With rising livingprices, finding the perfect accommodation for London students has never beenmore important. It is becoming increasingly more advantageous forinternationals to invest in new developments close to their universities – notjust for their central location – but because it could make a promisinginvestment opportunity.
It’s March, and you have just received an offer to study at one of London’s central universities – congratulations! However, excitement about university offers can quickly turn to anxiety when it comes to considering where to live in London, whether you are a student or a parent. This is especially true for international students, who do not have the luxury of visiting London as often as their ‘home’ counterparts do.
For the majority of incoming first-year undergraduates, they can apply to halls of residence either owned by the universities themselves, or via the University of London’s intercollegiate halls. This is also true for some international postgraduate students, although it is best to check with the university first beforehand.
For those who cannot rely on halls of residence, or those attending the University of the Arts where this is not an option, your best port of call is private accommodation. University College London (UCL) advises looking for housing at least one-two months before you have to move. However, there’s no time like the present, and instead, we would recommend looking at what’s available to buy now. Or at the very least, think carefully about which areas you would like to live in.
Despite higher prices, it may be preferable to live within walking distance of your university. Not only will you avoid the inconvenience of commuting, but students who live close to campus gain better results. Most of London’s top universities, including UCL, London School of Economics (LSE), and SOAS, are all located around Holborn and Russell Square. Luckily this is a hub for private student accommodation.
A Long-Term Investment
It is becoming a lot more common for international students to collaborate with their families and invest in buying a property in the capital. Not only does this allow them to live there for the duration of their degree, but it also means that if the family sell the property after graduation, they will likely make a profit.
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If this is your plan of action, it is worth bearing in mind that the buying process can take over a month. If you are starting a course in September, then we suggest coming to London as soon as possible to secure an apartment at Pinks Mews (there are just 13 remaining available currently).
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