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Accommodation in the UK

There are a number of accommodation options available throughout London and the United Kingdom. These include flat and house shares, furnished or unfurnished apartments and houses, hostels and self-contained apartments. With endless options, there’s something to suit every budget.


Temporary accommodation

Hostel World

If you are looking for inexpensive, conveniently located, temporary accommodation, we recommend Hostel World’s network of properties. Offering travellers a choice of 20,000 hostels in over 170 countries, you can use Hostel World to find your feet when you land in the UK or travel further afield.

Permanent accommodation

If you’re looking for a more permanent option, we’d recommend the reliable service providers below to help you find your dream home. Their websites will give you an idea of what is available and what you are likely to get for the rent you are able to pay.

Crenns Properties

Established in 1999, Crenns Properties is a family run business providing private rooms in Central & West London, from as short as a month’s stay to as long as you would like. To make it easier for you to budget your stay, your rent covers “everything”; this includes WiFi, laundry, tax, weekly cleaning of common areas, gas and electricity - there’s nothing else to pay! 

We have clean, comfortable, secure and well-maintained rooms in residential houses. They are close to public transport and in, or with quick and easy access to, the heart of London. 

Providing good quality and value, everything we offer is owned by us and managed and maintained with pride by our team. Our aim is to make you feel safe and at home. 

To find out more or to see our current availability, please visit us at or email us at

London Shared

London Shared specialises in providing fully furnished rooms in beautiful homes within desirable areas of London, predominantly South West. They only operate in safe, popular areas with great transport links. They take care of all the bills, including the WiFi, and send a cleaner weekly to make sure your home is always spick and span, leaving you to concentrate on building your London life and make the most of the instant social circle within the household.

To get in touch with them, send an email to and include the following details and they will send you a list of available options:

  • When are you looking to move?
  • How long do you want to stay for?
  • What’s your budget?

Let them know that you found their details through 1st Contact and you won’t pay any administration fees, plus London Shared will offer you three-month terms, giving you flexibility when choosing a place to live.

Accommodation in London

Accommodation in London is a well-known house share provider, helping everyone from professionals to working holiday makers find a spot in London. Offering clean and well-maintained rooms, you’ll find them in Zone 2 in North West London, Willesden Green and the Kilburn area.

Ultimate Housing

Ultimate Housing is a leading house-share provider, offering a variety of rooms in clean, modern houses around South East London’s Canada Water, Canary Wharf and the Docklands. Ultimate Housing offers the ideal accommodation solution for newcomers to London who are finding their feet and looking to meet like-minded travellers.

If you’ve purchased one of our Kickstart packages, you’re entitled to a great deal from Ultimate Housing. Instead of paying a six week deposit, you’ll only need to pay for one month. In addition to this, the once-off admin fee is only £165. If you would like to enquire, click here.

Arrive Homes

Established in 2009, Arrive Homes has quickly grown into one of the city’s largest and most popular property lettings companies. Specialising in providing shared accommodations, Arrive Homes lets over 40 properties across London, offering affordable, clean and spacious shared living for professionals.

Their friendly team will help you find the right room for your needs and is on hand to meet you on your move-in day, or when you arrive in London. Arrive Homes will also ensure you’re introduced to the other tenants in the house. If you have any general queries or maintenance and repair needs, they’ll be happy to help. is a house and flat sharing website that assists expats and international students looking for rooms to rent in London and other cities across the UK. 

The website brings a unique social approach to flat sharing, allowing online chat between flatmates, detailed comparisons of members’ profiles, auto-matching listings, and many more advanced features that provide an easy solution for London newcomers. 

In addition to the accommodation listings on, their dedicated team will gladly also assist you in finding a room to rent in London for medium or long term periods, as they connect tenants and flatmates with trusted letting agencies in the UK.


EasyRoommate, the world's leading flat share website, was founded in 1999 with the aim of matching people advertising a spare room with those looking for a room. EasyRoommate will help you find the perfect roommate through their extensive search features. Over the last 18 years, they have served over 25 million customers and organised more than 5 million flat shares.

EasyRoommate offers a basic and a premium membership. There is no charge for the basic membership. For more information, head over to their website


Movebubble is the app to find, view and rent properties in London. The Movebubble team are on a mission to make renting better for renters, and have designed an app with this in mind. You can book viewings, chat to agents, and make your offer, all within the app. Movebubble can also advise you on how to get the best rental price. What’s more, you get  a free takeaway meal on your first night in your new home! Download the app today to get moving with Movebubble!


Lyvly helps people moving to London settle quickly and ease into their new city life from day one. They have a fast-growing community of 400+ members living in rooms across London. You can live with vetted housemates in two- to six-bedroom homes and the rent covers your bills, Wi-Fi, cleaning and household consumables.

Lyvly’s focus is making London a less lonely place, especially for new arrivals. There are community leaders in every neighbourhood to introduce you to the area and regular events and meet ups for the entire community to connect.

If you’re interested, you can check out the rooms at

There are 3D tours of all of the rooms, so you can have a look round before you’ve even arrived in the UK. If you’re unsure about where’s best for you to live, the member sales team will be able to guide you through the process.


If you’d prefer to find your own accommodation in London, there are a few helpful websites you can use:

If you can afford to spend a little extra, you can go through a real estate agent, who will be able to show you more exclusive options. It’s free to register with an agent, but keep in mind that if the agent that finds you a property you wish to rent, you will be charged an additional administration fee.


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