London is frequently regarded as one of the best student cities in the world, and with good reason. Student life in the capital has everything you could want, from excellent transport systems to an endless variety of shops, bars and restaurants. Given its size, the city has numerous areas all with their own unique and distinctive vibe for potential student residents. Finding London accommodation can be a pretty competitive and tricky process so, to save you the time and effort, we’ve put together this list of the best student areas in London. So let’s check out where students live in London!
Camden Town and its surrounding areas are some of the most colourful, culturally diverse and creative parts of the capital. Home to scores of delicious restaurants and eateries, Camden is great for those occasions where you’d like to treat yourself to a meal out.
It’s perfect for shopping as well with all the main high street retailers and even more unique independent shops selling everything from vintage clothing to jewellery.
There are a number of large supermarkets in the area such as Sainsbury’s and Waitrose should you need to dash for a weekly shop. One of Camden’s biggest positives is its location. Situated on the Northern Line, you can be in the heart of the West End or in the centre of the City in just 10 minutes.
Additionally, if you wanted to explore the trendy areas of Dalston, Hoxton and Homerton, regular overground trains run from Camden Road Station. Regent’s Park is just a short walk from Camden Town Station for those days where you’d like to chill outside with your friends.
Rents can be pretty expensive but you can definitely find some good deals if you look early enough. Thanks to the tube, most universities are easily accessible from areas across London. In particular, Camden Town is perfect for students at UCL, KCL, SOAS, and LSE. ****
Another excellent North London location, Finsbury Park is very popular with students in London. The area has both all the main high street stores as well as lots of independent shops from around the world selling unique and delicious produce. Finsbury Park is a wonderful park to chill out in and socialise with your friends on those days where you want to get outside.
Finsbury Park is on the Victoria Line, widely regarded as the fastest tube line in London. With key stops such as King’s Cross St Pancras, Warren Street, Oxford Circus and Victoria, getting to university couldn’t be any quicker.
The area is going through a boom, meaning lots of cool bars, pubs and eateries are popping up so evenings will always be fun. Rents can be affordable for students in London, but as it is a popular area for its transport links and amenities, competition can be fairly high so it is advised to get in there early!
Finsbury Park is perfect for students at UCL, LSE, KCL, SOAS and City University.
If you study at QMUL, then Mile End will be fairly high at the top of your list. Just down the road from the hustle and bustle of Liverpool Street and Aldgate is the East London student hub of Mile End.
The area is full of students, either studying or living in the area. There are all the amenities a student could want or need, from lots of supermarkets to superb eateries and transport links. Situated on the Central Line, you can be in central London is just 10 minutes which is perfect for students looking to explore the city or head to their universities.
The cost of living in London can be very high but rents here can be some of the most affordable of all the student areas in London. This makes it popular with students of all universities in the capital.
Mile End is perfect for students at QMUL, UEL, LSE. KCL, UCL and Imperial are also accessible in short time from Mile End via the tube.
Just a few minutes further down lies the booming Stratford area. Heavy investment has resulted in incredible modern accommodations popping up throughout the area. When you combine that with the Westfield Shopping Centre just on the doorstep of Stratford Station, it’s a combination made for students.
There are all the amenities that a student could want, without the high rent prices of further central into London. Additionally, Stratford boasts excellent transport links that offer students short distances to the trendy areas of Liverpool Street and Old Street in just a few stops.
Rents can be affordable here for a student, which is great when you factor in the number of other students living in the area.
Stratford is perfect for students at QMUL, UEL and LSE, with the likes of UCL and KCL also within convenient distance via tube.
Brixton is one of London’s most popular areas, whether it be for renting or for nightlife. Located at the end of the super-quick Victoria Line, getting to the likes of Victoria, Warren Street and King’s Cross St Pancras takes a maximum of 15 minutes. The area is bustling with some of the best restaurants and bars in South London, if not all of London. Brixton Village is unbelievable for finding delicious food for low prices, with every cuisine you can think of on offer. There are a number of large supermarkets and high street retailers should you need anything as well.
Brixton is a tremendously thriving community boasting excellent independent shops, eateries and bars that will cover any amenity that you could need as a student.
Renting in Brixton is also an attractive option for students, with the possibility of finding a good property for an affordable price being very high.
Brixton is perfect for students at KCL, UCL, SOAS and LSE.
Just down the road from Clapham Common, sits the upcoming area of Tooting. Located on the Northern Line, getting into central London and to your university is pretty easy. Less expensive than the young professional havens of Clapham and Balham, Tooting boasts its own unique culture and vibe that suits students in London.
There are lots of independent shops, world food stores and supermarkets so doing your weekly shop could never be easier. Tooting has a large Primark, which is perfect for kitting out your student room/flat. For some larger high street stores, venture into Balham and Clapham (just a few minutes away) where there are also so many bars and restaurants for you to choose from.
Renting in Tooting can be some of the most affordable for a student in London meaning finding a good place for a good price is highly likely. Just be sure to get in there early, as affordable prices can mean high competition!
Tooting is perfect for students at London Southbank University, KCL and LSE. To reach the likes of UCL and SOAS, catch the Northern Line from Tooting to Stockwell then change onto the Northbound Victoria Line to Warren Street.
For students studying at Imperial College, Shepherd’s Bush will be high on your list. The area is perfect for university students, with large supermarkets, excellent transport links and Westfield Shopping Centre all on your doorstep. Westfield is the largest shopping centre in Europe, so if you’re feeling some shopping, a quick peruse or a necessary amenities trip, here will have you covered.
Renting in Shepherd’s Bush can be affordable for a student if you book early enough as competition can be pretty high.
Shepherd’s Bush is perfect for students at Imperial College, UCL, SOAS and the University of Westminster.
Similar to Shepherd’s Bush, for students studying at Imperial College, Hammersmith will be a name you will frequently hear. Excellent for transport links further into central London and to many of London’s other universities, without having the inner city rent prices, makes Hammersmith an attractive option for students in London.
Round the corner from Kensington, Fulham, Shepherd’s Bush and close to Richmond, Hammersmith is ideally located. First you have the shops of Kensington and Shepherd’s Bush, the open spaces of Richmond and the excellent bars and pubs of Fulham.
Situated on three lines, the Hammersmith & City, District and Piccadilly, getting around London could never be easier.
Renting in Hammersmith is very popular for both students and young professionals so be sure to get in there early if you want to find a good place for an affordable price!
Hammersmith is perfect for students at the University of Roehampton, Imperial College, UCL, SOAS and the University of Westminster.
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