The Lyra in London takes urban student living and transforms it into your home away from home. Conveniently located next to North Acton Tube Station, this student accommodation is at the heart of the action, whilst still offering enough seclusion for you to study in peace and quiet. Our competitive prices give you some of the best student flats inside zones 1 and 2.

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Tesco Supermarket

182 Ebbett Court, London W3 6BX

Walking1 min

Bicycling1 min

Transit1 min

North Acton Tube Station

Victoria Road, London

Walking2 mins

Bicycling1 min

Transit2 mins

Dominos Pizza

192 Victoria Rd, North Acton, London W3 6BW

Walking1 min

Bicycling1 min

Transit1 min

Costa Coffee

Unit 1 The Costume Store, Victoria Rd, London W3 6UL

Walking1 min

Bicycling1 min

Transit1 min

University of West London

St Mary's Rd, Ealing, London W5 5RF

Walking51 mins

Bicycling19 mins

Transit13 mins

Imperial University

White City, London W12 0NN

Walking35 mins

Bicycling12 mins

Transit19 mins

Imperial University

Margravine Rd, Hammersmith, London W6 8RP

Walking1 hour 13 mins

Bicycling26 mins

Transit35 mins

Westfield Shopping Centre

Walking54 mins

Bicycling19 mins

Transit15 mins

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The Lyra address:

Portal Way, North Acton, London W3 6BX

ROOM TYPES

Studio Apartments

Stylish and spacious studios offer students their own fitted kitchen and en-suite bath or shower room.

Prices from £260.85 per week

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Studio apartments - Limited Availability

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Property Features

Bills Included

No unexpected costs – rent covers water, light and heat.

Large Studios

Enjoy our larger than average spacious studios.

Smart TV

Relax in front of your own personal Smart TV with Bluetooth technology.

Contents Insurance

Insurance on your belongings comes included with your rent.

CCTV Security

Secure entry systems, CCTV and a well trained team offering support 24/7.

Roof Terrace

Spend time with friends while enjoying great views across London.

Cycle Storage

Keep your bike safe and secure with our onsite storage facility.

On-site Laundry

Find the day-to-day facilities you need housed within the building.

Free Wifi

Get 200Mb internet connection speeds throughout the building.

Big Beds

Enjoy a good night’s sleep in a large, comfortable bed.

Tall Fridge Freezer

Benefit from plenty of storage space in your studio.

 
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Life at the Lyra

Frequently Asked Questions

All FAQs for this property are listed below.

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Am I eligible to live here?

What if I fail my end of year exams/A Levels and the University does not offer me a place for September?

If you provide written evidence from the University, within SEVEN days of your results being published and no later than 1st September (which ever date is the sooner), that you do not have a place we will release you from the contract without penalty and refund the deposit paid. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions.

Do I need to be a student?

Only full time students can live with Downing Students. You may be asked to provide proof of your student status and it is very important that you notify us immediately if this changes.

What if I cannot get a Visa to study in the UK?

Provided, you have NOT collected the keys, and that you have evidence in writing that your application has been refused we will release you from the tenancy and refund the deposit. If the Tenancy has already commenced, and you have NOT collected your keys, you will be charged for the period from the ‘Tenancy Start Date’ to the date you provide us with evidence that you have not been granted a VISA If you have moved into the accommodation prior to your Visa application being declined you will be responsible for the rent until we can find a student to rent your room.

General information

Is there a Cycle Store?

Yes, all our accommodation has ample storage for bicycles.

Is there Car Parking?

Unfortunately there is no car parking available on site.

Do I need a TV Licence?

Yes, you will need a TV Licence. Anyone in the UK watching or recording television as it’s being broadcast or simulcast on any device – including mobiles, laptops and PCs – must, by law, be covered by a valid TV licence. Buying a TV Licence is your own responsibility and is not included in your rent.

Do I need insurance?

Contents insurance is free and is provided by Endsleigh Insurance. You can take a look at the policy terms and conditions and find out what’s covered here. Any enquiries about contents insurance must be directed to Endsleigh on 0330 3030 280.

Is there Internet?

Superfast Internet (and WIFI) is included in your rent. In the unlikely event it’s not fast enough you can upgrade.

Where do I get a Council Tax Exemption Certificate or Registration Certificate?

This is usually given to you when you enrol at University, or you can apply to your Students Services/Registrations office.

Living in the property

Can I live in a female only apartment?

The Lyra is studios only therefore your accommodation is for single occupancy.

My Partner and I are both Students; can we share a room or Studio?

At the Lyra there are a limited number of Studios available for double occupancy for an extra £250. Please view tariff for more information

Can I bring a pet?

Sorry, no pets are allowed.

Moving in

What do I need to bring?

All our Studios will be furnished but bedding and personal linen (sheets, duvets, pillows, towels etc.) is not provided. ‘Double’ size bedding is suitable for beds in all Studios. Beds measure approx. 140 x 200cm. All studios have a Smart TV. All kitchens include microwave, kettle, toaster, fridge and freezer. Irons, ironing boards and vacuum cleaners are available. Kitchen utensils (crockery, cutlery, pans, etc.) are not provided. You will not be allowed to bring your own fridges, tumble dryers, portable heaters or other large electrical appliances. Chip pans and deep fat fryers are forbidden, as is the use of candles.

How do I order a bedding or kitchen pack?

You can order kitchen and bedding packs online to be delivered direct to your accommodation. Visit UniKitOut.com where you’ll be able to order from a range of essentials packs to suite your needs. The range of packs include bedding, linen, towels, cooking equipment, crockery, cleaning and stationery. You will need to allow time for delivery so place your order as soon as possible!

Remember to use discount code ‘DOWNING10′ at checkout to receive 10% off your order.

Note: Double bedding is suitable for all 3/4 beds. You can find your specific bedding measurements in the FAQ section ‘What do I need to bring?’

When can I move in?

You can move in on or after the ‘Tenancy Start Date’ as specified in your tenancy agreement.   As part of your online induction you will be asked to select an arrival time.  Please ensure the date you select is after your contract start date.

Moving out

What if I want to terminate my agreement and move out?

If you wish to terminate your tenancy, we must be notified in writing and you must complete our Re Let Form. You will remain responsible for the rent until a new tenant is found or until the end of the tenancy (whichever is sooner). We will aim to find a new tenant who is both acceptable to us and who is prepared to meet the financial and legal requirements of the tenancy agreement at the current prevailing rent. We can’t always guarantee finding another tenant, as obviously this becomes more difficult as the academic year progresses, however, you are able to suggest a replacement to us. Please note that you will also need to cover all administration charges incurred in reassigning the tenancy. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions.

When do I have to move out?

You have to vacate your accommodation by 11am on the ‘Tenancy End Date’ as specified in your agreement. Anything left in your room after this time will be removed and disposed of.

My booking information

Is there a cooling off/ cancellation period?

  1. 1. An ‘Academic year’ covers the period 1st September to 31st August.  Provided you haven’t collected the keys to the accommodation, you may be able to cancel your booking by writing or sending an email to us at info@downingstudents.com, subject to the following terms:
    • For bookings made before the 31st July for the next ‘academic year’ you may cancel your booking within 48 hours from the time of booking. If you chose to cancel your booking with Downing Students during the cancellation period we will retain £50 from the deposit paid in lieu of administration fees.
    • For Bookings made between the 1st and 31st of August for the next academic year you will not be able to cancel.
    • Bookings made in and for the current academic year may not be cancelled.
    • In the instance where a deposit is paid and the offer of accommodation is declined i.e. the tenant fails to manually or digitally sign a Tenancy Agreement , we will retain £50 from the deposit in lieu of administration charges.

    Subject to the cancellation periods stated above once you have signed your tenancy agreement you will be legally bound by the terms stipulated in your tenancy document.

    2. Once the Cancellation Period has expired or if you have collected the keys for your accommodation you will be legally bound by the terms and conditions of the Tenancy Agreement and will be liable to pay all the amounts due.  You cannot terminate, or be released from your Tenancy, until such time another full time student has entered into an agreement, with Downing Students, to rent your room. Please note that a room can only be re let at the higher of the rent specified on the tenancy agreement and the current prevailing rent. This may not necessarily be the same as the rent specified on the outgoing tenant’s agreement.  Any outstanding amounts on your account must be paid in full prior to the landlord agreeing to re let your room.  You are not permitted to sub let your room; all rental agreements must be made through Downing Students. In order for Downing Students to re let your room you must complete a Re let form and administration charges will apply.

    3. No Place No Pay: Provided you have not collected your keys the following will apply:- If your offer of a place at your preferred/current University/Higher Education Institution is withdrawn by the University/Higher Education Institution as a result of you not achieving their required entry grades or passing your end of year exams, you may be eligible to be released from this agreement. You may also be eligible to be released from this agreement if you are a prospective first year undergraduate student and you choose to go to a different University because you have exceeded your expected grades. To apply to be released from this agreement in the circumstances referred to above, you will need to supply us with a copy of:

    a written rejection letter from your chosen university /college or UCAS or a screen shot of your UCAS status which confirms that the required results were not achieved; or

    a copy of the proof of acceptance of your new university by UCAS adjustment.

    These document(s) must be received by us within 7 calendar days from the date your results are published or by 1st September (which ever date is the sooner). Please email the documentation to info@downingstudents.com. On receipt of the required documentation it will be verified and, provided we are satisfied, we will cancel your agreement and refund your deposit in full.

    4. If you cannot get a VISA to study in the UK: Provided that you have NOT collected the keys, and you have evidence in writing that your application has been refused, we will release you from the tenancy and refund the deposit, provided that you send this evidence to us within 1 week of your notification.

    If the Tenancy has already commenced, and you have NOT collected your keys, you will be charged for the period from the ‘Tenancy Start Date’ to the date you send us with evidence that you have not been granted a VISA, provided that we receive the evidence in writing within 1 week of your notification.  If you have moved into the accommodation prior to your Visa application being declined you will be responsible for the rent until we can find a student to rent your room.

My tenancy agreement

How long will the tenancy be for?

All Studios and Standard Ensuites are let on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy and the length of the tenancy will be set out in the Tenancy Agreement.

Do I need a Guarantor?

Yes, a Parent or legal Guardian resident in the UK must stand as Guarantor. The Guarantor is legally bound to pay any debts accrued during the tenancy if the tenant refuses to pay. Overseas Students who cannot provide a Guarantor please refer to the options provided on the payment tariff.

Payments

How do I get my refund?

Downing Students is committed to making refunds in a timely manner.

All authorised refunds are returned to source i.e. the bank or card the payment originate from, and where source can be established.

It is recommended that the account/card from which payments are made remains in operation for the duration of the tenancy and a short time thereafter to facility a timely refund.

All refunds will be calculated in UK Sterling. Downing Students will not refund any shortfalls due to exchange rate fluctuations, or offer compensation for any bank /agent, or other charges incurred.

No refunds will be made in cash.  For more details Click Here

How can I pay?

Downing Students accepts payment by Mastercard and Visa debit and credit card, and Western Union.

All amounts due must be paid in UK Sterling.

Interest will be charged on late/overdue payments at 3% above the base rate of The Bank of England.

The online system is asking me to 'PAY NOW'. What does this mean?

Don’t worry. By clicking on ‘Pay Now’ you are only submitting your details to the Card Processing Centre’s secure payment gateway. Payments will only be taken on the dates that have been specified.

How do I change my payment details?

If you need to change your card details please telephone +44 (0)151 707 4398 and ask for our Accounts department. You will need to allow at least 3 working days (i.e Monday to Friday) for any requested changes to be processed.  Please ensure that you have all the relevant information to hand when calling.

What date are rental payments due?

Once you have signed for a room log on to the Downing Students Accommodation Hub to check your tenancy agreement for the due dates.

If you are thinking about renting from Downing Students please view the payment option and dates.

How will I pay my rent?

Rental is paid termly, in advance, by debit or credit card. Tenancy agreements cannot be completed by the Landlord until your payment card details have been provided. This information is needed to complete your online booking and can be given by yourself or by your guarantor.

Students who can’t provide a Guarantor who permanently resides in the UK, are required to pay their rent in advance in August, October, December and February.  Please see the tariff for more details.

If you’re awaiting a student loan and can’t meet payments as scheduled you should contact us at least 48 hours (Monday to Friday) before the payment is due. You will be liable for all bank and administration charges incurred by the Landlord for failed payments and will be expected to reimburse the Landlord for these charges upon demand.

Social life

Can I have visitors?

Unless otherwise stated, bedrooms are for single occupation only. Occasional overnight visitors will be allowed, at the discretion of the management, provided that no disturbance or inconvenience is caused to other occupants. You will be held fully responsible for the actions and behaviour of your visitors.

Living Here

Choose a studio apartment in The Lyra and enjoy the space to relax and study within modern, well-maintained and secure surroundings. Each studio has been purposely designed to offer everything you need, and when you want to unwind you can spend time with friends in The Lounge or draw inspiration from the London skyline on the roof top terrace.

Student apartments have never looked so good – enjoy all of the benefits of London in a secure and safe building. The Lyra is your space to study, chill and live within easy distance from London’s abundance of cultural and historical highlights.  Soak up the city and study the thing you love at the same time.

Downing Students; changing the standard in student accommodation across London. If you are moving to London for a work placement opportunity, internship or a sandwich course, the Lyra offers you the perfect choice of accommodation.

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