Private housing service

Helping you find housing with a private landlord

In this section, you can browse private housing ads, apply for LSE to be your rent guarantor, and get other help and support with renting privately in London.

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Q&A session on private housing hosted by LSE Accommodation

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Browse private housing listings

If you are searching for private student accommodation in homes, flats, flat shares and lodgings in London, these places are great to get you started.

Browse University of London (UoL) - property search 
ULHS is an online private housing database managed by University of London. Registration is free, and you can search for suitable properties and contact landlords directly. Visit: University of London property search

Are you an agent or landlord? 
You can Register your property with ULHS

Letting agents also advertise here:

Popular websites for rooms and flatshares include:

Housing advice offices near LSE

Please note these services may be operating remotely at present. Please contact via email address or telephone for further information.

LSE Students' Union 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
Website: www.lsesu.com/advice
Open for telephone and email enquiries Monday to Friday, 10:30am to 4:30pm.

University of London Housing Services (ULHS)
Registry & Advice Centre
Senate House, Malet Street
London EC1E 7HU
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.

LSE Residential Services Office
We offer advice on private housing and can direct you to other teams who can help you. 

Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7531
Private housing queries: private.housing@lse.ac.uk
Website: lse.ac.uk/accommodation
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Tenancy reference requests

You lived in halls last year and now need a tenancy reference from us?

You will be able to request this from the admin team at the hall that you stayed in (for Sidney Webb House references, please contact the Residential Services Office).

For contact details, see: Contacts in halls of residence

Apply for LSE to be your rent guarantor (LSE Rent Guarantor Scheme)

The LSE Rent Guarantor Scheme is our way of helping you rent in London, if you are being asked for a guarantor.

For more information and to check if you're eligible​ visit: Apply for LSE to be your rent guarantor

Stay in halls while you search for a flat - student discount for short-term rooms in halls

Do you need somewhere to stay while you search for a flat in London?

In late summer, we offer places in halls on a short-term basis. Staying in halls while searching for a place to rent is how a lot of students find their housing each year. It's also an opportunity to meet other students with whom you can start a flat share.

For details, see: Student discount for short-term rooms in halls

Contract checking service (provided by UoL Housing Service)

Do you need help before signing a tenancy agreement?

Make an appointment with the University of London Housing Service contract checking service. They will discuss and clarify the terms of the contract with you, and flag up potential problems.

For more information and to make an appointment, visit: Contract checking service - UoL Housing Service

Tips for finding private housing 

Interactive rental heat map on the Mayor of London's website
London Rents Map

Private renting for tenants: tenancy agreements
The UK governments information on renting privately.
Visit: Private renting for tenants: tenancy agreements
There's also a checklist for renting in England

Rogue landlord checker
This tool on the Mayor of London's website lets you check if a landlord has recently been prosecuted or fined by their Borough. Visit: Check a landlord or agent 

University of London( UoL) Housing Services Private Housing Guide
You can download the online UoL Private Housing Guide [PDF]

This guide is really comprehensive. It covers topics like:

  • types of accommodation
  • property viewing tips
  • deposits
  • council Tax
  • safety advice
  • map of London showing average rents by postcode