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If you’ve landed on our Accommodation page, we suspect you’re looking to find accommodation that is affordable, high-quality, and close to campus. Finding a place to live in a new city can be daunting, and London renting options aren’t always competitive. Luckily for you, our Admissions team are on hand to help with any queries you might have. In the meantime, discover more information to get you started, below, with our guide on suitable accommodation options that are reasonably priced and all within a 30-minute commuting distance of the LFA building.
We often advise that you book a room in a student residence, or somewhere similar, for the first 4-6 weeks of your course. This means you can rest assured that you have a safe place to stay whilst you settle into your course and your new city. After the first month, you may have made friends on your course who you would like to live with for the remainder of the year. At this point, you might want to consider private renting. Ultimately, the way in which you approach facilitating your accommodation needs to be personal to you and your individual situation, there is no right or wrong on the housing route that you take.
I was so grateful to find accommodation through LFA’s partnership with David Game College. I’ve made great friends at David Game House, and I love living so close to LFA.
Amber, MA Screenwriting student
London Film Academy is based in Fulham, Southwest London, England. The best way to find accommodation local to the school is to input our postcode, SW6 1QR, into the search bar of any housing site you visit.
If you are struggling to find suitable accommodation in Fulham, you can search for surrounding areas that are within a short commuting distance of the school. These include Hammersmith; Chelsea; Earl’s Court; Parson’s Green; Putney; Battersea; and Wimbledon.
The closest tube station to LFA is Fulham Broadway, which is on the District Line of the London Underground. Once you’ve found a suitable place, look up your journey to LFA, using Google Maps, Citymapper or Moovit, to check the convenience of travel time.
Check out our recommendations below! Please note the details for the accommodation sites listed below may change without prior notice. We recommend that you contact individual sites for further clarification.
The Accommodation for Students webpage lists individual and readily available rooms, in a range of accommodation sites, within walking distance of the LFA site in Fulham.
David Game College
David Game offers self-catering student accommodation in West Kensington, Earl’s Court, Shepherd’s Bush, South Kensington, and Fulham Broadway. We recommend you view the David Game College Student Accommodation Guide for further information on each residence as well as fees.
Phone: +44 (0)20 7221 6665
Address: David Game House, 31 Jewry Street, London, EC3N 2ET
iQ Student Accommodation – Hammersmith
iQ Hammersmith is a modern, large-scale student accommodation site located only a 20-minute bus journey, or a 15-minute cycle, away from the LFA building in Fulham. Situated only a 2-minute walk from Hammersmith tube station, and 10-minute walk from the River Thames, its’ studios are ideal for an independent lifestyle, featuring a bed, study area, shower room, and your own kitchenette.
We recommend you visit the iQ Student Accommodation website (Hammersmith) for more information on available rooms and fees.
Phone: 020 8912 5020
Address: 230 Shepherds Bush Road, Hammersmith, London, W6 7NL
Lee Abbey London
Located in a quiet and exclusive residential part of Kensington, near Holland Park and Kensington gardens, Lee Abbey is within easy reach of LFA. Lee Abbey accommodation prices include breakfast and dinner. If you apply during term time, you will receive a reduced rate. We recommend you view the Lee Abbey Residents’ Handbook for further information on accommodation options and fees, or visit the Lee Abbey London website.
Phone: +44 (0)20 73737242
Address: 57/67 Lexham Gardens, Kensington, London, W8 6JJ
Fulham Palace Studios
Situated just a 25-minute walk away from the LFA building in Fulham, Fulham Palace Studios is a newly furnished student accommodation site nestled on Fulham Palace Road. Choose from a range of self-contained and fully furnished studio rooms. All rooms at Fulham Palace Studios accommodation are well furnished and offer comfortable living in the heart of the bustling city.
We recommend you view the Fulham Palace Studios website for further information on available rooms and fees.
Phone: 03333 446 799
Address: Fulham Palace Studios, 168-188 Fulham Palace Road, London, W6 9PA
New Orient House
Situated in the heart of West London, New Orient House is only a 20-minute walk, or a 6-minute cycle, away from the LFA building in Fulham. The nearest tube station is just a 1-minute walk away from the residence, making it easy to travel to London’s top attractions and filming locations! Hyde Park and the River Thames are also just a stone’s throw away from this accommodation site. We recommend you view the Fresh Student Living website (New Orient House) for further information on available rooms and fees.
Phone: 0203 978 7882
Address: New Orient House, Imperial Road, London, SW6 2EP
Chelsea Lightfoot Hall
Located only a 10-minute bus ride, or 10-minute cycle, away from the LFA building in Fulham, Chelsea Lightfoot House offers studio rooms with private bathrooms and kitchens, as well as twin and en suite rooms. Situated in the vibrant area of Chelsea, you’ll have a range of attractions at your doorstep, with easy access to the centre of the capital. We recommend you view the We Are Homes For Students website (Chelsea Lightfoot Hall) for further information on available rooms and fees.
Phone: 0207 823 3600
Address: Chelsea Lightfoot Hall, Manresa Road, London, SW3 6LR
Image credits © Lee Abbey London
Once you’ve found your tribe, you may want to begin to find comfortable, affordable and local accommodation to set up home with your new filmmaking friends. Alternatively, perhaps you’re open to meeting new people external to LFA students. There are several ways you can fulfil either option based on short-term and long-term lets. If you are a first-time renter, please refer to our top tips further down the page.
For short-term lets, with low-level commitment, Spare Room is undoubtedly your best option. If you find a room on Spare Room, you will be sharing with other renters who you may not have met before. Spare Room is great for finding rooms at short notice, and within a very reasonable price range.
We recommend you view the Spare Room website to begin your search or, for easier usability, download the mobile app. If you’d prefer to live with students, rather than working professionals, you can filter your search on the dedicated student accommodation section of the website.
If you’re ready to commit to a longer-term contract with a group of friends, then there are several student private renting sites you can browse, including RightMove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket. Marsh and Parsons also have a dedicated service for relocating international students to their first home in London.
Top tips for first-time renters
- We recommend always viewing the property before signing a contract or sending over any money. If it’s not possible to attend an in-person viewing, ask the current residents or letting agents to give you a virtual tour of the property.
- Ask lots of questions, to make sure that there are no hidden costs or unwanted surprises with your new accommodation. Check out this article, on questions to ask when viewing accommodation.
- Where possible, always make sure an official contract is drawn up before you move into your accommodation. This ensures that your rights as a renter or lodger are protected. Make sure you read the contract carefully before signing and ask a friend or family member to read it, for a second opinion.
- If you are renting privately, it is unlikely that utility bills (electricity, internet, water, gas etc.) will be included within your monthly rent price. Don’t forget to research the average cost of utility bills in your new chosen area, and budget for these extra costs in advance.
- When renting from a private landlord, or using an estate agency, it’s a good idea to look up the reviews for your accommodation provider online. You can usually find these by googling the name of your letting agent or landlord and including the word ‘review’ in your search.
If you’re looking for more in-depth advice, below is a list of articles which offer top quality tips on the financial, legal and personal aspects of student renting.
- The Student Room Guide to Accommodation
- Save The Student: 10 tenancy rights every student should know
- Citizens Advice: Students in private rented accommodation
- UCAS renting advice
- The Tab guide to student accommodation
- UK Council for International Student Affairs: looking for housing in the UK
- Gnome Student Homes: Questions all students should ask when choosing student accommodation
Student Accommodation Forums
If you’re looking for flatmates, you can browse and post on the forums below, which are designed to match you with fellow student house-hunters in London.
- London Student Accommodation Facebook Group
- London Student Accommodation 2021-22 Facebook Group
- London Student Accommodation 2021-22 Facebook Group
- London Housing, Rooms and Flat ShareFacebook Group
- The Student Room – Find Your Flatmates