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Accommodation questions answered by....City University, London

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Accommodation officers Amanda Weedon and Kamrul Hussain from City University London cover some of the most pressing accommodation questions for international students. Learn about student accommodation in one the world’s most popular student cities, London, including what kinds of preferences they can indicate when choosing accommodation.


How can international students find accommodation? Is accommodation on or off-campus?

‘International students can find accommodation in various ways. International students can stay in City University London-nominated halls of residences. Some undergraduate students can be guaranteed accommodation in one of the nominated halls whilst postgraduate students are offered accommodation on a first-come-first-served basis.  The majority of City University London’s nominated halls are within walking distance of the University campus. City University London also has a dedicated Private Housing advisor who can assist students find the right type of accommodation depending on their circumstances and needs.’


How are students allocated housemates? Additionally, if students need help finding housemates, how do the university help?

‘Students are allocated rooms through the third-party housing provider. Students requesting to stay with friends or requiring single gender accommodation are highlighted to the housing provider who then manage the requests. Students can join forums and societies to make friends who have similar interest as well as interacting with other students through the student message board hosted by Studentpad.’   


If students are not happy with their accommodation, can they change?

‘Students can request to have a change of accommodation, however this dependant on vacancies being available at other halls. Students will still be required to have a replacement tenant for the accommodation they wish to leave.’   


What is included in the cost of accommodation? How will my room be furnished and what will students need to bring themselves?

‘All student rooms are furnished, with fixtures and fitting included. These include a bed, study desk, closet and in some cases a mini kitchen. The weekly rental fees include all utility bills, internet and some limited contents insurance. Some cooking utensils and bed linen are provided by the halls; however students should bring some of these additional items with them as well.’


What kind of security measures are in place across the various accommodations?

‘All halls of residences have management staff during office hours. Security staff are on hand outside these times, as well as all properties being covered by 24 hour CCTV monitoring.’


How are food/cooking arrangements handled in accommodation?

‘Halls of residences are self–catered. Students can purchase food from various food outlets around the university.’


Can you give a brief overview of the surrounding areas around campus, including those popular among students for off-campus accommodation? What is there to do for entertainment in these areas?

‘City University London-nominated halls of residences are located within the cosmopolitan area of Islington. Islington and its surrounding area such as Camden Town are popular with students of all age groups. Camden and Islington have a vibrant night life and offer a wide variety of shopping outlets and eateries.’


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