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We’re one of the few universities in London to offer on-campus accommodation. Our stunning waterfront Student Village is convenient, secure and comfortable – and living on campus is a great way to make friends.

Choosing a place to live

Why choose university accommodation?

Living in university accommodation has many advantages and is a popular choice for first year students. One of the main benefits of on-campus accommodation is that it’s a great way to meet people and make friends.

If your son or daughter is going to be living away from home for the first time, halls of residence are a good place to start. Students will be able to transition into living independently without the stress of handling utility bills and landlords.

In addition to convenience and security, students living in university-run accommodation will also receive dedicated support from the university in the event of any issues.

Living on or off campus?

We recommend that students live on campus if they’re living away from home for the first time. Find out more about UEL's Student Village.

If students do choose to live off campus, UEL's Residential Life team can help. Please contact for further information.

Traditionally, most second-year undergraduates move into a shared house with their fellow students. We strongly advise you to view the accommodation before they (or you) sign a contract. There are a number of organisations that provide advice on signing contracts with landlords and our Residential Services team is available to help with any questions you may have. UEL also has a list of local landlords, please contact our Residential Life team at for further information.

A number of our students live in outer London or the surrounding area and commute from home, taking advantage of the superb range of swift rail and bus links into the capital. Read how this works for Kehinde, who lives in Fairlop, Essex and for Rae, who lives in Southend.


University security checklist

Security is an important part of university life. It's normal to be worried about your son or daughter being away from home for the first time. If you're concerned about safety, it's useful to check the following to put your mind at rest:

  • Do security staff cover the campus 24/7?
  • Does the university have ID cards for staff and students?

Before starting university

  • It's useful to install tracker software on any electronic devices – including laptops and mobile phones
  • Check whether you should extend your household insurance to include your son or daughter's room contents, or whether the university covers it
  • Your son or daughter should make a note of the number to call in the event of an emergency, and keep it with them. At UEL, this number is 020 8223 7771 or 7771 from a campus landline.

Security at UEL

Our security staff provide a safe and secure environment in which to live and study. They're on hand 24/7 on our campuses. We also have ID cards for staff and students, along with gated entrance to campus. Our waterfront location is a peaceful and idyllic setting – perfect for students who are away from home for the first time.

Life at UEL

On-campus accommodation

We’re one of the few universities in London to offer on-campus accommodation. Our stunning waterfront Student Village is convenient, secure and comfortable – and living on campus is a great way to make friends. The university is able to guarantee accommodation to new UK undergraduate students.

Studying in one of the world’s most remarkable cities will put your son or daughter at the centre of a cultural hub like no other. From historic buildings and monuments to world-famous museums and galleries; from exciting theatres and music venues to iconic sports stadiums; from renowned shopping districts to restaurants and cafés to suit all tastes and budgets...

We also offer catering plan for students living in on-campus accommodation. The plan gives students the option to choose from catering outlets spread across the Docklands and Stratford campuses. Halal, vegetarian and vegan options are catered for. In addition, our accommodation is equipped with hob and microwave cooking facilities.

Student village

Our waterfront Student Village – with studio and shared flats – is located at our Docklands campus and is home to more than 1,200 undergraduates and postgraduates. Accommodation is available to all University of East London students, irrespective of whether they’re studying at Docklands or Stratford. A free bus service connects the two campuses.

Situated along the Royal Albert Dock, our comfortable, modern studios and shared flats enjoy commanding views over the Canary Wharf financial district, the O2 Arena and London City Airport. Each flat has three to five residents, with a shared kitchen and social area. There are sixteen flats in each building.

The UEL Student Village is split into two main areas, the East Student Village and the West Student Village. Among the newest university accommodation in London, the East Student Village is located adjacent to UEL’s SportsDock with panoramic views across the dock area. The stars of TeamUSA used our accommodation to prepare for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

All of our rooms have en-suite facilities and a number of them have been specially adapted for students with disabilities. The West Student Village was designed by award-winning architect Edward Cullinan in tribute to the shipping heritage of the area. The circular residences follow a nautical theme and have a unique feel owing to their distinctive shape.

Find out more about UEL's Student Village.

Travel around UEL

In September 2014 the University launched its free regular bus service for staff and students. The service which runs between Docklands and Stratford campus operates Monday to Friday during term time.

Alternatively Cyprus Docklands Light Railway (DLR) Station is situated at the entrance to the Docklands campus. There are direct DLR trains between Cyprus and Stratford, or you can take the DLR from Cyprus to Canning Town, then change to the Jubilee Line to Stratford. The journey should take between 20 and 30 minutes, depending on connections.

One of the world's greatest cities

From historic buildings and monuments to world-famous museums and galleries, from exciting theatres and music venues to iconic sports stadiums, from acclaimed shopping districts to restaurants and cafes to suit all tastes and budgets… London is a city that has it all.

The entertainment options offered in the capital are enormous: shows in the West End, cinemas showing the latest releases and all-time classics, clubs and bars for all musical tastes, trips along the River Thames, the London Eye and so much more.

London has over 40,000 shops and some of the most famous stores and streets in the world: Harrods, Selfridges, Oxford Street, Regent Street, Carnaby Street – the list goes on and on. There are also retail parks such as Gallion’s Reach, only a ten-minute walk from the Docklands halls, and the ever-expanding shopping centre at Canary Wharf, 15 minutes by tube from both campuses.

London is also famed for its wealth of markets, including Petticoat Lane street market and Borough food market. You can sample eastern cuisine in China Town, or baked-before-your-eyes goodies at Camden Market.

Meanwhile, Stratford boasts the vast Westfield Shopping Centre. Opened in 2012, Europe’s largest urban shopping and leisure centre is just a few minutes’ walk from our Stratford campus.

As a student at UEL you get to experience living in east London, one of the capital’s liveliest and most affordable areas. The east has something for everyone, from nights out in Shoreditch to art in Whitechapel, and eating the world famous curries in Brick Lane.

360° Virtual Tour

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