Student accommodation

Students who have firmly accepted an offer for a course at least one academic year in duration are invited to complete an application form for the accommodation available via The Courtauld.

Allocations are determined primarily by distance and prior study in the UK, with international and first-year BA students given priority. We are able to house 64 students in our own halls of residence Duchy House, located on the Strand in central London. Additionally, a small number of rooms are available through University of London Intercollegiate Halls, most of which are located in Bloomsbury, a ten-minute walk from our Vernon Square site.

"Finding somewhere to live in London was far less stressful than I imagined. The Courtauld was on hand to help from the moment I received an offer."
Harrison Goldman, 2nd Year Undergraduate

Duchy House

The Courtauld’s own recently refurbished residence is located about 50 metres from Somerset House, on the corner of the Strand and Lancaster Place.

Not many universities will offer you the chance to live on The Strand, nor so in a building dating from 1897. Duchy House was converted only in 2010 for the exclusive use of Courtauld students.

The location is an ideal way to immerse yourself as a Central London student. Duchy offers instant access to the attractions of Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Oxford Street, West End Theatres and being just off Waterloo Bridge you have instant access to the Southbank. Cinemas, clubs, music venues are all very close by. Galleries, (of course!) are in close vicinity to Duchy House, with The National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery just down the Strand, Tate Modern on the South Bank and naturally The Courtauld Gallery.

The accommodation offers 64 single rooms across four floors. Its proximity to many of London’s finest museums, galleries, libraries and major attractions makes Duchy House an ideal place to live during your time at The Courtauld.

The property features:

  • 47 en suite rooms and 17 rooms with shared facilities furnished with a bed, study desk, wardrobe, bookshelf, lamps and notice board. Larger rooms may also include a chest of drawers
  • Free wired Internet access in each room
  • A communal kitchen on each floor with a gas or electric cooker, microwave and refrigerator. Each study room is also supplied with a mini fridge
  • A common room on the first through third floors
  • Coin operated laundry facilities
  • Cleaning service in common areas. Residents are responsible for cleaning their own rooms. Vacuum cleaners are supplied on each floor
  • Swipe card access to the building and each hallway with 24-hour CCTV surveillance monitored by Courtauld Security
  • Free laundry facilities including washers and separate dryers

Fees are based upon a weekly amount which is inclusive of room and utilities (water, gas, electricity). Leases run for 38 or 41 weeks, depending on the level of study being undergraduate or postgraduate. Leases run for 41 weeks, typically beginning in the third week of September prior to enrolment. Opportunities to extend leases into the summer months may be possible but are subject to availability and location of available rooms.

As the rooms in Duchy House are being used by our students, we are unable to give tours of the building.

UoL Intercollegiate Halls

The Courtauld is allocated a number of rooms in the University of London’s intercollegiate halls, most of which are located in Bloomsbury, approximately 20 minutes’ walk from Somerset House.

For further information about Intercollegiate Halls is available online via  You can also contact the reservations office via / 020 7862 8881.

Students who live in Intercollegiate Halls are housed with students from other University of London colleges, which is a great way to meet a diverse community of neighbours from a huge range of subjects. University of London halls are mostly catered (breakfast and dinner) and offer both single and shared accommodation. Laundry and some cooking facilities are available on site.

Visit the University of London Halls website for more information

The following options are not run by The Courtauld or the University of London but offer other alternatives: