Information for Parents

Information for Parents and Guardians

College and university is a major milestone in most people’s life, not only for the student but also for Mum and Dad. At Optivo, we take great pride in knowing that our residents often refer to our local staff as their family away from home.

About Us

Optivo is a housing association providing social housing to over 30,000 residents spanning across London and the south east, the Midlands and West Sussex. We have around 16,000 homes and work in partnership with local authorities, organisations and residents to create safe, sustainable communities. We aim to support our residents and help them to make the most of opportunities in their lives. The commercial operation arm offers a wide range of accommodation, specialising in student accommodation, to suit the needs of university students and summer language schools groups, as well as independent budget travellers. Learn more.

Affordable Accommodation for University Students

Our fully furnished private rooms not only are equipped with all the standard requirements of today’s student housing standards, but also offer great value for money. In line with our social housing ethos, our accommodation rates are benchmarked against the local rent levels to make sure that we charge between 10% and 20% less than other private halls. We also offer a number of discounts that often make our accommodation even more affordable.

Our Properties & Facilities

Optivo has a wide range of accommodation solutions which are either located within a few minutes walk, or have quick and straight-forward transport links to the most popular Universities and Colleges in London.

The vast majority of our accommodation stock consists of single rooms which are allocated in flats that vary in size. Typically between 3 and 6 bedrooms with the adequate number of shared facilities in relation to the number of students who use these. Common lounges and TV rooms are provided at all our buildings, which are great for group study or simply to relax and socialise.

Our fully self-catering kitchen facilities are equipped with all the essentials for student living. Every kitchen contains a fridge, freezer, hob and oven cookers, microwaves, kettle and toasters, as well as allocated lockable storage.

Safe and Secure Buildings

The safety of our residents is paramount to us. All our properties come with an onsite management and maintenance team that is available during regular office hours. During evenings and weekends there is a security officer onsite, as well as a 24HR number for emergencies. Electronic key access and CCTV cameras is also offered throughout.

As a parent, you may have a number of questions before you are a 100% ready to send your child off to halls, which we will be more than happy to respond to. Simply send us an email to