Tips for finding ideal student accommodation

Camden is one of the best places to live as a student. In fact, it’s so good that many undergraduates renting a property through us continue living in North West London long after they have graduated.

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Students are spoilt for choice in the NW and N postcodes but before you get carried away, London Residential is pleased to share with you its tips for student accommodation success:-

Areas - The obvious place to start your search is the area around the university or campus you’ll be studying at. However, don’t discount areas that are not in the immediate vicinity. London has a fast and efficient public transport network (set to expand in 2018 when Crossrail opens) plus many places are closer than you think on foot - the distance shown between stops on a Tube map isn’t accurate and can be misleading.

Properties to rent in Camden Town, Kentish Town, Somers Town, Archway, Euston, King’s Cross, Holloway, Islington and Chalk Farm put students at the heart of London’s public transport and university infrastructure. It’s easy to walk or commute to the following top London universities from any of the above areas:-

  • Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design - King’s Cross
  • Royal Veterinary College (College Campus) - King’s Cross
  • Royal Central School of Speech and Drama - Swiss Cottage
  • University College London - Bloomsbury
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine - Bloomsbury
  • City University London - Clerkenwell
  • London School of Economics & Political Science - Holborn
  • Imperial College London - Kensington
  • Royal College of Music - Kensington
  • Royal College of Art - Kensington
  • University of Westminster - Marylebone

Personality test - Start with a small psychological experiment and go from there. Are you social and outgoing or shy and private? Do you want to broaden your experiences or get your head down and work? Your answers will shape where you live and what type of property you opt for. Flats to rent in Camden are favoured by students looking to max out the live music and ‘alternative’ scene - with a party or gathering happening on a 24-hour basis. King’s Cross is a hub of new bars, restaurants and cultural hotspots, as well as being one of the best connected neighbourhoods in North London. For a more suburban feel, Chalk Farm is a great bet while Euston is up-and coming but quieter than its King’s Cross counterpart. Bloomsbury continues its trademark of nurturing ‘bright young things’ and scholarly types, while Islington remains the home of liberal thinkers and suits social science and political science students.

Living arrangements - House shares are great if you like the buzz of other people milling about. You might lack some privacy but you’ll never be short of company. Find out how many bathrooms there are and what’s included in the rent to ensure you find a house share that ticks the boxes. Studios and one bedroom apartments to rent in North West London are brilliant for conscientious couples and singles in search of solitude. You’ll be guaranteed peace and quiet, without the threat of another student eating your food.

Contact us today for student accommodation suited to your budget and lifestyle. We’ll book viewings to several student lets, guide you through the letting formalities and help you settle into your new home.

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