Lodgings for international and EU students
If you are an EU or international student studying at Kingston for the first time and for less than one year, you can apply to live in lodgings. Please note that this service is not available to full-time postgraduate students.
A lodging is a single room in a private house with a resident landlord.
You will have:
- a furnished bedroom, including bed, desk, chair and storage;
- access to the kitchen to prepare your meals;
- access to the bathroom; and
- bedding and cooking utensils/equipment.
Lodgings are particularly convenient if you are staying in Kingston for less than a full academic year. Please remember that living in lodgings is not the same as being placed with a host family, as you will live separately from the householder.
How to apply for lodgings
Your faculty will forward to you an application for accommodation form to apply for lodgings if:
- you're an EU or international student; and
- you're only studying at Kingston for one semester.
Rent, including all bills, is usually around £85–£100 per week. Remember that you must also budget for food costs, phone, travel and social expenses.
When a lodging is arranged it is your responsibility to contact the householder by telephone or email as quickly as possible.
What happens when I move in?
You will be asked to pay a week's rent when you arrive, plus another week's rent as a deposit. Rent is payable on the same day each week and the householder should provide you with a receipt.
The householder will also have a copy of the Recommended Standards for Lodgings but remember to ask for any other house rules before you arrive. For example, when is a good time to have visitors?
What if I want to move out?
If you want to leave your lodgings, you must give one week's notice from the day rent is paid. The owner will return your deposit unless it is needed to cover damage to the property or rent you still owe. You must also contact us to let us know that you wish to leave.