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Short Term UK Accommodation

If you haven’t worked overseas before then remember that you are going to have a lot to do when you first get here. Getting everything set up takes time and energy so the last thing you need is additional stress from worrying about accommodation.

It’s a really good idea to arrange some short term UK accommodation before you arrive, especially a big bustling city like London. This will give you a base to find work, get organised, and decide where you want to live longer term.

What are my options?

There are various options for short term accommodation in the UK

Homestays/ renting a room in someone’s own house

This is an ideal temporary accommodation option for when you first arrive. Staying in someone’s home is also a good idea if apartments and studios are too expensive and you just don’t think you are right for a hostel.  Aside from price, the main benefit with this option is that you will stay with a local host (can be a single person, couple or family). This host will provide a welcoming, comfortable base and be able to provide useful info on living and settling in the area. You can often find accommodation that includes breakfast and an evening meal.

A great website offering a good selection of homestay accommodation in the UK is


UK hostels are more sociable than hotels, with lots of communal spaces such as the kitchen and TV / restaurant / bar areas. Rooms are geared toward a younger crowd so most are multi-share for 4 people upwards. Some UK hostels have single and double rooms but the price you pay is not as attractive as the dorm rates.

UK hostels are very affordable especially if you don’t mind sharing with others. However it really takes a certain type of person to enjoy the hostel environment so do think carefully.

Some of our UK hostel recommendations are:

  • Generator– centrally located the Generator has long been known for it’s party atmosphere. So if it’s a quiet stay you’re after don’t head here!
  • Palmers Lodge– a fabulous conversion of his Victorian grade II listed building. It has received a substantial refurbishment to restore it to original condition. Offers free WI-FI throughout.
  • Holland House – situated in a great location near Victoria station and overlooking the pretty Ecclestone Square gardens, this hostel has a gym, free Wifi and bike storage.

For more details on recommended UK hostels, check out these 2017 reviews

You can book most UK hostels through Hostel World’s booking engine:-

Hotels, B&Bs, studios and apartments

If you’d prefer the privacy and comfort of having your own place to stay, there are plenty of options for you to consider. UK hotels and B&Bs will usually have breakfast and sometimes other meals available, whereas if you’re happy to fully self-cater, studios and apartments would be ideal as they have kitchen facilities.

Websites offering this kind of accommodation are:- – global website that offers a huge range of UK hotels at every budget. They also list hostels – cheap hotels, B&Bs and hostels in London – offer options to rent ‘entire homes’ which can include studios, apartments and houses – mainly specialises in holiday lettings, but also have plenty of short-term accommodation options in big cities like London – apartments in London from £49 per night – features a range of hotels from budget to luxurious 

Short term lets (studios, apartments, houses)

This option is ideal if you are moving to the UK with your family or would just like the comfort and certainty of having your own place when you arrive. In cities such as London it’s often possible to arrange short-term rental contracts of 1-2 months, or possibly longer. Although the maximum short-term rental contract is usually 6 months. Bear in mind that prices will generally be higher than longer term rentals as landlords need to cover the cost of their properties sitting empty between rentals.

It’s best to sign up with a large real estate agent who will have a good selection of short-term lets or an agency that specialises in these type of rental properties.

Here are a few agents to consider – website offering a range of London studios for 3-6 months – specialises in renting short-term apartments in London

It is also a good idea to check sites such as Gumtree, the UK’s leading classifieds website.


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