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Need some help with student housing in London asap

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Need some help with student housing in London asap

21 yo son just awarded a fellowship to study in London, but because it is so late in the season and he has to be there from May 20 until June 10 (before university lets out for summer), housing is at a minimum. We have search ISH and most schools to no avail. Some apts., like Citadines have gotten horrible reviews. Does not want to rent a flat. Needs to be near British library--hope someone can help here! Thanks

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1. Re: Need some help with student housing in London asap

Frequent poster Glyn1 seems to have a good handle on student housing, but it may be in short supply at present.

If your son is willing to share a room with others, consider the budget accommodation at the Arran House Hotel on Gower Street. Not too far from the British Library, the hotel offers clean and comfortable rooms with a massive breakfast; guests may use the hotel's kitchen after 1500 every day. Could be worth a go, even for a few days in a single until your son gets settled in.

If he's willing to travel a bit, there's always the small but pleasant Astons Apartments, about a five minute walk from Gloucester Road station, itself about 25 minutes from King's Cross for the Library.

The singles at Astons are very small but come with a complete kitchen, daily housekeeping; WiFi is available in the buildings too, which may be handy for your son. Not inexpensive but clean and comfortable, with all mod cons.

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2. Re: Need some help with student housing in London asap

DO bear in mind that because of prices of accomodation in London, many students find it necessary to travel in from slightly more distant areas. A door to door journey of about an hour is reasonable in London.

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3. Re: Need some help with student housing in London asap

Try Goodenough College - it's a postgraduate residential hall, mainly for overseas students. Perfectly placed for British Library. If they can fit him it, I think it would be ideal (I lived there for a year when I first came to London as a postgraduate student); if they can't, they might have useful suggestions for suitable places. Perhaps the Penn Club might be worth consideration.

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4. Re: Need some help with student housing in London asap

Hi,

Have you contacted the University Accommodation Office? They should be able to help to find him something.

Ask if they have any voids or students wanting to get out of their contracts even for the last few weeks of the academic year - also ask them if they have links to any of the private commercial providers like Unite, Liberty Living, Opal, Victoria Halls - they never let people out of their contracts so they may have some rooms people are desperate to let out to cover the cost of the rent.This may take him slightly past 10th June though as most Universities term will end between 19th June and the end of June.

Ask them if they have a landlord register - many landlords may have some spare rooms in their student houses - although only take a room for as long as he is prepared to be committed to it.

Also ask if they have a staff "intranet" with a feature to advertise for accommodation - often University staff will take in students as lodgers for short periods.

Contact the Student Union and ask them to put up a notice on their notice boards across the University asking if anyone has a room - that way you get directly to the other students who may have a spare room.

Just some thoughts - good luck

Sarah

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5. Re: Need some help with student housing in London asap

Thanks for the mention, TravelerPlus. As Maymoo says, this is too early to use university accommodation. How about the St Christophers Inn hostels

www.st-christophers.co.uk/london-hostels

And perhaps Baden Powell House might be suitable. It's run by the Scouting Association but you don't need to be a scout to stay there. Not near the British Library but it would be only about 30 minutes by underground train.

…scouts.org.uk/bpconferencecentre/…acom.html

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6. Re: Need some help with student housing in London asap

Thank you all for your help. Still looking--most of the suggestions have been booked. I have tried the "waiting list" angle too, but have been told they don't have one in most places. Keep any suggestions coming.

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7. Re: Need some help with student housing in London asap

The Youth Hostel at YHA St Pancras on Euston Road is directly opposite the British Library.

yha.org.uk/find-accommodation/…index.aspx

It is clean,well managed, secure & good value. Beds are between £22 to £27 per night. You may find that there are limits to how many nights are available for a single stay. This may mean breaking the 20 day period into chunks at different London YHAs.

There are several branches in London which are within easy reach of the BL: YHA St Pancras literally over the road, YHA St Pauls is just a short bus ride away, YHA Oxford Street is a short 73 bus ride & the YHA Central Bolsover Street can be reached by several buses going along the Euston Road.

Please note that the Youth Hostel Association (YHA) is a well established UK organisation, & not a chain of commercial backpackers pitstops - though backpackers of all ages welcome ;-)

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8. Re: Need some help with student housing in London asap

There is a YMCA on Tottenham Court Road which is within walking distance of the BL - I have no idea what this place is like.

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9. Re: Need some help with student housing in London asap

There's also a YHA on Euston Rd, almost directly oppostie the BL. It's been recently renovated, so I suspect it's quite good. Rooms on the Euston Rd side might be rather noisy.

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10. Re: Need some help with student housing in London asap

You all have been so helpful. We have looked into hostels, but because he has a time constraint and is visiting mainly for research purposes, he thought a hostel environment might not be conducive to studying/quiet. If push comes to shove, he may not have much of a choice and we will look into these.