Parents Guide

Student Homes, A Brief Introduction

Having your son or daughter leave for University can be a nerve racking time. London offers a wide range of accommodation choices which can seem daunting at first, but supporting your child to make an informed choice when it comes to their University accommodation can help to ensure a great start to their life as a student. 

We'd recommend: 

  • Looking at the accommodation information on the College/University website that your son or daughter will be attending.
  • Reading the Private Housing Guide produced by the University of London's Housing services team.
  • Not rushing reaching a decision. Make sure the choice you jointly make is the right choice - consider all of the available options, and take your time to get it right.
  • If you've reached this website through your son or daughter opting to live with Student Homes, find out more about who we are and how we work below.

Moving In

Student Homes aim to offer a ‘home away from home’ for the students who live in our accommodation. The Student Homes service was devised and began operating out of the University of London's Housing Services Department as a means of offering students in London accommodation in traditional shared student houses and flats, but with the added peace of mind of the University being their landlord and their College acting as their guarantor. This was in response to comments made in a large housing survey the University carried out with students in London. The service was conceived and set up with student's welfare in mind essentially.

We understand that for a large proportion of our tenants their move to University is also a move away from home and into the world of rented accommodation which they may have little or no experience of. We also house a large number of international students for whom renting in London may be markedly different from renting back at home. We recognise that our tenants may require varying levels of support and hope that through the unified approach to accommodation that we offer with their College, along with the time and effort we put into providing additional support and advice to our tenants, this can afford both you and your son or daughter a sense of reassurance.

Why choose Student Homes?

Student Homes is run out of the University of London's Housing Services department with one clear aim - to provide, and manage, good quality homes in the private rental sector for full time students. Conforming to the Student Accommodation Code (SAC Code) for University Managed Student Accommodation our commitment to ensuring that good standards are met and are achieved universally across all of our properties is clear. For further information regarding the Student Accommodation Code please click here.

Students that study at a College which has subscribed to the Student Homes scheme do not require a guarantor as their respective College takes on this role for them. This is a responsibility that typically falls to student's parents to fulfill in other accommodation, or for international students without a UK guarantor this could mean paying a large lump sum of rent upfront instead - sometimes up to 6 months of rent.

More generally: The University of London is an exempt charity in England and Wales: any profits that are made are reinvested back into the student services that the University offers - another way in which our commitment to offering and providing a quality service to your son or daughter can be exemplified.