Students at Silwood

Finding a place to stay

Student on her laptop in halls

If you're not staying in College accommodation, finding somewhere to live in London needs to be a priority.

London has a huge range of privately rented housing, but don’t panic if you don’t know where to start your search – Imperial’s Student Hub team can provide plenty of advice and support, even before you arrive at the College.

We know that coronavirus has caused a lot of anxiety and uncertainty for those looking for private accommodation. The important thing is not to rush into signing contracts before you arrive and without looking properly at the accommodation in person. 

You can also protect yourself by adding a Coronavirus clause or addendum to your agreement. 

For more tips like this, and other help with finding accommodation in London, please see our Private Accommodation website.

Imperial Home Solutions

To help you navigate London’s huge choice of properties, we run an online property search website exclusively for Imperial students.

Imperial Home Solutions is a great tool for finding rented properties offered by private landlords or other students. You can search by type and size of property, price, area and travel time, and create your own property shortlist.

Imperial Home Solutions is also useful for connecting with potential flatmates via the messageboard, as well as accessing useful information to help with your search, from a checklist of what to look for when viewing properties to advise on contracts and deposits.

The London Rents Map provides a useful overview of rent rates for different areas.

Find more help on searching for private accommodation on our Accommodation website.


GradPad accommodation has been designed exclusively for postgraduate living, with halls at two London locations:

  • GradPad Griffon Studios – Battersea
  • GradPad Wood Lane Studios – White City/Shepherd's Bush

For details on price, facilities and booking, see the GradPad website.