Where to live and find accommodation in London as a student?
London is full of secret gems and hidden corners. Almost all areas of London are unique, like a city within a city. So living in London is considered by many to be a dream. For those for whom this dream became a reality, here is a guide to the best London neighbourhoods to settle and experience London in all its nuances.
People love Soho, as it is a mix of what made London glorious in the past and what makes it a much-loved city today. Soho’s old red sculptures and places once frequented by literary beatniks are now cafes. Also, if you love eclectic shopping, you are in the right place. Not to be missed is the arch located just off Carnaby Street, which leads to Kingly Court. It offers outdoor shopping opportunities and a cosy terrace. There are also unique and often quirky shops, trendy restaurants and even yoga studios. Be sure to dine at Pilgrims Pizza, which offers fresh and tasty dishes.
The average cost for a student room in this area is over £250 PW.
Central London has a reasonable walking distance to major universities such as the University of the Arts, University of Westminster and Regent’s University.
Three primary transportation links surrounding this area and its universities are Piccadilly, Oxford Circus and Bond Street.
Notting Hill is the place to go if you are looking for cobbled streets, small alleys and antiques! The famous Portobello Road market will enchant you. Despite being a very relaxed area, its inhabitants know how to have fun. You can find plenty of clubs in Notting Hill. If you are hungry, The Electric Diner is open 24 hours a day, perfect after a stroll in the market or a night at the club. It specialises in French-American food, with a vast choice of drinks. Don’t miss it!
As a student, we would suggest heading a little north of Notting Hill towards Ladbroke Grove, where you can find a good selection of student housing and accommodations to suit your needs without giving up the idea of living a walk away from Notting Hill.
The average cost for a student room in this area is over £240 PW.
Most London Universities quickly reacted in this area: Imperial College, University of London, and Richmond the American University, to name a few.
Three primary transportation links surrounding this area and its universities are Nothing Hill Gate, Ladbroke Grove and Queensway.
East London is one of the students’ favourite areas. Famous for the particular houses of Brick Lane and is known for being the birthplace of Banksy, the renowned graffiti artist. The East End has developed tremendously over the years. At the same time, Brick Lane is a popular favourite spot for all tourists in London. Here you can indulge yourself in the vintage shops and search for rare finds; you will find vinyl, furniture and the latest trendy T-shirt to wear for a party. Art is also very much alive in East London, so keep your eyes peeled for the next artist!
The average cost for a student room in this area is over £200pw.
Most London Universities are located in this area: UCL, Queen Mary University, Goldsmith’s/ Shoreditch, City of London College, and Metropolitan University, to name a few.
Three primary transportation links that surround this area and its universities are Whitechapel, Aldgate (Aldgate East), and Liverpool Street.
A good, artsy, cosy and evaluated part of London is Bermondsey.
What makes it one of the best neighbourhoods to live in London? Well, according to the Sunday Times ranking – which put it in first place in its top 10 – several factors have contributed to making it one of the most coveted choices by Londoners and others: work, schools, cultural atmosphere and gastronomy.
Far from the city centre and many ports that have characterised it for years have been restored and converted into luxury apartments. In short, an area of great transformation and, therefore, ideal for a new beginning.
The average cost for a student room in this area is around £170pw.
One of the most famous universities for the students of this area is King’s College, and just by crossing the bridge, you have Queen Mary.
London Bridge and Waterloo are the two main transport links in this area.
Step out of the subway, and you can smell Camden. You will hear loud music, savour street vendors’ food, and see people dressed in gothic and punk styles; you will be amazed! A very vibrant area in the city, well-known all around the country. You can have lunch while watching a live band at a local pub. The choice is yours!
Camden is the fourth tourist attraction in the whole city; here, you can find unique posters, T-shirts of your favourite band and personalised Doc Marten boots. If you see a very long queue, it is probably to enter the “Electric Ballroom” in one of the most extraordinary penthouses. It’s easy to see why Camden is such an exciting place to live!
Camden Lock Market is home to all kinds of arts and crafts, with over 150,000 visitors a week. Bright artists in the area expose their work there at an affordable price. It is now a shopping mecca, with many unusual items and antiques.
When you are exhausted from a long shopping day, visit the At Proud Bar. Relax on the sunny terrace and enjoy a drink in the cosy atmosphere.
The average cost for a student room in this area is around £210pw.
One of the most famous universities for the students of this area is UCL, and just a few minutes walk towards King’s Cross station heading to Coal Drops Yard, you can find Central St. Martin, university of Fashion and Design.
This area’s two significant transport links are Camden Town and King’s Cross.