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.
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.