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Living in London
We know that where you live will play a key role in your university experience. Feeling safe, secure and comfortable at home will enable you to arrive on campus ready to learn.
Finding somewhere to live can be daunting. That’s why we’re here to help.
Whether you choose to live in student accommodation organised through external providers, private housing or commute from home, we will work hard to build a strong sense of community and belonging for all students, through a programme of social and community events.
Choosing your student halls
At LIS, we don’t have our own accommodation. Instead, we have established agreements with some of London’s leading accommodation providers. This means that you can socialise and live alongside students from a diverse range of international and national backgrounds from other universities in London.
Later in the spring, we will share a unique LIS code that you can use to book your accommodation. This code will either give you access to a room reserved for LIS students or a 10% discount on the standard room rate.
In your second and third years, you can choose to remain in halls, or you might like to share a flat with your friends.
Most halls will offer a range of room options at different price points so take the time to have a detailed look through each of the websites ahead of us sharing your LIS booking code later in the spring.
Options have been carefully chosen to reflect all budgets and all prices include:
Utilities bills (inc. energy and water)
Room contents insurance
Broadband and WiFi
Appropriate health & safety checks
Cleaning of communal areas (kitchens & shared bathrooms)
Well Street Hall, Hackney
Located in vibrant Hackney, Well Street Hall offers affordable accommodation in London to students. Rooms are corridor-based and facilities shared. Each room is a single study bedroom, equipped with your own mini-fridge, washbasin, broadband and Wi-Fi. Well Street Hall promotes a strong and valued student community within its residence - students will have access to a large communal area with Wi-Fi consisting of study/studio space as well as a TV room. There is also a large outdoor backyard with a BBQ area, table tennis table, weights section and bike storage.Find out more
Claredale House, Bethnal Green
Claredale House offers shared flats (2-7 bedrooms) ideal for independent living, arranged over four storeys around an internal courtyard with lockable front gates. Each room is fully furnished with a bed, wardrobe, bedside cabinet, desk, chair, broadband and is centrally heated. Rooms vary in size depending on different price bands. Each flat has a shared kitchen, shower and toilet facilities. Flats are all-male, all-female and mixed. As well as two residential Managers, the building is covered 24 hours a day by student subwardens.Find out more
Blithehale Court, Bethnal Green
This hall is home to 306 students and located just three minutes from Bethnal Green tube station. All rooms come with their own bathroom and if you select the en-suite option then you’ll share a kitchen and lounge with your flatmates. If you’d prefer to live on your own then you can select a studio. At Blithehale there’s also a quiet study area, and a common room furnished with sofas, a TV, table football, pool and ping pong table. Outside you’ll find picnic tables, deckchairs, and a super-sized chess set.Find out more
Stratford One, Stratford
All 1,001 bedrooms at Stratford ONE come with a private bathroom. You can choose either an en-suite room where you’ll share your kitchen and lounge with flatmates or you can select a studio if you’d like your own kitchen and privacy. Inside the common room you’ll find a pool table, ping pong, table football, and a cinema room. There is plenty of desk space too. Outside, there’s a large courtyard and you can also get brilliant views of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and London Stadium.Find out more
Comparing Different Options
At LIS, you’ll have the opportunity to live and study in East London – one of the most vibrant areas in London. Shoreditch will be right on your doorstep, with all the art, fashion, bars and restaurants that it has to offer. And, of course, there’s the City of London itself. One of the world’s most famous business districts, housing billion-pound organisations, purpose-driven start-ups, and everything in between.
Other Accommodation Options
We do have agreements in place with additional providers. If you’re looking for an option on a slightly larger budget, then we have an option close to campus, in Tower Bridge. We also have some options slightly further away from campus in Tottenham Hale (rates from £151) and Kentish Town (rates from £190).
If you’d like further information on any of these options, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may decide you’d like to rent privately. This means you can decide exactly where you want to live and with whom. In which case, private accommodation may be the right choice for you. You may find it helpful to take a look at the University of London’s Private Housing Guide.
Living at Home
If you already live within commuting distance of the LIS campus you may prefer to live at home. Even if you contribute to bills and pay rent, this can be a cheaper option than choosing to live in halls or privately rented accommodation.
Answering your questions...
Booking your accommodation
How do I book my accommodation?
Between now and later in the spring you can spend some time looking through each of the provider’s websites to find the best option that works for you and your budget.
Later in the spring, we will ask you to complete a short accommodation form with your preferred selection. We’ll then send you a unique LIS code which you will be able to use to book directly via the provider’s website.
Why do I need an LIS code to book my accommodation?
For each of our accommodation providers, you will be able to book using a unique LIS code.
This code serves a different function for each of our providers. For Well Street Hall and Claredale House the code will give you access to a room reserved for LIS students. For Blithehale Court and Stratford One this code will give you a 10% discount on the standard room rate.
How much is accommodation?
Rates start from £160 per week. Prices vary between providers and also depend on the type of room you select, so do take a close look at the pricing. Once you have selected your preferred option make sure to check your budget carefully so you know exactly how much you’ll spend each month. Please note you will need to pay a deposit to secure your booking.
Information on the halls
Will I be living with other LIS students?
Given that you will book your accommodation directly via the provider we can’t guarantee that you’ll be living with other LIS students. We know how important the LIS community will be though during your studies so we will try to liaise with the providers to ensure there are other LIS students in your halls.
Will other university students be in the halls?
Yes, the halls will all have students from other universities in London including UCL, LSE, and Queen Mary.
What's the set up? How many to a flat, shared kitchens/bathrooms etc.
The set-up varies from provider to provider, so take the time to go through each of their websites to see the room options (en-suite, studio etc.), shared facilities, and communal spaces they have available.
Is accommodation catered or self-catered?
Well Street Hall, Claredale House, Blithehale Court, and Stratford One are all self-catered.
What is the local area like?
If you choose one of the four halls listed, then you’ll be living and studying in East London. Once home to Alfred Hitchcock, Idris Elba, and Shakespeare, East London is fashionable, vibrant, and culturally diverse, having undergone huge regeneration in recent years. You’ll find high-end, luxury fashion next to the edgier BOXPARK, and street-food tents next to Michelin starred restaurants.
The area is full of young creative types – home to two independent art-house cinemas, as well as London’s most beautiful Edwardian theatre and music venue; the Hackney Empire. And the Arcola Theatre is one of the best spots for emerging theatre outside of the West End.
East London is also well-known for its nightlife, home to some of the capital’s coolest bars and clubs including the Queen of Hoxton, XOYO, and Dalson Superstore, as well as a seemingly endless number of pop-up bars, and classic pubs.
For an area so associated with urbanism, there‘s a surprisingly good selection of green spaces to choose from. Well Street Hall, Claredale House, and Blithehale Court are particularly close to Hackney Downes, London Fields, and Victoria Park – the largest park in east London – which hosts several music festivals each summer (e.g. All Points East and Field Day).
Stratford One sits on the border of Hackney Wick (a huge green space) and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. If you want great sports facilities in London, look no further.
And, of course, near these halls and the LIS campus, there’s the City of London itself. One of the world’s most famous business districts, housing billion-pound organisations, purpose-driven start-ups, and everything in between.
Other accommodation options
Can I make my own arrangements?
Of course. Some students may prefer to live at home whilst others may choose to rent privately.
If I do choose to make my own arrangements, will I still be able to socialise with LIS students?
Absolutely. Whether you choose to live in student accommodation, private housing, or commute from home, we will work hard to build a strong sense of community and belonging for all students.