UCL Accommodation


You haven’t met the guarantee criteria for UCL Accommodation – what next?

12 August 2020

What happens if you’ve not met the undergraduate or postgraduate criteria for UCL housing? This handy guide gives you some tips for what to do next.

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While not meeting the undergradate or postgraduate criteria for UCL housing might feel like a setback, fear not, there are still plenty of options available to you. With a little bit of effort and research you’ll find yourself a great place to live in no time.

Here are 3 ways to go about your search for your future accommodation.

1. Go through private providers

UCL collaborates with several independent organisations that offer private accommodation to students. These private providers include Student.com and Unite Students.

Student.com specialises in housing for international students. The website is available in 19 languages and you’ll have the support of an entire team of multilingual booking consultants. Student.com has an impressive 107 properties available in London.

Unite Students provides accommodation at 24 properties. These are located in vibrant locations, and many of them are only a short journey away from UCL.

Since these private providers partner with UCL, they regularly offer promotions exclusive to UCL students. But keep in mind that the UCL Accommodation team won’t be able to assist you if you go direct to these providers.

2. ULHS and the open market 

Another option is to browse the listings of the University of London Housing Services (ULHS). Their new app and online platform should make this process much easier. You can also familiarise yourself with the list of letting agents registered with ULHS.

Alternatively, University of London offers accommodation to students too. You can check out what’s available among the Intercollegiate Halls or Student Homes properties

There are other options, too, in case you run into a dead-end going through the above channels. Websites such as Rightmove or Zoopla have myriad options. Signing up to alerts from letting agents is a great resource as well.

3. Ask for advice

House-hunting is a mixed bag. It can be fun and frustrating, full of hope and hard work. So, it’s always good to know that whatever roadblock you may come across, there is a solution available.

You might, for instance, need help with your tenancy agreement. Did you know you could book an appointment with ULHS for a contract check?

For other great tips, we recommend ULHS’s free guide on private housing. You can also find useful information and videos on our Housing Advice and UCL Accommodation websites.

We hope these easy tips will help you quickly and efficiently sort out your housing needs.

Best of luck with your search, and never hesitate to reach out to us.

We look forward to seeing you soon!