The Craft Building, 12 Greatorex Street, London, E1 5NF

For the 2023/24 academic year, the accommodation is open to all students studying in London. This student accommodation is conveniently located near to Aldgate East underground station in zone 1, with easy links to all major London universities.

Great location
All inclusive bills
Free broadband and Wi-Fi throughout
On-site laundry
Bike storage
Free contents insurance
On-site security and CCTV
En-suite bedrooms

Pricing & Room Information

Prices for 2023/24

Room Type Tenancy Length From Prices From
Standard (En-suite) 44 weeks 1 September £220
Studio Sold out Sold out Sold out
Attic Sold out Sold out Sold out

You can pay your rent in 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 or 11 instalments. The dates for these can be found on our Money matters page.

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


You will be charged £1 advanced rent* at the time of accepting your offer. Once the payment is made, it will be deducted from your total rent amount.

Once you have booked, you can choose to pay in 1 or 3 instalments, with the first payment to be taken in August just before you arrive.

When the time comes to move out, we will inspect the property and you may be liable to pay additional charges if we find any damage.

If you have chosen to pay in three instalments, you will need to remember to pay your rent on time, however if you are struggling to make payments, please contact us as soon as possible by calling 0870 600 4777 so we can help.


Standard room

Standard rooms are fully furnished with a single bed and en-suite bathroom facilities.

Studio room

Studio flats are self-contained offering extra privacy with your own study space, a single bed, en-suite bathroom and kitchen/lounge area.

Attic room

Our attic rooms are located on the top floor and give you a spacious room, each offering great views of East London. Enjoy a single bed and your own private en-suite bathroom.

Great location

Perfectly located in the heart of the of the city!

All inclusive bills

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

Free 10MB broadband

Free 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.


Your very own private bathroom so you can sing in the shower as much as like!


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Property Overview

Our accommodation is open to all students studying in London. This is a great base from where you can make the most of your London Student life. The accommodation is located a short walk from Aldgate East underground station, and there are great bus links, so you can be anywhere in the city in no time!

From Aldgate East, you'll have easy access to a range of university campuses across London including:

  • Kings College London (KCL)
  • Queen Mary University of London (QMU)
  • University College London (UCL)
  • London School of Economics (LSE)
  • University College London Hospital 
  • University of the Arts London (UAL)
  • The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

Our accommodation offers en-suite rooms arranged in flats for eight people. All rooms have a broadband connection and there is also super-speedy 250MB Wi-Fi throughout the building. Each flat has a shared kitchen and dining area, perfect for catching up with your flat mates. This area is cleaned for you on a weekly basis so that's one less thing for you to worry about. We also have self-contained studios available.

The building has great security features including fob entry system for the building and key access to the flats and rooms. There are also CCTV cameras in and around the building. The site offers an on-site laundry and bike storage facilities so you will have everything you need on your doorstep.

The Craft Building is managed by the team at Don Gratton House which is situated around the corner at 82 Old Montague Street and has 24 hour staff presence.

Floor Plan

example flat layout for The Craft Building, London

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

Standard room

Standard rooms are fully furnished with a single bed and en-suite bathroom facilities.

Studio room

Studio flats are self-contained offering extra privacy with your own study space, a single bed, en-suite bathroom and kitchen/lounge area.

Attic room

Our attic rooms are located on the top floor and give you a spacious room, each offering great views of East London. Enjoy a single bed and your own private en-suite bathroom.

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Have a look around

Have a look around The Craft Building using the 360 degree, virtual tours below to see a typical room and shared areas:



There is a vibrant atmosphere in this part of East London with some of the most renowned restaurants and bars in nearby Brick Lane. Brick Lane also plays host to a large street market on Sundays which draws crowds of bargain-hunters from all over London. Definitely worth a visit!

The nearest underground station to The Craft Building is Aldgate East, which is served by the District and Hammersmith & City lines. The Craft Building is within Zone 1 of the underground, offering convenient travel to all of London's top city centre destinations.


Nearby to the Craft Building student accommodation.


Additional Information

Applications for 2023/24

Apply online and secure your room for £1*, plus there’s no deposit to pay.

Email account

With your email address being the best and easiest way for us to get in touch with you; we will email your e-contract as well as updates and arrival information. We don’t want you to miss out on anything so don’t forget to let us know if you change your email address.


You will need to give us your guarantor’s personal details – someone who is legally obliged to pay the rent if you can’t. Your guarantor will need to:

  • be over 18
  • be a UK resident (with an address in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland)
  • have a regular income, assets or savings (which are sufficient to meet your potential liabilities)

Remember to get their consent before giving us their details. If you do not have a suitable guarantor, you will need to make payment for your accommodation in full. Please contact the office staff if you need to do this.

Credit/Debit Card

Once you have accepted your offer of accommodation, you will need to pay your £1 advanced rent to secure the room and also set up a recurring card payment for your payment instalments unless you have paid in full.

*£1 is advance rent and will be deducted from your total rent amount.

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 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.

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


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.

If you wish to cancel your agreement:

Up to and including 45 days before the start of your tenancy

You can cancel at any time during this period, but there will be a reasonable administration charge.

During the last 45 days before the start of your tenancy – you will only be able to cancel this agreement if a suitable replacement tenant is found to take your place. Either you can find a suitable replacement tenant yourself, or we can find one for you. However if it is left to us, we will only do this after all our other rooms have been let. In either case there will be a reasonable administration charge.

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.


Please let us know as soon as possible if you decide to cancel the agreement. Any written cancellations and refunds will need to be made to your on-site team. Refunds are normally processed within 14 working days.


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.

Craft Building Residents' Guide (PDF 1.4MB)

Licence Agreement

The Sample Tenancy Agreement (PDF 442KB) 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 The Craft Building call 0207 6556 960 or email us

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.


The Craft Building 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

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 Tower Hamlets Borough Council and park on the streets surrounding The Craft Building.

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