Book accommodation in halls

Step-by-step guide to booking LSE student accommodation

Check if you are eligible, find out more about halls and book online

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Read this before you start your booking:

1. Check if you are eligible

You can book accommodation if you have: 

  • accepted your offer to study full-time at LSE next year

You'll make your booking as either:

  • an individual student, or
  • a couple in a relationship (one of you must be an LSE student)  

Additional things you must do:  

Booking guarantee for new undergraduate and General Course students

If you are a new undergraduate or General Course student and book by the deadline, we guarantee that you will be able to book a place. The booking guarantee deadline for 2021/22 is: 

Thursday 10 June 2021

Postgraduate and continuing students

If you are a postgraduate or continuing student, you are not guaranteed accommodation, even if you book by the deadline. You should still book as early as possible, because availability is limited. 

New postgraduate students

You'll be able to book rooms in any available postgraduate and mixed halls. 

Returning postgraduate and continuing students
Until the deadline you can book some rooms. After the deadline we'll release any remaining rooms in other halls. To receive an email when this happens, sign up to our mailing list in your accommodation account:

Log in to Student Accommodation Account

2. Find out more about halls

Compare halls, costs and facilities 

You can filter halls on our Search Accommodation page.
Once you have logged in to book you can also filter on room types and the choices you see will be personalised based on your student type.
Download price lists and find out how room rates are calculated: Cost of living in halls

Choose from different types of contracts, halls and rooms 

To help you choose your room, read about  Types of contracts, halls and rooms. 

Find out if there are refurbishment works

We sometimes carry out refurbishment works in halls. To check what is planned in each hall, visit Refurbishment and planned maintenance in halls

Changes we're making due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

To ensure your stay is safe and enjoyable, we're making some changes to the way we operate. Find out more about measures in halls of residence to help protect you from coronavirus (COVID-19).


3. Book accommodation online

To book, you need to: 

  • have accepted your course offer at LSE more than 24 hours ago
  • have your ‘LSE for You’ (LFY) login details to hand -  or if you are a new undergraduate student and haven't received them yet, you can create a username and password by following the link under 'First Time User?'

During the booking, we’ll ask you to:

  • check the details we have about you are correct 
  • make an individual or couple application 
  • select a room from the personalised choices 
  • accept the terms and conditions (this step will save your booking in the system) 
  • pay a deposit

Depending on your circumstances, you can also:

We'll ask you to pay your deposit straight away if: 

  • you are a postgraduate student with a conditional or unconditional place to study at LSE
  • you are an undergraduate student with an unconditional place at LSE

We'll ask you to pay the deposit later if:

  • you are an undergraduate student and your offer to study is conditional (we’ll ask you to pay after your offer becomes unconditional)
  • your booking is with a third-party hall (they will contact you directly about the deposit)

Deposit amounts

  • LSE halls and Sidney Webb House: £250 for single rooms and £500 for some couple or double rooms 
  • Urbanest halls: equal to one week’s rent for the room you have booked 
  • University of London halls: £500 
  • Lilian Knowles House: £400 

Completed bookings can't be changed

You cannot make any changes once you've booked. After you have accepted the terms and conditions, your room type and hall choice is fixed.


4. Finalise your booking

You must accept your 'Confirmation of Accommodation' document to finalise your booking. We will send you an email  in August or September to invite you to do this. You will need to review and acknowledge the document in your online account within 48 hours.

If you don't do this, we will cancel your booking.

So if you're travelling during the summer, please make sure you can access your emails so you don't miss this step.   

Book accommodation now

Booked already? Continue to: Prepare for arrival in halls 

Cancellations and changes

Changing your booking

You can’t change your room after you’ve booked. Once you have accepted the terms and conditions, your room type and hall choice is fixed. 

Cancelling if your booking is in LSE halls or Sidney Webb House

Cancelling before you arrive

Follow this guide if you want to cancel before you arrive at your hall. To cancel after you've arrived, follow Moving out early . 

Generally, you are bound by the contract once you've booked, but you can cancel your booking before you arrive. Whether you get your deposit back depends on:

  • when you cancel
  • why you cancel

Cancellation terms for LSE halls and Sidney Webb House  

If you cancel by 31 July 2021, your deposit will be refunded if one of the following applies to you:  

  • you don't meet the conditions to study at LSE (please provide proof before 31 July 2021)
  • you are declined a visa to study in the UK (please provide proof before 31 July 2021)  
  • you decline your place at LSE or defer your studies  (please provide proof before 31 July 2021)

If you cancel after 31 July but before 31 August 2021, your deposit won't be refunded, but you will not be liable for any further accommodation fees.   

If you cancel after 31 August 2021, your deposit won't be refunded, and you will be liable for any accommodation fees until we have found a student to take over your contract. 


  • If you cannot to travel to the UK because of coronavirus, we may be able to refund your deposit and release you from your contract after the usual deadlines. You will need to request this and provide documentation. For details visit Coronavirus information for students in halls.
  •  If LSE withdraws your place, you have until 18 September 2021 to cancel. In this case, your deposit will be refunded, and you won't be liable to pay any accommodation fees.     

Submit an online cancellation

Cancelling if your booking is with a third-party hall

Cancellation terms for third-party halls

urbanest King's Cross and urbanest Westminster Bridge  

Your one-week upfront rent payment will usually be refunded if you submit a cancellation request in your urbanest portal within 14 days of paying. Deadlines can vary depending on your circumstances, so check the urbanest cancellation policy

Sanctuary Students (Lilian Knowles House)  

Your deposit will be refunded if you cancel with the Sanctuary Housing accommodation office up to and including 45 days before the start date of your licence. Email: london.students@sanctuary-students.com   

For full details, check: Lilian Knowles House

University of London (UoL) halls  

Your deposit will be refunded if you cancel your accommodation by 31 August 2022. Email: info.halls@london.ac.uk   

If you cancel after this date, you'll only receive a refund if the housing office is able to re-sell your room AND one of the following applies:  

  • you don't meet the conditions to study at LSE  
  • you are declined a visa to study in the UK  
  • you interrupt your studies  

If you cancel after 31 August 2022, and if any of these apply to you, please email proof of your circumstances to info@halls.london.ac.uk.   

How coronavirus (COVID-19) measures may affect your accommodation

Measures we're taking to protect you from coronavirus

We are committed to making your stay in halls safe and enjoyable. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, we’re putting measures in place to:  

  • ensure arrival days do not get too busy
  • make cancellation terms more flexible
  • make it straightforward to practice social distancing in halls  
  • support residents who need to quarantine or self-isolate  

We've summed up the changes in the Coronavirus information for students in halls.

Related questions

Can I still book after the deadline?

Yes. After the guarantee deadline, you can still book subject to availability, but the accommodation guarantee no longer applies, see: Accommodation guarantee and policy.

Why doesn't the booking systems show me all halls?

Depending on whether you're a new or continuing undergraduate or graduate the rooms that you can book will be different.

The system only shows you the room options that are suitable for you based on your student type. Only rooms that you are eligible for will be available to book.

For more details, visit: Booking guarantee and accommodation policy

Why do room prices vary?

Room prices are caluclated based on various factors. We've summed up the main differences at How are room rates calculated?

What happens if there are no rooms left, is there a waiting list?

Keep checking the application system every day. New rooms will become available when other students cancel, especially after A Level results day in mid-August. 

Alternatively, we can also help you find Private Accommodation