Aside from finding the perfect English course and getting the right visa to study in the UK, the next most important thing is to find accommodation. Where are you going to live while you’re studying in London?
At Ingla, we don’t directly offer accommodation, but we can help you in your search for a place to live. Here are some common ways that our students find accommodation.
Private Rented Accommodation
Renting a room, or a flat, through an estate agent or directly from a private landlord is one of the most common ways to find accommodation in London. There are many good sources to help you to find the type of accommodation you want at a price that fits your budget.
- Spare Room – Spare Room is another search engine, like Zoopla and RightMove, but this one focuses on shared accommodation. If you have a smaller budget, and don’t mind sharing a house or a flat with other people. One of the benefits of Spare Room is that you’ll normally find cheaper accommodation here, and sharing a flat can have the benefit of making you speak English outside the classroom.
- RightMove – This is another search engine, like Zoopla, that lets you search the London housing market for your specific needs.
- Zoopla – This is a search engine that helps you search for accommodation by selecting the area of London you’d like to live in, your budget, and whether you’d like to rent a room in a shared flat, or a whole flat to yourself.
Hotels, Bed & Breakfasts, and Airbnb
Another option for short-term accommodation are hotels, bed and breakfasts and Airbnb. The downside of this type of accommodation is that it’s a little more expensive, but the benefit is that it’s usually cleaner, better maintained and you have less responsibility as a tenant. Here are some useful links for this type of accommodation.
- Green Rooms – Green Rooms is a hotel / hostel that is a community centre for the arts. Rooms and beds are affordable at Green Rooms, and the atmosphere is creative and friendly. They regularly host art exhibitions and musical performances for local artists.
- Airbnb – Airbnb is internationally recognised as a great way to find good, clean, safe accommodation at a reasonable price. Airbnb offers a variety of types of accommodation, either sharing with people or alone. One of the big benefits of Airbnb is that you have access to a kitchen and can make your own food. This helps to save money if you are travelling and studying on a small budget.
- Linton Apartments and Turnpike House – These are two options if you’re looking specifically for a high-quality apartment to rent for a short time. Both are very close to Ingla in Turnpike Lane and both offer flats in perfect condition.
Another common type of accommodation for students studying English in London is to live with a homestay family. This offers you the opportunity to spend all of your time at home with a family of native speakers from London. Some people stay with a family for a short time, while others work for a family as an au pair taking care of their children. There are a number of organisations that will help to connect you to a family such as Britannia and Hosts International. For Au Pairs, there’s AuPairWorld and Smart AuPairs among other agencies.
When looking for a place to live in London there are so many options, and we haven’t even mentioned living with friends and family. Each step of the way Ingla can help you, so if you book a course with us feel free to ask about accommodation at any time. Our admin and management team are always willing to help. Just contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on WhatsApp at +44 7904 417891.