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Types of contracts, halls and rooms

Understand the different options you can choose

Do you want meals included in your rent? Is a private bathroom important to you? Do you want to stay over the holidays or move out? Information provided here will help you understand the different options and help you tailor your accommodation to what works best for you.

Contract lengths and dates

Depending on your contract, your accommodation runs during term-time only, or also includes some of the vacations. Different contract lengths suit different preferences and budgets.

31 week contracts

31 week contracts don't include accommodation during the Christmas, Easter or summer vacations. Great if you're planning to go home or travel during the vacations and don't want to pay for something you're not going to use. You'll need to be able to remove all your belongings from the room (normally by 10am on the move out day).

Halls with 31 week contracts
Carr-Saunders Hall, Passfield Hall, Rosebery Hall (Rosebery Wing only)

Contract dates
Move in on Sunday 17 September - move out on Saturday 9 December 2017 (Michaelmas Term)
Move in on Monday 1 January - move out on Friday 24 March 2018 (Lent Term)
Move in on Sunday 22 April - move out on Saturday 9 June 2018 (Summer Term)

What if I do suddenly need accommodation over Christmas or Easter?
You may have the option to book additional accommodation during Christmas and Easter. For information,visit: Staying at your hall during Christmas and Easter 

38 week contracts

38 week contracts include the Christmas and Easter vacations but not the summer vacation. A good option if you want to stay in London for the whole academic year.

Halls with 38 week contracts
Bankside House, High Holborn Residence, Northumberland House, urbanest Westminster Bridge, Grosvenor House, Rosebery Hall.

Contract dates
Move in on: Sunday 17 September 2017
Move out on: Saturday 9 June 2018

40 week contracts

40 week contracts include the Christmas and Easter vacations, but not the summer vacation. A good option if you want to stay in London over Christmas and Easter.

Halls with 40 week contracts 
Sidney Webb House and all University of London (UoL) halls.

Contract dates Uol halls
Move in on: Sunday 17 September 2017
Move out on: Saturday 23 June 2018

Contract dates Sidney Webb House
Move in on: Sunday 10 September 2017
Move out on: Saturday 16 June 2018

50 week contracts

50 week contracts include the Christmas, Easter and summer vacations. They cover you for almost a whole year. A good option if you will be on a 12-months Masters' course or are planning to do an internship over the summer. 

Halls with 50 week contracts
Lilian Knowles House, urbanest Westminster Bridge, urbanest King's Cross and Butler's Wharf Residence.

Contract dates
Move in on: Sunday 17 September 2017
Move out on: Saturday 1 September 2018

Halls run by LSE or other accommodation providers


LSE halls of residence (your contract is made with LSE)

  • Rosebery Hall
  • Carr-Saunders Hall
  • Passfield Hall
  • Grosvenor House
  • Bankside House
  • Butler's Wharf Residence
  • High Holborn Residence
  • Northumberland House
  • Sidney Webb House (Your contract is formed with LSE, but Unite Students run the building)

Living in LSE halls means that you'll be together with LSE students only. Your contract is formed with LSE.

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University of London Intercollegiate halls (your contract is made with UoL)

Intercollegiate Halls belong to the University of London (UoL). They offer accommodation to students from several London universities. Rooms are offered by lottery process.

Rules on paying fees, leaving rooms early, guests and so on may be different from LSE halls, see: University of London Accommodation.

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Sanctuary Students (your contract is made with Sanctuary Students)

  • Lilian Knowles House

Lilian Knowles House is managed by Sanctuary Students. It houses LSE students only. Rooms are offered on a first come, first served basis.

Rules on paying fees, leaving rooms early, and guests will be different from LSE halls, see: Lilian Knowles House [at Sanctuary Students].

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urbanest (your contract is made with urbanest)

  • urbanest King's Cross
  • urbanest Westminster Bridge

urbanest offer rooms to students of different universities, but they dedicate part of the building LSE students. Rooms are offered on a first come, first served basis

Rules on paying fees, leaving rooms early, and guests will be different from LSE halls. Check at: urbanest FAQ 

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Room types and bed sizes

To see which hall has which room types download the: Table of accommodation fees [PDF]

Single rooms

Single rooms come in different shapes and sizes. They all include a washbasin, but shower and WC are shared. Sometimes rooms are organised in flats, sometimes, rooms are arranged in a more dorm-style way, with a shared bathroom along the corridor.

Shared rooms

They're a great option if you're watching your budget or if you want to share with a friend. We'll only allocate sharers of the same sex. If you've been offered a place in a shared room, we'll invite you to forward the name of someone you want to share with when you accept the offer (they must also have been offered a shared room). That's entirely optional, and we'll pair you up with a sharer otherwise.

En suite rooms

En suite means that you'll have your own private bathroom connected to your room. These have a shower, wash basin and WC. Most halls have a mix of en suite rooms and rooms with shared bathrooms, but this list will help you get an overview: 

In some halls, all rooms are en suite: 
Grosvenor House
Lilian Knowles House
Northumberland House
Sidney Webb House

Some halls have no en suite rooms: 
Butler's Wharf Residence
Nutford House

Some halls only have very few en suite rooms:
Carr-Saunders Hall
Connaught Hall
Passfield Hall 
Rosebery Hall

Studios

Studios have a private bathroom and a kitchenette. Halls that have studios are:
Connaught Hall
Grosvenor House
International Hall
urbanest King's Cross
urbanest Westminster Bridge
Lilian Knowles House
Lillian Penson Hall

Townhouse rooms

Townhouse rooms are available in UoL The Garden Halls only and are single rooms with shared bathrooms and kitchen arranged 'townhouse-style'. Each townhouse contains between 14 and 18 bedrooms over four levels with each bathroom shared between a maximum of two rooms. There is an entire floor dedicated to the kitchen and communal dining space and an additional lounge on the first floor (except for Townhouses two and seven).

Bed sizes

Bed sizes vary between halls and sometimes between rooms in one hall. View the Table of bed sizes in halls [PDF]

Hall layouts

Generally, there are two basic layouts:

  • more 'dorm-style' corridor layout, with rooms arranged along a corridor, with a shared kitchen
  • flat-style layout with a smaller number of rooms grouped into flats with their own bathroom and kitchen

Catered and self-catered halls

Catered halls

Eating together in the dining room offers an extra chance to meet people and strengthens the community. At each mealtime, you can choose from a varied, healthy range of dishes, and there's always a vegetarian option. We can also offer Halal and Kosher meals. 

You'll still be able to prepare small meals for yourself, and there are microwaves, kettles and toasters, as well as some cupboard and fridge space. However, the snack-point kitchens may only be open during the day, and facilities are more basic than in self-catered halls. For details of what's provided in the kitchens see What we provide in each hall [PDF]. 

Self-catered halls

Shared kitchens are the social hub of your flat or corridor. Self-catered halls don't have a dining room or canteen, so that's why the shared cooking facilities are more extensive than in catered halls.

They offer space to eat and socialise, too, so you can show off your cooking skills and enjoy meals together with your flatmates. For details of what's provided in the kitchens see What we provide in each hall [PDF]. 

Catered and self-catered halls
 Catered halls Self-catered halls
Bankside House Butler's Wharf Residence
Passfield Hall Grosvenor House
Carr-Saunders Hall High Holborn Residence
UoL Halls Lilian Knowles House
 Rosebery Hall  Northumberland House
  The Garden Halls
(catered and self-catered)
  urbanest King's Cross
  urbanest Westminster Bridge
   

Graduate, undergraduate and mixed halls

 

Types of halls
Undergraduate only hallsGraduate only hallsMixed halls
Carr-Saunders Hall Butler's Wharf Residence Bankside House
Passfield Hall Grosvenor House UoL Intercollegiate halls
  Lilian Knowles House urbanest halls
  Sidney Webb House Northumberland House
    Rosebery Hall
    High Holborn Residence