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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




(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 independent


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

  • Provides the opportunity to get to know two different neighbourhoods

Photo: Keith Jenkins

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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 independent


  • 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

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

  • No bills, rent or other charges to pay



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  • 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

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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


  • 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 independent


  • 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

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  • 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 independent


  • 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

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  • Housing rules are clear-cut

  • No overnight guests

  • No smoking

  • No posters on the walls



Space independent


  • 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



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


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



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