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Finding student housing in London is hard, as one of the most competitive and expensive markets in the world. The capital of the U.K is bursting with students and expats from all over the world in need of student flats in the city. Nestpick is a great place to start; there are a range of properties from ‘rooms’ to full ‘apartments’ throughout London.
Student halls in London are both private and public. This means that you have the opportunity to live your universities private halls or with a ‘mix’ of university students in an open halls. London is famous for it’s diversity and mix of cultures. Halls that are open to the public are great for meeting new people, whom are from a variety of backgrounds in a safe university environment.
Similarly renting a room in a shared home is how many Londoners live. Many students will opt for living in a shared home which could be a mix of young professionals, students or expats on internships or working visas.
London has lot’s of jobs for students. With a booming service industry and world event’s hot spot, there are lot’s of opportunities for bar and restaurant event style work here. Facebook pages such as ‘Disappearing Events’ will daily advertise jobs alongside ‘craigslist’ and other social networking outlets. Also many agencies offer ad’hoc work paid by the hour which students can sign up too. The hourly rate in London will typically range from £6.50-£15 for student style work - the full minimum wage rate begins at 21 years old.
Note: Work for students in London could depend on your Visa or situation. Please look into your working requirements for the U.K before beginning any work if you are moving from abroad.
Student Nights in London: Thursday is the ‘new’ Friday in London. Thursday is now ‘student night’ in London and most commercial night clubs will cater there night towards students. Dance clubs often hold different promotional nights Monday to Sunday.
Student Clubs in London: Websites such as Resident Advisor or Design My Night advertise the diverse clubbing scene in London. London has live jazz, techno, rock and roll, punk, dance, hip hop and grime. Camden has always been notorious for live music music as opposed to Chelsea’s high-class private members clubs or Shoreditch’s beer gardens and hip bars.
Student Bars in London: Most universities in London have an on-site university bars. As a freshman in university this is a great place to first introduce yourself to other newcomers. Lot’s of university societies hold ‘meet-ups’ and ‘themed nights’ in university bars.
London has so many great cultural centres because of this there is a lot of dispute between students on the ‘best neighbourhoods’ in London.
Shoreditch/Dalston: The hip ‘East London’ in which the overground strip starting from Shoreditch High Street, Hoxton, Haggerston to Dalston Junction. This trendy strip is London’s hipster scene. With craft breweries, trendy eateries and vintage boutiques.
New Cross/Peckham: The overground also covers New Cross and Peckham area. This up and coming neighbourhood is ‘south of the river’, house prices are lower here. Now gentrification has pushed more artists and students to live here. Daily new cafes and shops are opening, this area is also close to Goldsmiths university.
Hackney/London Fields: This fresh neighbourhood is still home to many local Londoners. This pocket of London is vibrant and still has poorer pockets. In the summer London Fields is very popular with an outdoor lido and barbecuing areas. There is a main railways station and overground station here.
Wembley: In the north west of London, Wembley has a huge student population. There are lot’s of universities and halls based in this district. It is very connectable into central London by the underground. Wembley is a central hub for students and locals. Wembley is self-contained for students with supermarkets and shopping malls in close proximity. Due to it’s position typically housing is cheaper in Wembley.
Kensington: Living in the west is very nice. Kensington is full of beautiful Georgian and Edwardian terraced houses homing London’s elite. In the summer there are beer gardens and bars serving white wine spritzers and fancy beer. Prices are usually; both more expensive and luxurious in Kensington. The tube connections in this area are very good with access to district and circle line with a short walk to central or piccadilly lines.
Mile End/Bow/Bethnal Green: With great proximity to Queen Mary university and other east london universities this area is another hub for students. Since the Olympics much of east London to Stratford has undergone a lot of construction. This neighbourhood is very central and is mostly in Zone 2.