London is the largest city and capital of England and the United Kingdom. The name originates from ‘Londinium’ which the Romans named the city. The city sits on the River Thames, giving it direct access to the North Sea. Made up of 32 boroughs, as well as the famous financial area called the City of London.
London remains highly influential with regards to it’s financial and cultural impact. The city is also a hugely popular tourist destination and boasts an influential and world famous arts and music scene. London enjoys a hugely diverse population and culture with more than 300 languages being spoken within the city.
London accounts for over 12% of the population of the UK, and remains one of the largest cities in Europe. The city also offers excellent transport links which includes the longest running underground railway network (“the tube”). London is also home to a huge student population due to its many Universities.
London offers a wide range of opportunities for students who choose to study in the capital. The city is home to great nightlife spots including Brixton, Peckham, Shoreditch, Camden & Soho. With the city being home to thousands of pubs and bars - many of which cater specifically to students. There are also fantastic green spaces and parks, including Regents Park, Hyde Park, Hampstead Heath and Clapham Common.
London also offers access to hundreds of incredible cultural, architectural and historical sites such as; Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London, Greenwich Observatory, The Shard, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, the West End, The British Museum and The National Gallery.
There’s also a wide range of student accommodation in London, including house shares to studio flats and en suites rooms. Many of the purpose built properties are perfect for student living and include great facilities such as gyms, study spaces, communal lounges and bike storage.
Popular Student Areas of London
Camden Town remains a wonderfully diverse and creative hub in the capital. Camden is great for an evening out, whether at one of the many restaurants, pubs or bars, or enjoying live music. Great for shopping, with Camden being a hot spot for fashion and vintage shops as well as the bustling Camden Market.
Transport links are a bonus, with Camden being situated on the Northern Line as well as the overground. The city centre is just 10 minutes away, and the trendy areas of Hoxton, Dalston and Homerton are easily accessible. Regent’s park is a short walk away, which is also home to the ZSL London Zoo and Regent’s University London. So you can enjoy those sunny afternoons in one of London’s Royal Parks.
Great for those studying at: UCL, KCL, SOAS and LSE.
Finsbury Park offers all your high street retailers alongside the independent shops offering delicious variety. The park itself is perfect for socialising and taking it easy on a summer’s day. Located on the Victoria Line you can enjoy easy access to stations such as King’s Cross St Pancras, Oxford Circus and Victoria. The area offer trendy bars, local pubs and restaurants and seems to be constantly evolving. A popular area for students due to it’s relatively good rental prices as well as great transport links and local amenities.
Great for those studying at: UCL, LSE, KCL, SOAS and City University.
Not far from Liverpool Street and Aldgate, is the popular student hub Mile End. The area offers everything a london student could need, with supermarkets, shops, restaurant and great transport links. Sitting conveniently on the Central Line, central London is just 10 minutes away. Therefore, getting around town is incredibly easy - whether you are looking to explore or just get to class. Mile End also offers some of the most competitive prices for student accommodation in London.
Great for those studying at: QMUL, UEL, LSE, KCL, UCL and Imperial College.
Stratford has seen ongoing investment over the years and as a result the area offers really stylish and modern student accommodation. Along with Westfield Shopping Centre and excellent transport links, it’s easy to see why Stratford is so popular. A mixture of the modern and traditional east London - the area offers all the amenities you could need while studying. Rent is more competitive, and with the great transport links you’ll find travelling around no hassle.
Great for those studying at: QMUL, UEL and LSE, with the likes of UCL and KCL also easily commutable.
Conveniently located on the Victoria Line, you’re never far from Victoria, Warren Street and King’s Cross St Pancras. The area is vibrant and extremely popular, offering some of the best bars, restaurants and pubs in South London. Famous for Brixton Village market which makes finding delicious food for low prices easy as ever. Brixton also offers the classic high street retailers and supermarkets you need for convenient living. The community of Brixton has an incredibly rich history and remains a thriving area for students and non-student alike. Despite the popularity of the area, renting here can still be affordable and this just adds to the popularity.
Great for those studying at: KCL, UCL, SOAS and LSE.
Another South London favourite is the upcoming area of Tooting. Located on the Northern Line, and just south of Clapham Common, Tooting is well connected and getting to University is convenient. Cheaper than the nearby areas of Clapham and Balham, Tooting still boasts a vibrant culture and south London vibe. Home to many independent shops, food stores and supermarkets.
Tooting has lots to offer but remains only a few minutes away from the high street stores in Balham and Clapham. With its great proximity you can be sure there are also many bars and restaurants for you to discover. Renting in Tooting is affordable but can be competitive.
Great for those studying at: London Southbank University, KCL and LSE.
Shepherd’s Bush is another great option for university students. With great transport links and the original (and huge) Westfield Shopping Centre right on your doorstep. Westfield is actually the largest shopping centre in Europe, so you can be sure you’ll find whatever you’re after here. Similar to other parts on this list, rent can be fairly reasonable but competition for places is also quite high.
Great for those studying at: Imperial College, UCL, SOAS and the University of Westminster.
Enjoy excellent transport links into central London and to most of London’s universities, without paying central london prices. Bordering Fulham, Kensington, Shepherd’s Bush and not far from Richmond, Hammersmith is well located. You’ve got the shopping options in Kensington and Shepherd’s Bush, the green spaces around Richmond and the popular pubs in Fulham. Hammersmith is conveniently situated on three underground lines, District, Hammersmith & City, and Piccadilly, so exploring London couldn’t be easier.
Great for those studying at: University of Roehampton, Imperial College, UCL, SOAS and the University of Westminster.
Top Universities in London
- Birkbeck, University of London
- Brunel University London
- City, University of London
- Goldsmiths, University of London
- Imperial College London
- King’s College London
- Kingston University
- London Metropolitan University
- London School of Economics
- London South Bank University
- Middlesex University
- Queen Mary University of London
- Ravensbourne University London
- Royal Holloway, University of London
- SOAS, University of London
- St George’s, University of London
- University College London University (UCL)
- University of East London
- University of Greenwich
- University of Roehampton
- University of West London
- University of Westminster