Zebra Housing Association

About Zebra


Zebra Housing Association is a specialist “not for profit” housing association providing accommodation and support services to international students.

Zebra has over fifty years of experience in providing housing for international students, and offers students the chance to live like a real Londoner in decent, value for money accommodation. Zebra has five, centrally London apartment blocks, all of which are within easy walking distance of public transport facilities and local amenities. The aim is to provide a quiet and safe environment for residents and their families, as well as responsive support to its tenants.

The Association has 134 flats, employs eleven staff, and provides accommodation to 250 people. The Association’s work is governed by a wide range of legislation, and we are regulated by the Homes England Government Agency.

All applicants apply on line through our website.

There are a number of things that are unusual about Zebra:

• We re-invest all our profits in our buildings.

• We only house international students, most of who are studying at doctorate & Masters level, on student tenancies.

• We allow students to stay in their accommodation until they have completed their studies and this can be between 1 and 5 years.

• Many Postgraduate students don’t have a fixed term time, and so we have tenancies starting, and ending, throughout the year.


• Many of our residents are mature students, and so bring their partners or spouses, and children, with them to the UK. Every year a number of children are born to our residents while they are in London. We have had children of former residents become tenants themselves.

• We are very conscious that studying in a foreign city can be isolating and stressful. Students come to the UK both to study, and to understand and enjoy, British culture. We run a number of programmes to support students, and to help them enjoy, appreciate and participate in British cultural and intellectual life.

• We do not provide social housing.


90% of our residents are studying at Phd or Masters level, and we serve students from all of the major London educational institutions, including the University of London (Queen Mary Hospital King’s College, London Business School, LSE, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Royal Academy of Music, Royal Holloway, SOAS, University College), City University, The Courtauld Institute, Eastman Dental Hospital, Metropolitan University, Middlesex University, M Imperial College, the Royal College of Art, the Royal College of Music, Royal Ventinary college, Westminster University and the University of the Arts.

All of our tenants are overseas nationals, and many have partners and children.

We are particularly keen to offer housing and support to students and their dependents from developing countries, who often suffer most from financial hardship whilst studying abroad.