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UCL Accommodation announces rents for 2019/20 academic year

14 March 2019

UCL currently offers some of the cheapest accommodation in central London when compared to equivalent London institutions and private sector accommodation.

Current residents

UCL Accommodation currently houses over 6,500 students and is committed to keeping rents as low as possible for its residents. This is reflected in the fact that UCL currently offers some of the cheapest accommodation in central London when compared to equivalent London institutions and private sector accommodation.

UCL Accommodation, in conjunction with the Students' Union UCL, have agreed to freeze rents on 21% of rooms at the lowest price bracket for the 2019/20 academic year. Rents on all other rooms will increase by 3%, in line with the RPI for this year.

This means that:

  • Rents on the cheapest single postgraduate rooms are frozen for a fourth consecutive year.

Rents for undergraduate rooms at Max Rayne and Ifor Evans Halls are  frozen at the reduced 2018/19 rates.

With the  agreed rents for the 2019/20 session,  UCL’s accommodation offer will include:

  • 31% of our bed spaces at 50% or below the maximum amount of maintenance loan available, exceeding the 25% level recommended by the National Union of Students for affordable accommodation provision
  • 88% of our bed spaces  below the average London student rent of £227 per week*.

*Based on 2018 figures.

Duncan Palmer, Director, UCL Accommodation, said:​

“Over the past four years we’ve worked closely with Students’ Union UCL and the wider student population for the benefit of students choosing to stay in UCL accommodation. Our priorities remain the same – and by continuing to freeze rents on 21% of rooms, at its lowest price bracket, and offering £250,000 worth of rent support to students via the Access UCL scheme, reflects UCL's dedication in ensuring affordable accommodation and fair access for every student.”​​​​​​

Mahmud, Democracy, Operations & Community Officer, UCL Students’ Union, said:

“Working in partnership with UCL, we continue to play a notable part in reaching an agreement regarding rent realignment in UCL residences, and we are committed to working in partnership on this in the future. We look forward to working with UCL and our members who live in UCL accommodation to ensure the living environment provided is of high quality and affordable, so as to continue increasing access to higher education for those who would have otherwise have been deterred.”