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University housing

When the students are away, the tourists will play. You can relive your college years at various London university and college dorms during school breaks.

From sometime in late May or early June, when students head home for the summer, through the end of August and even into September, universities in London open their dorms up to travelers. In some cases, you can get even rooms during school breaks and weekends as well—and, if enrollment is down, they'll rent empty dorms out year-round.

Rates vary, from around $24 per person in a dorm to $45 to $110 for a private double—but can also run as little as $150 per week. What's more, folks under 26 often pay even less (presumably because young 'uns will just blend in, so the administrators don't have to bother explaining what a bunch of old fogies are doing living on campus).

So brush up your partying skills, dust off those dim memories of the lyrics to Louie Louie, and get ready to share the bathrooms—it's time to go back to college.

Resources to help find University dorms in the UK


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This article was last updated in September 2010. All information was accurate at the time.

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