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.
Bachelor Students Starting 2014
Starting 2014, first-year students will live on campus among your classmates, making new friends and immersing yourself in Hult culture. The new student accommodation will be in the same complex as your classrooms and features numerous social areas including a terrace lounge and garden café. Live and study in a safe, comfortable, and stimulating environment that has high-spec facilities, contemporary interiors, and plenty of room to gather and work.
Finding Permanent Accommodation can be a stressful endeavor if you are not organized and prepared. Make sure you do some research before you arrive in London and check out the different areas of London and the price of accommodation in those areas. You have two main options of permanent accommodation: Student Halls of Residence or Private Rentals. Read the following information which will help you choose which type of accommodation suits you and your budget.
Student Halls of Residence, commonly known as Student Accommodation, are buildings provided solely for full-time students. This is a popular choice for first-year students looking to meet new people and socialize with other students. You can book a variety of different rooms including entire studio flats, or single or twin bedrooms, and then share bathroom, kitchen, and living facilities. Each provider will have different options available.
Pros to living in Halls of Residence:
- Reliable Landlords
- Convenience. Halls of Residence are usually all inclusive of Broadband/Electricity
- Ability to network with student from other schools and meet people
- There is something for everyone
- High Security
- Council tax exemption already taken care of
Cons to living in Halls of Residence:
- There are set rules regarding noise, smoking etc.
- There could be noise and disruption due to the “party life” associated with some students
- Student Accommodation are not necessarily cheaper than renting privately
- There may be restrictions on having guests stay
- Contract lengths are commonly long-term (51 Weeks) and difficult to break
Renting a property in the UK means that you will sign a contract and will be paying rent to a private landlord. You can find private rentals either through Estate Agents and/or search engines. Many students do not want to rent through an agent and pay the fees this entails so renting from a private landlord is the preferred option for many. At least a third of UK landlords do not use agents to manage their properties so there are flats and rooms available if you take the time to look.
Pros for Renting a Property:
- Can help you feel more at home, more comfort and space
- Can find more appropriate prices for your budget
- Can live with other students from Hult or other schools
- Greater choice of the size of rooms and furnishings
- Access to your own kitchen space
- Can maintain your privacy
Cons for Renting a Property:
- Usually have to sign a 12 month tenancy agreement
- Might require a UK guarantor otherwise pay 6 months in advance
- Rent can be exclusive of TV License/Internet/Electricity/Water/Council Tax and other bills
- There could be flaws to the house that are not recognized before your move in which you could be liable for
- Unreliable landlords
- Letting agency/Estate agents (if used) will charge you a finders fee
- Subletting housing in the U.K. violates local law
- Visiting properties and putting in offers is time consuming
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!