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Choosing your London Housing. Pre-Arranged or Independent (Finding Your Own). Before you decide your housing option in London, here are some things to think about…. Location. Location Independent. Flats are available in a variety of different areas in London

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Choosing your london housing

Choosing your London Housing

Pre-Arranged

or

Independent

(Finding Your Own)


Before you decide your housing option in london here are some things to think about

Before you decide your housing option in London, here are some things to think about…


Location

Location


Location independent

LocationIndependent

  • Flats are available in a variety of different areas in London

  • Provides the opportunity to get to know two different neighbourhoods

Photo: Keith Jenkins


Choosing your london housing

Location Pre-Arranged

  • Twenty minute walk from Faraday House

  • A trendy neighborhood with lots of restaurants and cafes

  • In the heart of London’s University Quarter

Topham Street, Farringdon


Money

Money


Money independent

MONEYIndependent

  • Potential to spend less than the housing allowance - the more flatmates the cheaper the rent

  • The longer your commute, the cheaper your rent

  • Bills for utilities, cable, phone and wireless may or may not be included

  • Rent and security deposit must be paid directly to landlord


Choosing your london housing

MONEYPre-Arranged

  • Housing fee of $1,295 on top of program fee, plus $600 security deposit

  • No bills, rent or other charges to pay


Experience

Experience


Choosing your london housing

ExperienceIndependent

  • You’ll have more choice about who you live with and where

  • Most students find a place in 48hrs

  • Deal directly with a landlord

  • Have Londoners for neighbors instead of other American students


Choosing your london housing

Experience Independent

  • Opportunity to explore various neighborhoods

  • Learn to use London’s transport

  • Sense of accomplishment when you find a place

  • May induce initial stress

  • Results can be immensely gratifying


Experience pre arranged

ExperiencePre-Arranged

  • Know where you’ll be living and with whom

  • Move straight into your flat upon arrival

  • Deal directly with residence management and SUL Staff

  • Know your neighbours; they’ll be other SU London students


Amenities

Amenities


Amenities independent

AmenitiesIndependent

  • Will vary by location and needs to be negotiated with landlord

  • Some flats have wireless, cable tv & phones, some don’t

  • Range from basic to luxurious


Choosing your london housing

AmenitiesPre-Arranged

  • Weekly cleaning service

  • Bed linens provided and changed weekly

  • Wireless included (limited broadband internet)

  • TV with small cable package

  • Incoming phone line

  • Washer/dryer in each flat


Rules

Rules


Rules independent

RulesIndependent

  • Landlord rules can vary and require negotiation

  • House rules will be negotiated amongst flatmates. This can be tricky.

  • Overnight guests will most likely be allowed

  • Smoking may be allowed in flat


Choosing your london housing

RulesPre-Arranged

  • Housing rules are clear-cut

  • No overnight guests

  • No smoking

  • No posters on the walls


Space

Space


Space independent

SpaceIndependent

  • Choose a space that fits your needs

  • Often in shared rooms

Photo: Brian Lehmann

  • Flats will vary and tend to be larger than pre-arranged, although the quality is less consistent

Photo: Alex Gamlin


Space pre arranged

Ten 4-person flats (40 spaces)

2 bathrooms in each flat

Double rooms

Shared living rooms and kitchens

Space Pre-Arranged

Photos: Brian Lehmann


Essentially

Essentially…


If you want to

If you want to…

  • Endure a bit of initial stress for a potentially gratifying outcome

  • Have more control and choice

  • Experience two neighborhoods and a more ‘real’ London life

  • Possibly spend less money

  • Be adventurous and take a risk

  • Be more independent…


Choose independent

Photos: Brian Lehmann

ChooseIndependent!


Or if you want to

Or if you want to…

  • Move straight in, worry-free

  • Be sorted before you arrive

  • Pay more money for convenience

  • Live with other American students

  • Opt for peace of mind…


Choosing your london housing

Photos: Brian Lehmann

Choose

Pre-arranged!


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