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Paul Robeson House, 1 Penton Rise, London, WC1X 9EH

Paul Robeson House is located in central London just a few minutes from Kings Cross-St. Pancras station. 

All inclusive bills
Common room
Free broadband and Wi-Fi throughout
On-site laundry
Bike storage
Free contents insurance
On-site security and CCTV
Garden area

Pricing & Room Information

Room Type Tenancy Length From
Standard En-suite 38 or 51 weeks 18/09/2022
Couples Double En-suite 51 weeks 18/09/2022

You can pay your rent in 1 or 3 instalments.


1 instalment 3 instalments
28/08/2022 28/08/2022

Students nominated by SOAS are required to pay a prepayment to accept a place at Paul Robeson House. The prepayment includes a £400.00 advanced rent prepayment. The advanced rent prepayment is refundable if you cancel your acceptance of our offer within the cancellation period. Once you have moved in, the advanced rent prepayment is credited towards the first instalment of your accommodation fee.

Our flexible cancellation option allows you to cancel up to and including 45 days before the start of your tenancy.


All students are required to make a payment to accept a place in our accommodation. The payment of £400 is an advanced rent prepayment which is refundable if you cancel your acceptance of our offer within the cancellation period. Once you have moved in, the advanced rent prepayment is credited towards the first instalment of your accommodation fee.


In addition to the prepayment fee, you must pay the first instalment of your accommodation fee by the date specified on your licence agreement.

The accommodation fees are split into three instalments from the start of the academic year, with the number of instalments reducing for students who move in later on during the year.

Subsequent accommodation fee instalments are normally due around the start of the academic terms. 


Standard En-suite

This room type has a single bed and private bathroom.

Couples Double en-suite

A room for you and your partner with a double bed, en-suite bathroom and private study space.

All inclusive bills

Your weekly rent is all inclusive meaning you won't have to pay any extra bills.

Common room

Lets play! Games machines and table sports are available in the common room.

Free 10MB broadband

Super-speedy broadband in your bedroom means you're always connected.

On-site laundry

An on-site laundry provided by Circuit Laundry.

Bike storage

On-site storage to keep your bike dry and safely locked.

Free contents insurance

You’re protected by contents insurance from Cover4Students which covers your possessions for free.

On-site security and CCTV

You’re safe and sound with our 24 hour CCTV.

Garden area

Take some time outside and enjoy our garden area.


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Property Overview

Paul Robeson House is the perfect place to meet like-minded students. Its central location makes it a perfect base for making the most of all London has to offer.

This accommodation has 252 single en-suite rooms for single students and seven double en-suite rooms plus a one-bedroom flat for student couples. There is a large garden area which is popular with residents who like to study outside or even indulge in a bit of sun-bathing during the summer months!

Flats have five, six, or seven bedrooms, and each flat is self-contained with a shared kitchen and dining area. The kitchen and communal corridor are cleaned on a weekly basis.

For the safety and security of residents Paul Robeson House has an entry card system and 24 hour security staff. CCTV is located in and around the building. Other great facilities include a common room with TV, DVD and vending machines. For added convenience there is an on-site laundry and bike storage facilities.

We want to ensure your stay with us is as hassle free as possible, that’s why we offer student accommodation with all inclusive bills, free contents insurance and super-speedy 250MB Wi-Fi with additional broadband ports available in each bedroom, so you don’t have to worry about any unexpected bills.  If you're looking for great value student accommodation in the heart of the nation's capital, Paul Robeson House is the place for you.


Floor Plan

typical flat layout of Paul Robeson House, London

This is a typical layout and actual apartments within this site may vary.

Standard En-suite

This room type has a single bed and private bathroom.

Couples Double en-suite

A room for you and your partner with a double bed, en-suite bathroom and private study space.

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Paul Robeson House is the perfect place to meet like-minded students. Its central location makes it a perfect base for making the most of all London has to offer.

At the end of the market street is a large supermarket and shopping mall. This leads on to Islington's Upper Street which has a wide range of restaurants and bars and is always buzzing with life.

King's Cross - St. Pancras International rail and underground station is only a couple of minutes' walk from Paul Robeson. From there, you can get to Oxford Street in just three stops. There is also a bus stop outside the station with regular buses to Camden Town and its famous market - not to be missed! From St. Pancras International, you can take the Eurostar and reach Paris in about two hours.


Nearby locations to Paul Robeson House student accommodation.


Additional Information

Now you have been accepted to SOAS, it’s time to apply to live with Sanctuary Students.

You can now apply for 2022/23.

When to apply

You’ll need your SOAS serial number to hand before you can submit your online application.

New students to SOAS can now apply for 2022/23.

To receive your serial number:

Students who have lived in SOAS halls for two academic years cannot apply for a third year halls unless there are extenuating circumstances. Please email us at: PaulRobeson.House@sanctuary-students.com to discuss your situation.

Term time waiting list

If you’ve missed any of the application deadlines, maybe because you have been offered a place at SOAS during Clearing, we’ll let you know if any rooms become available throughout the year if you are registered on our waiting list.

Unsuccessful applications

If your application is unsuccessful, we’ll help you to find other student accommodation in London. You can also check out the University of London Housing Services website for other student accommodation available in London.

Students with disabilities and special needs

Our student properties include specially designed flats to make student life as comfortable and convenient as possible. If you have special needs, firstly get in touch with the SOAS Disability Team, who offer confidential advice on the best accommodation available for you. You can call them on +44 (0)20 7074 5018 or email disabilities@soas.ac.uk

You will need your unique serial or reference number, as included in your offer letter, to apply for accommodation. If you are not sure whether you have received your reference number you should contact SOAS Student Recruitment and Admissions Office using the following email addresses:

Undergraduates: undergradadmissions@soas.ac.uk

Postgraduates: mastersadmissions@soas.ac.uk or researchadmissions@soas.ac.uk

Current and returning students: registrar@soas.ac.uk

IFCELS students: ifcelsaccommodation@soas.ac.uk

Broadband services are provided by Glide – one the UK's leading providers of Internet services for student accommodation.

The Glide services that are included within your rental price include Broadband at speeds up to 250MB symmetric.

You can collect your keys from the day your contract starts. On arrival, you will be directed to the residence reception desk for check in. 

Your first instalment payment is due 3 weeks prior to arrival. If you haven't already paid your first instalment the reception desk will require you to make payment. To avoid queues and delays on move-in day, you can pay your first instalment online at any time prior to arrival at the residence. Once check-in is completed you will be given the keys to your room.

For check in you will need to bring ID and a copy of your offer letter/email or payment receipt.

Out of Hours

Our office hours on move in day are 8am to 8pm, outside of these hours our security team are available. If you will be arriving out of hours please email us at paulrobeson.house@sanctuary-students.com to let us know in advance or if you are running late on the day, call us on 0207 837 7163. Keys are safely locked away overnight, without prior notice, keys will not be available outside of office hours.


An area to park and unload your belongings will be available. Due to limited parking space you will be asked to move any vehicle as soon as you have unloaded.

The following is for guidance only, please read your Licence Agreement for your full contractual obligations.

Up to and including 45 days before the start of your Licence Agreement

You can cancel at any time during this period. If you cancel within 45 days, you will receive a refund of any monies paid less Sanctuary Students right to recover any reasonable costs incurred in making and cancelling the Licence.

During the last 45 days before the start of your tenancy – you will only be able to cancel this agreement if a suitable and eligible replacement tenant is found and you have informed our Accommodation Office by calling 0300 123 5050 or emailing PaulRobeson.House@sanctuary-students.com. If a suitable replacement is found, Sanctuary Students have the right to recover any reasonable costs incurred in making and cancelling the Licence.

All replacements must be approved by your university and agreed with us.

Students applying to live at Paul Robeson House must contact their university to find a suitable replacement. 

Students can find a suitable replacement themselves or we or your university can find a replacement on your behalf. However we will only accept the replacement once all our other rooms are full.

Note: If no replacement tenant is found, you will be responsible for payment of the rent in full, even if you do not move in to the property.

Within 45 days of your contract start date

We will only be able to cancel your contract with us within the last 45 days before the contract start date in an exceptional circumstance. Find out more about our Contract Release process.

Cancellation / Refunds

If you wish to cancel this agreement, you should let us know as soon as possible by emailing PaulRobeson.House@sanctuary-students.com. Refunds are normally processed within 14 working days.

Please see our Sample License Agreement (PDF 319KB) for more details on refunds and how to end your license once you have moved in.


We may withdraw an offer of accommodation or cancel a contract if you have any outstanding fees from a previous stay with us.

Useful links

Find your nearest National Health Service (NHS) Doctor or Dentist on the NHS Services website

If you need free legal advice, please contact the Citizens Advice Bureau

Plan a journey on the London Underground with Transport for London

Find out about London and best places to visit

Applying for your student visa.

UK Border Agency

UKCISA - UK Council for International Student Affairs

Guide to Culture Shock

National Union of Students (NUS)


Your handbook contains all the essential information you'll need to know when you move in with us.

Paul Robeson House Residents' Guide (PDF 1.4MB).

Licence Agreement

The Sample License to Occupy (PDF 319KB) is available to download with details of the terms and conditions of your contract with us.

Get in touch

To find out more about the accommodation at Paul Robeson House call 0207 8377 163 or email us PaulRobeson.House@sanctuary-students.com

TV licence

If you are bringing a TV to watch live TV, or if you receive or record live TV programmes on any other device, such as a laptop, you will need a TV Licence. You won’t be covered by your parents’ licence. Our TV licences only cover the TVs that we provide, for example in common rooms and lounge areas.

From September 2016, you’ll need a TV license to watch the BBC iPlayer.

For more information and to buy your licence, visit the TV Licensing website. There are a variety of payment plans available.

The TV licensing authorities recognise that most students do not need the final three months of a TV licence as you leave the accommodation during the summer. You may be able to receive a refund for this period, provided that you don’t need your licence again before it expires.

If you do not have a TV Licence but you receive or record live TV you could face prosecution from the TV Licensing Authority.


Paul Robeson House now benefits from LaundryView which will make doing your laundry on-site even easier. The system, created by Circuit, allows you to go online and check the availability of washers and dryers in your building as well as see when other washes are about to end. 

To get started with LaundryView, you first need to find your halls.

Circuit also offer laundry top-up cards which allow you to pay for your washing and drying in advance by paying online or using one of the on-site machines. You can then use your card to pay for washing and drying as well as top-up your card straight from your mobile phone using the Circuit app.

Ask our team where to get a top-up card and take a look at Circuit’s ‘how to use’ videos for more information.


At Sanctuary Students we offer specialist insurance cover for all of our students through Cover4Students.com.

All of our accommodation is covered as Basic Cover.

Basic Cover Explained

Your possessions, desktop and laptop computer equipment are insured for theft, fire, flood, burst pipes, storm, vandalism, explosion and lightning. Cover applies within your accommodation, in any temporary residence and in transit at the beginning and end of each term.

This summary does not describe all the terms and conditions of the policy and does not form the contract between you and the insurance provider, so please take the time to read the policy wording on the Cover4Students website to make sure you understand the cover it provides.


If you wish to bring a car to London you will need to apply for a residents' parking permit through Islington Council and park on the street around Kings Cross.

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