Housing

Location 

Our London program office and classes are located at the The Dickson Poon School of Law at King's College London, based in Somerset House East Wing, on the Strand campus. The Dickson Poon School of Law is located in the heart of the British legal and political world and surrounded by major global law firms.  The closest underground (tube) stop is Temple on the District and Circle lines. Stops at Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern Line) and Embankment (District, Circle) are a short walk. Additional location information can be found on the King's College webpage.

Housing Assistance

USD does not offer campus housing in London, so accommodations are entirely at your discretion. Central London housing is recommended because commutes from cheaper suburban districts are long and costly. Housing located along bus or underground lines running near the program is ideal.  

Housing Options

King's College has several residences in the heart of London available during the summer months from 24 June though 8 September.  Conveniently located near London Bridge and Waterloo, the accommodations ensure that students are never too far from away from class or the center of London by tube or bus.  Further information may be found on the Kingsvenues website. London hostels are another budget choice. Students can rent a single room within a shared house or flat (apartment).  Short-term apartment rentals are fairly expensive. Air conditioning is a rarity in London; private rentals may not include laundry facilities or Internet service. 

Business Details 

The median housing cost for students in the 2014 London program was $2,150. When searching for apartments, note that prices are frequently quoted in British pounds. Dormitory rentals can be secured with a credit card payment. Private landlords typically require the negotiated deposit to be sent by wire transfer in British pounds and may require a non-refundable payment of partial or full rent. Do not send money without verifying that the landlord is a reputable estate agent or has the right to rent to you. Retain a copy of all records.

Online Resources

  • Hostelworld:  Rated choices of some of the least expensive housing in hostels and small hotels.
  • Lonely Planet:  Filter your search by type of accommodation and neighborhood.
  • Craigslist London:  Local classified listings for rooms, apartments and housing for rent.  

Recommendations from Previous Students and Faculty

  • Astor College of University College London, 99 Charlotte Street
  • International Lutheran Student Centre, 30 Thanket Street
  • Goodenough College, 21 Meclenbergh Square
  • London School of Economics, Carr-Saunders Hall, 18-24 Fitzroy Street or Passfield Hall, 1-7 Endsleigh Place
  • Nido Kings Cross, 220 Pentolville Road

Alerts and Warnings 

  • Secure your housing sooner, not later.  London is a busy city and popular summer destination. 
  • Do not arrive without a room reservation for at least the first night in London. 
  • Print out a map of the neighborhood and directions for reaching your housing location by public transportation from the airport (taxis are easy but costly). 
  • Take copies of all communications and receipts regarding your housing arrangements.

Contact:

Graduate and International Programs
Warren Hall, Room 207
Phone: (619) 260-4596
Fax: (619) 260-4515

Hours

M, T, Th, F: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
W: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.