INTERNATIONAL STUDENT HOUSING AT ZEBRA

Zebra gives international students the opportunity to live like a Londoner. We are a long established London housing association, offering housing and support services for single international students, couples and families. Our centrally located and reasonably priced rooms, studios and flats are in attractive, safe and friendly environments. All our homes are within Zones 1 & 2, many of them are situated in culturally renowned locations and all are close to wonderful London parks and squares.

Zebra is a “not for profit” association aiming to provide international students in London with reasonably priced accommodation and responsive support. We advocate  tolerance, understanding and internationalism and believe that we can promote this through enabling people from anywhere in the world to study and live in great locations in London.

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WHAT WE OFFER

• Prime central London locations

• Value for money

• Family friendly accommodation

• Single rooms or flats for individuals

• A safe community and supportive atmosphere

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WHAT RESIDENTS SAY

I live in an area which is very safe, and I enjoy the many social and leisure activities organised by Zebra. These provide excellent opportunities to enjoy a short break from study and make new friends studying here from different parts of the world. Zebra residents and find other residents with children.

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HOW TO APPLY

To be eligible for accommodation with Zebra Housing Association you must: • Be a student from overseas, registered on a full-time degree or postgraduate course at a London University • Not have more than two children living with you To apply for accommodation complete our online application form.

  • ZEBRA NEWS AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2020

    Covid-19

    Obviously, things are different and we don’t really know what the next few months might bring in terms of Covid-19. But Zebra remains very active doing most of what we have always done but in a different way. You can still phone and email us. We are still providing most of our services to residents and still letting flats by email, Zoom and WhatsApp, and we making sure you are safe and secure in your homes.

    A number of new residents are now joining us, and we are helping them if they have to quarantine by providing essentials.

    We’ve learnt a lot and have made some improvements to our services. There are hand sanitisers in strategic positions in every building. Our cleaning regime is now much more thorough with disinfecting and steam cleaning. We have resident wardens and deputy wardens to make tenants feel more at home and deliver a personal, local service. And we will be introducing a residents’ IT portal to further improve communications and accessibility to services.

    Our maintenance service has now largely returned to normal – although every job is risk assessed to ensure the safety of residents and staff. We are completing a number of projects we started at the beginning of the year.

    But it is really important that all residents continue to follow the advice that Steve has been sending out to you, particularly social distancing and that you remain vigilant and cautious. Your example will help new residents settle in and observe the practical rules we have introduced to ensure everyone is safe.

    Once again, we send our thanks to our staff and contractors for helping us to keep everything going and keeping you safe in your homes, and to all our residents for the way you have responded to our rules and guidelines.

    Major Repairs

    We put a number of projects on hold and mothballed others earlier this year. We are now completing them. The shared bathrooms at Jerome are now largely completed and in use again. The refurbishing of the staircase at 34 Chalcot Crescent is now underway again and will take about another 4 weeks to complete and this includes updating lighting and fire detection equipment..

    Scheme Meetings

    As new residents move in this late summer/autumn Steve is going to organise meeting with groups of residents at individual schemes in gardens, where we can all socially distance safely, and by Zoom where that is impractical. We want to find out what your concerns are so we might be able to help out, and what our priorities should be for the next 6 months.

    Re-opening our office – we want to hear your view and ideas

    We are not minded to re-open our office to visitors until, probably, next year although staff might occasionally work alone there. We’ve got on quite well without an office and whilst it was difficult at first we’ve adapted and we think our service to residents is as good as ever.

    Most residents and applicants choose to contact us by email. Very few ‘phone and very few call at our office and most of those are residents of Jerome House. We have also found that we can work as effectively at home as we can in the office.

    But we do need to have a physical office as our centre although we don’t need to open it in the same way as it was open before and not for the same time periods because much of our work can be conducted both remotely and in a different way. We are also investing in new technology which should enable residents to manage their repairs and other services using web-based functions. We are looking at how our local presence at schemes can be improved through the way in which we use our staff, wardens, and deputy wardens.

    So if any residents have any thoughts and suggestions about this please contact housing@zebrahousing.com

    Social Programme

    Sadly, this is still on hold. We continue to monitor accessibility to theatres and exhibitions and will restart our social programme when it becomes viable.