1. Be an early bird
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Begin your search for student accommodation as soon as possible. The best places will most likely be booked first and quick, so make sure to initiate the search when your place at the university has been confirmed.
2. Make a wish list of your priorities
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You need to ask yourself questions in order to find the most suitable accommodation in London. How much time do you want to spend on transport to and from university? How important is having laundry facilities on site? Do you want to meet fellow students in the place you live? Making a list will give you a good idea of the aspects that are important to you.
3. Ask your network
Ask friends, family, and other people in your network if they know any areas in London that are particularly great or if they have any useful tips for flat hunting in London.
4. Do your research
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The internet will be your best friend when looking for student accommodation in London. Find as much information as you can about the different neighborhoods in London, watch videos and read area guides.
5. Figure out a budget
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Even though it might not be the most enjoyable part of finding your perfect accommodation, it is necessary. Find out how much money you are willing to spend on rent each month and it will help you narrow down your choices.
6. Be aware of the different options
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There are many different types of accommodation in London so do your research and learn about the various options. The wonderful thing about London is whatever your budget is, you will find a place that accommodates it!
7. Location, location, location
Living in the center of London can be expensive but luckily there are many places outside of the city centre that are well-connected to Central London. Find out if you want to live in the centre of London or if you don’t mind spending a little more time commuting.
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London is a big city and you are away from home so find an accommodation where you will feel safe and that has CCTV, 24 hours staff presence or secure digital key card system.
9. Social atmosphere
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Even though you as a university student most likely will spend a lot of time writing essays, your social life is also very important. Consider places that organise events and have a selection of social areas where you can make new friends and relax during your free time.
10. Don’t just settle with the first place you find
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As mentioned, there are so many accommodation options in London so make sure to take the time to do your research and find the perfect place for you.