Exceptional student accommodation in London city centre
Our student apartments offer a wide range of self-contained studios. Students also get exclusive access to amazing facilities including an on-site cinema and games room, beautiful roof terraces and stylish study spaces. With Collegiate, you’ll be staying at some of the best private student accommodation in London.
London welcomes people from all over the world so the UK capital city is rich in history, full of architectural delights and offers amazing cultural and social diversity. Living in Zone 1 puts you at the heart of everything London has to offer including beautiful theatres and venues, an incredible choice of bars and restaurants and shopping destinations to suit every style and budget, from the indies of Notting Hill to the bustling Westfield centres.
With over 40 different higher education institutions and more international students studying in the city than any other in the world, living and studying in London is a life experience like no other.
Our accommodation is ideal for studying at University of the Arts, King’s College, London Metropolitan and City University. The central location of our student flats means you’re well-placed for studying at a host of London institutions. Collegiate offers a range of self-contained student studios. Whatever you decide on, you’ll always benefit from en-suite facilities, a private study space and a kitchen area. With all bills and Wi-Fi included in your rent, there’s no need to worry about extra costs, so you can focus on enjoying your time in London.
Located just a 5-minute walk from Elephant and Castle Underground station, Dashwood Studios provides student living with great transport links to all of London’s Universities. Living in Zone 1, you’ll be within easy reach of some of the city’s best attractions; it’s time to start exploring!
Our exceptional social areas offer a relaxing space for all residents, available 24 hours a day. From the on-site cinema room and games room, to one of the two roof terraces with beautiful views over the city, you can be sure that Dashwood Studios has everything you need to chill out after a long day at the library, lectures, or simply exploring.
Book with peace of mind
Easy. Flexible. Safe.
Your wellbeing is at the forefront of our mind. We have put new cleaning routines, sanitising facilities and distancing measures in place to make sure you get the best and safest living experience possible.
We want you to have the very best University years that is why we have ensured a calendar that is packed with fun social events both virtually online and off-site. But that’s not all, as living with Collegiate you can make new friends, create memorable moments and be a part of a great community.
No more worrying about extra bills and admin costs. Living at Collegiate means we take all of the hassle away from you so you can enjoy your time creating memories.
Universities in London
University of the Arts Student Accommodation
University of the Arts London is recognised as a world top 2 university. Students choose our London accommodation for:
- It’s prime location – beautiful views of the city, close to public transport and universities
- Modern and stylish interiors with excellent on-site facilities such as roof terraces and bike storage
King’s College London Student Accommodation
King’s College London is ranked as a top 10 university globally. Explore our modern and spacious student accommodation, close to the university and campuses.
- We offer a range of studio apartments and shared student flats
- Excellent on-site social and study spaces
London Metropolitan University Student Accommodation
With accommodation located in North London, our properties we are a popular choice for for those studying at London Met University.
- Enjoy living close to the university with easy access to the hub of central London
- We offer unrivalled facilities including study rooms and modern games and cinema rooms
City University Student Accommodation
City University is a leading university with specialist schools such as business and law. Our London student accommodation is the perfect option for your studies – centrally located and close to universities.
- We offer a range of premium studios and shared flats with excellent features
- Enjoy accommodation close to the cities restaurants, bars and main attractions
Did you know?
London is actually Britain’s driest city. It’s still England and obviously it sometimes rains but often it’s just cloudy and nowhere near as much precipitation falls as you might think. In fact, London receives less annual rainfall (23 inches) than New York (47 inches), Rome (32 inches) and Sydney (39 inches).
FAQs: Student Accommodation in London
How much does rent cost for students in London?
Several factors decide the rent of student residences, including the type of student accommodation you book. The various facilities and amenities provided by the accommodation and the room’s configuration all factor into the price for accommodation in London. Private student accommodation in London usually costs between £160 – £500 per week based on a range of studio types and shared flats or houseshares.
How do I pay for my student room in London?
You can make rent payments online using your credit or debit card via your Collegiate Portal account or by bank transfer. Contact your accommodation management team if you’d like to pay by bank transfer. If paying via bank transfer, please remember to reference your full name and room number in the payment reference of the transfer; this allows us to allocate funds to your account promptly. We would recommend setting up a UK bank account if you haven’t already. Read our guide to international student finance for more useful information.
How much money will I spend on bills as a student in London?
On average, UK students spend £37 per month on bills. However, when you book Collegiate student accommodation in London, all bills are included with your room: Electricity, Gas, Water & Broadband. Depending on the accommodation residence you choose, you can also get exclusive access to on-site facilities such as roof terraces with views over the London skyline, a laundry room, quiet study rooms, residents lounges, games room, secure post room with 24 hr access to your post, 24hr concierge to assist you with any issues and a fun programme of social events for you to enjoy throughout the year.
What are the best student areas in London?
London is one of the most exciting places to live and study. No matter how you like to spend your time – markets, museums, galleries – the list of things to do is endless. When choosing Collegiate’s student accommodation in London as your uni home, you will be in the heart of a global city, surrounded by stunning green spaces, amazing shopping streets and the most exciting and diverse culinary centre. London will give you experiences like no other. Check out our London city guides here.
Can I view my student flat in London before booking?
Yes, most accommodation providers including Collegiate will provide tours of the apartments – either via video or in person (government guidelines allowing).
What different types of student accommodation are available?
Standard and Standard Plus studios include:
> Private kitchen
> Private en-suite
> Small double bed
> Room size ranges from 17-18m2
Premium and Premium Plus studios include:
> Private kitchen
> Private en-suite
> Small double bed
> Room size ranges from 18-28m2
Deluxe studio includes:
> Private kitchen
> Private en-suite
> Double bed
> Some studios have a bay window or private sun terrace
> Room size ranges from 24-47m2
What are the best ways to travel around London?
Getting around London is easier and cheaper than you might think and offers a wide range of transport options to suit every budget. Visit London offers a range of maps that can help you plan your journey.
Transport for London (TfL)
The tube (or the underground) and the DLR are convenient ways to get around London. Tube fare depends on how far you travel, time of day, and how you pay, with an Oyster card or contactless payments being the cheapest way to pay for single fares. Tube services usually run from 5am until midnight, with Night Tube services on some lines on Friday and Saturday evenings.
The iconic red London buses are not just for show – they’re an excellent and very budget-friendly way to get around the city. Bus fare is £1.55 and a day of bus-only travel will cost a maximum of £4.65. London buses are all cashless, so you need an Oyster card, Travelcard or contactless payment method. You can hop on unlimited buses or trams for free within one hour of touching in for your first journey.
If you have your own bike, then great, but if not, why not take advantage of London’s public bicycle scheme? The Santander Cycles (or Boris Bikes as they’re more commonly known) are free for the first half an hour but it costs £2 to access it for 24 hours. There are more than 750 docking stations and 11,500 bikes to hire around London and you just need a bank card or use the official app.
London’s taxi drivers are famous for their in-depth knowledge of the city, with most operating out of the instantly-recognisable black Hackney cabs. These are the ones that can be hailed in the street provided the yellow TAXI sign is on. The black cabs are metered and have a minimum charge of £3.20, while minicabs may be cheaper but it’s always best to ask for a price upfront. Always check for a Transport for London license disc and never get into an unbooked minicab as they are illegal, unsafe and uninsured.
London is a big city of course, but it’s deceptively easy to get around on foot. Check out TfL’s walking map of London which is particularly useful for distances between the tube stations, you’ll soon see that many are surprisingly close to each other.
What is there to do in London?
London is one of the world’s most exciting cities to be in and you can look forward to years of exploration and discovery as part of your student lifestyle because there’s so many things to do in London.
London is unsurprisingly the UK’s hotspot for outstanding food and drink from bottomless brunch and the best burgers to fine dining and so much more. You’ll find plenty of street food markets and food pop-ups all around London so you’ll always be discovering something new. London also has plenty of high street staples for grab and go food, not to mention there is a Pret or Starbucks on every corner. You’ll never be stuck for something to eat in London!
If you’re on the market for something more upmarket, then head to London’s Oxford Street or Bond Street where you’ll find a host of designer stores and flagship stores from some of the biggest names on the UK high street including Apple and Waterstones. The city is also home to several large Westfield shopping centres and a host of markets, including the famous Camden Market and Borough Market.
London is very well known for its tourism, and it has plenty of attractions and museums to keep you occupied. From the big names including Big Ben or the London Eye to Trafalgar Square or the Shard, it takes some planning to get around London’s attractions. There are also some great places to visit around Elephant and Castle. Or, if you fancy yourself a bit of an influencer, why not check out our recommendations for the most Instagrammable spots in London!
Are there free things to do in London?
There’s so many free things to do in London for students, it might be hard to know where to start! All the city’s museums and galleries offer free entry which gives you hundreds of venues to visit. The parks and green spaces in London are also free for the public to enjoy, while many of the city’s best views are enjoyed from spots like the Southbank which always offer ample public seating.
What are some interesting facts about London?
> There are five London underground stations named after pubs
> London University was the first to allow female students in 1869
> The current Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan is the first Muslim mayor of a European Union capital city and won in 2016 with the largest number of votes in one election of any politician in British history.
Discover even more interesting facts about London.
Which universities are local to London?
From Dashwood studios:
> University of Westminster is 3.7 miles – 25 minutes tube* (Northern Line)
> University College London is 2.9 miles – 27 minute tube* (Northern Line)
> University of London is 2.7 miles – 30 minute tube* (Northern Line)
> London School of Economics and Political Science is 3.8 miles – 20 minute tube* (Northern & District Line)
> Kings College Waterloo Campus is 1.8 miles – 16 minute bus* (No. 68 or 176)
> BPP Waterloo Campus is 1.3 miles – 27 minute walk* or 12 minute bus* (No. 68 or 176)
> London South Bank University is 0.5 miles – 11 minute walk*
> London College of Communication is 0.3 miles – 6 minute walk*