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Help with Accomodation

Posted by Manish on 22 April 2007

Ever since I settled into my wee little flat on Abbey Road last year (after a tough long distance search for a flat and a week long search after arriving), I have been hoping to help out the incoming class with searching for their own flat. You will soon hear about a flatcrawl where people get together to find roommates and see tons of posts from fellow admits looking for flats/flatmates. However, it is still pretty depressing sitting in another country trying to find a flat in London before you arrive.

Bias Alert: I only have information about some areas around the school. Many students live away from school and commute on the tube.

Tip: Don't break your head over it until you arrive. You will find a flat after you arrive. Calling agents and clicking through websites (listed below anyways) are futile because agents need to show you flats. "Viewing" as it is called here is important. It really is. You must see a flat before you sign up for it because it is really hard to tell how a flat is from a few pictures.

The picture is an attempt to mark out walking distances and a few popular building/blocks where students currently live.

Lbs_student_flats St Johns wood is a popular post code. It is an expensive area but it is really pretty and safe. You will mostly be within a 20 minute walk to the school from here. Rents in the area are typically upwards of 200 for a studio and around 275-300 for a one bed. They can be much higher for better blocks.

Many students prefer living right across from the school in Ivor court, Rossmore court. These buildings are so close to school you can even catch the wireless network signal from school. Hanover gate masions is another popular block and is a 1 minute walk from school. There is a large number of students that choose to live towards Baker street station/Marylebone street which are both 5-10 minutes away from school.

The following is a list of agents that are located around school. Some of these agents waive the agent fees for students (you need a school letter for this). Rents can be negotiated upto 10% downwards. However your bargaining power diminishes as you get closer to the start of the term and flats are almost all gone.

JAC strattons - www.jacstrattons.com

Oakleys - www.oakleys.co.uk

Sandfords - www.sandfords.co.uk

KnightFrank - www.knightfrank.co.uk

Foxtons - www.foxtons.co.uk

BrianLack&Co - www.brianlack.co.uk

Benham Reeves - www.brlets.co.uk

General property search websites: www.findaproperty.co.uk, www.gumtree.com, www.loot.co.uk

Hope this helps cool your anxiety a bit.

Comments

Manish, great thanks for this post!

Thanks Manish. 2 questions.

1. Are rents available for a stipulated time period (Atleast 6 months etc)or it can be rented for 2 months also?

2. 200 for a studio means 200 pounds for a month per person or per room?

I'm an exchange student planning to come down to LBS for a quarter starting OCtober.

Thanks,
Abby

. Are rents available for a stipulated time period (Atleast 6 months etc)or it can be rented for 2 months also?
Landlords like to have their places rented out for 6 months or more (in multiples of 6 months). typically they will allow a break clause on longer leases.

2. 200 for a studio means 200 pounds for a month per person or per room?
200/wk is for the entire studio. You can typically put 2 people in one as long as the landlord has no problems with that.

I'm an exchange student planning to come down to LBS for a quarter starting OCtober.
I would recommend putting a post on portal asking for a sublet or to grab a room in a bigger flat if possible. That turns out cheaper. Also look for similar posts on portal offering flat/sublets.

Two of us from Stanford GSB will be doing a short 1 month internship near London Business School from mid-August to mid-September. Do you have an internal email list or other method to solicit for sublets that may be available during that time? Thank you.
Kevin

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