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Updated January 27, 2014

London hotels can be budget-busters for backpacking students, visitors from third-world countries, or victims of the weak U.S. dollar. Youth hostels are an alternative, but many tourists have found an even better option: residence halls at London's universities, where rooms are available at rockbottom rates during the summer vacation period (normally mid- to late June until mid- or late September). For example:

University College London has rooms from 34,50 (single rooms only), with discounts for alumni. Fourteen dorms are available in 2014, some with ensuite facilities and some without.  One dorm, Ramsey Hall, offers bed and breakfast, half board, or full board. For information, visit UCL Student Accommodation.

London Metropolitan University has a number of halls that are open in the summer, with both daily and weekly rates. The university's Summer Accommodation page has links to rates and other information.

The London School of Economics offers single, double, triple, and quad rooms from 45, with some rooms available during Easter and winter breaks as well as summer. For details, go to LSE Vacations and view pages for LSE's residence halls. (Tip: If you can afford 150 a night for two, consider the self-catering George IV Apartments.)

King's College London  operates a number of dorms in the summer, including one (Hampstead Residence) that serves breakfast. Wi-Fi is available for a fee. See King's Venues: Summer Accommodation for details.

Queen Mary, University of London has rooms, mostly with ensuite facilities, at daily B&B or weekly room-only rates. (Some of the B&B rooms are twins.) Residences are on the college's East London campus near the Mile End and Stepney Green underground stations. Click here for descriptions and online rates, which range from 27 to 52 per person.

University of Westminster's Individual Traveller choices include a number of Victorian and modern residence halls in London and its suburbs, with rooms ranging from standard singles and twins to penthouses (many with private facilities). Rates include Internet access.

Things to know before booking at a residence hall:

  • Dorms don't offer double beds, and many don't have private bathrooms, so they may not be the ideal choice for a honeymoon or dirty weekend.

  • Breakfast and other meals are available at some dorms, and others have kitchen facilities. If you're on a really tight budget, access to a kitchen--even if you only use the refrigerator--can leave you with more money for the occasional splurge. (Warning: In some cases, you'll need to supply your own crockery and utensils, so read the descriptions carefully.)

  • Each university has its own vacation dates, and availability of rooms may vary among a school's residence halls. If the first dorm on your list doesn't have a room when you want it, be sure to try the other residence halls and schools before giving up.

  • Some residence halls offer special rates and services for groups; these are described on the university Web sites.

  • The rates in this article are subject to change. For up-to-date prices, click the links to the dormitory Web sites.


Also see:
Other London travel articles at Europe for Visitors

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