- 20th century buildings
- No parking onsite
- No smoking
- Minimum age 18
- Free broadband access (wifi)
- Outdoor terrace
- Self-catering facilities
- No luggage storage
- 24 hour security
- Pool/snooker table
- Linen included
- Towels included
- Common room
- Clothes dryer
- Washing machine
Food and Drinks
- Self-catering facilities
- Electric oven
- Electric hob
- Recommended walks
- Pub (walking distance)
- Museums (walking distance)
- Historic houses
- Recommended restaurants (walking distance)
- Theatre (walking distance)
James Lighthill House is situated in a central location, a short distance from Kings Cross and St. Pancras International stations (WC1X 9EN). James Lighthill House is comprised of two buildings; the main building, with 189 single rooms and the Lodge, with 20 single rooms.
Accommodation is offered in single ensuite rooms. In the main building up to eight people share a kitchen in each flat. In the Lodge up to seven people share a kitchen on each floor.
Islington, with the Business Design Centre, and many bars, cafes, restaurants and independent shops and Sadler’s Wells - a venue dedicated to international dance, are all easily accessible on foot from James Lighthill House. Accessing other London attractions (for example the West End and the museums of South Kensington) can be done using conveniently located public transport.
Food and Drinks
James Lighthill House offers self catering facilities including use of communal kitchens. These kitchens are fully equipped and all have refrigerators, freezers, cookers, and microwaves, as well as basic crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils.
Kitchens are cleaned frequently (at least once weekly), but guests are responsible for their own washing and tidying up.
Kitchens and communal rooms can be used 24 hours a day, but we would like to point out that use after 11.00pm might cause disturbance to other guests.
All bedrooms have WiFi as well as common areas (common room/TV room).
There is no smoking inside any UCL building. Smoking is permitted in courtyards with consideration for other guests.
Guests staying at James Lighthill House have access to on site laundry facilities and common room/TV lounge.
Arrival information and how to find us
Address: 3 Penton Rise, London, WC1X 9EN, United Kingdom
Check in: From 2.00pm Check out: By 10.00am
There is no latest check in time.
The reception office is open every day between 09:00am and 5.00pm. There is also a 24-hour security guard on site.
Nearest Underground Stations
Kings Cross St Pancras (Northern, Victoria, Piccadilly, Metropolitan, Circle, Hammersmith & City Lines) - 0.4 miles/0.7 km
Angel (Northern Line) - 0.4 miles/0.6 km
Should you require any further assistance in finding us, please call the number on your booking confirmation receipt.
Unfortunately, there is neither parking nor luggage storage facilities available on site.
We guarantee that all our feedback is genuine and can only be submitted by people who have booked through our websites.
Ms Sara H, August 2016: People down in the reception were very helpful, room was cleaned once a week. I had a great time there :)
Miss Katherine T, August 2016: Easy to book through the website - no fuss booking, paying, or checking in. Accommodation is cheap, and well placed in London with a 10 min walk to/from Kings Cross. As expected, facilities were basic but clean. Overall - worth considering for a short stay in central London.
Mr Nick T, August 2016: Simple and clean accommodations.
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Ms Michelle H, August 2015: James Lighthill House is an excellent residence for adults who are in London for summertime study. The kitchen facilities, private ensuite availability, and location just a few minutes walk from Kings Cross/St. Pancras station contributed to the positive nature of my stay. An outside gate with a security guard and swipe card access lent a sense of safety, and friendly staff during daytime hours at the front desk were much appreciated. Food shopping is minutes away in both directions down Pentonville Road, and my walk to UCL every morning was only about 24 minutes--(the commute took only 15 minutes or so with the 74 bus). Angel (with a number of stores to buy things you might need like hangers), The British Museum and the London Canal Museum are very close by, and everything else in the city is easily accessible by bus or Tube.
Those who consider booking should be aware that the doors in each hallway slam loudly (I solved this with ear plugs), and should remember that accommodations are spare (basic blanket and pillow, towel and small bar of soap); one can simply pack adequately the essentials beyond this that he/she might need.
The only negative aspect was that some major re-construction was going on on the floor below me during my stay, and there were a few times in the morning that loud drilling sounds started before I was out of my room. Also, the security gate and doors were open sometimes because of the construction, which made it seem a little less secure at times. I would have liked to have been apprised of this before I booked; I feel as if there could have been some price compensation for this.
Prof Elizabeth L, August 2015: Room was mostly comfortable (except for a bed that should be replaced - very uncomfortable). Kitchen was convenient and well stocked with dishes/utensils etc. Security and student staff were very nice. Great location for my research at the British Library - about 3/4 mile walk (on an incline). Overall pleased with stay.
Miss Sichen G, July 2015: good!
Ms Claire G, August 2013: I had a very nice stay: the residence is well-located, the room offers good facilities and it was very quiet. Tesco and other shops are very close. The area is nice too (it's very close to Angel/Islington). Only two things were missing: a hair-dryer and a TV in the room!
Mr Philip C, August 2013: My second stay this summer! Terrific value for money. Location great, close to two Tube stations. Loads of space in room, comfortable bed, en suite facilities. Receptionist couldn't have been more friendly or helpful. Reluctant to be more enthusiastic in case lots book and I can't get in any more!
Mr Philip C, July 2013: Great experience and I would definitely come back. Tremendous value for money in a room twice the size of a hotel room I paid twice as much for a few months ago. Clean and quiet - fantastic situation. Delighted to have discovered this place. Thank you!
Mrs Sandra F, July 2013: We have used James Lighthill House for several years as accommodation for visiting Ukrainian doctors and nurses at The National Hospital. They have always been very pleased with the accommodation and the facilities at James Lighthill House - thank you.
Mrs Diana H, July 2013: This was excellent value for money. It is a very convenient location, being close to Kings Cross. The room was comfortable and had all the facilities I needed, and it was quiet at night. I would definitely stay again if I wanted to be in that area.
Mr Michael L, July 2013: Room was exactly as expected: Clean, Functional and Comfortable (although another pillow or a more substantial one would have benn great). Ideal for anyone who needs somewhere cheap and cheerful in the centre of London.
Ms Jean L, August 2012: The entire staff wa excellent and very helpfull.
Dr Rosie M, August 2012: I'm an academic, and usually attempt to stay in cheap hotels around Bloomsbury/King's Cross if I'm working in the British Library. I've also previously stayed in other UCL accommodation near Tottenham Court Road. This was undoubtedly the cheapest room (by far) I found in London for the time of my stay, and I booked at short notice. James Lighthill House was a bit of a walk from King's Cross, but my room was absolutely fine -- a good size, clean, with desk, etc. -- and although I didn't really use the kitchen facility much it would have been very possible to cook a nice meal there. Security and Reception staff also helpful and the Hall sends you a reminder note the day before you check out, just in case you've forgotten when you're leaving!
Mr richard V, July 2012: Outstanding service from the staff at the gate and in my building.
Miss Jeannette D, June 2012: Clean,secure accommodation within easy walking distance of King's X and St. Pancras stations.
Mrs Gonzalez C, August 2011: I'd like to thank the management for their efforts towards promoting in guests a respectful behaviour, by reminding them that smoking was not allowed, or by encouraging them to use the kitchen responsibly by keeping kitchenware and facilities clean and ready for other costumers to use.
Mr Austin C, July 2011: Great value, great staff. Would certainly stay again if circumstances were to require it.
Richelle M, September 2010: The only complaint I have is not something you can do much about, which is that the James Lighthill House is in a very noisy location. Overall, the staff is excellent, more than helpful. And as always, a great value for the money.
Maria C, September 2010: This room offered good value for money for London standards. It was literally ten minute walk or even less from Kings' Cross station and was very quiet at night, even being a weekend. The room has just everything you would need for a short stay. My only criticism was that I had difficulties finding where my room was the first day but it was the porter's first day! However a resident kindly helped me. Overall a very good experience although wifi would be a definite bonus.
Antonio Martín del P, August 2010: It was clean and tidy. The room was comfortable and quiet. Reception very useful and helpful when dealing with my enquiries.
Risa K, August 2010: The room I was given firstly was very dirty with a bag full of rubbish, dirty dishes & messy bed - so it was more than obvious that the room had not been clearned after the last guest. I reported about this to the security officer (as I checked in late evening), then he immediately checked the room, gave me another room and promised to report this to the manager. He was very efficient and his apology for the mess was very sincere. A duty officer at the reception also made a very sincere apology for what had ppened to me when I checked out next morning and promised things like this will never happen. So despite the initial confusion, my stay at James Lighthill House was rather pleasant one. It was definitely far better experience than my stay at Thistle Euston where I had to pay far more for a room with broken shower but the hotel employees kept on making silly excuses.
Priscilla R, August 2010: I enjoyed in this student house and I am sure I will come back there.
Corey K, August 2010: Very convenient and good price!
Jean R, August 2010: The pros: Very well-kept residence with a nice and clean room and ensuite bathroom. The personnel is friendly. Located near the St-Pancras International and King Cross train stations.
The cons: A bit far from the city center. Location near a noisy street with automobile traffic.
Palmer Swift, J, August 2010: Very pleased! I found this an excellent location and so handy for Kings Cross and St Pancras stations, It is ideal if making an early start e,g, for Eurostar of Scotland by train.
Jaime G, August 2010: The room was an excellent value for the size and en suite facilities. I also appreciated the free in-room internet access and the use of the kitchen. All in all, a good experience.
Mrs I A C, August 2010: Exactly as expected - basic facility, relatively clean room and en suite, window opened well to allow fresh air and view onto rooftop, bed quite OK. Just what was needed for overnight stay. Access to kitchen also.
Robin W, July 2010: Room a bit dated but assured that a refurb was in progress. Noise facing entrance at night can be troublesome for those that want a full nights kip but overall value for money. Staff helpful and accommodating.
Sandra F, July 2010: Feedback from the 4 Ukrainian doctors who stayed at James Lighthill House was very good .
Staff on arrival were all very helpful and friendly.
Hope to use your facilities again next year.
Sara L, July 2010: Ideal fo my purpose attending training,would recommend it to others.
Dorothy C, July 2010: Great location. I'll be back.
Alice C, July 2010: I chose JLH because its rooms are furnished with bathroom. I had a fine staying; if I have to come again to London, I will probably look for lodging in the same residence.
Tongtip P, July 2010: The room is good value for money. It has a perfect location -- a few steps from Tesco and bars, and a short walk to King's Cross. Plus, there is Bus no. 73 running every few minutes to UCL and Oxford Street, which is ideal for shopping. The staff are also kind and helpful.
Kate H, June 2010: Would definitely book again, perfect for what I need. Thank you!