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Independent halls of residence

London has a variety of independent, privately owned and charity-run halls of residence, offering a large range of accommodation to students. This type of accommodation can be a good option if you are not able to get a place in Birkbeck-nominated accommodation. The halls are not affiliated to Birkbeck and this list is for information purposes only. You must apply directly to the organisation for accommodation.

You can find a more comprehensive list of independent halls of residence on the University of London Housing Services website.

International Students' House

  • Located a 15-minute walk from Birkbeck, and adjacent to Regent's Park, International Students House provides a wide range of accommodation: from dormitories to en-suite rooms, and couple or family flats.
  • It has on-site facilities such as a gym, bar and has a wide programme of events that take place 365 days a year such as themed suppers, lectures and debates, and a travel club.
  • The facilities at ISH are open to Birkbeck students even if they are not resident.
  • "I have really enjoyed my three years at ISH. You feel part of a truly global community.  The location is ideal Uni, Oxford Street and Regents Park are all on your doorstep. There are events such as themed suppers, games nights and an ISH travel club which offer subsidised adventures to cities around the UK and mini trips across Europe. ISH is much more than just a place to stay." Harry, Law LLB student from Saint Helen.

Goodenough College

  • Located seven minutes' walk from Birkbeck, Goodenough College provides accommodation ranging from single/double rooms to family flats for postgraduate students from all over the world. It offers a secure and friendly environment and a very active student College community.
  • A wide range of scholarships is available, which are designed to support students who might not otherwise be able to afford the accommodation fee.
  • You must indicate on your application form how you intend to contribute to the community life in the hall.

  • is a not-for-profit organisation that has been housing university students for over 30 years.
  • Housing is provided in rooms in shared flats. Rents start at £150 per week.


  • A warm and welcoming hall of residence, Chester House provides secure, supportive and high-quality catered accommodation.
  • All meals and bills plus room cleaning are included in the fees.
  • Part-time students can live in this hall.

Goldsmiths House

  • Located in Mornington Crescent (a 10-minute walk from the Birkbeck main building), Goldsmiths House offers safe and basic student accommodation (a large kitchen and dining area, two common rooms, a small computer lab and shared bathrooms) for female students.
  • With no need to put down a security deposit and flexible-length contracts, this property offers excellent value for money.
  • Part-time students can also apply to live in this hall.

Wood Green House

  • Wood Green House offers moderately-priced housing in North London with fast transport links to Birkbeck.
  • Part-time students can also apply to live in this hall.      

Nansen Village Housing Association

Zebra Housing

  • International postgraduate students can apply for studio and flats in a number of residences managed by Zebra Housing.