You will need to know exactly where you will be living in London. There are different kinds of accommodation available.
- Staying with Relatives
- Private Rented
One-Tech does not provide accommodation but can assist you in finding accommodation. Please let us know if you require our assistance.
The London Conference on Overseas Students (LCOS) produces a directory of hostels in London. To download the guide, please refer to the following site: http://www.lcos.org.uk/
Staying with relatives
If you are fortunate enough to have friends, family or other relatives willing to offer you accommodation, it is wise to check before you leave home that they know when you will arrive. Make sure that you know if they will expect to be paid rent, also find out if they will provide food and facilities. Always remember to be polite, perhaps you can offer to help with jobs around the house during your stay.
You will be living in a rented room or small apartment/flat which will have the bathroom and kitchen/cooking facilities. Sometimes you have to share the bathroom or kitchen but you should have a private bedroom. You will normally pay the landlord every month. He will ask for one month's rent in advance and also a deposit of the same amount in case anything is damaged. When you leave, the landlord should refund the deposit if nothing has been damaged. Sometimes you will have to pay a holding fee as well, so that the landlord can save the room for your arrival date. Food is not included in the price. You may also have to do your laundry at a launderette, as not all private rooms have laundry facilities.
If you wish to find rented accommodation, you should contact the following local letting agents. Please bear in mind however, that we are not responsible for any complaints or issues which may arise from a privately formed agreement.
Azad Ayub Ltd
36 Wightman Road, London, N4 1RU
020 8348 3135
Adam Kennedy: 58 Church Street EN1
Tel: 0208 363 8282
Castles: 243-245 Hertford Road EN3
Tel: 0208 804 8000
Kinleigh Folkard Hayward
Tel: 0208 882 3333 Cousins: 77 Fore Street N18
Tel: 0208 803 8070
Details of letting agents and properties to rent may also be found on the Internet. Useful sites include:
Find a Property
UK Property Shop
What is council tax and do I have to pay?
This is a tax made by your local council to cover services such as collecting rubbish, cleaning streets, libraries etc. Everyone should receive a council tax bill from their local council. You do not have to pay very much council tax if you are:
Following a full-time course for at least 6 months and living in shared accommodation (i.e. you do not live in a flat alone) and sharing with other students.
If you are sharing a house or flat and one of the people sharing with you is working, your council tax bill will be reduced by 25%.
If two or more people sharing with you are working, you will receive no reduction. If all of the people you are sharing with are students, you will not have to pay.
The council will send you a bill for council tax. How much this is, depends on where you live. An average council tax bill for a property with two bedrooms is £700-£800 per year. When you receive your bill, go to reception and complete a student request form asking for a council tax letter. When you get the letter, send it to the address at the top of your council tax bill. The council will then send you a new bill showing you how much (if anything) you have to pay.