When you arrive in London one of your top priorities should be finding a place to live. Your first couple of weeks here will involve finding a temporary place to stay, searching for permanent housing, signing a contract, moving in, and settling into your new home - an important and exciting process. This section offers information, tips, and resources to help you during this crucial time. You’ll find everything from hotel and hostel listings, to a step-by-step guide to finding housing, to places to buy furniture.
Finding an Apartment
Plan your arrival in London to give yourself enough time to get settled into a home and make related arrangements (setting up telephone and utilities, finding the local grocery store, schools for children, etc.) With thousands of students in transition in London every year, available apartments are often taken very quickly, so using the internet to find apartments is probably your best bet.
We recommend arriving at least two weeks before your first day of class so that you have time to explore your options before making a decision. Anyone with additional concerns, such as selecting schools, arranging childcare or buying a car prior to the start of classes, should try to arrive even earlier, if possible. Once classes begin, there will be little free time to continue making arrangements. If you have a family then we advise visiting London some months in advance to secure an apartment and register your children for school. Both Hult House and Hult Russell Square are very centrally located, but there is no particular area of London we recommend Hult students stay in as both campuses are easily accessible from all areas of London. To keep commuting times to a minimum, try to find accommodation as close to the center as possible without overspending your budget.
A Word of Caution
You should always view your apartment in person before signing a lease or making a commitment. Most students do not begin searching for an apartment until they arrive in London. Never give your credit card or banking information to anyone over email. If you are traveling to an isolated part of the city to look at an apartment, ask someone to go with you. Not only will you be safer, you'll have another set of eyes to give you their perspective on your possible new home. Unless you wish to live in an independent Halls of Residence, we do not recommend you confirm or pay for any accommodation before arriving in London. Do set up viewings of accommodation before you arrive, but if you are unsure of anything contact your recruiter or the Student Services team in London. They will be happy to help review any documents and discuss any concerns you may have.
Remember: if an apartment or price seems too good to be true, it probably is!