We understand that accommodation is an important part of your experience at Speak Up London while you are studying English with us. It is not always easy to get the right place in London. That’s why we are here to help you to find a safe and secure home by collaborating with our accommodation providers.
All our accommodation is chosen to make your daily commute to Speak Up London easier and quicker. We are working with partners who are registered with the British Council and/or members of English UK. This means that the houses and providers are regularly inspected and must follow strict rules when hosting students.
Expect a warm welcome and a friendly introduction to the members of the host.
They will give you a helpful introduction to the local area, its amenities and transport links.
Do not be shy to ask for help planning your journeys. It is advised for students to buy a Pay as you go UK mobile phone and sim card.
It is normal practise to exchange contact numbers with your host family, for safety, wellbeing and general communication.
On arrival day, if there are delays, you must contact your host urgently as your delay may affect their plans and it is better that they are aware of the situation so arrangements can be made for your delayed arrival.
N.B -You must contact your host in regards to your arrival time well before your arrival date. If you do not, we cannot guarantee that the host will be home to greet you and you may have to wait until they arrive to let you in.
Self Catering (SC)
The guest prepares their own meals and has a dedicated storage area for food in the kitchen. The times for use of kitchen can be decided with the host.
Bed & Breakfast (BB)
Light access to kitchen only. Continental Breakfast: cereal, toast, jam, tea/coffee, juice. Light access includes the use of the kitchen to make a sandwich and possibly use of the microwave. No access to the cooker/oven to prepare meals.
Half Board (5 Nights) Continental breakfast 7 days in the week. Evening meal Monday to Friday only. Light access to the kitchen on weekends. Continental Breakfast: cereal, toast, jam, tea/coffee, juice.
Main meal to include a meat or fish dish. To be eaten with the host. Light access includes use of the kitchen to make a sandwich and possibly use of the microwave. No access to the cooker/oven to prepare meals.
But it’s limited to once per week. If you need to use it more than once a week it is up to the host to give you permission to do this.
No. If you are a full-time student in the UK, you do not have to pay council tax.
You will, however, be required to provide a council tax exemption letter from your place of study, which you will then send by post to the council tax department of the borough you are staying in.
No, at our student residences, you are given an access fob/key, which allows you to enter freely, as you wish. Some residences may have someone at the concierge to let you in if the hour is late, for security purposes.
You will be visited by staff, to check you out between the hours of 9:45-10:00am for dormitories. If you need to check out earlier, there is a lock box near the front door, where you can put your keys in an envelope provided and in the lock box.
Yes, there is a Sunday fee of £16 per person for checking in on Sunday.
No. Smoking is not permitted in any area within the buildings. You can smoke outside the accommodation in designated areas.
Yes. It is your home so you are allowed to have guests visiting you -however, this must be limited and not for overnight stays.
Yes, there is free wireless internet access in most of our house shares. You can connect to the internet on any mobile devices that you may have.
It depends. It is safer to rent a studio or a flat via an estate agency. Make sure you read the contract carefully or ask us for help if you’re unsure. You will be asked to pay a deposit – make sure you get a confirmation of payment and you understand the rules for when and how to get it back at the end of the tenancy.
Sites like spareroom.co.uk can be safe but you do need to be careful as anyone can advertise on them. Always visit new places with a friend, ask for a contract and do not give anyone money without a written confirmation of payment.
Don’t hesitate to ask us if you need help.
Our friendly advisers are available to help you find the course for you. We understand that each student’s needs are different. Book a call, or video meeting, or come and see us at the school to discuss your course needs further.