Finding somewhere to live in London might feel like an intimidating prospect, but our staff are on hand to help

Whether you’re looking for the convenience of halls of residence or would like to live with friends in a privately rented flat or house, there are many options available.

2024/25 season

The accommodation applications for the University of London Intercollegiate Halls via the Academy for 2024/25 are now closed.


If you have any questions about accommodation or the information on this page, please email the Accommodation team at for assistance.

Support services for students looking for private accommodation are available from University of London Housing Services (ULHS), where you can seek free legal advice, should you run into any housing-related difficulties during your time at the Academy.


Read the 'Academy Students Accommodation Guide' below for an overview of all the different types of accommodation available to you.

For more information about searching for a property, dealing with estate agents, private landlords, deposits, rent, references, contracts and general advice about renting a property, check out our 'Guide to Private Rented Accommodation'.

If you require any help with accessing the documents, please contact

Accommodation types

Please find below explanations of the kinds of accommodation you can expect to find while studying at the Academy.

Intercollegiate Halls

  • University of London (UoL) halls of residence, situated across London
  • We have been allocated rooms in Nutford House, College Hall and The Garden Halls
  • Rental price includes catering at Nutford House and College Hall. Garden Halls is self-catered only


The Academy is provided with a set number of rooms in the University of London Intercollegiate Halls each year. The number of rooms we are allocated may not necessarily cover the number of applications we receive from students looking to live in these halls. As a result, the Academy runs a priority system by which certain applicants receive higher priority for room allocation. This order of priority is as follows:

  1. Students with medical conditions and special requirements. The University of London may require proof of any medical conditions detailed in your application
  2. Students with food or beverage allergies or intolerances who may or may not require catered accommodation
  3. Students moving from overseas countries
  4. Students within the UK but currently living some distance from the Academy
  5. Students entering their first year of study
  6. Students entering their second year of study
  7. Students entering their third year of study
  8. Students entering their fourth year of study

If you have any questions or queries regarding the priority system, please contact our accommodation team at, who will be happy to assist.

International Students House (ISH)

  • Affordable accommodation for students from various universities and institutions
  • Dormitory, triple, twin and single bedrooms available
  • Great Portland Street location, five minutes from the Academy
  • Apply directly as soon as the process opens on April 2024 as places are in extremely high demand

There are a number of other private halls, too – you can find more details in the accommodation guide above.

Student halls and flats are a popular choice, particularly for first-year students – utilities are included in the monthly rent and some halls also provide meals, making it easier to budget.

These options are often oversubscribed, so for the best chance of success, apply to more than one – the earlier, the better. Applications usually open in April, but check the deadline for each place you wish to apply to.

Lodgings and homestays involve renting a bedroom or part of a house from the homeowner, who also lives there. Communal spaces are usually shared. These lodgings are often on a short-term basis, giving you more flexibility. Bills and utilities are generally included in the price, making budgeting easier.

Houseshares are similar to lodgings and homestays, but you’ll live with a group of other people, not usually the homeowner. Bills are sometimes included in the price, but you may need to pay these separately. You should also check if things like council tax (a local tax) and TV licence are included. Generally, if everyone living in your houseshare is a student, you’ll be exempt from paying council tax and the Academy will provide you with an exemption letter.

You should start your search at the end of July/beginning of August if you’re looking for a room in September.

Details of available lodgings, homestays and houseshares are kept by the Accommodation Department. Email with ‘Housing List’ in the subject line for details.

There are also websites advertising this kind of accommodation, including:

Some students opt to rent private accommodation with friends. Register with local estate agents and start looking in late July/early August for a September move-in date.

Property portals are an invaluable resource that enable you to research prices and availability in your chosen area(s). Almost all estate agents are registered with the two main sites, and


Council Tax is a local tax charged to residents to pay for services like rubbish collection, street lighting, policing and libraries.

Information about this tax is available on

Full-time students are generally exempt from paying council tax but may need to submit an exemption letter from the Academy to their local Council.

Your halls of residence will usually do this on your behalf, however if you are living in private lodgings, a house share or a private rented house/flat you will need to do this yourself.
If you live with non-students, you will not be automatically exempt.

Information about the discount or exemption is on

After you have completed enrolment, you can request a Council Tax Exemption Letter from the Registry. To do this, log into the Academy Intranet through the Students and Staff Portal and go to Services - Registry to find the online request form.

Please note that we are unable to issue a Council Tax Exemption letter until your enrolment is complete. If you are living in student halls of residence, you normally will not need this letter.