UCL-IoE merger

UCL and the Institute of Education merged on December 2, 2014. Learn about the study options available to you.

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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.

All of the information you need about the application process, including details of all our accommodation, can be found online.

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.

Some of the accommodation available is in halls and houses managed by UCL, some is co-managed (St Pancras Way) and some is operated by partners such as the University of London.

All residences offer you:

  • a study-bedroom equipped with a bed, desk/table, desk chair and wardrobe
  • access to a launderette.

In addition, the majority of our residences provide wired connection points to the UCL network 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

The fees you pay for your accommodation will vary depending on its location and facilities.

The following table gives you some idea of these for the 2014/2015 session; they range from minimum to maximum.

UCL Halls of Residence (catered)

Twin room: £137.30–£154.35 per week
Single room: £167.30–£203.70 per week

UCL Student Houses (self-catered)

Twin room: £100.45–£119.35 per week
Single room: £132.30–£211.40 per week
One-bed flat: £178.50–£266.98 per week

Fees for halls operated by the University of London will be set in the spring of 2014.

What you can expect from us

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).

Support and security built in

Each of our properties is managed and run by our experienced and knowledgeable residence managers and live-in wardens. Their responsibilities range from maintenance to pastoral care. For your peace of mind, access and security are always carefully monitored at all our residences.

Students with additional requirements

We have a small number of residences suitable for students with disabilities. Please contact UCL Student Accommodation for details.

Students with families

We have a small number of residences available for students with families. Please contact UCL Student Accommodation for details.

Care leavers

We guarantee students who are care leavers a residential place for the duration of their degree programme.

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 £145 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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