Using reviews from 541 London students of 126 different halls of residence, we've worked out the 10 best student digs in the capital.
 

How did we work out the top 10?

541 London students reviewed their halls of residence on Student Hut, giving us data from real students on 126 different halls of residence across London. Each student awarded their halls an 'overall' rating, as well as ratings for important sub-criteria such as the location, value for money, social areas and WiFi speed.

We used this data to draw up a league table for the 10 best halls of residence in London as voted by the people who matter the most: the students themselves.

1. Woodward Buildings

View from outside Woodward Buildings, the best student accommodation in London

Size:  690 bed spaces
Houses: Imperial College London students
Location: North Acton
 

Situated outside central London - six miles north west of Charing Cross as the crow flies - the Woodward Buildings offer students a far more affordable halls experience than residences in the city centre. North Acton Underground station is a stone’s throw from Woodward, allowing students to get to the main ICL South Kensington campus in 43 minutes and central London in 31 minutes.

Woodward Buildings prices

Room Type Price Per Week Tenancy Length
Premium en-suite single £153 39 weeks
Standard en-suite single £134 39 weeks
En-suite twin £102 39 weeks

2. Carr-Saunders Hall

View from Carr-Saunders Hall, the best accommodation in central London

Size:  156 bed spaces
Houses: London School of Economics and Political Sciences students
Location: Fitzrovia
 

Carr-Saunders Hall is the best student accommodation in central London. The halls are close to Regent’s Park and are overlooked by the iconic BT Tower. LSE is a 25-minute walk away and the West End just 20 minutes. Carr-Saunders is a catered hall, providing six dinners and one brunch per week.

Carr-Saunders Hall prices

Room Type Price Per Week Tenancy Length
Shared bathroom single £211.75 31 weeks
En-suite twin £140.40 31 weeks
Shared bathroom twin £151.90 31 weeks

3. Eastside Halls

View from outside Eastside Halls, the best residence for ICL students

Size:  453
Houses: Imperial College London students
Location: Kensington
 

The Eastside Halls complex is made up of three adjoining halls: Gabor, Linstead and Wilkinson. The complex sits on the east side of Princes Gardens, a lovely green space in the heart of Kensington. Along with the Southside Halls complex, which also features on this list, it is the most convenient halls of residence for Imperial students - less than a 10-minute stroll from the ICL main campus. Eastside is in high demand given its location, so it does not come cheap.

Eastside Halls prices

Room Type Price Per Week Tenancy Length
Premium en-suite single £281 39 weeks
Standard en-suite single £252 39 weeks
En-suite twin £153 39 weeks

4. Beit Hall

View from inside Beit Hall residences

Size: 339 bed spaces
Houses: Imperial College London students
Location: Kensington
 

Beit Hall sits opposite the Royal Albert Hall, right next to Hyde Park. The location is highly convenient for Imperial students, who can walk to the main campus in 10 minutes. The Imperial College Students’ Union and the Union bar are located within the same building complex as the halls of residence, making Beit Hall a very lively place to live.

Beit Hall prices

Room Type Price Per Week Tenancy Length
Premium en-suite single £281 39 weeks
Standard en-suite single £252 39 weeks
En-suite twin £153 39 weeks

5. Southside Halls

Imperial College London students socialising in Southside Halls kitchen

Size: 339 bed spaces
Houses: Imperial College London students
Location: Kensington
 

If ICL’s Eastside Halls lie east of Princes Gardens, then Southside Halls lie - yep, you guessed it - south of the Gardens. Southside is comprised of four adjoining halls: Falmouth, Keogh, Selkirk and Tizard. The ICL campus is just down the road, a mere 5-minute walk. Southside, like its namesake to the East, does not come cheap.

Southside Halls prices

Room Type Price Per Week Tenancy Length
Premium en-suite single £281 39 weeks
Standard en-suite single £251 39 weeks
En-suite twin £158 39 weeks

6. Champion Hill

View of Champion Hill halls from outside

Size: 714 bed spaces
Houses: King's College London students
Location: Camberwell
 

The first accommodation in our top ten south of the river, Champion Hill sits between Denmark Hill and East Dulwich train stations in south-east London. The halls are incredibly convenient for students on KCL’s Denmark Hill campus (5-10 minute walk), but those on the main Strand campus face a 40-45 minute commute.

Champion Hill prices

Room Type Price Per Week Tenancy Length
 Large en-suite single £225 40 weeks
Standard en-suite single (40 week) £215 40 weeks
Standard en-suite single (51 week) £209 51 weeks
Standard en-suite single (KAAS) £169 40 weeks
 

Shared bathroom single (KAAS)

£159 40 weeks

Note: KAAS stands for the King's Affordable Accommodation Scheme. KAAS aims to provide students with a family income below £42,875 access to affordable accommodation.

7. Marylebone Hall

Inside Marylebone Hall room, best accommodation for Westminster students

Size: 222 bed spaces
Houses: University of Westminster students
Location: Marylebone
 

Marylebone Hall is located in the West End of London, next to the world-famous Madame Taussads and a stone’s throw from Regent’s Park. It is attached to the University of Westminster’s Marylebone Campus and just 15 minutes on foot from the Regent’s Street Campus.

Marylebone Hall prices

Room Type Price Per Week Tenancy Length
Penthouse en-suite single £269.50 38 weeks
Premier en-suite single £255.50 38 weeks
Standard en-suite single £215.60 38 weeks
En-suite twin £178.57 38 weeks

8. Horton Halls

View of Horton Halls block from outside

Size: 486 bed spaces
Houses: St. George's (University of London) students
Location: Tooting
 

The second halls in our top 10 located south of the river, Horton Halls sits 5.5 miles south-west of central London (40 minutes on public transport). If slightly far-flung relative to the centre of the city, Horton Halls is highly convenient for St. George’s students - just a 15 minute walk away from St. George’s campus.

Horton Halls prices

Room Type Price Per Week Tenancy Length
Premium en-suite single £281 Variable
Standard en-suite single £251 Variable

Note: Tenancy lengths vary according to the length of a student’s academic year. St. George’s offers primary medical and healthcare courses, which often have longer academic years than other subjects.

9. Nutford House

View of Nutford House from Marylebone street

Size: 224 bed spaces
Houses: all University of London students, including LSE, SOAS, ICL, KCL, UCL + others (intercollegiate halls)
Location: Marylebone
 

Nutford House is the only intercollegiate halls of residence in our top 10. Located in central London, it is served by Edgware Road and Marble Arch tube stations, making it easy to commute to most campuses in London. Nutford House is a catered hall, providing breakfast and dinner every day.

Nutford House prices

Room Type Price Per Week Tenancy Length
Flat (1x, self-catered) £359.45 50 weeks
Double separate kitchen (1x, self-catered) £271.25 40 weeks
Shared bathroom single £148.40 - £203 40 weeks
Shared bathroom twin £142.80 40 weeks

10. Wilson House

View of Wilson House, 10th best accommodation in London]

Size: 391 bed spaces
Houses: Imperial College London students
Location: Paddington
 

Students in Wilson House can either opt to walk to ICL’s South Kensington Campus or take the underground; both journeys take around half an hour. The walk cuts straight through Hyde Park, perfect for those who appreciate London’s fantastic parklands. Wilson House is close to Edgware Road and Paddington underground stations, as well as Paddington rail station.

Wilson House prices

Room Type Price Per Week Tenancy Length
En-suite single £195 39 weeks
Standard shared bathroom single £165 39 weeks
Small shared bathroom single £153 39 weeks
En-suite twin £130 39 weeks
Shared bathroom twin £125 39 weeks

Sources:

Woodward Buildings, Carr-Saunders Hall, Eastside Halls, Beit Hall, Southside Halls, Champion Hill, Marylebone Hall, Horton Halls, Nutford House, Wilson House.


 

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