Moving to a new city to study can be a really daunting process and finding somewhere nice to stay will make you feel happy and secure in your new environment.

While KLC do not offer halls or accommodation onsite, we are able to give you help and advice while you are looking for a place to live.

Here are recommendations of good areas to begin your search, which are within an easy commute of the school. There's also advice on the different types of accommodation available, so you can choose somewhere which is right for you, as well as hint and tips to help you along your way.

Best of luck!


As tempting as it may be to opt to live in East London with the hipsters, you'll be committing yourself to a long daily commute across to Chelsea Harbour. There are plenty of vibrant areas close at hand that you can call home.

There's also the cost of living - some areas of East London are just as expensive as West London, and you'll have to add the cost of your commute on top.

We recommend looking at this selection of areas:

Less Expensive

  • Shepherd's Bush (train / Overground)
  • Clapham (train / Overground)
  • Olympia train / Overground
  • Fulham (bus / walk)
  • Earl's Court (bus / walk)
  • >Putney (bus)
  • >Brixton (train / bus)
  • Denmark Hill (Overground)

More Expensive

  • Kensington (train / bus)
  • Notting Hill Gate (bus)
  • Belgravia (bus)
  • Chelsea (bus / walk)
  • Chiswick (bus / train)
  • Battersea (bus / walk)
  • Victoria (train)

Consider the amount of transport changes that you'll have to make on your journey. Remember, the more connections you have to make, the more likely delays will be.

Types of Accommodation

Private Student Halls

Privately owned student buildings are popping up all over London and there are a good range of locations and prices to choose from. The standard set up is a self-contained room within a fully serviced building, with the cost including all bills and access to any extras on site, such as a gym.

Host Families

Some families in London with large houses rent a room or a small annex to a lodger. Sometimes this can include bed and breakfast, or bed, breakfast and evening meals during the week. Rent often includes heating and household bills. The bathroom, kitchen and living room is usually shared with the family. Check the full details of this with your landlord on arrival, including laundry arrangements and use of the telephone. The cost of host family accommodation varies throughout London.

Shared House/Flat

Shared housing can be a fun way to meet people while you're studying. Normally you will have your own room in a shared house, with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. You will have to do your own cooking and cleaning and will pay rent, gas, electric, water and other shared bills.

The landlord may also ask you for a security deposit which will be returned to you at the end of your stay; provided all bills have been paid and there has been no damage to the property. Your landlord may also ask you to sign an inventory of all the items listed in the property.

Renting a studio/one-bedroom flat can be quite costly so a shared flat with other students is usually a more cost-effective option.

A few examples within reach of KLC:

  • Lightfoot Hall, Chelsea
  • Fulham Palace Studios, Fulham
  • Park House, Earl's Court
  • Pure Living, Hammersmith
  • DIGS, Ravenscourt Park
  • GradPad, Shepherd's Bush
  • Halpin House, South Kensington
  • Belvedere House, Gloucester Road
  • GradPad, Clapham Junction
  • The Hub, Vauxhall
  • Spring Mews, Vauxhall
  • Garrow House, Notting Hill
  • Chapter, Portobello
  • Wellington Lodge, Waterloo
  • Urbanest, Westminster Bridge
  • Central Studios, Ealing
  • The Stay Club, Willesden Junction
tip - If you don't want to live in a 'party house' then make that very clear from the start - there's nothing worse than discovering it two weeks in!

Do's and Don'ts of Finding a Flat

We've put together a handy list of Dos and Don'ts to help you find the perfect place to call home while you're studying in London.

  • Do carefully consider the location to avoid a long commute
  • Do talk to the other tenants and ask how they feel living there
  • Do ask for an accurate estimate of how much bills will be - gas, electric, water, TV licence, internet and any other shared costs.
  • Do make sure that you'll have enough space in either a communal area or your bedroom to do project work
  • Do check security of doors and windows, check for smoke alarms and fire exits
  • Do consider the safety of the area late at night
  • Don't allow yourself to feel pressured into choosing somewhere you're not happy
  • Don't put a deposit down without seeing the property
  • Don't choose somewhere that seems lovely, but will be a long commute
  • Don't feel disheartened - we've all been to viewing after viewing trying to find a flat, have faith that the right place will turn up!

Discounts for Students

Council Tax

Council Tax is a tax on the household and not the individual. Your household may be exempt if all residents can prove they are students on full time courses. For Council Tax purposes a 'full time course' has to be at least 21 hours a week in college, unless otherwise stated.

This means that students on the Full Time Certificate, Full Time Foundation Degree and Full Time Diploma course could be eligible to claim a council tax exemption or discount. 

Please contact the Council in the area you live for more information.

TFL Travelcards

TFL offer 30% off the price of adult-rate Travelcards if you are over 18 and live in London while in full time education.

You can apply for a Student Travelcard through their website:

Short Stay

The accommodation listed below is only a guide to local hotels and Bed and Breakfasts.

Chain Hotels

  • Holiday Inn Express, Wandsworth – 020 8877 5950
  • Travel Inn, Putney Bridge – 0870 238 3302
  • Travel Lodge, Battersea – 020 7228 5508