• For a more extensive list of good value accommodation in Kensington and Chelsea, and the whole of London, visit London Budget – a guide to help make your trip to London affordable!

Price Range Key
(correct as of 2013)
£ = up to £50 per person per night
££ = up to £100 pppn
£££ = up to £150 pppn
££££ = up to £200 pppn
£££££ = over £250 pppn

Youth Hostels

There aren’t all that many hostels situated in Kensington & Chelsea so your choices are somewhat limited. Hopefully, those listed below will be suitable for you! Depending on how many of you are travelling together, however, don’t forget to check out our listing of hotels – you’ll find some even have quad rooms and can be very reasonable indeed.

Earl’s Court YHA
38 Bolton Gardens, SW5 0AQ
Underground: Earl’s Court
Price Range: £

Completely refurbished in 2006, this is a Victorian House with dormitory style accommodation of 4-10 beds. Shared bathrooms. Self-catering kitchen and Internet facilities available. There is also a garden where barbeques are organised in the summer.

Holland House YHA
Holland Walk, W8 7QU
Underground: High Street Kensington or Holland Park
Price Range: £

This is one of the nicest YHA hostels in London, part of which used to be a Jacobean mansion (!), this one is also located inside one of the best parks in London, Holland Park. Breakfast, lunch and dinner meals on offer, self-catering kitchen and laundry facilities available. Very popular with school groups from the continent, book early to secure accommodation.

University Accommodation

“University accommodation? I don’t (want to) go to unversity when in London!”, you might exclaim! Fear not, you don’t have to do any studying – for a number of London’s universities rent out their rooms to travellers in the summer (i.e. when the regular students aren’t there!). There’s only one university situated in Kensington & Chelsea – Imperial College – and it rents out rooms in a number of its residences.

Imperial College of Science and Technology
Underground: South Kensington or Gloucester Road
Price Range: £-££

First class position near the major South Kensington museums, both short term and long term stays (over 2 weeks) available – so, perfect if you require a cheaper option for a longer term stay in the Kensington & Chelsea area. Sports centre facilities (pool, squash courts, fitness centres) are on site at some of the halls.

7 Comments on “Hostels & University Accommodation”

  1. Hello…..I am planning on visiting London next month.. and j am wondering what will be the CHEAPEST way to get to Kensington Rd and Queensgate from Gatwick Airport… I will be staying for a few days….About me: Male solo traveler… I don’t mind walking… in fact.. I love to walk… Please let me know.. Thanks in advance for all the info you can Give me.. 😉


  2. Well, you won’t be able to walk from Gatwick! Cheapest way is probably getting an Easybus (www.easybus.co.uk) from Gatwick to Earls Court/West Brompton. The price depends what day you’re travelling and how far in advance you can book – it can cost as little as £2 one-way.

    After the Easybus drops you off, you could indeed walk to the Queensgate area. It would probably take about 20-25 minutes. (Or take a bus if you change your mind about walking!)

  3. Hello,
    My sister is going to attend the English National Ballet Summer Course and she´s looking for accomodation in Chelsea or Kensington.
    We need help because we don´t know the area that well and we need to find something for july.

    thanks a lot,

  4. Hi Araceli, how long does your sister need the accommodation for? Is the whole of July, or would it be less than that?

  5. I wll be attending a full time course in September 2012 in South Kensington and is need for a cheap accomodation, even if it means it being 30 minutes away max. It’d be great if you could help me out.

    Thank you,


    1. Hi Jade, would the place where you’re doing your course have any tips for accommodation? That might be the best idea, as finding somewhere (cheap!) to stay for only one month might be a little hard. If not, try looking on somewhere like GumTree (http://www.gumtree.com/) in their accommodation. HTH

  6. Hello, I will be attending 5 weeks course in Kensington and Chelsea college. I like to find a cheap place to stay for 5 weeks. It would be better if the place is near the college so I can save on transportation too. Appreciate if can get any help here

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