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2nd and 3rd Year Accommodation at Kingston

Before coming to Kingston, I was worried about what I would do for accommodation after my first year. Now I have secured accommodation for my second year I thought I would share what Kingston has to offer and what I have learnt from the process.

There are a few accommodation options at Kingston that I will share with you. For me I went with the first option:

Renting privately with other students

This is probably one of the most popular options for students. Once you have found people that you would like to live with you can start looking for accommodation to rent for the next academic year, there is also Facebook group and pages of students looking for someone to fill a room in their house or flat, or looking for people to rent with, this can be useful to help you find other students to share with. Here are some useful general sites to look at when trying to find accommodation to rent:

https://www.accommodationforstudents.com/

https://www.openrent.co.uk/

https://www.zoopla.co.uk/

https://www.rightmove.co.uk/student-accommodation.html

https://www.onthemarket.com/

I also found it useful to look at the local Kingston estate agents such as:

https://www.dexters.co.uk/

https://www.foxtons.co.uk/

https://www.gibsonlane.co.uk/

Some say the earlier the better to look for accommodation, this can be helpful, but I would say properties are always being released so don’t panic. But when you do find a property, you like and go to view it, try and make a decision as soon as possible and apply quickly to avoid disappointment. For me it was February when I secured my accommodation, some of my friends did it earlier and some later. To apply you will need some form of ID usually your passport so make sure you bring it to uni. And a guarantor, have a think about who will be yours and ask them if they are ok to do so.

Another thing to consider is staying just outside of Kingston and in surrounding areas to find more options or get a cheaper price. Surbiton is quite popular especially with the free Kingston bus that runs from places in Surbiton. Other ideal locations would be Norbiton, New Malden, Berrylands, Tolworth, Roehampton and Putney.

Renting your own student room

There are also lots of options for renting your own student room. Here are some ideal options/websites for Kingston:

Student Accommodation Near Kingston University | Quebec House (thisisfresh.com)

Student Accommodation Near Kingston University | Davidson House (thisisfresh.com)

One Penrhyn Road | Student Accommodation in Kingston (crm-students.com)

Vibe Student Living | Student Accommodation in Kingston (crm-students.com)

Student Accommodation in Kingston Upon Thames near Norbiton Train Station | Kingston Plaza (thisisfresh.com)

Home | Magnum House Student Apartments | England | Kingston Upon Thames (kingstonstudentapartments.com)

Tribu Kingston | OneLiving (weareoneliving.com)

iQ Kingston in Kingston upon Thames | iQ Student Accommodation

Bright House, Kingston upon Thames (wearehomesforstudents.com)

Going back to halls

Generally, halls are prioritised for first year students, so this is not an option to rely on but there is sometimes availability so could be worth a try. Becoming a resident advisor is another way to secure a place in accommodation after first year, as that is one of the perks of the job and a good way to earn money while at university.

Accommodation team at Kingston

There are of course support services at Kingston that will help with looking for accommodation after 1st year. If renting privately it is a good idea to go to the team and get them to check the landlord you are thinking of renting from, and they will let you know if other students have had good experiences or not with them and make sure that they are trustworthy.

Here is a useful site from the accommodation team Accommodation - Kingston University London

Hope this helps feel free to ask questions or any advice you may have :smile:
-Grace (Kingston Rep)
Reply 1
Original post by Kingston Reps
Before coming to Kingston, I was worried about what I would do for accommodation after my first year. Now I have secured accommodation for my second year I thought I would share what Kingston has to offer and what I have learnt from the process.
There are a few accommodation options at Kingston that I will share with you. For me I went with the first option:
Renting privately with other students
This is probably one of the most popular options for students. Once you have found people that you would like to live with you can start looking for accommodation to rent for the next academic year, there is also Facebook group and pages of students looking for someone to fill a room in their house or flat, or looking for people to rent with, this can be useful to help you find other students to share with. Here are some useful general sites to look at when trying to find accommodation to rent:
https://www.accommodationforstudents.com/
https://www.openrent.co.uk/
https://www.zoopla.co.uk/
https://www.rightmove.co.uk/student-accommodation.html
https://www.onthemarket.com/
I also found it useful to look at the local Kingston estate agents such as:
https://www.dexters.co.uk/
https://www.foxtons.co.uk/
https://www.gibsonlane.co.uk/
Some say the earlier the better to look for accommodation, this can be helpful, but I would say properties are always being released so don’t panic. But when you do find a property, you like and go to view it, try and make a decision as soon as possible and apply quickly to avoid disappointment. For me it was February when I secured my accommodation, some of my friends did it earlier and some later. To apply you will need some form of ID usually your passport so make sure you bring it to uni. And a guarantor, have a think about who will be yours and ask them if they are ok to do so.
Another thing to consider is staying just outside of Kingston and in surrounding areas to find more options or get a cheaper price. Surbiton is quite popular especially with the free Kingston bus that runs from places in Surbiton. Other ideal locations would be Norbiton, New Malden, Berrylands, Tolworth, Roehampton and Putney.
Renting your own student room
There are also lots of options for renting your own student room. Here are some ideal options/websites for Kingston:
Student Accommodation Near Kingston University | Quebec House (thisisfresh.com)
Student Accommodation Near Kingston University | Davidson House (thisisfresh.com)
One Penrhyn Road | Student Accommodation in Kingston (crm-students.com)
Vibe Student Living | Student Accommodation in Kingston (crm-students.com)
Student Accommodation in Kingston Upon Thames near Norbiton Train Station | Kingston Plaza (thisisfresh.com)
Home | Magnum House Student Apartments | England | Kingston Upon Thames (kingstonstudentapartments.com)
Tribu Kingston | OneLiving (weareoneliving.com)
iQ Kingston in Kingston upon Thames | iQ Student Accommodation
Bright House, Kingston upon Thames (wearehomesforstudents.com)
Going back to halls
Generally, halls are prioritised for first year students, so this is not an option to rely on but there is sometimes availability so could be worth a try. Becoming a resident advisor is another way to secure a place in accommodation after first year, as that is one of the perks of the job and a good way to earn money while at university.
Accommodation team at Kingston
There are of course support services at Kingston that will help with looking for accommodation after 1st year. If renting privately it is a good idea to go to the team and get them to check the landlord you are thinking of renting from, and they will let you know if other students have had good experiences or not with them and make sure that they are trustworthy.
Here is a useful site from the accommodation team Accommodation - Kingston University London
Hope this helps feel free to ask questions or any advice you may have :smile:
-Grace (Kingston Rep)

Hey im Esther and im planning to study at Kingston uni in sept.
Are there accommodation for 2nd and 3rd year students that are around the same or similar price to Kingston uni affordable accommodation. for example, a budget room because the rooms from private accommodation after 1st year are quite expensive. looking forward to your response!
Kingston University
Kingston University
Kingston upon Thames
Original post by EasterA
Hey im Esther and im planning to study at Kingston uni in sept.
Are there accommodation for 2nd and 3rd year students that are around the same or similar price to Kingston uni affordable accommodation. for example, a budget room because the rooms from private accommodation after 1st year are quite expensive. looking forward to your response!

Hi Esther

It's great that you are thinking of studying at Kingston! I would say it's a mix but you could rent for a similar price if you rent with other students, as like you said a private room can be quite expensive.

Like I said you can find others on Facebook groups or on SpareRoom for flatshare, house share, flat share & rooms for rent. Potentially starting to look before Christmas will give you an advantage with more options for cheaper accommodation. When I was looking I found that this website Your Online Estate Agent - I Am The Agent had some cheap properties around the budget price, it might be hard to find examples of those properties now as it is likely they have been taken down as they are now not available for this next academic year but will be back up when you come to start looking.

Something I would keep in mind is that when renting privately bills will probably not be included and you may be contacted to pay rent for a full year rather than just the length of the course. And also the fact that Kingston is in London does make it sometimes more expensive compared to other university cities.

Some students do decide to split rent based on room so those with the smaller rooms will pay less, but this does depend on who you share with. And bills can usually be kept quite low if you all agree to be economical when it comes to using heating and water etc.

I hope this helps! I am happy to help with any more questions you may have :smile:
-Grace (Kingston)
Original post by eastera
Hey im Esther and im planning to study at Kingston uni in sept.
Are there accommodation for 2nd and 3rd year students that are around the same or similar price to Kingston uni affordable accommodation. for example, a budget room because the rooms from private accommodation after 1st year are quite expensive. looking forward to your response!

Hi there @EasterA, just to add on there is a possibility to stay within one of our budget ensuite Halls of Residence such as Seething Wells in your 2nd and 3rd year (I have a few friends who have managed to do this), however these are subject to availability due to limited rooms. In the case that this is unavailable, I would personally recommend renting a house privately and sharing with friends! This is usually cheaper as you can split the cost of rent and bills with more people and this also allows you to choose who to live with. I would recommend checking out platforms like Open Rent and Latimers as you are more likely to find more affordable housing for students if you are on a budget. Hope this helps.

Zhi En
(Kingston Student Rep.)
(edited 1 month ago)
Reply 4
Original post by EasterA
Hey im Esther and im planning to study at Kingston uni in sept.
Are there accommodation for 2nd and 3rd year students that are around the same or similar price to Kingston uni affordable accommodation. for example, a budget room because the rooms from private accommodation after 1st year are quite expensive. looking forward to your response!

Hi Esther!

If you want to a join a 4 bed house with 3 girls let me know! Its 5min walk from Pen campus and Knights Park art campus!

https://www.spareroom.co.uk/17289271

heres the listing, or just message me on here!

katie :smile:

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