Be prepared to spend quite a number of days looking for accommodation and expect to lower your standards - especially in the first instance. London property prices are some of the highest in the world.
Private Accommodation Office
Once you have arrived in London, your first port of call should be the Private Accommodation Office based at the School (St Clements building S075 in the basement) which will be open from the middle of August until the start of term in early October. For current students, this service is also available from mid June. The office has information about privately rented accommodation and lists of available rooms, bedsits, flats and houses; as well as internet access and telephones (both free of charge). Offers of housing will be online and we'll also provide printed lists to take away and general advice on transport and locations.
The Students' Union Advice Centre will be available for legal advice on tenancy agreements and tenant's rights.
Students' Union Advice Centre
Ground Floor, East Building
LSE Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7158
Web: SU Advice Centre
University of London Housing Services (ULHS)
You may also visit the University of London Housing Services (ULHS) in the University of London Union (ULU). They act for all the colleges of the University, although before you can use this office you will need to show your registration card or letter of acceptance from the LSE. As well as providing housing information, the University of London Privately Managed Unit provides and manages accommodation for around 550 students in several self-catering flats and houses.
For details and vacancy information of these ULHS centrally managed properties visit the ULHS office or call +44 (0)20 7862 8881.
University of London Housing Services
University of London Union
4th Floor, London
Tel: +44 (0)20 7862 8880
Opening hours: all year round: Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.30pm; and during September, Saturday 10.30am to 2.00pm.
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 try Agents or visit the ULHS website.
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. The LSE Accommodation Office posts all notices on the LSE StudentPRS on-line message board.
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 Guide in the Guardian (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.
Zoopla for list of estate or letting agents.
Try Up My Street for local information and links to agents.
A guide to abbreviations used in adverts
A guide to London postal areas and district names - N,E,S,SW,and SE explained