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go to an advice service or local authority in order to be referred to these shelters. Most hostels only accept people who have a “support need�, i.e. mental health problem, domestic violence, substance misuse etc. Top Tip: Hostels will often only accept people referred by other organisations. If you are referred, make sure you get there as early as possible. If you arrive in the evening all the beds may be gone.

Hostel websites www.hostelworld.com/London www.hostelbookers.com/ LondonHostels www.astorhostels.co.uk

Cold weather shelters

These operate in some areas, such as Camden and Islington, between December and March and are usually free. They are typically very basic – you get a bed and sometimes food. You need to be referred to these shelters via organisations such as the London Irish Centre.

Bed and Breakfasts

Bed and breakfast hotels are privately run hotels. They tend to be more expensive than hostels. You will need money for rent in advance. The conditions and services, such as room cleaning, may be poor and there may be no cooking facilities. You might not be allowed to stay in your room during the day. Some bed and breakfasts do not accept people claiming housing benefit. Local advice centres may list bed and breakfast accommodation in their area. They are also listed in the Yellow Pages.

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Moving to London; A Practical Companion for Irish People  

A helpful, practical and comprehensive guide to Moving to London for Irish people. Published by the London Irish Centre in May 2012.

Moving to London; A Practical Companion for Irish People  

A helpful, practical and comprehensive guide to Moving to London for Irish people. Published by the London Irish Centre in May 2012.

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