As we continue our student guide to London, you will find that the city of London has a lot to offer students. Let’s take a look at some of the best places for students to live in London.
Bermondsey is south of the River Thames and attracts a young, hip crowd. This area is close to the famous Borough Market and its transport links are fantastic.
Bethnal Green is located in East London and offers great cultural diversity with a wide array of restaurants, bars, and nightlife. It’s very easy to get around London from Bethnal Green via London Underground or bus, and this area is very near the city and Liverpool Street station.
Finsbury Park is in North London is located slightly further out than other areas, but the distance is minimized with excellent transport links. The area is centered around its namesake, which has 46 hectares of leafy parkland. There are plenty of bars and restaurants, too, as well as a lively and eclectic music scene.
Holloway has good links to central London for LSE, KCL Strand, UCL, and SOAS Pentonville campuses. Lower Holloway is full of lovely cafes, shops, and gardens. This area is also home to the London Met, which is a big reason it’s so popular with students.
Camberwell is not quite as trendy as its neighbors Peckham and New Cross, but this area is still an all-around great place to live. There are an inordinate number of parks in Camberwell, including Camberwell Green, Burgess Park, Ruskin Park, Myatt’s Fields, Lucas Gardens, Brunswick Park, and Lettsom Gardens. In addition, this area has a multitude of restaurants, pubs, art venues, and shops.
Peckham is only a ten-minute bus ride to both Camberwell and New Cross and has cheap rent, nice houses, and great nightlife. Trend-conscious youths and fashionable artists flock this area due to its close proximity to Goldsmiths: University of London and Camberwell College of Arts. One exciting attraction in Peckham is the Bussey Building, a multilevel warehouse space that offers incredible club nights, rooftop cinema spots, and exhibitions.
New Cross is an edgy, bohemian area with a teeming blend of Goldsmith art students and young creative professionals, plus a vibrant mix of cafes and restaurants. An incredible live music scene sets New Cross apart from other areas of London. Whether you live in this area or not, you’ll want to check out the New Cross Inn Jam Night, the Venue, and the Amersham Arms.
Even if you’re already enrolled in a school when moving to London as a student and are getting ready to move to your new home, it’s important to note that London hosts an incredibly diverse array of recreational activities. This includes all manner of parks to visit. Beyond offering an opportunity to meet your peers and make some new friends, the parks below all offer interesting sites to see as well as some much-needed tranquility. Here are a few parks to consider visiting as well a little bit of information about each of them.
Hyde Park is a huge, centrally located park home to more than 4,000 trees, a vast meadow, rose gardens, and the Diana, Princess of Wales, Memorial Fountain.
Regent’s Park spans 166 hectares and offers formal gardens, a boating lake, playgrounds, and the largest outdoor sports area in London.
Richmond Park covers 1,000 hectares and is home to hundreds of deer, ancient trees, and rare wildflower species. Views from the top of the highest hill in the park are spectacular, and the Isabella Plantation is home to rare evergreen Japanese azaleas.
St. James’s Park
St. James’s Park sits in the middle of three royal palaces, including Buckingham Palace, and boasts the Horse Guards Parade and the tree-lined Mall. You can also visit the lake in this park at 2:30 pm to see pelicans being fed, then head for a bite to eat at the stylish Inn the Park cafe.
Also known as “Vicky Park”, London’s Victoria Park is London’s first public park and boasts canals, ponds, a pavilion, and plenty of green space. This park borders Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and features live music at the All Points East festival each summer.
Living in London as a student can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Not only are you in the same city as some of the oldest and most well-respected academic institutions in the Western world, but you’re also in a bustling space that never sleeps and surrounded with things to do. Before you jump in and get started with this new phase of your life, however, it’s a good idea to take a minute and review a few tips about managing your finances as a student.
You might not have thought this far ahead, but you’ll need to open a bank account in London in order to maintain your finances and collect any wages you might earn while in the country. The process isn’t an incredibly difficult one, but it does require a bit more effort than opening an account in your hometown.
There are four types of documentation generally needed for a student to open a bank account in London. You’ll need a passport, a valid visa, a UCAS letter or letter from your university providing evidence of your studies, and a utility bill or tenancy agreement with your name and address. Note that you might need additional documents – it’s important to check with the bank or financial institution in question for more specific details.
London is an incredible city with a wealth of culture and entertainment to enjoy. It is not, however, a particularly affordable city. This is especially true when you’re living on a student’s budget. Here are a few tips to keep in mind to help stretch your money as far as you possibly can.
There are many great restaurants in London, but there is an equal number of quality grocers. Consider learning how to cook some authentic London fare and impressing your family when you return home!
Create a Detailed Budget
This might seem like a given, but you’d be surprised at how often it’s overlooked. Sit down and create a realistic budget. Detail everything, from pens for a class to the price of a coffee every month. Understand exactly where you stand so you know where to save and where to splurge.
Enjoy Student Discounts
Students can enjoy thousands of free events, seminars, and lectures held in London. Transportation costs don’t have to be prohibitive, either. Students can sign up for discounted travel and save 30% on London travel cards. In fact, London is a fairly great city to study in, with thousands of student discounts for books, the cinema, and even various restaurants. You can take advantage of free entertainment, such as discovering historical London, and visiting Royal Parks, galleries, and museums.
Are you ready to begin your next big adventure and move to London for school? Study the information provided above in our student guide to London, do your best to prepare in advance, and get ready to enjoy a whole new chapter in your life. You will find that London is a fantastic place to be a student.