How much should I expect to pay for a room in London?

By Noa McAlistair - Student Representative at Hallbookers

 

How much should I expect to pay in London? 

 

This is our most frequently asked question, so here at Hallbookers we’ve done a little research to give you the best answer.


We have been helping students book into London private student halls for over 4 years, and we are happy to offer you our insights into this great city. 


We have spoken to thousands of students and know that expectations can be high – finding a place in Chelsea for £150 per week is the dream! However, unless you’re looking to live in a cardboard box, this might not be possible.

 

To help you find the best place to live here is a map that details a range of prices in different locations across London. It’s all about managing your expectations. 

 

 

These are the prices this year, and although they may vary in the future they can help you determine how much you are likely to spend if you chose to book into private student halls. You don’t want to end up with a shared toilet when there is an En-Suite for the same price just around the corner!


You really cannot treat London as just one city, as 15 minutes down the road and it’s a different price. This map will help you compare the locations and prices, so you can find the best option for you. 

 

 

So how should I start looking and comparing?  

 

First look at the map and find your university, see which student accommodations are near by. Is one area more appealing than the other? 


Once you have picked a location or two, consider which type of room you are interested in. As you can see each section has a variety of prices for shared, En-Suite and Studio which each offer different things:  


- Shared accommodation can be either a private room with shared bathroom and kitchen or a Twin room    which you share with someone. This is a GREAT way to meet loads of new people and to make new friends from other courses; this is also the most common room for 1st years. So if that’s you, shared accommodation might be the perfect option a great university experience. 


- En-Suite rooms are just that little bit more private – you get your own bathroom, but you still share a kitchen, meaning you can make Christmas meals together and meet those new people. These rooms are the best if your university is not in central London as they only cost a bit more than shared.  


- Studios are an all-inclusive room and are the best if you are someone who hates sharing and living with outher people’s mess. They are perfect for those returning to halls, or mature students who want some quiet from the loud parties that might happen in shared accommodation. 

 

Lastly, while making your choice, consider the cost of travelling between your accommodation and the university campus. London is huge, and tubes are quite expensive, so it’s worth calculating whether it’s cheaper to travel further to University or pay a little more for a room close by. 


For example, to travel with an Oyster Card within zone 1-4, a day ticket costs £6.80. If you travel 3 times a week that’s another £20.40 to add to your living cost.


And that’s the basics! Private Student Halls are perfect for every type of student: They offer modern rooms with bills included in the price, and a chance to have a great university experience. The next step is to get in contact with us to ask any other questions, or to arrange a viewing!