share a room with other students these costs can be as low as £70 a week for a quad room and £103 for a twin. Single rooms are available from £150 a week, significantly less than a comparable room rented privately on the edge of Regent’s Park! For those not living at ISH there’s a range of social activities such as weekly pub quizzes, cultural trips within London in addition to travel opportunities in the UK and in Europe, often at a fraction of the cost to if arranged independently. As an Imperial College Business School student you are automatically a member of ISH, so ensure you utilise the benefits.
Living within a collegiate community is an excellent way to forge lifelong relationships
For those who want to contribute to the community that they live in (and are happy to live with aspects like a curfew) then there are great value options such as Netherhall House, Newman House, Ashwell House, Chester House and the International Lutheran Student Centre. All of these options have a Christian ethos and some are single sex, although many accept applications from students from all faiths and none with some reserving up to 30% of their accommodation for students who are not of a Christian faith. Most of these halls are in very central locations and often include meals within their accommodation costs making them a good choice for those who are acutely aware of money. Another choice for those looking for a collegiate feel to their London life is Goodenough College. Their single rooms are from £192 a week for the 17/18 year, but there are a number of need based scholarships available which will cover most of the cost of the rent. The application deadline to be considered for a scholarship is 30 June 2017.
Opting for accommodation owned by a Housing Trust is a great way to live centrally on a budget
If living in an established community doesn’t appeal then there are still some reasonably priced accommodation options within central London. In particular, Viridian Housing Trust are a charitable organisation committed to offering affordable student accommodation across London. Twin rooms are available at Helen Grantham House in Bloomsbury for £120 a week whereas single rooms are less than £150 a week at Goldsmiths House in Camden. They also do not require a deposit payment, which is an additional bonus for those on a limited budget. Likewise, Ducane Housing Association offer not for profit halls in Shepherd’s Bush for around £600 a month for a single room.
Applications are open – you could find a home for your MSc year and beyond!
All of the providers mentioned above are now open for applications for September 2017 and some allocate their rooms on a first come, first served basis. Ensure that you put effort into answering the questions on the application form as the committee want to know that you will benefit from and be an asset to their community. Some of these providers also offer rooms to young professionals in addition to students, so if you get lucky then you could end up with a very centrally located room at a reasonable price for the next few years!
New to London? Read our other blog posts
If you’re struggling to understand the mass of London transportation options then read our insider’s guide on getting to Imperial College Business School and if you’re considering renting privately, then read our guide to finding student accommodation. The Imperial College London accommodation team also provide extensive advice, including area guides, for those new to London or the UK.
Found some accommodation that you like? Get your contract checked before you sign it
The Imperial College accommodation team can also check accommodation contracts before you sign, ensuring you know that you are getting a fair, legal deal. For those currently in London, the accommodation team hold a series of events known as May Housing Mayhem to give students a space to meet others in a similar position and view accommodation options.
Disclaimer: All prices and locations are correct at the time of posting (05/05/17) and providers may change these at any time. All of the above options are completely independent of Imperial College London and any contract agreements will be directly with these providers.