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

Paul Robeson House is a postgraduate residence for SOAS students, located in central London just a few minutes from both SOAS campuses and Kings Cross-St. Pancras station.

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

Pricing & Room Information

Room Type Tenancy Length From Weekly Rent
Standard En-suite 38 or 51 weeks 25/09/2016 £151.43
Couple Double En-suite 51 weeks 25/09/2016 £179.00
One Bedroom Flat 51 weeks 25/09/2016 £263.13

You can pay your rent in 1 or 3 instalments.

1 instalment 3 equal instalments
18/08/2016 27/09/2016

All students are required to pay a booking fee to accept a place in our accommodation. The booking fee includes a £75.00 non-refundable administration fee and a £325.00 reservation fee. The reservation fee is refundable if you cancel your acceptance of our offer within the cancellation period. Once you have moved in, the reservation fee is credited towards the first instalment of your accommodation fee.



In addition to the booking fee, you must pay the first instalment of your accommodation fee in September.

Once your offer has been accepted, you can pay your accommodation fees at any time by logging into your account on our website. The accommodation fees are split into one or three equal instalments from the start of the academic year. If you move in later in the year the number of instalments will be reduced.


Standard En-suite

This room type has a single bed and private bathroom.

Double en-suite for couples

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

One Bedroom Flat

A spacious flat for a couple, with an open plan kitchen and living area, separate double bedroom and bathroom with a shower, offering you and your partner a little extra privacy.

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.


Property Overview

Paul Robeson House  is exclusively for postgraduates studying at SOAS, making it 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!

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.

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.

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.

Double en-suite for couples

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

One Bedroom Flat

A spacious flat for a couple, with an open plan kitchen and living area, separate double bedroom and bathroom with a shower, offering you and your partner a little extra privacy.

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Paul Robeson is conveniently located a short walk from both SOAS campuses with main rail, underground and bus links close by. Chapel Market is just five minutes' walk towards the main Islington shopping area and has a good range of stalls, shops and cafes at reasonable prices.

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 apply from 1 March 2016 onwards.

When to apply

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

New students to SOAS can apply from 1 March 2016.

To receive your serial number:

Continuing students, currently enrolled and continuing on the same course in 2016/17, must apply by 31 March 2016.

Returning students who are currently or were previously enrolled on a course at SOAS but are starting a different course in 2016/17 need to apply before 30 June 2016.

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 London.students@sanctuary-students.com to discuss your situation.

Offers of accommodation

We will send you an offer to the email address you gave on your application. You will need to accept the offer by the dates shown below. You will also need to pay a booking fee when you accept the offer.

First round offers will be sent on 8 July 2016. These offers must be accepted by 22 July 2016.

Second round offers will be sent on 29 July 2016. These offers must be accepted by 12 August 2016.

Third round offers will be sent on 18 August 2016. These offers must be accepted by 29 August 2016.

Priority for accommodation is given to new students with a permanent home address outside of London.

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.

The SOAS waiting list for 2016/17 is now open.

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

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

The Keycom services that are included within your rental price include:

  • KeySurf - Broadband at speeds up to 12Mb symmetric. You will also have the option to upgrade to a 20Mb or 50Mb service.

  • KeyView - IPTV, delivering a range of TV channels direct to your PC or laptop.

You can collect your keys from the day your contract starts. On arrival you will be directed to the residence office front desk for check in. You will be required to sign a copy of your licence agreement and have a photo taken for your ID/entry card.

If you haven't already paid your first instalment you will be directed to a payment desk before you can check in. 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.


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

To cancel your acceptance of our offer you must email the accommodation support office at london.students@sanctuary-students.com at least twenty-eight (28) days before the start date of your licence. If you cancel your acceptance at least twenty-eight days before the start date of your licence you will be entitled to a full refund of your reservation fee and your administration fee. If you cancel your acceptance less than twenty-eight days before the start date of your licence, you will be entitled to a refund of your administration fee less any costs reasonably incurred by us and a refund of your reservation fee less any lost income we suffered until the property is re-let limited to the value of your reservation fee.

If you do not notify us by email of your cancellation of your acceptance, we will retain all of or a proportion of the reservation fee to offset our reasonable costs and losses incurred until the property is re-let. If the start date of your licence has passed and you have moved into the room you cannot cancel your acceptance and are responsible for the payment of the licence fee until the end of your licence unless a replacement resident is found and agreed by us.

Please see your License Agreement (PDF 102KB) for more details on refunds and how to end your licence once you have moved in.

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 License to Occupy (PDF 102KB) 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 Licencing 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. You can also read the full Sanctuary Students Insurance Policy (PDF 783KB).


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.