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How to contact us

Residential Services Office 

3.02 Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7531

Contact us

Opening hours
Monday to Friday
9am to 5pm 

 

Private housing queries: private.housing@lse.ac.uk

 

Residences Fees Team
LRB502 Lionel Robbins Building
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7532 or,
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6010

Hall fee queries:
residences.fees@lse.ac.uk

 

Finding private housing

Where to start looking

LSE Studentpad private housing listings

LSE Residential Services run LSE Studentpad, an online portal which lets you search for private student accommodation in homes, flats, flat shares and lodgings in London. Find your perfect student house with LSE Studentpad - private housing portal.

Other housing advice offices

The Students' Union Advice Centre will be available for legal advice on tenancy agreements and tenant's rights.

Visit: SU Advice Centre
Saw Swee Hock Student Centre,
1 Sheffield Street,
London
WC2A 2AP

Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7158
Email: su.advice@lse.ac.uk

University of London Housing Services (ULHS)

You may also visit the University of London Housing Services (ULHS) who are located in Student Central. They offer legal housing advice and have an online database of accommodation in London, which can be found on their website.  

Visit: University of London Housing Services (ULHS)
4th Floor
Student Central
Malet Street
London
WC1E 7HY

Tel: +44 (0)20 7862 8880
Email: housing@lon.ac.uk
Website: www.housing.london.ac.uk

Opening hours: all year round Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10am to 5pm, Tuesday 11am to 5pm; and during September, Saturday 10am to 2pm.

Letting agencies and estate agents

Letting agents and estate agents are private businesses used by landlords to advertise and sometimes manage their properties. 

Agencies can be a good way to find private accommodation but caution is advised. Under the Accommodation Agencies Act of 1953, it is an offence to demand a registration fee or take money for simply supplying details of accommodation to let. However agencies may charge a fee once they have found you accommodation. This can sometimes be as much as three week's rent and most will also charge to draw up contracts or an inventory, so do ask before you register what charges to expect. 

For a list of agents visit Zoopla or the ULHS website

Also see: LSE Studentpad - private housing portal 

Notice boards

Checking advertisements on notice boards in newsagents' windows and in supermarkets is one of the cheapest ways to find accommodation. 

The accommodation may also be cheaper than that advertised in newspapers or through agencies. 

However, you will mainly find rooms, bedsits and bed and breakfast places rather than flats. There are also useful notice boards outside the ULHS office in ULU.

Also see: LSE Studentpad - private housing portal

Newspapers and publications

Loot (daily) - Loot's website publishes the previous days adverts online. To get the most up to date list of properties you will have to buy a copy of their paper. Loot is useful for giving an indication of the kind of properties currently available and prices.

  • The Evening Standard  (Monday - Friday)
  • Time Out  (Wednesday)
  • The Guardian Guide  in the Guardian newspaper (Saturday) - this is especially good for flat shares. 
  • Also, try local newspapers (usually published weekly): these are particularly useful if you are concentrating your search in a specific area.
  • Check My Area for interesting information and statistical data particular to areas. 
  • Try Check My Street for local information and links to agents.
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