How to find last minute student accommodation in London

Herewith, a guide to each scenario. Our best piece of advice? Keep calm. You need to find somewhere to live, so you will. Have faith.

Campus life

What you might be thinking is: ‘HELP! I’ve gone through Clearing, got my place, but now I’ve nowhere to live because all the pesky people who got their offers first have snapped up all the rooms.’ Well, you’d be wrong (probably). Some universities keep on reserve a batch of rooms for people just like you, which is lucky.

Get yourself on the phone to your new university and calmly explain – without expressing your fears of homelessness – that you’re after one of these rooms.

Some universities are even offering guaranteed accommodation to Clearing applicants, so before you start to panic, check to see if yours is doing so. If not, still don’t worry. Ask to be put on the waiting list for any last minute cancellations; you never know when someone might drop out.

Heavenly halls

London is absolutely full of private student halls, full. There’s one on practically every street, nowadays, and they’re getting fancier every year. En-suite bathrooms, snazzy furniture, cleaners… The thing is, that luxury comes at a price, and private halls can be very expensive, starting at £200 a week in some places.

The Stay Club offers luxury private accommodation for students
The Stay Club offers luxury private accommodation for students

But it’s worth a look. These are some good ones.

  • AXO
  • CRM
  • iQ Student Accommodation
  • My Student Halls
  • Mansion Student
  • Pure Student Living
  • Student Housing Company
  • Urbanest

Going private

If you want to try it out on your own, and live in a private property – a house or flat – in London, then there are a few ways to go about this.

The University of London’s housing service lists rooms at good, student-friendly rates and comes through an official provider (UoL) so you know it’s safe.

Another option is to try Spareroom. You simply sign up with your information, where you want to live, a bit about you – including a picture if you like – and when you need to move by, and then you can search for rooms that fit your requirements.

We like to think of it as the soft approach to house hunting – you don’t necessarily have to go through a scary estate agency and you’ll be able to get to know your potential housemates when you look round.

I like to move it, move it
I like to move it, move it CREDIT: GETTY

If you’d rather go at it on your own, and live in your own flat, check in to Zoopla or RightMove, and find a place to pick up the traditional way.

It’s also worth paying a visit to The Student Room, which has sections for those looking for flatmates in London, and if you can, join the relevant accommodation groups on Facebook.

And in case that wasn’t enough, check out these sites for more information.

  • Easy Roommate
  • Accommodation for Students
  • StuRents
  • Pads for Students
  • Rightmove Students
  • Student Block

If you’re in any doubt about what to do next, whatever your scenario, get in touch with your university’s housing office. That’s what they’re there for – make use of them.