Our History

We are a forward thinking provider of student accommodation with a tradition of strong pastoral care.

The Association

For over 30 years we were known as Cass and Claredale Halls of Residence Association Limited.

The Association was formed in 1990 but its origin can be traced back to 1982 when City of London Polytechnic set up two housing associations to provide accommodation for students.

That name was partly derived by our historic links with the Sir John Cass’s Foundation, a grant giving charity. We lease a building, Well Street Hall, from the Foundation.

In 2020, we discovered that Sir John Cass had connections to slavery and human exploitation.

Due to this information, in common with the Sir John Cass’s Foundation, we decided it was extremely important to expunge the Cass name and set about finding a new one.

The Association subsequently decided upon Affordable Accommodation for Students.

We strongly believe the new name succinctly represents the mission and purpose we have and the work that we proudly do.

Our values

The Association’s core purpose is to provide support for those studying at educational institutions in London, by providing affordable, secure accommodation.

The Association provides genuine equality of opportunity in all aspects of its activities as an employer and a service provider.

What Makes us Different

We are proud of how we run our buildings and we try our best to get to know our residents. This is helped by the fact that the Managers of both buildings live on site and are able to provide support and advice to all of our residents.