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We know finding somewhere convenient and cost effective to live is a top priority for all new students and we give it equal importance. That’s why we guarantee all first-year students a residential place (subject to conditions).
The information on this page provides a brief overview of UCL's student accommodation provision. Our dedicated Student Accommodation website provides more comprehensive information about individual residences, their facilities and fees.
Our first-year guarantee, your peace of mind
It’s simple. We will guarantee you a residential place, no matter where you live now, as long as you:
- will be a single, first-year undergraduate have chosen UCL as your firm choice through UCAS;
- submit your housing application online by the deadline (currently 31 May of the year of entry);
- have not studied at a university in London (inside the M25 motorway) before.
We’ll send you all the information you need about the application process, including details of all our accommodation, with your offer of a place on a degree programme.
You can choose between two kinds of accommodation
Firstly, we have Halls of Residence, in which meals – usually breakfast and an evening dinner – are included.
Secondly, we have Student Houses, where you will share kitchen facilities (cooker, refrigerator, freezer and microwave) to prepare your own meals.
All our residences offer you:
- a study-bedroom equipped with a bed, desk/table, desk chair and wardrobe;
- access to a launderette;
- the option to purchase, prior to arrival, a ‘Linen Pack’ containing a duvet, duvet cover, pillow, pillowcase, sheet, hand towel and bath towel.
In addition, most of our residences provide access to the internet from study-bedrooms and have on-site or shared facilities such as a TV lounge, computer room and bicycle racks.
Some of our self-catered residences provide shared study-bedrooms (for two students). Sharing a room is very cost-effective, with shared room rates lower than single room rates, and it’s a good way to make new friends on arrival.
What it might cost you
Our accommodation fees include:
- room rental and use of communal areas;
- gas and electricity charges;
- block insurance policy;
- social events (in residences with a social committee).
The fees you pay for your accommodation will vary depending on its location and facilities.
Where you might live after your first year
As we only have a limited number of places available in UCL accommodation, after your first year it’s likely you’ll look for privately rented accommodation, often sharing with friends. The University of London Housing Services can offer you help to find suitable accommodation.
Rents and locations will vary, but you can expect to pay around £130 per week. The
further you live from the centre of London the cheaper the rents generally become,
although this may increase your travel times and costs.
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